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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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Did You Know?

A curious custom observed at Harvington; the children used to go round the houses on St. Valentine's Day repeating a doggerel rhyme: 'Wissal, wassail, through the town, If you've got any apples throw them down, Up with the stocking and down with the shoe, If you've got no apples money will do.'
'Parishes: Harvington', in A History of the County of Worcester: Volume 3 (London, 1913), pp. 387-390