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PREFACE

Anderson 14 May 1934

This is not "another book about Oxford "-of the making of which, as a recent reviewer reminds us, there is no end ; it is only a summer excursion into the hill-country that lies to the north and west towards the broad vale of the Severn and Avon. But of Oxford and its Colleges our wayfarer is again and again reminded in the course of his wanderings; Oxford is at once his starting point and the goal of his returning footsteps. Accordingly in the opening chapter he takes a preliminary tour through the city.

The district explored is that which lies between the Cherwell on the east, and the fringe of the Cotswold on the west-in other words, the northern half of the basin of the upper Thames. This is a large area, and one which the present volume does not attempt to exhaust. What is here set down is the outcome of individual tastes and individual impressions, and as such it is offered to the reader. I have written of those places and those passages in their history which interested me; if they also interest him, my purpose will have been fulfilled.

I have used the old County Histories, and the Proceedings

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of the local Archaeological Associations, as well as other works mentioned in the text. Some information I also owe to the kindness of my correspondents-Mr. C. R. Ashbee, Mr. O. V. Aplin, Mr. Cormell Price, Mr. Percy Manning, the Rev. G. B. Sharpe of Guiting Power, and in particular Mr. P. C. Rushen, who lent me his own copy of his now very scarce History of Chipping Campden. And lastly I must thank my old friend, Mr. Warde Fowler, for volunteering to read through the proofs.

H. A. EVANS.

October, 1905.

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