Owing to various vicissitudes, and
particularly to the troubles during and since the war, the
publication of this volume has unfortunately been long delayed.
The article on Romano-British Kent which was undertaken by the
late Professor F. Haverfield was far advanced towards completion
at the time of his death. The importance of the subject induced
him to expend on it that meticulous care which made his work so
valuable. Although some of his deductions regarding the history
and development of the Saxon Shore have had to be modified in the
light of later excavations at Richborough, Folkestone and
elsewhere, his treatment of the subject will, it is hoped, be a
lasting contribution to Romano-British history. The editor is much
indebted to Dr. R. E. Mortimer Wheeler for undertaking the
revision and completion of this article and for the assistance
given in its compilation by Miss Margerie Taylor, so long
associated with Professor Haverfield’s work, the Rev. C.
Eveleigh Woodruff, Mr. R. F. Jessup and Mr. C. F. C. Hawkes. For
reading the proofs and otherwise helping on this article the
editor is indebted to Sir George Macdonald, Mr. R. G. Collingwood,
Mr. H. T. Elgar, Mr. N. C. Cook and Miss J. C. Dodgson. With the
exception of the translation of the Domesday text by the late Rev.
F. W. Ragg which has been revised by the editor, the other
sections of this volume have either been newly written or have
been revised and brought up to date by their authors.
In the peculiarly difficult task of the
identification of place-names in the Kent Domesday Text and
Domesday Monachorum, the editor wishes to express his gratitude
for the help afforded by Dr. Gordon Ward, Mr. H. H. Knocker, Mr.
E. C. Matthews, Mr. E. S. M. Perowne, Dr. Rose Graham and Miss J.
Churchill, and also to the Rev. Dr. Samuel Bickersteth and the
Dean and Chapter of Canterbury for permission to photograph the
MS. of the Domesday Monachorum preserved in their library.
The editor desires to express his gratitude to Mr. S.
C. Ratcliff for information as to ‘the Custom of Kent,’ Mr. W.
H. Aymer Valance, Mr. Richard Croker, Mr. Eustace Craig and the
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for information regarding
the industries of the county. He has also to thank Mr. O. G. S.
Crawford, Mr. S. E. Winbolt, Mr. J. P. Bushe-Fox, Mr. G. C. Druce,
Major Gordon Home, the late Mr. William Whiting, Miss Jessie
Mothersole, the Kent Archaeological Society, the Society of
Antiquaries of London, the British Academy, the Clarendon Press,
the Controller of H.M. Stationery Office, the Director— General
of the Ordnance Survey and the Secretary of the Air Ministry for
permission to reproduce plans and other illustrations and for the
loan of blocks and photographs.