The Victoria County History of Leicestershire

Volume I of the Leicestershire series was published in 1907. Under the influence of W.G. Hoskins the project was revived after the Second World War with four volumes produced between 1954 and 1964.

Work was revived through a four-year project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, called Charnwood Roots (2013-17) which researched the histories of 35 towns, villages and hamlets in the Charnwood area of Leicestershire (not all within Charnwood District Council area).

Two VCH Shorts Castle Donington and Buckminster and Sewstern were published in 2017, with another, Ibstock, published in 2020. Drafts are available for other parishes in Leicestershire. The most recent paperback (2022) is a history of the town of Lutterworth.

The Leicestershire VCH Trust are now raising funds to write up this research as traditional VCH 'Big Red Books', each of which will include several neighbouring parishes. As a first step towards our first major volume we intend to publish two paperbacks on the history of the town of Loughborough since 1750. Research is underway on the first of these, which will focus on the social, cultural and religious history of the town.


Part of Volume II and all of Volumes IV and V are on British History Online. For full access to all volumes, check your local library catalogue or your local archive. 

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VCH Leicestershire Newsletter

October 2023 PDF 2.48 MB
October 2022 PDF 1.85 MB
October 2021 PDF 3.25 MB
September 2020 PDF 1.49 MB
November 2019 PDF 1.88 MB

Leicestershire Histories in Progress

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