The paperback series

The England's Past for Everyone project produced as one of it's published outputs a series of 15 paperback books covering a variety of themes and focusing on places and people.

The series is characterised by well-illustrated narratives and text boxes, based on the high standards of documentary research and fieldwork expected from the VCH. The paperbacks are published by Phillimore & Co Ltd, the leading specialist publisher of British local and family history

Codford Front Cover

The Wiltshire village of Codford lies in the lush Wylye Valley, between Salisbury Plain to the north and the chalk escarpments of the Wiltshire Downs to the...

Front Cover of Cornwall and the Cross

Cornwall’s place-names and churches are unique. They commemorate an enormous number of local and little-known saints, such as St Austell, St Ives, and...

Bristol volume cover

Throughout much of its history, Bristol has been one of England’s most important ports; on the very edge of England it looks out towards Wales,...

Sunderland and its Origins Cover

Sunderland was once the seat of one of the most important centres of learning in the whole of Europe. The community of monks at Anglo-Saxon Wearmouth...

This EPE paperback explores Burford's rich built heritage, in the context of the town's transition from medieval wool town to modern tourist centre...

Bolsover Volume Cover

Bolsover is famous for its castles and its colliery, the boldest elements in the rich history of a town that was laid out shortly after the Norman Conquest...

Parham House lies tranquilly at the foot of the South Downs, an Elizabethan house with weathered stone walls, glittering leaded windows and a gabled...

Exmoor Front Cover

Long admired by poets and artists, Exmoor calls to mind wild moors, rugged landscapes and, of course, Lorna Doone. Home to a wide variety of distinctive...

Post Medieval Ledbury Cover

Ledbury lies in a quiet corner of Herefordshire, just about equidistant from the cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester. Remote, but not isolated, the...

In 1750 the lower Medway Valley, the area between the towns of Maidstone and Rochester, was firmly part of Kent's 'Garden of England'. A century...

Front Cover of Cornwall and the Coast

A favourite Cornish toast at the end of the 18th century was 'fish, tin and copper' and it was the first of these that brought prosperity to the...

This EPE paperback explores Henley's relationship with the Thames, from medieval trading port to home of the Regatta.

Hardwick Volume Cover

One of the most magnificent great houses of the Elizabethan period, Hardwick New Hall stands prominently on high ground overlooking the valley of the river...

Medieval Ledbury Front Page

Ledbury is a small town in the lush Herefordshire countryside. How did it come to be here and who and what shaped its development? This volume explores a...

Sunderland: Building a City Cover

Sunderland: Building a City traces the physical development of Sunderland from a group of medieval settlements into the city of a new millennium. The...