Like the sixteen earlier volumes of the Victoria History of Wiltshire, this volume
has been prepared under the supervision of the Wiltshire Victoria County
History Committee. The origin and early constitution of that Committee are
described in the Editorial Note to Volume VII, the first to be published. New
arrangements introduced in 1975 are outlined in the Editorial Note to Volume
XI, and further modifications in 1990 and 1993 are described in the Editorial
Notes to Volumes XIV and XV respectively. The Local Authorities retaining
representation on the Committee in 1998 were Wiltshire County Council and the
District Councils of Kennet, Salisbury, North Wiltshire, and West Wiltshire. To
them the University of London again offers its profound thanks for their continued
support of the Wiltshire V.C.H. Committee, whose collaboration in the
enterprise is once more warmly acknowledged. In 1998 the Wiltshire Victoria
County History Appeal, under the patronage of the Lord Lieutenant, Sir
Maurice Johnston, was launched to seek supplementary funding for the Committee's work.
In 1997 Mr. M. O. Holder resigned as Honorary Secretary of the Wiltshire
V.C.H. Committee, and Mr. S. P. Milton succeeded him in 1998. Grateful
thanks are owed to Mr. Holder for his five years' service to the Committee. Also
in 1997 Miss Janet Stevenson retired, and in 1998 Dr. Jane Freeman resigned, as
assistant editors after 32 and 20 years' service respectively. The extent of their
contribution is reflected in the table of contents of this, as of earlier, volumes. In
January 1999 Dr. Carrie Smith took up the post of Assistant Editor.
Thanks are also offered to the many people who have helped in the compilation of this volume by granting access to documents and buildings in their
ownership or care, by providing information, or by giving advice. Most of them
are named in the footnotes to the articles with which they helped. Special
mention must be made of the assistance given by the staff of the Wiltshire and
Swindon Record Office and by the Trowbridge Reference and County Local
Studies Librarian of Wiltshire County Council (Mr. M. J. Marshman) and his
assistants. Special thanks are also due to Mr. R. A. Canham, County Archaeologist for Wiltshire, for his help in preparing maps, and to Mr. P. Williams, Mr.
M. Hesketh-Roberts, and Mr. J. O. Davies, all of the Royal Commission on the
Historical Monuments of England, for their work as photographers.
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 progress.