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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Sisters appointed to office must be of good character; a suitable sister was to be chosen to teach the rule to those who did not know it; no dancing or revelling except at Christmas and other suitable times, and then in absence of seculars, was to be allowed.
A History of the County of London: Volume 1; London Within the Bars, Westminster and Southwark (1909)