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.

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Progress report, February 2015
Medieval Hunting Park
The Death of the Deer Park: Disparkment in England 1500 - 1800
A walk around Higher and Quay towns Minehead

Did You Know?

St Martin's [Leicester Cathedral] has for long been regarded as the principal church in the borough. In 1575 it was ordered that two or three members of every household in the borough and its suburbs should attend the Wednesday and Friday sermons in the church.
A History of the County of Leicester: volume 4, the City of Leicester (1958)