Editorial note

A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 9, Chesterton, Northstowe, and Papworth Hundreds. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1989.

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'Editorial note', in A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 9, Chesterton, Northstowe, and Papworth Hundreds, (London, 1989) pp. xiii. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/cambs/vol9/xiii [accessed 13 April 2024]


VOLUME NINE of the Cambridgeshire History has been edited and almost entirely written by the central staff of the Victoria History. It is the penultimate volume in the scheme for Cambridgeshire, and when during the course of its compilation it began to seem doubtful whether there would be adequate financial resources for the research and writing of the last volume on the same basis, an appeal for funds was made to selected people and institutions in the county. Some of those approached, in particular the County Council, responded very generously: their names are given below, and on behalf of the University of London and its Institute of Historical Research they are thanked most warmly and sincerely.

In the compilation of the present volume much assistance has been received from, and profound thanks are offered to, the numerous people and bodies who have furnished information and allowed access to documents and buildings. The contributions of those whose help has been primarily concerned with particular parishes or passages are acknowledged in appropriate footnotes to the parish histories. Others whose assistance has not been confined to single places include notably the Librarian, Mr. F. W. Ratcliffe, and the staff of the University library, and particularly its Manuscript Room; the Archivist, Mr. J. M. P. Farrar, and the staff of the Cambridgeshire Record Office, including its Huntingdon branch; the Ely Diocesan Archivist, Mrs. A. E. B. Owen; and Mr. M. J. Petty and the staff of the Cambridgeshire Collection at the Cambridge City Library. Much documentary evidence was also made available by the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England); the Records Officers of the Church Com- missioners and the Charity Commission; and the archivists, librarians, and bursars of Christ's, Corpus Christi, Gonville and Caius, Jesus, King's, Magdalene, Pembroke, Queens', St. Catharine's, St. John's, and Trinity Colleges and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. References to the archives of those colleges, not more particularly specified, are to the records of the college's holdings in the parish whose history is being treated. The preparation of this volume as of earlier ones has been eased by the work of Mr. J. P. R. Sparkes in typing and indexing copies of parish registers, which are deposited in the Cambridgeshire Record Office.

The General Introduction to the History (1970) outlines the structure and aims of the series as a whole.

Contributors to the appeal fund for the Cambridgeshire V.C.H.

Barclays Bank Gonville and Caius College
Cambridge Newspapers Ltd. King's College
Cambridgeshire County Council Magdalene College
Chadwyck-Healey Ltd. New Hall
Churchill College Dr. P. J. Paxman
Clare College St. John's College
Corpus Christi College Sidney Sussex College
Downing College Spicer & Pegler
Downing College Amalgamation Club Trinity College
Emmanuel College Trinity Hall
Fitzwilliam College The University of Cambridge