About VCH Northamptonshire

Work on the Northamptonshire VCH is currently (2016) being undertaken by volunteers and part-time consultants.  In 2013 the 7th volume of the Northamptonshire series was published.  Co-edited by Mark Page and Matthew Bristow and with substantial contributions from Cynthia Brown, the volume was the first in the series to be written by consultants under short-term contracts.

Volume 7, which covers the history of Corby parish and town, and the neighbouring parish of Great Oakley, from prehistory to the present day and charts the development and growth of Corby New Town, has receieved positive reviews since its launch with Barrie Trinder commenting, "This is scholarship which matches the highest standards of the volumes produced by long-serving county editors of past generations".     

The Northamptonshire VCH Trust, led by Lord Boswell of Aynho, is currently fundraising to support work on the historic hundred of Towcester which will form the 8th volume of the series.  Work on the Towcester volume, which will include the town, rural hinterland and ancient parishes of Abthorpe, Tiffield, Gayton, Cold Higham and Pattishall is underway, supported by a grant from the Francis Coales Trust, though further support is required to ensure its completion.

Staff Profiles

Dr Mark Page Mark Page, Consultant Editor

Mark Page is Assistant Editor, VCH Oxfordshire, and Visiting Fellow, Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester. He previously worked in Northamptonshire on Leicester University's Whittlewood Project, a study of medieval settlement and landscape in an area of royal forest, covering the parishes of Silverstone, Whittlebury, Potterspury, Passenham, and Wicken. He has published in the county journal Northamptonshire Past and Present and is co-author (with Richard Jones) of Medieval Villages in an English Landscape: Beginnings and Ends (2006). Mark was the co-editor and one of the principal authors of VCH Northamptonshire VII: Corby and Great Oakley and is currently writing the history of Abthorpe for inclusion in Northamptonshire VCH volume VIII.  He can be contacted at mrp15@le.ac.uk.

John Jenkins, Consultant Editor

Dr John Jenkins gained his doctorate from Oxford University in 2011 with his thesis entitled, ‘'Torre Abbey: Locality, Community, and Society in Medieval Devon', which in turn supplemented his MA awarded by Kings College London and his BA awarded by Wadham College, Oxford.  In addition to his research and teaching commitments as an Oxford University post-doc, John has been regularly engaged as a historical consultant for a heritage services company working within the museum sector and as such has experience of working on a project utilising both professional researchers and heritage volunteers.  More recently, John has also been engaged as a consultant on the South Oxfordshire Project, a Leverhulme funded research project with a strong Local History methodology which has close links to VCH Oxfordshire.  John will act as princiapl authorial consultant on VCH Northamptonshire VIII: Towcester, working in the first instance on the landownership and religious history of the town,