Leicestershire

Status: Active, 5 volumes published

Research and writing are now underway, to add more Leicestershire parish histories to the VCH.

In 2014 draft histories have been completed for Castle Donington, Kirby Bellars and Leire. Please see our work-in-progress pages for details of the other parishes we are currently researching. The image to the right is a late medieval hall and cross-wing house in Castle Donington, with later shop front.

We are now recruiting volunteers to help us with research in the Charnwood area. For more information about our Charnwood project, please see our separate Charnwood Roots website.

Leicestershire has a fascinating and diverse history. Did you know, for example: 

That Leicestershire contains 65% of the country's igneous rock, which has been quarried since Roman times and is still much in demand for road building?

That the first monastery to be established in England after the Reformation is in Leicestershire?

That one of the country's first railways opened in Leicestershire, and included a tunnel over one mile long?

Much of Leicestershire's history has yet to be researched and told. Only two topographical volumes have been published in the Leicestershire VCH series, one on the city of Leicester and one covering Market Harborough and the south-east of the county. There remain around 300 town and village histories that have yet to be researched and written, including most of the county's market towns and numerous villages for which nothing has been published since John Nichols wrote his history of the county some 200 years ago.

Initial support from Leicestershire County Council, the University of Leicester, Harvey Ingram LLP and the Michael Bishop Foundation enabled free training and support to be delivered to 40 keen volunteers who are helping to research and write the histories of 27 parishes, but we have no permanent source of funding and the support of individuals, corporate donors and charitable trusts is required if this work is to continue.

Help us turn our aim to publish further parish histories on this site and in 'big red books' into reality. Leicestershire needs and DESERVES a modern county history. A donation to Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust (charity no. 1128575) will help us to provide further training and support to our volunteers to enable research and writing to continue. It will also help us to add further transcripts of documents to the VCH Explore website, which will benefit family historians and others with an interest in Leicestershire people and communities. The training and skills we provide to our volunteers, free of charge, will also enable them to provide valuable skilled help with other heritage projects in the future.

For further details or to make a donation, please contact The Secretary, Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust, Marc Fitch Historical Institute, 5 Salisbury Road, Leicester, LE1 7QR; telephone 0116 252 2762; email jad17@le.ac.uk, or complete and return the form on the 'Support' section of this website.

 

 

 

Publications

Leicestershire Vol I
William Page
Jan 1907
Leicestershire Vol II
W.G. Hoskins
Jan 1954
Leicestershire Vol III
W. G. Hoskins and R.A. McKinley
Jan 1955
Leicestershire Vol IV
R. A. McKinley
Jan 1958
Leicestershire Vol V
J. M. Lee and R. A. McKinley
Jan 1964

News and events

The lucky winners of Leicestershire VCH Trust's most recent 200 Club draw
A full parish history of Leire, written by Carol Cambers for the VCH, has now...
The spire of St Mary's church Lutterworth blew down on Christmas Day 1701...
Leicestershire VCH Trust's 200 club December draw
St John the Baptist church in Buckminster, north-east Leicestershire, opened...
What links Richard III, scripture and the Leicestershire VCH project? That may...
Good progress continues to be made in Leicestershire, with a full parish...
Leicestershire VCH Trust's 2014 Newsletter is now available to download

Work in progress

The parish of Buckminster (which contains the villages of Buckminster and S...
Leicestershire's first conservation area was created in the former market to...