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

A walk round Higher and Quay Towns
A walk around Higher and Quay towns Minehead
Norden's map showing estuary in 1594
Free local history event celebrating VCH Essex's HLF Clacton project
VCH Essex Clacton group at Essex Record Office
The latest news on the VCH Essex's HLF funded Clacton project

Did You Know?

1910 - Churchill, .. came down to Leicester to denounce 'the swift increase of vulgar, joyless luxury' & point to the 'awful gap between rich and poor'. With such talents and feelings engaged & with militant suffragettes to add a spice of novelty, the election was fought in the greatest excitement.
A History of the County of Leicester: Volume 4, the City of Leicester, ed. R A McKinley (London, 1958), pp. 201-250