A considerable portion of this book, especially in the early part, consists of matters which may not appear to belong exclusively to one district more than another in this neighbourhood. One of the objects of the book, how ever, is to Show how the records of remote districts bind themselves closely with the larger life of the history of England. I also wished, if possible, by extending the subject, to give more than a purely local interest to the book. A large part of the book is the result of long hours Spent in the Record Office in London, and in the British Museum, and some of it is derived from the old deeds of the different properties in my possession. I am indebted, t60, to many kind friends, who have cheerfully responded to the tire some queries oi a searcher into the antique.