The compilation of the history of the East Riding of Yorkshire has continued under
the arrangement outlined in the Editorial Note to Volume III of the East Riding set
of volumes. The Editorial Note to Volume I describes the way in which the
Victoria History of the County of York has been divided into five distinct sets, of
which those for the general articles relating to the whole county, for the North
Riding, and for the City of York are complete, that for the West Riding has not yet
been started, and that for the East Riding is in progress. Those who wish to learn
more of the structure and aims of the series as a whole may consult the General
Introduction to the History (1970).
In the preparation of the present volume, the sixth to be published for the East
Riding, many people have given valuable help. Work on the volume owed much to
the late G. P. Brown, of Humberside Libraries, who until his death in 1987
generously gave the benefit of his research on the history of Beverley and of his
deep knowledge of the Local Studies Collection at Beverley Public Library. His
successors in charge of that collection, Miss P. J. Martin and Mrs. J. Stanley, have
also given much help. Of immeasurable value was the permission given in 1983 by
the East Yorkshire Borough of Beverley District Council for the temporary deposit
of the Beverley Corporation records in Humberside County Record Office to
facilitate work on this volume, a deposit that was later made permanent. Special
thanks are also due to Mr. R. Gregory, Chief Administrative Officer of that
council, for helping in many ways. Those who assisted with a particular part of the
volume are named in the footnotes or in the preface to the list of illustrations, and
they are most cordially thanked. Among those who made documents available and
provided information for several places or passages were the Librarian of York
Minster, the Director of the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, University
of York, and the City Archivist of Kingston upon Hull: to them and their
colleagues thanks are gratefully offered. Particular acknowledgement is made of the
extensive help given by Mr. B. Dyson, Archivist to the University of Hull, and his
predecessor Mr. N. Higson, and by Mr. K. D. Holt, Humberside County
Archivist, together with Mrs. C. A. Boddington and other members of his staff.
The following people kindly provided information or read and commented upon
various articles: Dr. J. M. Bellamy, Mr. A. Coates, Miss J. Crowther, Dr. J. E.
Crowther, Dr. B. A. English, Mr. F. Fletcher, Dr. A. Harris, Mr. J. C. F.
Hayward, Mr. D. J. Lamburn, Mr. P. C. McClure, Dr. D. R. J. Neave, and Mr.
D. M. Woodward.