Welcome to the Victoria County History

Founded in 1899 and originally dedicated to Queen Victoria, the VCH is an encyclopaedic record of England's places and people from earliest times to the present day. Based at the Institute of Historical Research in the University of London since 1933, the VCH is written by historians working in counties across England and is without doubt the greatest publishing project in English local history.

News and events

Guests, our county editor and Trust committee at our book launch
Our successful book launch and Marc Fitch lecture at Clowne, Derbyshire on 12 April 2014
Sir Samuel Hood illustrated in the European Magazine, 1807
Glimpses into the life of Sir Samuel Hood
An exciting new website and database at http://www.londonelectoralhistory.com/
Second VCH History Walk

Did You Know?

[In 1276] the abbey was allowed free warren in Darnhall and Weaverham, its lands were disafforested, and it was granted privileges in Delamere forest, including the right to keep bees and have a quarry.
A History of the County of Chester: volume 3