The editors desire to express their thanks to all those who have helped
to make this volume complete, particularly to the Earl of Sandwich for access
to his valuable collection of family papers, without which the later Parliamentary
History of the County could not have been written with the completeness
that has been attempted. The editors wish to express their obligation to
Prof. L. B. Namier, M.A., for calling their attention to the importance of
this collection, and for notes and advice for this article which closely follows
the theories which Prof. Namier has set out in his works. They also thank
Prof. J. E. Neale, M.A., for reading the proofs of the article and offering
suggestions. They are indebted to Mr. R. M. Osborne, J.P., for the loan
of Pettis' Survey of St. Ives; and to Mr. J. W. Winter, town clerk of Huntingdon, Mr. G. Dennis Day, M.A., LL.B., town clerk of St. Ives, and Mr.
Fred. Searle, mayor of Godmanchester, for giving facilities for examining the
records under their charge and otherwise supplying valuable information.
To Mr. S. C. Ratcliff thanks are due for notes regarding the office of Lord-Lieutenant of the county.
For assistance by reading proofs, giving information, and other means, the
editors wish to make acknowledgment to the Earl of Crawford, K.T., F.R.S.,
the Rev. T. H. W. Clapton, B.A., Mr. R. H. Edleston, F.S.A., Mr. H. C.
Elgood, Mr. C. A. Elgood, Mr. Fred. Harvey, Mr. Reginald L. Hine, F.S.A.,
Mrs. Macleod, the Rev. T. Outram Marshall, B.A., Miss G. M. Peete, Mr.
Fred. W. Pym, Mr. John Ramply, Mr. George Fydell Rowley, D.L., J.P.,
Mr. C. F. Tebbutt, Mr. David Vesey, Mr. F. M. Warren, J.P., Col. Rt. Hon.
Josiah C. Wedgwood, M.P., D.S.O., Mr. George G. G. Wheeler, and the
Rev. Oscar Wade Wilde, M.A.
Acknowledgment is also due to Mr. S. Herbert Wood for the loan of
the engraving from which the frontispiece has been made; to the Rev. H. T.
Havard-Jones, M.A., for the loan of a map; to the late Mrs. Emery for permission to reproduce several old drawings; to the Royal Commission on
Historical Monuments and the Controller of H.M. Stationery Office for permission to reproduce architectural plans of several churches; and to the
Cambridge and Huntingdon Archæological Society for the loan of blocks.
With a few excecptions the photographs are by Mr. G. H. Tyndall, of Ely.
Since the publication of the first volume, the History has sustained severe
losses by the deaths of Mr. Herbert Ellis Norris, F.Z.S., the Rev. Canon W. M.
Noble, B.A., and Mr. John Brownbill, M.A. Mr. Norris, whose name
appeared on the title-page of the first volume, began as a boy to collect manuscripts, books, pictures, newspaper cuttings, and literary and historical material
of every kind relating to Huntingdonshire. Thus for nearly sixty years
the collection and arrangement of this material became the absorbing recreation
of his life and made him an authority on the history of the county. He was
a frequent contributor to Notes and Queries and to the local press, and author
of several of the Hunts. Occasional Sketches. He further compiled a bibliography of Hunts. books, etc., mainly derived from his own collection. He
generously gave the editors of the History full access to this store of information. He read the proofs of the first volume of the History and would have
given similar help with regard to the present volume, had not failing health
prevented him. He left his collections to his native town of St. Ives, where
they are being carefully preserved for the use of future historians of the county.
Canon Noble was ever ready to help historical students and had a profound
knowledge of the history of Huntingdonshire, especially on genealogical
subjects, gleaned from exhaustive studies of ancient wills, parish registers and
other similar documents. He was to have written the histories of some of the
parishes in this volume, but ill-health prevented his completion of any, except
that of his own parish of Wistow. Mr. Brownbill's connection with the
Victoria History of the Counties of England is of long standing; as early as
1904 he became associated with Dr. William Farrer in the editorship of the
volumes for Lancashire, where his special interest lay, and since then he had
more or less continuously helped with the work of the History. He did not
live to correct all the proofs of the work he did for this volume. His shy and
unassuming disposition militated against the recognition which his work