A History of the County of York East Riding: Volume 6, the Borough and Liberties of Beverley. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1989.
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The compilation of the history of the East Riding of Yorkshire has continued under the arrangement outlined in the Editorial Note to Volume III of the East Riding set of volumes. The Editorial Note to Volume I describes the way in which the Victoria History of the County of York has been divided into five distinct sets, of which those for the general articles relating to the whole county, for the North Riding, and for the City of York are complete, that for the West Riding has not yet been started, and that for the East Riding is in progress. Those who wish to learn more of the structure and aims of the series as a whole may consult the General Introduction to the History (1970).
In the preparation of the present volume, the sixth to be published for the East Riding, many people have given valuable help. Work on the volume owed much to the late G. P. Brown, of Humberside Libraries, who until his death in 1987 generously gave the benefit of his research on the history of Beverley and of his deep knowledge of the Local Studies Collection at Beverley Public Library. His successors in charge of that collection, Miss P. J. Martin and Mrs. J. Stanley, have also given much help. Of immeasurable value was the permission given in 1983 by the East Yorkshire Borough of Beverley District Council for the temporary deposit of the Beverley Corporation records in Humberside County Record Office to facilitate work on this volume, a deposit that was later made permanent. Special thanks are also due to Mr. R. Gregory, Chief Administrative Officer of that council, for helping in many ways. Those who assisted with a particular part of the volume are named in the footnotes or in the preface to the list of illustrations, and they are most cordially thanked. Among those who made documents available and provided information for several places or passages were the Librarian of York Minster, the Director of the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, University of York, and the City Archivist of Kingston upon Hull: to them and their colleagues thanks are gratefully offered. Particular acknowledgement is made of the extensive help given by Mr. B. Dyson, Archivist to the University of Hull, and his predecessor Mr. N. Higson, and by Mr. K. D. Holt, Humberside County Archivist, together with Mrs. C. A. Boddington and other members of his staff. The following people kindly provided information or read and commented upon various articles: Dr. J. M. Bellamy, Mr. A. Coates, Miss J. Crowther, Dr. J. E. Crowther, Dr. B. A. English, Mr. F. Fletcher, Dr. A. Harris, Mr. J. C. F. Hayward, Mr. D. J. Lamburn, Mr. P. C. McClure, Dr. D. R. J. Neave, and Mr. D. M. Woodward.