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

Lutterworth's Elementary School
As we approach the centenary of the declaration of war in 1914, students from the University of Leicester...
Norton Fitzwarren church tower
The 3rd VCH History Walk
Wells Cathedral from the wells
A chance to combine tours of Glastonbury Abbey and Wells Cathedral
Programme of talks already arranged and events in which County Editor will take part

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.