Whilst writing this book, many people were very generous both with their time and help. We would especially like to thank Paul Bishton for reading the manuscript in its early stages and making suggestions for further work. Anyone looking in our address book and noting the number of clerical addresses would be forgiven for thinking that not only were we of an ecumenical disposition, but were acquainted with most ministers in Wolverhampton. Neither is the case, but we would like to thank the following for their great help:  Mr. Thompson, the verger of St. Peter’s for his help and the loan of Christian’s original report, Bishop Joseph Cleary for his help on the history of S.S. Mary and John, Rev. John Palmer for showing us around Holy Trinity, Heath Town, the ladies who were so helpful in giving us access to Darlington Street Methodist Chapel and the Chaplain and staff of the Royal School. Mr. Philip Collins of the Kempe Society for reading and advising on the sections of the book that refer to the work of C.E. Kempe. The staff of Furzebank Library for their unfailing help in obtaining articles from obscure journals, the staff of Birmingham Local History Archive, Stafford County Record Office, Wolverhampton Reference Library, Walsall Local History Centre, the British Architectural Library and also Michael Horswell for his help with the Latin inscriptions in S.S. Mary and John and proof reading the final manuscript. Last, but by no means least, the unnamed security guards and church wardens for their courtesy and assistance.

This book is by no means the definitive statement on Wolverhampton’s Victorian heritage: if any readers have any information about the architects, craftsmen or buildings mentioned that could be included in future editions, we would be grateful if they would contact us via e mail:

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