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

Whitchurch from the toll bridge across the Thames
Read the latest Oxfordshire online draft: Whitchurch, in the south Oxfordshire Chilterns.
VCH 120 Box
Help us to celebrate 120 years of VCH History
Upcoming VCH talks and public events 2019
Loughborough meeting
We are planning a new project, for the first Leics 'big red book' since 1964.

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)