Editorial note

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A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 4, Harmondsworth, Hayes, Norwood With Southall, Hillingdon With Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Perivale, Ruislip, Edgware, Harrow With Pinner. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1971.

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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 in the arrangements in that to Volume I. The University of London again records its true appreciation of the generous grants made by the Local Authorities. The membership of the Middlesex Victoria County History Council in 1970 is set out below. Mr. G. R. Thomas, appointed Assistant County Editor (formerly known as Assistant Local Editor) in 1968, resigned in 1969 and was succeeded by Mr. G. C. Tyack.

The present volume is the fourth to be published in the Middlesex set, and broadly follows the usual scheme of 'topographical' volumes of the Victoria History. It was begun under the editorship of Mr. H. P. F. King, shortly before his resignation in 1963. The structure and aims of the Victoria History series as a whole are outlined in the General Introduction to the History (1970).

Many people have helped in the compilation of the volume by providing information or by reading and commenting on parts of the text before it was printed. The co-operation of the town clerks, education officers, and librarians of the various Local Authorities, both before and after the administrative changes of 1965 following from the London Government Act, 1963, is gratefully acknowledged, together with that of the members of their respective staffs. Among so many, special mention is to be made of the following: Miss E. J. Humphreys, formerly Branch Librarian, Middlesex County Libraries, at Uxbridge; Mr. J. D. Lee, Reference Librarian of the London Borough of Hillingdon; Miss E. D. Mercer, Archivist to the Greater London Council and formerly Middlesex County Archivist; Miss A. M. Pollard, Reference Librarian at the Central Reference Library, Harrow; and Mr. E. R. West, formerly Town Clerk of Uxbridge. Help of a similar nature has been given by Mr. M. Bawtree, of West Drayton, Mr. C. H. Keene, of Northolt, Mr. L. E. Morris, of Ruislip, Mr. A. H. Murgatroyd, Archivist of the Wembley History Society, Mr. K. R. Pearce, of Uxbridge, and Miss Susan Reynolds, formerly editor of the Victoria History of Middlesex. To them, and to the many people named in footnotes as supplying information or allowing access to documents, thanks are gratefully rendered.