The Editor wishes to thank all those who have assisted him with notes
and information in the compilation of this volume during the long period
that it has been in preparation. The work was almost finished and partly
in type when the war and post-war conditions required it to be put aside
for nearly ten years. On the resumption of work it was difficult to pick
up the threads left by a scattered staff, but since that time the whole
volume has been revised and brought up to date. In this work the Editor
has particularly to thank Dr. John Bilson, who by his unique knowledge
of Durham Cathedral has afforded much help in the revision of the
architectural description of that great monument. This piece of work,
although begun by Mr. S. C. Kaines Smith, M.B.E., M.A., F.S.A., was
mainly written by the late Mr. John Quekett, M.A., F.S.A., whose
brilliant career as a literary architect was cut short, to the sorrow of his
numerous friends, on the battlefield in Flanders on 31 July 1917.
Mr. Quekett left his account of the Cathedral buildings almost complete
from the east end of the church to the eastern part of the nave. From
this point the remainder of the account of the church and all the description of the monastic buildings have been written by Mr. F. H. Cheetham,
F.S.A., who at the same time has made such revision in the earlier part
of the work as alterations in the meantime have necessitated. The Editor
desires further to thank Professor Hamilton Thompson, M.A., F.S.A.,
for reading the proof of the whole of the account of the Cathedral and
Monastery, and Mr. C. R. Peers, C.B.E., F.S.A., F.B.A., for advice
and help in the parts of the description, other than that of the historical
development of the church for which he himself is responsible.
Acknowledgment is also gratefully made to the Very Rev. Henry
Gee, D.D., F.S.A., Dean of Gloucester, Brigadier-General Herbert
Conyers Surtees, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., M.V.O., F.S.A., D.L., J.P.,
Mr. W. T. Jones, F.S.A., Mr. E. V. Stocks, M.A., the Rev. Canon E.
Sykes, the Rev. Canon W. Bothamly, Mr. K. C. Bayley, F.S.A., and
Mr. C. H. Hunter Blair, M.A., F.S.A., for assistance given to the Editor
in various ways. The Editor also thanks the clergy who have read the
proofs of their parishes or otherwise helped in passing the pages through
the press. He would mention the assistance he has received in this way
from the Rev. F. P. Bates, the Rev. J. Bennett, the Rev. W. A. Blackwell,
the Rev. E. Doddington, the Rev. J. Clegg, the Ven. Archdeacon
Derry, the Rev. A. T. Dingle, the Rev. E. A. Douglas, the Rev. J. C.
Douglas, the Rev. A. T. Faber, the Rev. J. R. Fuller, the Rev. E. H.
Greatorex, the Rev. D. Hodgson, the Rev. C. E. Jackson, the Rev.
J. H. Kirner, the Rev. H. Martin, the Rev. H. S. Milner, the Rev. E. R.
Ormsby, the Rev. J. Ousey, the Rev. M. B. Parker, the Rev. G. W.
Reynolds, the Rev. A. C. Rose, the Rev. T. Rudd, the Rev. T. E. Scott,
the Rev. F. T. Salter, the Rev. H. Williamson, and the Rev. W. R.
The Editor has to thank H.M. Office of Works and the Society of
Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne for permission to reproduce the
plan of Finchale Priory, Mr. Brook Kitchin for the plan of the Deanery,
Durham, taken from The Story of the Deanery, Durham, by the late
G. W. Kitchin, D.D., F.S.A., Dean of Durham, and Mr. W. T. Jones,
F.S.A., for various photographs and plans of Durham Castle, especially
for use of the large detailed plan of the Castle prepared by him. It is
also with pleasure that the Editor expresses his gratitude to the Durham
and Northumberland Archæological Society for the grant they have
generously made from their funds towards the heavy expenses of
producing this volume.