VCH Explore

Explore England's Past


The Downs above Upper Halling, looking south.

Upper Halling is one of the small villages that makes up the Medway Valley.

The gardens and grounds at Parham House are featured in this section.

The very best oak building timber at the end of the 16th century came from woods which were specifically managed to produce tall, straight trees fo

For centuries, the Wylye Valley was an area of sheep farming and barley production, where the sheep were used to dung the land.

Arable farming on the Wiltshire chalklands, such as Codford, continued until the 19th century to be organised on the basis of enormous open fields,

A slow but steady flow of river water right across the meadow (known as ‘drowning’ the meadow), kept the ground slightly warmer than it would be if

Sheep were washed and shorn in June and the wool sorted for sale.

In 1597, shortly after Sir Edward Penruddocke completed his purchase of the manor of Compton Chamberlayne, he commissioned this survey of the entir

Domesday Book, the most famous record in England’s national archive, and one of the oldest, has been available in printed form since 1783.

During the 17th century, the rectory lands and tithes of Cheltenham and the associated 'chapel' of Charlton Kings descended from Sir Baptist Hicks