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.

Did You Know?

Horse trams...reached Kentish Town in 1871 and Southampton Rd on the Hampstead boundary, by way of Prince of Wales and Malden roads, in 1880. A line was opened to the foot of Highgate West Hill and another from Southampton Rd across the boundary and along Fleet Rd to South End green in 1887.
A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 9, Hampstead, Paddington