A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 6, Friern Barnet, Finchley, Hornsey With Highgate. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1980.
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The revival of the Victoria History of Middlesex in 1955 is described in the Editorial Note to Volume III, and later modifications of the arrangements are mentioned in that to Volume I. The University of London again records its appreciation of the generous grants made by the Local Authorities. The membership of the Middlesex Victoria County History Council in 1979 is set out below. Mr. R. M. Robbins, C.B.E., chairman of the Council since 1963, resigned in 1976 and was succeeded by Mr. I. W. Davies. Dr. M. A. Hicks resigned from the editorial staff in 1978, when he was succeeded as an Assistant County Editor by Miss P. E. C. Croot.
The present volume is the sixth to be published in the Middlesex set and broadly follows the usual scheme of 'topographical' volumes of the Victoria History. The structure and aims of the Victoria History series as a whole are outlined in the General Introduction to the History.
Many people have helped in the compilation of the volume by providing information or by reading and commenting on parts of the text. Those who have read the drafts of individual parish articles are named in the footnotes. The co-operation of the town clerks and other officers of the various Local Authorities is gratefully acknowledged. Special thanks are due to the Clerk to the Governors of Highgate School, for allowing access to the governors' records, to Mr. H. V. Borley, for help with the information on railways, and to the staff of the Greater London Record Office (Middlesex Records).