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WHEN this volume was projected the editorship was entrusted to the late Professor York Powell, but he was unable to take an active part in its preparation before his lamented death on May 8, 1904. After that event the Committee undertook joint responsibility for the general editorship, and owing to the cordial co-operation of the separate contributors have been more fortunate than was the editor of the first volume of these Collectanea.
As before, the several parts have been arranged in chronological order, but it would require the unique powers of the late Professor to evolve any sequence of thought as one passes from part to part. The present writer will confine himself to an attempt to place clearly before the reader the kind of material which he may expect to find in these pages and the special interest of each.
I. The first detailed survey of the city is in the Hundred Rolls of 1279, printed by the Record Commission in 1812-8. But the roll is there printed by the large divisions into wards, and thereunder according to owners, whereas the unit in subsequent surveys is by the more familiar divisions of parishes. The whole has, therefore, been neatly handled by Miss Graham, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, who, after affixing a consecutive number to every entry in the original roll, has placed each under its parish, and in lieu of the crabbed record type of the printed edition, which concealed rather than indicated the grammatical terminations of the Latin, has written out each sentence in full, after comparing it with the original