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

View of Tibshelf looking down the High Street towards the Church
Local History Exhibition at St John the Baptist's Church in Tibshelf
Derbyshire VCH
All Derbyshire local history research groups continue into the Summer term 2014
Typical VCH summer walk
News about VCH Derbyshire's summer walks programme
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

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.