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

Leicestershire 200 Club winners
Shiplake: the Bottle and Glass pub, Binfield Heath
The latest work-in-progress from VCH Oxon.
The presentation of the volume to the Lord Lieutenant, Dame Janet Trotter.
The latest volume of VCH Gloucestershire, comprising the histories of twelve parishes to the north of...
A Taunton back court
Taunton's slums

Did You Know?

Whiteley’s - A slight fall in profits from 1877 to 1880 preceded further expansion, when Whiteley, as self styled 'universal provider', claimed to be able to meet any demand, even for the hire of an elephant.
A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 9, Hampstead, Paddington, ed. C R Elrington (London, 1989), pp. 233-241