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April 2006

Topographical Dictionary of Scotland now live

Dr Peter Webster, 20 April 2006

Samuel Lewis's dictionary of Scottish places (1846) is now live on the site. It gives a full account of the location, character and institutions of Scottish places, from Edinburgh and Glasgow down to the smallest villages, as they were in the mid-nineteenth century. See also these places on our Ordnance Survey mapping. Read more at:

Mackenzie's Historical Account of Newcastle and Gateshead now live.

Dr Peter Webster, 19 April 2006

Eneas Mackenzie's 1827 account of the city of Newcastle is now live. It gives an invaluable contemporary account of the city before the urbanisation and industrialisation of the nineteenth century, as well as historical accounts of churches and religious houses, public and charitable buildings and institutions, and of the governance of the city and its inhabitants. Also included is an account of the borough of Gateshead. Read more at:

Records of North Westmorland now live

Dr Peter Webster, 18 April 2006

This volume of the later records of the barony of Appleby, published by the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, is now live. Reproduced by kind permission of the Society and of Cumbria County Council, the volume contains abstracts and transcriptions of records relating to the history, churches, schools, manors and bridges of the northern part of the county. Principal towns covered include Appleby, Brough, Kirkby Stephen and Shap. It also contains substantial extracts from the Hearth Tax of 1669-72. Read more 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 Surrey and south London

Dr Peter Webster, 10 April 2006

We have now launched volumes 3 and 4 of the Victoria County History for Surrey. These volumes cover much of what is now south London, including Lambeth, Southwark and Kingston-upon-Thames. These sources also cover much of the historic county outside greater London, from Godalming in the south to Caterham in the east. Read more at:

VCH resources for Hertfordshire and north London

Dr Peter Webster, 05 April 2006

Major new resources for Hertfordshire are now live. Volume 2 of the VCH for the county covers the south of the county, including St Albans and areas which are now within greater London, such as Barnet and Elstree. Volume 3 covers the north and east, including Hitchin, Letchworth and the county town of Hertford. 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: