Excerpt from Collections for a History of Staffordshire, 1915: Staffordshire Incumbents and Parochial Records (1530-1680)
The information it contains has been chieﬂy obtained and condensed from hitherto unpublished and contemporary manuscripts, but some use has been made of the State Papers and other similar documents which have already been printed. Books dealing with the university degrees of the clergy and the lives of the more noted among them have also been used to a limited extent, and full references thereto are given so as to facilitate the task of any future parochial historian. The list of Edwardian Church Ornaments in each parish has been made as complete as possible, although this has involved reprinting the partial lists already given in S. H. C., Vi, n.s., part i.
Perhaps some apology may be needed for the Introduction. Which is in effect only an analysis and restatement of the facts necessarily scattered throughout the rest of the book. It seemed, however, desirable that this should be done, in order to render the work more generally useful. A Similar desire has led to the modernisation of the uncouth old spelling in most cases, though a few typical quotations are left unaltered.
Staffordshire readers who are not specially interested in ecclesiastical matters may like to see the particulars of the former population of their parish and county, or may find some information about the Character, attainments, or income of some clerical ancestor or relation which has hitherto escaped them.
It is hoped that any reader who discovers a mistake, or who can add to those lists of incumbents that are still defective, will communicate with the author, in order that the correction or addition may be made in the copy placed in the Salt Library for the use of the public.
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