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Elizabeth Williamson

Architectural Editor, Victoria County History

Elizabeth was previously Deputy Editor of The Buildings of England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales. She has a particular interest in 20th-century architecture and planning and in the ideas that have shaped successive generations of English New Towns.


The Survey of London on the Royal Opera House

Elizabeth Williamson, 15 January 2009

Volume 35 of the Survey of London is now live. It gives an account of the history and architecture of the Royal Opera House, and its predecessor, the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Read it, and the rest of the Survey, at:

The VCH account of Hull now live

Elizabeth Williamson, 04 February 2008

The Victoria County History volume for Hull is now live. Volume 1 of the series for the East Riding of Yorkshire gives thematic and chronological accounts of the city and its outlying villages. This volume concludes the digitisation of VCH volumes in this second phase of the project. Read it at:

New VCH volumes now live

Elizabeth Williamson, 14 January 2008

Four more volumes of the Victoria County History are now live. These include volume 3, which details the city and university of Cambridge. See all eight volumes at:

Hasted's History of Kent

Elizabeth Williamson, 12 November 2007

Volumes 7-10 of Hasted's 'History' are now live. This completes the first ten volumes of the series. The final two, on Canterbury, will be launched in the next few weeks. Read them all at:

History of Oxfordshire

Elizabeth Williamson, 01 November 2007

Five more volumes of the Victoria County History are now live. These volumes, including volume 3 on the University of Oxford, brings the number of VCH Oxfordshire volumes on the site to nine. Read them all at:

History of Essex

Elizabeth Williamson, 19 October 2007

Volume 8 of the Victoria County History for Essex is now live. This volume, covering Harlow, Brentwood and Thurrock, completes our holdings of the Essex parish volumes so far published. Read all seven at:

Northamptonshire local history

Elizabeth Williamson, 05 October 2007

Two more volumes of the Victoria County History are now live. Volumes 3 and 4 complete our projected holdings of parish volumes for the county. Read all four volumes at:

Bedfordshire and Berkshire local history

Elizabeth Williamson, 01 October 2007

Two new Victoria County History volumes are now live. Volume 2 for Bedfordshire and volume 4 for Berkshire now complete our holdings of parish volumes for those counties. Read both series at:

Buckinghamshire local history

Elizabeth Williamson, 24 September 2007

Two more volumes of the Victoria County History are now live. Volumes 2 and 4 cover between them the three hundreds of Aylesbury and those of Ashendon, Buckingham and Newport. This now completes our holdings of the VCH for the county. Read them all at:

Victoria County History for the North Riding now live

Elizabeth Williamson, 10 September 2007

Volume 1 of the Victoria County History is now live. The first of two, it complements our existing VCH holdings for the East Riding and for the City of York. The second volume will be launched in the next few weeks. Read them all at:

Warwickshire local history

Elizabeth Williamson, 29 May 2007

The final two volumes of the Victoria County History for Warwickshire are now live. Volumes 3 and 5 deal with the hundreds of Barlichway and Kington, and include the major town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Read them, and the rest of the volumes for Warwickshire (now complete) at:

Sussex and Hampshire

Elizabeth Williamson, 08 May 2007

Two more volumes from the Victoria County History are now live. Volume 7 for Sussex concentrates on the rape of Lewes, including the county town itself, as well as the coastal areas around Brighton. The fourth volume for Hampshire now completes our holdings for the parishes of the county. Read more at:

Victoria County History for Cheshire volume V part 2

Elizabeth Williamson, 30 April 2007

The second part of the VCH volume for the city of Chester is now live. It deals thematically with the economic, religious and cultural institutions of the city, and complements part 1, which is already live on BHO. Read them both at:

Victoria County History for Warwickshire

Elizabeth Williamson, 24 April 2007

Volume 6 of the VCH, for Knightlow hundred, is now live. The volume covers the parishes in the area surrounding Coventry and Warwick, and includes accounts of the boroughs of Leamington Spa and Rugby. Volumes 3 and 5 will be launched in the next few weeks, completing the VCH's topographical coverage of the county. Read them all at:

Two volumes of Edward Hasted's ''History of Kent'' are now live

Elizabeth Williamson, 16 March 2007

Volumes 1 and 4 of Hasted's History are now live. Published in 12 volumes in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, Edward Hasted's work remains the most comprehensive single local history of the whole county. It is intended to add other volumes gradually over the next 18 months. Read more at:

VCH for Lancashire completed

Elizabeth Williamson, 05 March 2007

Volumes 5 and 6 are now live. They cover the hundred of Leyland, and parts of the hundreds of Blackburn and Salford. This now completes our holdings of parish volumes for Lancashire. Read the full set at:

Further volumes from VCH Lancashire now live

Elizabeth Williamson, 12 February 2007

Volumes 7 and 8 are now live. Between them they cover the northernmost hundreds of the county, including the towns of Preston and Blackburn, and the detached part of the county including Cartmel and Ulverston (now in southern Cumbria). Volumes 5 and 6 will be added in the next few weeks, completing the VCH's coverage of hundreds and parishes for the whole county. Read them all at:

Further volumes of the VCH for Staffordshire

Elizabeth Williamson, 05 February 2007

Volumes 5 and 8 are now live. Volume 5 covers East Cuttlestone hundred in the south-west of the county, including the towns of Cannock and Rugeley. Volume 8 describes the major towns of Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme. These volumes, along with five others from the VCH series, and our recently added material from the Staffordshire Historical Collections, make up a considerable body of core texts for the history of the county. Read more at:

Staffordshire lay subsidy rolls now live

Elizabeth Williamson, 17 January 2007

The Staffordshire lay subsidy rolls of 1327 and 1332 are now live. Follow the link below to the 'Collections for a History of Staffordshire', volumes 7 and 10. These volumes complement our other holdings of lay subsidy records for other counties. View them all by clicking on the link below.

Staffordshire Fines

Elizabeth Williamson, 16 January 2007

Final concords for the periods 1216-72 and 1327-1547 are now live. These complement our existing holdings of fines for Yorkshire and Lancashire. Follow the link below to the Collections for a History of Staffordshire (volumes 4 and 11).

Staffordshire religious houses

Elizabeth Williamson, 15 January 2007

Cartularies are now live for three Staffordshire houses. The three, for the houses at Stone priory, Burton abbey and Trentham priory, are part of the Collections for a History of Staffordshire.

Volumes 3 and 6 of Magna Britannia now launched

Elizabeth Williamson, 06 November 2006

Volumes 3 and 6 of Samuel and Daniel Lysons's gazetteer, for Cornwall and Devon, are now live. As well as accounts of each parish, arranged alphabetically, these volumes give an invaluable snapshot of the population, social composition, economic life and antiquities of the two counties in the early nineteenth century. Read them both, and others in the series, at:

Two volumes of Lysons's 'Magna Britannia' are now live

Elizabeth Williamson, 26 October 2006

Daniel and Samuel Lysons's volumes for Cumberland and Derbyshire are now live. These volumes, the first of four projected for inclusion in BHO, cover the history of the county both thematically and by parish. They were first published in 1816 and 1817. See also Daniel Lysons's earlier 'Environs of London'.

Cumberland Lay Subsidy of 1332-3 now live

Elizabeth Williamson, 25 July 2006

The record of the lay subsidy for Cumberland of 1332-3 is now live. Edited in 1906 by J.P.Steel from records in the National Archives, it records the names of prominent inhabitants of Cumberland, grouped by ward and by vill. It is an invaluable source for medieval genealogy and economic history. Read it and other lay subsidy records at:

VCH resources for Worcestershire

Elizabeth Williamson, 15 April 2006

Volumes 3 and 4 of the VCH for Worcestershire will go live soon. Volume 3 covers parts of the west of the historic county now within greater Birmingham, including Dudley, Halesowen and Yardley. Volume 4 (forthcoming) describes in particular the city of Worcester, and complements the account of the cathedral in volume 2 (already published). The two volumes also document the towns of Droitwich, Great Malvern, Kidderminster and Pershore. Read more at:

New resources for east Berkshire

Elizabeth Williamson, 01 April 2006

Volume 3 of the VCH for Berkshire is now live. This volume covers much of the eastern part of the county, including Reading, Maidenhead and Windsor. It also includes a detailed account of Windsor Castle. Read it at:

Winchester and the Isle of Wight

Elizabeth Williamson, 08 March 2006

The Victoria County History volume for this cathedral city and the two hundreds of the island is now live. As well as a full account of the development of Winchester, volume 5 of the VCH for Hampshire also covers Christchurch and Bournemouth. Read more at:

The Victoria County History for Bedfordshire

Elizabeth Williamson, 27 February 2006

The VCH volume for Bedford and much of the rest of the county is now available. As well as the county town, it covers other significant centres including Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard. Read more at:

The histories of English cathedral cities from the Victoria County History

Elizabeth Williamson, 16 February 2006

Our coverage of the cathedral cities now includes Durham, Gloucester and Lichfield. The VCH accounts of these three cities now complement the accounts of Salisbury and Chichester already on the site. Look out too for the forthcoming volumes on Winchester and Worcester, which will appear in the next few weeks. Follow the links to read more:

The history of Salisbury from the VCH

Elizabeth Williamson, 30 January 2006

The sixth volume of the VCH for Wiltshire is now live. It gives a detailed account of the borough of Old Salisbury and the city of New Salisbury, including an account of the cathedral. It also covers the borough of Wilton. Read more at:

New resources for Huntingdonshire from the VCH

Elizabeth Williamson, 30 January 2006

Volume 2 of the VCH's account of Huntingdonshire is now live. This covers much of the south of the county, including Huntingdon itself, St Ives and St Neots. Read more at:

Further new resources for monastic history from the VCH

Elizabeth Williamson, 01 June 2005

Our ongoing publication of resources relating to the religious houses is now nearing completion. This series of 34 part-volumes from the Victoria County History provides a useful complement to the Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae.