I HAVE endeavoured in this small history to give all that is known of Randwick (and for this reason have searched high and low) down to the present year, 1893.
Some of this matter I have gained from my own relatives, whose ancestors have been dwellers in Randwick for centuries; while some I have gained from old inhabitants still living. Some things I have gained from hooks and papers, while yet others I have discovered for myself. The respected Rector of the parish, the Rev. A. C. Lowth, has been very kind in allowing me free access to the registers, parchments, and old books belonging to the parish; and he has also assisted me in deciphering old documents. This gentleman also took great interest in obtaining for me the inscriptions on the bells.
I also feel much indebted to the Rev. A. Nash, Vicar of Standish, who also allowed me access to the registers belonging to that village.
The chapter on " Randwick Folklore is naturally disjointed, as the different items. were added as they occurred to my mind, or as I discovered them.
The only book of the parish I have not been allowed to see is the Poll Book of the Wap, although I have gained some extracts from it.
I had no idea, when searching the registers for another purpose, of attempting this history ; but having gained so much matter from them, I was at a loss what to do with it, when someone laughingly suggested my writing the history of Stroud. I replied that I had better write the history of Randwick first.
If in every parish someone would undertake to do likewise, what a quantity of interesting matter might be adduced, what old facts and traditions would be preserved from oblivion-there would be a second Domesday Book.