The present volume, the ninth in the Wiltshire series to be published, has been
prepared like the previous ones under the superintendence of the Wiltshire Victoria
County History Committee. That committee, whose origin and constitution are
described in the Editorial Note to the Victoria History of Wiltshire, Volume VII, has
been good enough to continue, and indeed to enlarge, its generous grant. Consequently
it was possible in 1968 to appoint a second assistant editor in addition to the editor
and assistant editor already employed. The University has thus been able to continue
publication and takes pleasure in renewing the expression of its gratitude to the participating authorities in Wiltshire for their friendly co-operation.
It is unfortunately necessary to record three losses by death that the committee has
sustained since the last Wiltshire volume was published. In 1968 Alderman S. V.
Christie-Miller, C.B.E., chairman of the committee since 1961, died. In 1967 Mr.
R. V. Lennard, and in 1968, Professor T. S. Ashton, F.B.A., died: both had been
members of the committee since 1949 and had played important parts in guiding its
early steps. Sir Henry Langton, D.S.O., D.F.C., was elected chairman to succeed
Alderman Christie-Miller. In December 1965 Mr. Colin Shrimpton resigned from the
assistant editorship, and was replaced in July 1966 by Miss Janet H. Stevenson. The
post of a second assistant editor was filled in September 1968 by Mr. D. A. Crowley.
Thanks are rendered to many persons who have helped in the compilation of the
volume by granting access to documents in their care or ownership, by examining
drafts, or by offering advice. Many are named in the footnotes or in the preamble to
the List of Illustrations. Particular mention must here be made of the Swindon Borough
Librarian and members of the staff of the Reference Library; officers of several departments of Swindon Corporation, especially the Town Clerk's Department, the Education Department, and the Borough Architect's Department; the extra-mural class
working under the direction of Mr. H. Ross in Swindon during 1964 and 1965; the
Wiltshire County Archivist; and the Hon. Librarian of the Wiltshire Archaeological
and Natural History Society.