The form of this Calendar has been adopted in consequence of the personal observation of the compilers that—
no matter how full may be the description of a document—
the searcher is not satisfied unless he sees either the original
or an actual copy of it: for this reason, the labour of
so-called exhaustive calendaring is generally in vain. What
is aimed at in these pages is to give such a Calendar as will
lead the searcher to the information he requires.
The terms used to denote the parties, or groups of parties,
to the Fine, such as petens deforciens, etc., have been omitted,
and the person or persons conveying are separated from the
person or persons receiving by the word "and " in italics.
Those who desire information as to the nature and use
of Fines will find a full description of these documents in
Mr. Scargill-Bird's "Guide to the Principal Classes of
Documents preserved in the Public Record Office," pp.
The best thanks of the compilers of this Calendar are due
both to Mr. Scargill-Bird and to Mr. G. H. Overend for
their ever ready assistance in deciphering faded or obscure
words in the documents here calendared. The compilers
have much pleasure in acknowledging the care displayed
by their printers, Messrs. Gibbs & Bamforth, of St. Albans,
which has so much lightened the labour of passing these
sheets through the press.