An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Middlesex. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1937.
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ROYAL COMMISSION ON THE ANCIENT AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS AND CONSTRUCTIONS OF ENGLAND
Report to the King's Most Excellent Majesty
We, the undersigned Commissioners, appointed to make an Inventory of the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions connected with or illustrative of the contemporary culture, civilization and conditions of life of the people in England, excluding Monmouthshire, from the earliest times to the year 1714, and to specify those which seem most worthy of preservation, humbly submit to Your Majesty the following Report on the Monuments of the County of Middlesex, being the eighteenth Report on the work of the Commission since its appointment.
2. We venture respectfully to offer our most sincere condolence on the great loss which Your Majesty and the nation has suffered, through the lamented death of his late Majesty of Revered Memory. We further desire humbly to submit our deep feelings of loyalty and devotion to Your Majesty on Your Accession, and we gratefully acknowledge our re-appointment to continue the important and enduring task which Your Majesty's predecessors entrusted to us.
3. We desire to place on record the great loss which the Commission has suffered through the death of Dr. M. R. James, Provost of Eton, who became a Commissioner in 1921. The Inventories of the Commission all passed through his hands, before publication, and owe much to his careful correction and supervision.
With this report terminates the service of our colleague Lord Rochdale, Your Majesty's Lieutenant for the county of Middlesex, who has assisted us during the survey of the County, and whose services have been of great value to our investigations.
5. Following our usual practice, we have prepared an illustrated volume containing a full Inventory of the monuments in the County, which, under the advice of the Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury, will be issued as a non-Parliamentary publication.
6. No alteration has been found necessary in the order and method of describing the monuments scheduled from that pursued in the description of the monuments of Herefordshire and Westmorland. The detailed Inventory is introduced by the usual Sectional Preface.
7. As in previous volumes, the descriptions of monuments have been referred for revision to the incumbents of each parish, and to the principal owners of domestic buildings, and we are satisfied that no important monument dating from the earliest times to the year 1714 has been omitted.
We are furthermore indebted to the Lord Chamberlain, to Your Majesty's Office of Works and to Miss E. M. Keate, M.B.E., for co-operation and assistance in the survey of the Palace of Hampton Court, to the Office of Works for the loan of their plans and of two photographs of the Palace, to Mr. Hugh Braun, F.S.A., and Mr. H. G. W. Stone for assistance in our survey of Grim's Dyke, to Sir Charles Nicholson for assistance in regard to Finchley church and to Major M. G. Brett James, F.S.A., for assistance in the survey of Hendon.
Earthworks and Roman
10. We offer our grateful thanks to Mr. Mill Stephenson, F.S.A., for the revision of the description of Brasses, to Mr. R.E. Mortimer Wheeler, M.C., D.Lit., V.P.S.A. for the revision of descriptions of Roman Remains and Earthworks, to Mr. O. G. S. Crawford, F.S.A., for revision of descriptions of Earthworks, and to Mr. H. B. Walters, O.B.E., F.S.A., for the revision of the description of Bells.
11. We desire to express our acknowledgment of the good work accomplished by our Executive Staff in the persons of Mr. J. W. Bloe, O.B.E., F.S.A., Mr. E.A.R. Rahbula, O.B.E., M.C., F.S.A., Mr. G. E. Chambers, F.S.A., Mr. A. T. Phillips, M.C., F.S.A., Mr. J. Charlton, Miss V. M. Dallas, and Mr. F. T. A. Power, M.C. We desire also to put on record our regret at the death of Mr. P. K. Kipps, F.S.A., one of our investigators, and our appreciation of his services to the Commission.