The Victoria County History of Essex

Eleven volumes have been published to date covering parts of the county now within the bounds of Greater London to Colchester and the seaside resorts of Walton on the Naze, Frinton and Clacton in the far north east of Essex.

Work is currently concentrated on the pre-resort history of the area aound Walton-on-the-Naze. This volume describes the parishes collectively called the Sokens, Kirby-le-Soken, Thorpe-le-Soken, and Walton-le-Soken. It will for the second part of volume XII of the Essex Series. Read more about Volume XII Part 1.

Other work is concentrated on the seaside resort of Southend and the port of Harwich.

The county editor, Dr Christopher Thornton, can be contacted by email or by post: VCH Essex, C/O Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT.

Eight volumes are available on British History Online. For full access to all volumes, check your local library catalogue or your local archive. 

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