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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.

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"Lovely weather. At 7.15 a.m. we were bombed by German aircraft": the Great War as experienced in...
Berrick Salome village, looking north
Latest Oxfordshire draft text for VCH Oxfordshire XVIII
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Autumn Newsletter 2014

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The enigmatic ‘St Christopher’s Corner’, at the junction of Church Street and Dogpole/St Mary’s Street, first mentioned in 1538, may record an earlier wayside shrine for travellers, once located at the intersection of the former monastic precincts of St Mary and St Alkmund...
A History of Shropshire: volume 6, part 1