Shropshire volume launched

On Friday 24th October 2014, the eighth volume of the Victoria County History of Shropshire series was launched in Shrewsbury. Shropshire Volume VI, part 1, is the first of a two part treatment of the town and Liberties of Shrewsbury and is the first volume published...
How do you read a series like the Victoria County History?

How do you read a series like the Victoria County History?

The benefits of a digitised volume. “In the mid 18th century the vicar [of Hayes] complained his parishioners attended cock-fights, swore, & rioted in the churchyard during Shrove Tuesday services. At about the same date he was having trouble both with his choir,...

Contributors to the VCH

William Page was the first famous and influential General Editor of the Victoria County History. He succeeded H. Arthur Doubleday of the founding publishers, Constable & Co., who had had sole editorial responsibility from 1900 until Page became joint editor in...

VCH and the Marc Fitch Fund

The Victoria County History’s association with the Marc Fitch Fund is long-standing and we are indebted to their loyal support of our project at both national and county level. As Publications Manager for the series I am used to seeing Marc Fitch’s name in our volumes...

The rise and fall of John Sperni, Mayor of St Pancras, 1937-1938

Metropolitan History 16 January 2013 Robin Woolven The rise and fall of John Sperni, Mayor of St Pancras, 1937-1938   John Sperni was mayor of the St Pancras municipal Borough during the 1930s.  He began life as an impoverished Italian immigrant, but slowly worked his...