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

Norton Fitzwarren church tower
The 3rd VCH History Walk
Programme of talks already arranged and events in which County Editor will take part
Councillor Judith Warner presenting the Club's donation
A donation of £3,000 will enable a new phase of VCH Westminster research
The Castle Inn, one of Benson's several former coaching inns
Read about Benson (Oxfordshire), from Anglo-Saxon estate to major RAF Station

Did You Know?

In a survey of the parsonage or chapel made in 1649 it appeared that the lessees of the parsonage were bound to provide 'a sufficient curate and minister of honest and good reputation to serve the cure,'. He was entitled to tithe eggs, to all fees and to the Easter offerings.
From: 'Parishes: Bramshaw', A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 4 (1911), pp. 623-626.