The third volume of the Victoria History of the County of Northampton was
published in 1930 under the editorship of the late Dr. William Page, and
materials for the accounts of the four hundreds of Higham Ferrers, Spelhoe,
Hamfordshoe, and Orlingbury had then been collected. The manorial descents
of these hundreds had actually been compiled by members of Dr. Page's staff
as far back as 1908; these have been completely revised, and largely rewritten,
by the Editor, with assistance from local authorities.
Special thanks are due to Miss Joan Wake, who again put her own enthusiasm
and local knowledge and the documentary resources of the Northamptonshire
Record Society at our disposal. To Mrs. Harry Manfield we are indebted for
the frontispiece to this volume; to the Marquess of Northampton for the loan of
the plan of Castle Ashby, and also for reading proofs; and to Mr. L. G. H. Lee,
F.S.A., for the loan of two blocks of Raunds Church. Mr. H. J. Smith, whose
contribution of photographs to the third volume was inadvertently left unacknowledged, has again provided photographs; and Messrs. John Murray have
kindly permitted us to reproduce an illustration from Baldwin Brown's Arts in
Early England. Professor A. Hamilton Thompson gave considerable help with
the architectural descriptions, as did the late Major C. A. Markham, F.S.A.,
who kindly allowed full use to be made of his book on the Church Plate
of Northamptonshire. Mr. Reginald W. Brown, Librarian of the Borough of
Northampton, was also most helpful.
Among others who gave valuable assistance, special mention may be made of
the late Mr. W. Talbot Brown, F.S.A., Mr. C. Vere Davidge, Mr. Gyles
Isham, the Rev. H. Isham Longden, F.S.A., and Mr. H. Savory. Thanks are also
due to the proprietors of Kelly's Directories for permission to quote from their
publications; and to the following for reading proofs and making corrections
and suggestions regarding them: the Rev. H. P. Brown, Mr. A. C. Chibnall,
the Rev. G. H. Haines, the Rev. J. Hotine, the Rev. K. Kershaw, the Rev.
C. Grant King, the Rev. G. H. Mallett, the Rev. W. F. Need, the Rev. A. C.
Nugee, the Rev. E. Y. Orlebar, Miss G. E. H. Roberts, the Rev. H. J. Smale,
Col. H. G. Sotheby, Major A. H. Thurburn, Sir Hereward Wake, bart., and
the Rev. J. White.
Many others, particularly among the parochial clergy, have given much
appreciated help in various ways.