Since the publication of the second volume of the Victoria History of
the County of Northampton nearly a quarter of a century has elapsed.
The war and post-war difficulties put a stop to historical research and
caused the History to fall into abeyance for many years. The two local
editors, the Rev. R. M. Serjeantson, a scholar and a clergyman beloved
by all who knew him, and Sir William Ryland D. Adkins, an enthusiastic
supporter of historical research, have both passed away. It was not until
1925 that the late Mr. James Manfield, in order to resuscitate the History
of Northamptonshire, undertook to guarantee the cost of the publication
of this volume. Mr. Manfield died before the work on the History had
been begun, and his widow and executors have generously carried out
his intention. It is hoped that this volume may prove a suitable memorial
of his appreciation of local history and a fitting tribute to his liberality.
The Editor desires to express his thanks to the many helpers who
have added so much to the completeness and accuracy of the work: To
the Duke of Buccleuch for giving access to his valuable collections of
early deeds, which has assisted in elucidating the descents of many
manors. To Miss Joan Wake, for her untiring help in overcoming
difficulties and in obtaining local information. To Mr. J. A. Gotch,
Mr. L. M. Gotch, Professor A. Hamilton Thompson, Mr. H. F. Traylen,
Major Christopher A. Markham, Mr. W. Talbot Brown, Mr. G. D.
Hardinge-Tyler, Mr. Leslie T. Moore, and the Ven. Archdeacon A. I.
Greaves for the loan of plans and information regarding architectural
details. To the executors of the late Rev. R. M. Serjeantson for the
use of the valuable notes relating to the manors and churches collected
by Mr. Serjeantson. To Mr. W. R. Kew, the town clerk of Northampton; Mr. Reginald W. Brown, librarian of the Public Library,
Northampton; Mr. W. T. Mellows, the town clerk of Peterborough;
Messrs. Nicholl Manisty and Co., solicitors to the Duke of Buccleuch;
Mr. Hubert Elliot, his agent; and Mr. L. M. Hewlett, for information
relating to the history of Northampton and manorial descents.
The Editor also wishes to acknowledge the assistance he has received
from those who have supplied him with local information and help with
regard to illustrations: The Right Rev. Mgr. Canon J. H. Ashmole,
Mr. T. W. Buckley, Mr. G. H. Capron, Mr. George E. Cove, the late
Mr. E. J. H. Felce, Mr. J. T. Foskett, Canon H. K. Fry, the Rev. H. B.
Gottwaltz, the late Mrs. Mary C. Hall, the Rev. A. S. Hazel, the Rev.
C. H. L. Hopper, Mrs. G. Ward Hunt, Captain Ward Hunt, R.N., the
late Rev. W. J. B. Kerr, Mr. H. M. King, Canon W. Smalley Law, the
Rev. C. B. Lucas, Canon A. M. Luckock, Mr. Joseph Simpson, Mr. H. J.
Smith, Mr. J. Stanyon, Messrs. John Taylor and Co., Mr. Beeby
Thompson, and the Rev. C. R. C. Wakefield.
The following have kindly read proofs and made corrections and
suggestions regarding them: Mr. G. E. Abbott, the Rev. A. G.
Bagshaw, the Rev. W. W. Baillie, the Rev. L. Seymour Clark, the Rev.
W. St. G. Coldwell, the Rev. H. A. Curtis, the Rev. G. M. Davidson,
the Rev. A. C. Dicker, the Rev. H. E. FitzHerbert, the Rev. J. P. Flood,
the Rev. C. G. Hodgson, the Rev. H. C. Holmes, the Rev. D. A. Jones,
Mr. C. E. Lamb, the Rev. F. H. Lang, the Rev. F. H. La Trobe, the
Rev. L. H. Lethbridge, the Rev. P. Lidster, the Rev. D. H. Meggy,
the Rev. J. E. Newby, the Rev. C. Reeder, the Rev. W. H. T. Russell,
Mr. C. H. M. D. Scott, the Rev. W. V. Tunks, and the Rev. R. C.