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

Ewelme church: the tomb of Alice, duchess of Suffolk (nee Chaucer)
Oxfordshire's Ewelme Hundred volume (published 2016) is now available at British History Online
Little London in Brill, Buckinghamshire c.1580
Liminal places and overlapping boundaries: Little Londons and marginal settlements since medieval times
The Hundred River near Henstead, Suffolk (©Richard Purkiss)
The origins of the East Anglian hundreds - Richard Purkiss
The skull of Scottish soldier 1650
A presentation on the work to identify the occupants of mass graves in Durham

Did You Know?

By 1840–1 Messrs. Joseph Terry & Co was already engaged in sending its products: seed-and fruit-cakes, 'African Bisquits', jujubes, mint cakes, acid drops, gumballs, Nelson Balls, 'pomfrit' cakes—to 75 towns all over the north of England, into the Midlands, and as far south as Luton and London.
'Modern York: Economy, 1839-1900', in A History of the County of York: the City of York, ed. P M Tillott (London, 1961)