This is the fourth volume to be produced as a result of the partnership between
the Somerset County Council and the University of London Institute of Historical Research. That partnership is described in the Editorial Note to Volume III,
which was published in 1974. The County Council's responsibility for the
Victoria History of Somerset has, during the compilation of the present volume,
been borne by the Libraries, Museums and Records Committee (until 1978 the
Libraries and Museums Sub-Committee of the Education and Cultural Services
Committee) under the successive chairmanship of Mrs. D. S. Prettejohn (until
1985), Dr. A. W. G. Court (1985-7), Mr. M. W. Drower (1987-9), Lady Gass
(1989), and Mr. A. W. Cotton (from 1989). The University here records its most
sincere thanks for the generosity with which the County Council has met and
continues to meet the expense of compiling the History.
Many people have given valuable help in the preparation of this volume. Those
who were concerned with particular parishes are named in the footnotes to those
parishes; they are thanked most warmly. For more extensive help particular
thanks are rendered to Mr. J. S. Cox, Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Hill, Mr. J. F.
Lawrence, Mr. P. Nokes, and Miss Eileen Palmer. Thanks are also offered to the
owners and staffs of the private archives at Highclere House, Ugbrooke Park, and
Wimborne St. Giles, and especially to Dr. C. Shrimpton at Alnwick and to Mr.
and Mrs. P. Strong at Eton College. Among the public libraries and record offices
to whose librarians or archivists and their staff the thanks of the History are
offered for their sympathetic and patient co-operation, special mention must be
made of the Somerset Record Office, the Somerset Local History Library, the
Blake Museum, Bridgwater, and the Architectural & Heritage and Graphics
Sections in Somerset County Council's Dept. for the Environment.
The General Introduction to the Victoria County History, published in 1970,
and its Supplement published in 1990 give an outline of the structure and aims of
the series as a whole, with an account of its origins and progress.