Record Offices in England

Record offices are the official place of storage for most historical records in the United Kingdom. This includes parish marriage registers, which are usually sent to the nearest county record office once they are full. Each record office has an enormous range of historical material, some of which will date back over 800 years. Always contact the record office before you visit, as you may need to book in advance.

Deciding which one to call or visit

Some counties have one record office, some have several. If you’re not sure which office to contact, start with the one physically closest to the location of the event you are trying to find out about, then work outwards. A quick phone call will give you an idea of whether an office might have the information you require. The list is ordered by modern (not historical) county.

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County Record Office Address Phone Number
UK The National Archives The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU +44 (0)20 8876 3444
UK Society of Genealogists Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London, EC1M 7BA +44 (0)20 7251 8799
Bedfordshire Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service Beds & Luton Archives & Records Service, Riverside Building, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 9AP +44 (0)1234 228833
Berkshire Berkshire Record Office Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 6AF +44 (0)118 937 5132
Buckinghamshire Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UU +44 (0)1296 382587
Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire Archives Cambridgeshire Archives, Box RES 1009, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge, CB3 0AP +44 (0)1223 699399
Cambridgeshire Huntingdonshire Archives and Local Studies Huntingdonshire Archives and Local Studies, Huntingdon Library and Archives, Princes Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3PA +44 (0)1480 372738
Cambridgeshire Cambridge University Library – Department of Manuscripts and University Archives Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DR +44 (0)1223 333143
Cambridgeshire Wisbech & Fenland Museum Wisbech & Fenland Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech, Cambs, PE13 1ES +44 (0)1945 583817
Cheshire Cheshire Archives and Local Studies Cheshire Archives and Local Studies Service, Cheshire Record Office, Duke Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1RL +44 (0)1244 972574
Cornwall Cornwall Record Office Cornwall Record Office, Old County Hall, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3AY +44 (0)1872 323127
Cumbria (some Lancashire, North Yorkshire & Isle of Man records) Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre Cumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre, Barrow, 140 Duke Street, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1XW +44 (0)1229 407377
Cumbria (some Isle of Man records) Carlisle Archive Centre Cumbria Archive Centre, Carlisle, Lady Gillford`s House, Petteril Bank Road, Carlisle, CA1 3AJ +44 (0)1228 227285
Cumbria (some Lancashire & North Yorkshire records) Kendal Archive Centre Cumbria Archive Centre, Kendal, Kendal County Offices, Kendal, LA9 4RQ +44 (0)1539 713540
Cumbria Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre Cumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre, Whitehaven, Scotch Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7NL +44 (0)1946 506420
Derbyshire Derbyshire Record Office Derbyshire Record Office, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG +44 (0)1629 539202
Devon Devon Heritage Services Devon Record Office, Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Sowton, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7NL +44 (0)1392 384253
Devon (some records from eastern parishes of Cornwall) Plymouth and West Devon Record Office Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, Unit 3, Clare Place, Plymouth, PL4 0JW +44 (0)1752 305940
Dorset Dorset History Centre Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RP +44 (0)1305 250550
Durham Durham County Record Office Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL +44 (0)191 3833253
Durham Teesside Archives Teesside Archives, Exchange House, Exchange Square, Middlesbrough TS1 1DB +44 (0)1642 248321
East Sussex East Sussex Record Office East Sussex Record Office, The Maltings, Castle Precincts, Lewes, BN7 1YT +44 (0)1273 482349
East Riding of Yorkshire East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service, County Hall, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 9BA +44 (0)1482 392790
East Riding of Yorkshire Hull City Archives Hull History Centre, Hull City Council, Worship Street, Hull, HU2 8BG +44 (0)1482 317500
Essex The Essex Record Office Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Essex, CM2 6YT +44 (0)1245 244644
Gloucestershire Gloucestershire Archives Gloucestershire Archives, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW +44 (0)1452 425295
Gloucestershire Bristol Record Office Bristol Record Office, ‘B’ Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN +44 (0)117 922 4224
Greater London (plus Middlesex records) London Metropolitan Archives London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 0HB +44 (0)20 7332 3820
Greater London City of Westminster Archives Centre City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DE +44 (0)20 7641 5180
Greater London Barking and Dagenham Archives and Local Studies Centre Archives and Local Studies Centre, Valence House Museum, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 3HT +44 (0)20 8227 2033
Greater London (some Kent records) Bromley Local Studies Library and Archives Bromley Central Library, High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1EX +44 (0)20 8461 7170
Greater London (some Kent records) Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7HJ +44 (0)203 045 3369
Greater London Brent Archives Brent Archives, George Furness House, 2-12 Grange Road, Willesden NW10 2QY +44 (0)20 8937 3541
Greater London Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8PA +44 (0)20 7974 6342
Greater London Croydon Local Studies Library Local Studies Library, Level 3, Central Library, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET +44 (0)20 8726 6900
Greater London Ealing Local History Centre Ealing Local History Centre, 103 Ealing Broadway Centre, The Broadway, London, W5 5JY +44 (0)20 8825 8194
Greater London Enfield Local Studies Library & Archive Enfield Local Studies Library & Archive, Thomas Hardy House (1st floor), 39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS +44 (0)208 379 2724
Greater London Greenwich Heritage Centre Greenwich Heritage Centre, Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, SE18 4DX +44 (0)20 8854 2452
Greater London Hackney Archives Hackney Archives, Dalston CLR James Library and Hackney Archives, Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Square, E8 3BQ +44 (0)20 8356 8925
Greater London Hammersmith & Fulham Archives and Local History Centre Hammersmith & Fulham Archives and Local History Centre, Ground Floor, The Lilla Huset, 191 Talgarth Road, Hammersmith, W6 8BJ +44 (0)20 7332 3820
Greater London Haringey Archive Service Archivist, Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, London, N17 8NU +44 (0)20 8808 8772
Greater London Harrow Civic Centre Reference Library Civic Centre Reference Library, P.O. Box 4, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 2XY +44 (0)20 8424 1055
Greater London Hillingdon Local Heritage Local Heritage, Uxbridge Library, 14-15 High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1HD +44 (0)1895 250702
Greater London Islington Local History Centre Islington Local History Centre, Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NB +44 (0)20 7527 7988
Greater London Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RX +44 (0)20 7361 3010
Greater London Kingston Local History Room Kingston Local History Room, Room 46, North Kingston Centre, Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 5PE +44 (0)20 8547 6738
Greater London Lambeth Archives Lambeth Archives, Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Road, London, SE5 9QY +44 (0)20 7926 6076
Greater London Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre Local History and Archives Centre, 199 – 201 Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6LG +44 (0)20 8314 8501
Greater London Newham Archives and Local Studies Library Newham Archives and Local Studies Library, Stratford Library, The Grove, Stratford E15 1EL +44 (0)20 3373 6881
Greater London Richmond Local Studies Collection Local Studies, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ave, Richmond, TW9 1TP +44 (0)20 8734 3309
Greater London Southwark Local History Library John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JA +44 (0)20 7525 0232
Greater London Sutton Local Studies & Archives Centre Local Studies & Archives Centre, 2nd Floor, Central Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey SM1 1EA +44 (0)20 8770 4747
Greater London Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library, Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 9NH +44 (0)20 8496 4381
Greater London Wandsworth Heritage Service Wandsworth Heritage Service, Battersea Library, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 1JB +44 (0)20 8871 7753
Greater Manchester Greater Manchester County Record Office Greater Manchester County Record Office, 56 Marshall Street, New Cross, Manchester, M4 5FU +44 (0)161 832 5284
Greater Manchester Bury Archives Service Archives Service, Bury Museum and Archives Moss Street, Bury, BL9 0DR +44 (0)161 253 6782
Greater Manchester Oldham Local Studies & Archives Local Studies & Archives, 84 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN +44 (0)161 770 4654
Hampshire Hampshire Archives and Local Studies Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8TH +44 (0)1962 846154
Hampshire Southampton Archives Southampton Archives, Civic Centre, Civic Centre Road, Southampton, SO14 7LY +44 (0)23 8083 2251
Hampshire Portsmouth Records Office Portsmouth History Centre, Norrish Central Library, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DX +44 (0)23 9268 8046
Isle of Wight Isle of Wight Record Office Isle of Wight Record Office, 26 Hillside, Newport, PO30 2EB +44 (0)1983 823820
Herefordshire Herefordshire Archive Service Herefordshire Archive Service, Herefordshire Record Office, Harold Street, Hereford, HR1 2QX +44 (0)1432 260750
Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies, Register Office Block, CHR 002, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8EJ +44 (0)300 123 4049
Kent Kent History & Library Centre Kent History & Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LQ +44 (0)3000 413131
Kent Canterbury Cathedral Archives Canterbury Cathedral Archives, The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH +44 (0)1227 865330
Kent Medway Archives & Local Studies Medway Archives Office, Civic Centre, Strood, Rochester, Kent ME2 4AU +44 (0)1634 332714
Lancashire Lancashire Archives Lancashire Archives, Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2RE +44 (0)1772 533039
Leicestershire The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, Long Street, Wigston Magna, Leicester, LE18 2AH +44 (0)116 257 1080
Lincolnshire Lincolnshire Archives Lincolnshire Archives, St Rumbold Street, Lincoln, LN2 5AB +44 (0)1522 782040
Merseyside Liverpool Record Office Liverpool Record Office, William Brown St, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 8EN +44 (0)151 233 5817
Middlesex Middlesex records are in the London Metropolitan Archives
Norfolk Norfolk Record Office Norfolk Record Office, The Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DQ +44 (0)1603 222599
North Yorkshire North Yorkshire County Record Office County Record Office, Malpas Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8TB +44 (0)1609 777585
North Yorkshire York Archives and Local History Archives and Local History, Acomb Explore, Front Street, Acomb, York, YO24 3BZ +44 (0)1904 552651
Northamptonshire Northamptonshire Record Office Records Office, Wootton Hall Park, Northampton, NN4 8BQ +44 (0)1604 762129
Northumberland Northumberland Archives Northumberland Archives, Woodhorn, QEII Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF +44 (0)1670 528080
Northumberland Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office, Council Office, Wallace Green, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1ED +44 (0)1289 301865
Nottinghamshire Nottinghamshire Archives Nottinghamshire Archives and Southwell & Nottingham Diocesan Record Office, County House, Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham, NG2 1AG +44 (0)8449 808080
Oxfordshire Oxfordshire History Centre Oxfordshire History Centre, St Luke’s Church, Temple Road, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2HT +44 (0)1865 398200
Shropshire Shropshire Archives Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, SY1 2AQ +44 (0)1743 255350
Somerset Somerset Archives and Local Studies Somerset Heritage Centre, Brunel Way, Langford Mead, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, TA2 6SF +44 (0)1823 278805
Somerset Bath & North East Somerset Record Office Bath & North East Somerset Record Office, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW +44 (0)1225 477421
South Yorkshire Barnsley Archives and Local Studies Barnsley Archives and Local Studies, Barnsley Central Library, Shambles Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2JF +44 (0)1226 773950
South Yorkshire Doncaster Archives Doncaster Archives, King Edward Road, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 0NA +44 (0)1302 859811
South Yorkshire Rotherham Archives and Local Studies Archives & Local Studies, Clifton Park Museum, Clifton Lane, Rotherham, S65 2AA +44 (0)1709 336632
South Yorkshire Sheffield Archives Sheffield Archives, 52 Shoreham Street, Sheffield, S1 4SP +44 (0)114 203 9395
Staffordshire Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service (Stafford) Staffordshire Record Office, Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ +44 (0)1785 278379
Staffordshire Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service (Burton) Burton Family and Local History Centre, Burton Library, Riverside, High Street, Burton upon Trent, DE14 1AH +44 (0)1283 239556
Staffordshire Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service (Lichfield) Lichfield Record Office, The Friary, Lichfield, WS13 6QG +44 (0)1543-510720
Staffordshire Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service (Stoke on Trent) Stoke on Trent City Archives, City Central Library, Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, ST1 3RS +44 (0)1782 238420
Staffordshire Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service (William Salt Library) William Salt Library, Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ +44 (0)1785 278372
Suffolk Suffolk Record Office (Bury St Edmunds) Suffolk Record Office, 77 Raingate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2AR +44 (0)1284 741212
Suffolk Suffolk Record Office (Ipswich) Suffolk Record Office, Gatacre Road, Ipswich, IP1 2LQ +44 (0)1473 263909
Suffolk Suffolk Record Office (Lowestoft) Suffolk Record Office, Clapham Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1DR +44 (0)1502 674680
Surrey Surrey History Centre Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6ND +44 (0)1483 518737
Tyne & Wear Tyne & Wear Archives Archives, Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 4JA +44 (0)191 277 2248
Warwickshire Warwickshire County Record Office Warwickshire County Record Office, Priory Park, Cape Road, Warwick, CV34 4JS +44 (0)1926 738959
West Midlands Library of Birmingham Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Birmingham +44 (0)121 242 4242
West Midlands Coventry History Centre Coventry History Centre, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP +44 (0)2476 834060
West Midlands Dudley Archives and Local History Service Dudley Archives and Local History Service, Mount Pleasant Street, Coseley, West Midlands, WV14 9JR +44 (0)1384 812770
West Midlands Wolverhampton City Archives Wolverhampton City Archives, Molineux Hotel Building, Whitmore Hill, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1SF +44 (0)1902 552480
West Sussex West Sussex Record Office West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1DD +44 (0)1243 753602
West Yorkshire Bradford Local Studies Bradford Local Studies, Central Library, Prince’s Way, Bradford, BD1 1NN +44 (0)1274 433686
West Yorkshire West Yorkshire Archive Service (Bradford) WYAS, Bradford Central Library, Prince’s Way, Bradford, BD1 1NN +44 (0)1274 435099
West Yorkshire West Yorkshire Archive Service (Calderdale) WYAS, Central Library, Northgate House, Northgate, Halifax, HX1 1UN +44 (0)1422 392636
West Yorkshire West Yorkshire Archive Service (Kirklees) WYAS, Central Library, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, HD1 2SU +44 (0)1484 221966
West Yorkshire West Yorkshire Archive Service (Leeds) WYAS, Nepshaw Lane South, Morley, Leeds, LS27 7JQ +44 (0)113 393 9788
West Yorkshire West Yorkshire Archive Service (Wakefield) WYAS, Registry of Deeds, Newstead Road, Wakefield, WF1 2DE +44 (0)1924 305980
West Yorkshire Yorkshire Archaeological Society Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Claremont, 23 Clarendon Road, Leeds, LS2 9NZ +44 (0)113 245 7910
Wiltshire Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 3QN +44 (0)1249 705500
Worcestershire The Hive The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PB +44 (0)1905 822866

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