Editorial note

Page xv

A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 17, Offlow Hundred (Part). Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1976.

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The present volume, the seventh to appear in the Staffordshire set, has, like its five immediate predecessors, been prepared under the auspices of the Staffordshire Victoria History Committee. The Committee, as explained in the Editorial Note to Volume IV, is the outcome of a partnership formed in 1950 between the University of London and a group of Staffordshire local authorities. The reorganization of local government in 1974 led to corresponding changes in the Committee, the new composition of which is set out on p. xvii. The University would like to express its thanks once more to the Staffordshire authorities for their continued support, especially as they have again generously increased the scale of their financial help.

A change in the local editorial staff occurred when Mr. G. C. Baugh, Assistant County Editor, left in 1971 to become County Editor of the Shropshire Victoria History. Mr. C. R. J. Currie was appointed in his place in 1972.

Many people have helped in the preparation of this volume. Several are acknowledged in the lists of illustrations and of maps and plans and in the footnotes to the articles on which their help was given. Thanks are also offered to Mr. S. Barton, Staffordshire County Librarian, and his staff, particularly Mr. D. Antill, formerly Assistant Information Officer; Mr. R. L. Ekin, Joint Registrar of Birmingham Diocese; Mr. M. B. S. Exham, Registrar of Lichfield Diocese; Miss Jane Isaac, assistant archivist at the Lichfield Joint Record Office; the Revd. J. D. McEvilly, archivist to the Archbishop of Birmingham; and Mr. F. B. Stitt, Staffordshire County Archivist and William Salt Librarian, and his staff.

The General Introduction to the History (1970) outlines the structure and aims of the series as a whole. The present volume relates to only three parishes in Offlow hundred: the account of the hundred itself and the history of the remaining parishes are reserved for future volumes.