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.

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Annual report as submitted to Charity Commission
Cheltenham before the Spa
Cheltenham before the Spa published.
Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen in Dunsden lecture series starts 10 July

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)