Victoria County History - Lancaster

Founded in 1899 and originally dedicated to Queen Victoria, the Victoria County History (VCH) is an encyclopaedic record of England's places and people from earliest times to the present day. It has been described as the greatest publishing project in English local history. This series describes the history of the county of Lancashire - do also see the VCH Lancashire page on the IHR website for more information.


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A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 2
A part-volume detailing the religious houses of the county, including the major Cistercian house of Furness, and the early history of the parish church (later cathedral) of Manchester.
A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3
The local history of most of Merseyside east of the Mersey, from Sefton in the north to Speke in the south, and including Warrington, Widnes and Ormskirk. The City of Liverpool itself is covered separately in volume 4.
A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6
Describes the history of the hundred of Leyland, including the parishes of Chorley and Standish. It also covers part of the hundred of Blackburn, including the parish of Blackburn itself. The rest of the hundred is treated in volume 7.
A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 7
This volume is mostly taken up with the history of Amounderness hundred, lying north of the Ribble and south of Lonsdale. It covers the coastal town of Lytham, as well as giving an account of major towns including Preston and Garstang. It also concludes the account of Blackburn hundred, mostly covered in volume 6, including the parishes of Ribchester and Chipping.
A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 8
Covers Lonsdale hundred, the northernmost part of the historic county. To the north it includes the parishes of Cartmel, Hawkshead and Ulverston (now in Cumbria). Further south it covers the parish and city of Lancaster, and the rest of the county as far south as Cockerham, where the hundred bordered that of Amounderness (volume 7).
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