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Varney the Vampire

Main character in a series of penny dreadfuls produced from 1845 until 1847. The stories introduced many of the ideas represented in modern vampire stories, such as Varley’s fangs leaving two puncture wounds on the necks of his victims.

Vatersay Raiders

Ten Scottish cottars who were imprisoned in 1908 after illegally setting up homes on the small Hebridean island of Vatersay.

Vesta Tilley

Vesta Tilley (1864–1952) was a popular English music hall performer and one of the most famous male impersonators of her era.

Vesta Victoria

English music-hall singer and comedian.

Victoria Arches

A series of bricked-up arches in an embankment of the River Irwell in Manchester. They served as business premises, landing stages for steam packet riverboats and as Second World War air-raid shelters.

Victoria Tower

Tower on Castle Hill overlooking Huddersfield, constructed as a permanent memorial for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

Victorian painting

Victorian painting refers to the distinctive styles of painting in the United Kingdom during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901).


Historical term describing a unit or area of land containing several dwellings

Violet Alford

Internationally recognised authority on folk dancing and its related music and folk customs.

Waddow Hall

17th-century Grade II listed building within a 178-acre (72 ha) estate near Clitheroe, Lancashire.