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The work will consist of not less than thirty-five plates, of the size 17/ ins. by 11 ins; it will be published in a complete form, at the price of 138. 6d. per copy, postage and packing extra.

Examples of the brasses at the following places, together with others, will be given :- Ashbourne, Ashover, Chesterfield, Dronfield, Edensor, Etwall, Hathersage, Morley, Mugginton, Norbury, Sawley, Staveley, Taddington, Tideswell, Walton-on-Trent, Wilne, Wirksworth.

The History of the Parish of Preston in the County of Lancaster. By Lieut.-Colonel FISHWICK, F.S.A., author of "The History of Rochdale,” “ A History of Lancashire” (Popular County Histories), “ The Lancashire Library,” etc. (The number of copies will be limited to 400, and will be issued to subscribers in Roxburghe binding, with gilt tops, at £1 78. 6d., but the price will be raised on publication to £1 16s. 6d. A limited number of large paper copies (in no case to exceed 75) will be printed for Subscribers only, on royal quarto, in Roxburghe binding, and sold to them at Two Guineas.) Preston is the capital of Amounderness, which is one of the most ancient hundreds or wapentakes in England. The parish is a very large one, embracing over 16,000 acres, and contains within it the following townships and hamlets :--Broughton, Barton, Haighton, Elston, Ingol, Cottam, Lea, Ashton, Grimsargh, Brockholes, Ribbleton, Preston, and Fishwick, all of which are of great antiquity and carry us back to Saxon times.

In preparing this History, every available source of information has been utilised, including not only local materials but the great mass of unpublished manuscripts in the Record Office, British Museum, and the Diocesan Registries of Chester and Richmond.

Family history has been made a special feature, and for this purpose the author has consulted the title-deeds of the various estates ; the wills at Chester, Somerset House, and the British Museum ; Parish Registers, the Inquisitions Post Mortem, the Guild Rolls, Patent Rolls, and all other records likely to yield genealogical information.

The scope of the book may be gathered from the following synopsis of its contents :

The earliest inhabitants of the district.— The Celts, the Romans, the Saxons, and the Danes. —Preston at the time of the Domesday Book. --Introduction of Christianity. --Royal Charters of Henry II, King John, etc.-The Guild. The Custumal of the thirteenth century. --Subsidy Roils, A.D. 1332, etc.—General History of the Parish, and of each separate township and hamlet.- Manors and Court Leets. - List of Mayors from 1327 to 1899. Disputes as to the mode of their election in the sixteenth century, and Regulation for management of the borough in 1528.—Sieges 1899


of Preston in 1642-43 and 1648. The Rebellions of 1715 and 1745.-The Parish Church. The Vicars of Preston.—Broughton : its Curates and Vicars. Barton Chapel. The Chapel of Fernyhalgh. The Chapel of Grimsargh, and the more modern churches.- Roman Catholic Churches and Missions.- Nonconformity in the parish, including a notice of the rise of Presbyterians, Wesleyans, Baptists, Quakers, etc., and their respective Places of Worship.—The Convent of Grey Friars, and the Hospital of St. Mary Magdalen.-- The Grammar School (with accounts of its Head Masters from A.D. 1397), Broughton School, and other Charities of the parish.Parliamentarian Representation, with notices of the Members from A.D. 1295.-Old Houses and Old Families, embracing a notice of all the Ancient Halls in the Parish.

– The Preston Press.—The Appendix will contain a list of the inhabitants of the parish nearly 1,00C] who took or refused to take the Protestation in 1641, from a MS. in the Library of the House of Lords.-A General Index and an Index of Names (Christian and surname).

Amongst the families specially noticed (and in many cases with detailed Pedigrees) the following may be mentioned :Astleys of Fishwick.

Haydock of Cottam Hall.
Banastre of Preston.

Hodgkinson of Preston.
Barton of Barton Hall.

Hoghton of Grimsargh Hall.
Blundell of Preston.

Hoghton of Lea Hall.
Breres of Preston,

Langton of Broughton Tower.
Breres of The Friars.

Lemon of Preston.
Brock holes of Brock holes.

Mort of Preston.
Bushell of Preston.

Preston of Preston.
Chorley of Preston.

Shaw of Preston.
Crook of Bank Hall.

Singleton of Brockholes.
Cross of Barton.

Singleton of Broughton Tower.
Elston of Brockholes.

Sudell of Preston.
Ethelston of Ethelston.

Travers of Tulketb.
Eyves of Fishwich.

Wall of More Hall.
Farington of Ribbleton.

Wall of Preston.
Fishwick of Fishwick.

Walton of Preston.
French of Preston.

Werden of Preston.
Grimshaw of Preston.

Winckley of Preston.
etc., etc., etc.

The History of Preston will contain practically all that is of historical or genealogical interest concerning a parish the history of which is a most important feature in the annals of the county.

The work will be well illustrated, and printed upon fine paper in old-style type. It will form a handsome volume, demy quarto, of about 550 pages, uniform in every respect with the History of Rochdale, published in 1889, which has long been out of print, and now brings a high price in the market.

The illustrations will include :

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Views of Preston (at various dates); The Parish Church in 1796 and 1852 ; Ancient Boats discovered during excavation of the Docks ; Oak Carvings, etc.

formerly in Broughton Chapel ; Ancient Font and West Window of Broughton Church; Facsimiles of Earliest Charters and of a portion of the Custumal of Preston ; Preston Old Market Place ; Facsimile of Seal of the Hospital of St. Mary Magdalen ; Plan of the Siege of Preston ; The Battle of Preston ; Maps of Preston (various dates] ; Corporation Regalia ; Arms of Preston (various dates] ; Plan of Broughton Church before it was rebuilt; Plan of Parish Church, c. 1650 ; Celebration of Guild of 1762 ; Tulketh Hall ; Fishwick Hall; Bushell Brass ; Monument to Roger Langton, etc.

The Story Books of Little Gidding : being the Religious Dialogues Recited in the Great Room, 1631-2. From the original manuscript of Nicholas Ferrar, with an Introduction by E. Cruwys SHARLAND. London : Seeley and Co., Limited, 38, Great Russell Street. (Price 68., cloth.)-Miss E. Cruwys Sharland has been engaged for some time in preparing the above edition of Nicholas Ferrar's Religious Dialogues, and the Introduction which she has written will prove her qualifications to undertake the task. The book will be especially interesting to those of our members who had the pleasure of visiting Little Gidding during the Peterborough Congress last year.



Though never apparently a member of our Association, the services rendered by the deceased baronet to our body call for a notice of him in our Journal.

He was born at Adlestrop, Gloucestershire, on August 17th, 1818, and was

son of the Rev. Sir Henry Dryden. There were two baronetcies, one created in 1733, the other in 1795. Both merged in the subject of the present notice in 1874. He was educated at Shrewsbury, and Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating M.A. in 1839. In 1844 he served the office of High Sheriff of Northamptonshire. On January 24th, 1865, he married Frances, eldest daughter of the Rev. Robert Treadcroft, Rector of Tangmere, by whom he had a daughter. Lady Dryden died in January last.

Sir Henry was a distinguished antiquary. He contributed largely to the Journals of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and to the Northamptonshire, Bristol and Gloucestershire, and other local societies. Two papers from his pen are to be found in Archeologia, both dealing with Marston-St.-Lawrence, Northants, but he was never elected F.S. A.

He was a Vice-President at the Peterborough Congress. tributed several items through the Secretary to our Transactions, e.g. :

1849, February 7th.—“ On a Roman Building near Brinavis."
1875, December 1st. -“ On Roman Remains near Aynhoe.”
1885, November 18th.-“Exhibited Squeeze of Saxon Interlaced Work at

Moulton, Northants." His pamphlet, entitled Hunsbury or Danes' Camp and the Discoveries there, was reviewed by Mr. Roach Smith in vol. xlii of our Journal.

Last year Sir Henry conferred a great benefit on posterity by presenting to the Corporation of Northampton, for public use, five hundred portfolios of his local and other sketches and papers.

Some four months ago, the aged baronet sustained an injury causing blood-poisoning, and ultimately he passed away at his seat at Canons Ashby, Northants, on July 24th,

He con



British Archaeological Association.






(Read February 15th, 1899.)
HE Fenland is to England what Egypt is to

the world: that is to say, from an archæo-
logical point of view. Egypt was
the great high road from Asia into Africa.
Geographical conditions marked this
country out for the conflicts of nations.

The unrivalled fertility of its soil enabled a large population to live and develop a civilisation in and on the borders of Egypt, and this civilisation was liable to invasion by people crowded out of Asia, or driven by exceptionally torrid seasons from the interior of Africa, while the Nile itself was one of the great highways of the world. Egypt was adapted for the protection of the remnants of ancient races, who, when pressed, could lie concealed in the bulrushes of the river bank, or could take refuge in the desert and return again, submit to their conquerors, and live.

Geographical conditions also were here most favourable for the preservation of the records of these migrations, settlements, developments, and displacements. In the



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