Record Offices in England

Marriage Record Offices EnglandRecord 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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CountyRecord OfficeAddressPhone Number
UKThe National ArchivesThe National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU+44 (0)20 8876 3444
UKSociety of GenealogistsSociety of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London, EC1M 7BA+44 (0)20 7251 8799
BedfordshireBedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record ServiceBeds & Luton Archives & Records Service, Riverside Building, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 9AP+44 (0)1234 228833
BerkshireBerkshire Record OfficeBerkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 6AF+44 (0)118 937 5132
BuckinghamshireCentre for Buckinghamshire StudiesCentre for Buckinghamshire Studies, County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UU+44 (0)1296 382587
CambridgeshireCambridgeshire ArchivesCambridgeshire Archives, Box RES 1009, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge, CB3 0AP+44 (0)1223 699399
CambridgeshireHuntingdonshire Archives and Local StudiesHuntingdonshire Archives and Local Studies, Huntingdon Library and Archives, Princes Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3PA+44 (0)1480 372738
CambridgeshireCambridge University Library – Department of Manuscripts and University ArchivesDepartment of Manuscripts and University Archives, Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DR+44 (0)1223 333143
CambridgeshireWisbech & Fenland MuseumWisbech & Fenland Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech, Cambs, PE13 1ES+44 (0)1945 583817
CheshireCheshire Archives and Local StudiesCheshire Archives and Local Studies Service, Cheshire Record Office, Duke Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1RL+44 (0)1244 972574
CornwallCornwall Record OfficeCornwall 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 CentreCumbria 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 CentreCumbria 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 CentreCumbria Archive Centre, Kendal, Kendal County Offices, Kendal, LA9 4RQ+44 (0)1539 713540
CumbriaWhitehaven Archive and Local Studies CentreCumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre, Whitehaven, Scotch Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7NL+44 (0)1946 506420
DerbyshireDerbyshire Record OfficeDerbyshire Record Office, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG+44 (0)1629 539202
DevonDevon Heritage ServicesDevon 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 OfficePlymouth and West Devon Record Office, Unit 3, Clare Place, Plymouth, PL4 0JW+44 (0)1752 305940
DorsetDorset History CentreDorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RP+44 (0)1305 250550
DurhamDurham County Record OfficeDurham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL+44 (0)191 3833253
DurhamTeesside ArchivesTeesside Archives, Exchange House, Exchange Square, Middlesbrough TS1 1DB+44 (0)1642 248321
East SussexEast Sussex Record OfficeEast Sussex Record Office, The Maltings, Castle Precincts, Lewes, BN7 1YT+44 (0)1273 482349
East Riding of YorkshireEast Riding Archives and Local Studies ServiceEast Riding Archives and Local Studies Service, County Hall, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 9BA+44 (0)1482 392790
East Riding of YorkshireHull City ArchivesHull History Centre, Hull City Council, Worship Street, Hull, HU2 8BG+44 (0)1482 317500
EssexThe Essex Record OfficeEssex Record Office, Wharf Road, Essex, CM2 6YT+44 (0)1245 244644
GloucestershireGloucestershire ArchivesGloucestershire Archives, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW+44 (0)1452 425295
GloucestershireBristol Record OfficeBristol Record Office, ‘B’ Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN+44 (0)117 922 4224
Greater London (plus Middlesex records)London Metropolitan ArchivesLondon Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 0HB+44 (0)20 7332 3820
Greater LondonCity of Westminster Archives CentreCity of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DE+44 (0)20 7641 5180
Greater LondonBarking and Dagenham Archives and Local Studies CentreArchives 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 ArchivesBromley Central Library, High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1EX+44 (0)20 8461 7170
Greater London (some Kent records)Bexley Local Studies and Archive CentreBexley Local Studies and Archive Centre, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7HJ+44 (0)203 045 3369
Greater LondonBrent ArchivesBrent Archives, George Furness House, 2-12 Grange Road, Willesden NW10 2QY+44 (0)20 8937 3541
Greater LondonCamden Local Studies and Archives CentreCamden Local Studies and Archives Centre, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8PA+44 (0)20 7974 6342
Greater LondonCroydon Local Studies LibraryLocal Studies Library, Level 3, Central Library, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET+44 (0)20 8726 6900
Greater LondonEaling Local History CentreEaling Local History Centre, 103 Ealing Broadway Centre, The Broadway, London, W5 5JY+44 (0)20 8825 8194
Greater LondonEnfield Local Studies Library & ArchiveEnfield Local Studies Library & Archive, Thomas Hardy House (1st floor), 39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS+44 (0)208 379 2724
Greater LondonGreenwich Heritage CentreGreenwich Heritage Centre, Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, SE18 4DX+44 (0)20 8854 2452
Greater LondonHackney ArchivesHackney Archives, Dalston CLR James Library and Hackney Archives, Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Square, E8 3BQ+44 (0)20 8356 8925
Greater LondonHammersmith & Fulham Archives and Local History CentreHammersmith & Fulham Archives and Local History Centre, Ground Floor, The Lilla Huset, 191 Talgarth Road, Hammersmith, W6 8BJ+44 (0)20 7332 3820
Greater LondonHaringey Archive ServiceArchivist, Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, London, N17 8NU+44 (0)20 8808 8772
Greater LondonHarrow Civic Centre Reference LibraryCivic Centre Reference Library, P.O. Box 4, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 2XY+44 (0)20 8424 1055
Greater LondonHillingdon Local HeritageLocal Heritage, Uxbridge Library, 14-15 High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1HD+44 (0)1895 250702
Greater LondonIslington Local History CentreIslington Local History Centre, Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NB+44 (0)20 7527 7988
Greater LondonKensington and Chelsea Local StudiesKensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RX+44 (0)20 7361 3010
Greater LondonKingston Local History RoomKingston Local History Room, Room 46, North Kingston Centre, Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 5PE+44 (0)20 8547 6738
Greater LondonLambeth ArchivesLambeth Archives, Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Road, London, SE5 9QY+44 (0)20 7926 6076
Greater LondonLewisham Local History and Archives CentreLocal History and Archives Centre, 199 – 201 Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6LG+44 (0)20 8314 8501
Greater LondonNewham Archives and Local Studies LibraryNewham Archives and Local Studies Library, Stratford Library, The Grove, Stratford E15 1EL+44 (0)20 3373 6881
Greater LondonRichmond Local Studies CollectionLocal Studies, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ave, Richmond, TW9 1TP+44 (0)20 8734 3309
Greater LondonSouthwark Local History LibraryJohn Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JA+44 (0)20 7525 0232
Greater LondonSutton Local Studies & Archives CentreLocal Studies & Archives Centre, 2nd Floor, Central Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey SM1 1EA+44 (0)20 8770 4747
Greater LondonWaltham Forest Archives and Local Studies LibraryWaltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library, Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 9NH+44 (0)20 8496 4381
Greater LondonWandsworth Heritage ServiceWandsworth Heritage Service, Battersea Library, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 1JB+44 (0)20 8871 7753
Greater ManchesterGreater Manchester County Record OfficeGreater Manchester County Record Office, 56 Marshall Street, New Cross, Manchester, M4 5FU+44 (0)161 832 5284
Greater ManchesterBury Archives ServiceArchives Service, Bury Museum and Archives Moss Street, Bury, BL9 0DR+44 (0)161 253 6782
Greater ManchesterOldham Local Studies & ArchivesLocal Studies & Archives, 84 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN+44 (0)161 770 4654
HampshireHampshire Archives and Local Studies Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8TH+44 (0)1962 846154
HampshireSouthampton ArchivesSouthampton Archives, Civic Centre, Civic Centre Road, Southampton, SO14 7LY+44 (0)23 8083 2251
HampshirePortsmouth Records OfficePortsmouth History Centre, Norrish Central Library, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DX+44 (0)23 9268 8046
Isle of WightIsle of Wight Record OfficeIsle of Wight Record Office, 26 Hillside, Newport, PO30 2EB+44 (0)1983 823820
HerefordshireHerefordshire Archive ServiceHerefordshire Archive Service, Herefordshire Record Office, Harold Street, Hereford, HR1 2QX+44 (0)1432 260750
HertfordshireHertfordshire Archives and Local StudiesHertfordshire Archives & Local Studies, Register Office Block, CHR 002, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8EJ+44 (0)300 123 4049
KentKent History & Library CentreKent History & Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LQ+44 (0)3000 413131
KentCanterbury Cathedral ArchivesCanterbury Cathedral Archives, The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH+44 (0)1227 865330
KentMedway Archives & Local StudiesMedway Archives Office, Civic Centre, Strood, Rochester, Kent ME2 4AU+44 (0)1634 332714
LancashireLancashire ArchivesLancashire Archives, Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2RE+44 (0)1772 533039
LeicestershireThe Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & RutlandThe Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, Long Street, Wigston Magna, Leicester, LE18 2AH+44 (0)116 257 1080
LincolnshireLincolnshire ArchivesLincolnshire Archives, St Rumbold Street, Lincoln, LN2 5AB+44 (0)1522 782040
MerseysideLiverpool Record OfficeLiverpool Record Office, William Brown St, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 8EN+44 (0)151 233 5817
MiddlesexMiddlesex records are in the London Metropolitan Archives
NorfolkNorfolk Record OfficeNorfolk Record Office, The Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DQ+44 (0)1603 222599
North YorkshireNorth Yorkshire County Record OfficeCounty Record Office, Malpas Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8TB+44 (0)1609 777585
North YorkshireYork Archives and Local HistoryArchives and Local History, Acomb Explore, Front Street, Acomb, York, YO24 3BZ+44 (0)1904 552651
NorthamptonshireNorthamptonshire Record OfficeRecords Office, Wootton Hall Park, Northampton, NN4 8BQ+44 (0)1604 762129
NorthumberlandNorthumberland ArchivesNorthumberland Archives, Woodhorn, QEII Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF+44 (0)1670 528080
NorthumberlandBerwick-upon-Tweed Record OfficeBerwick-upon-Tweed Record Office, Council Office, Wallace Green, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1ED+44 (0)1289 301865
NottinghamshireNottinghamshire ArchivesNottinghamshire Archives and Southwell & Nottingham Diocesan Record Office, County House, Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham, NG2 1AG+44 (0)8449 808080
OxfordshireOxfordshire History CentreOxfordshire History Centre, St Luke’s Church, Temple Road, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2HT+44 (0)1865 398200
ShropshireShropshire ArchivesShropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, SY1 2AQ+44 (0)1743 255350
SomersetSomerset Archives and Local StudiesSomerset Heritage Centre, Brunel Way, Langford Mead, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, TA2 6SF+44 (0)1823 278805
SomersetBath & North East Somerset Record OfficeBath & North East Somerset Record Office, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW+44 (0)1225 477421
South YorkshireBarnsley Archives and Local StudiesBarnsley Archives and Local Studies, Barnsley Central Library, Shambles Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2JF+44 (0)1226 773950
South YorkshireDoncaster ArchivesDoncaster Archives, King Edward Road, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 0NA+44 (0)1302 859811
South YorkshireRotherham Archives and Local StudiesArchives & Local Studies, Clifton Park Museum, Clifton Lane, Rotherham, S65 2AA+44 (0)1709 336632
South YorkshireSheffield ArchivesSheffield Archives, 52 Shoreham Street, Sheffield, S1 4SP+44 (0)114 203 9395
StaffordshireStaffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service (Stafford)Staffordshire Record Office, Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ+44 (0)1785 278379
StaffordshireStaffordshire 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
StaffordshireStaffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service (Lichfield)Lichfield Record Office, The Friary, Lichfield, WS13 6QG+44 (0)1543-510720
StaffordshireStaffordshire 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
StaffordshireStaffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service (William Salt Library)William Salt Library, Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ+44 (0)1785 278372
SuffolkSuffolk Record Office (Bury St Edmunds)Suffolk Record Office, 77 Raingate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2AR+44 (0)1284 741212
SuffolkSuffolk Record Office (Ipswich)Suffolk Record Office, Gatacre Road, Ipswich, IP1 2LQ+44 (0)1473 263909
SuffolkSuffolk Record Office (Lowestoft)Suffolk Record Office, Clapham Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1DR+44 (0)1502 674680
SurreySurrey History CentreSurrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6ND+44 (0)1483 518737
Tyne & WearTyne & Wear ArchivesArchives, Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 4JA+44 (0)191 277 2248
WarwickshireWarwickshire County Record OfficeWarwickshire County Record Office, Priory Park, Cape Road, Warwick, CV34 4JS+44 (0)1926 738959
West MidlandsLibrary of BirminghamLibrary of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Birmingham+44 (0)121 242 4242
West MidlandsCoventry History CentreCoventry History Centre, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP+44 (0)2476 834060
West MidlandsDudley Archives and Local History ServiceDudley Archives and Local History Service, Mount Pleasant Street, Coseley, West Midlands, WV14 9JR+44 (0)1384 812770
West MidlandsWolverhampton City ArchivesWolverhampton City Archives, Molineux Hotel Building, Whitmore Hill, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1SF+44 (0)1902 552480
West SussexWest Sussex Record OfficeWest Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1DD+44 (0)1243 753602
West YorkshireBradford Local StudiesBradford Local Studies, Central Library, Prince’s Way, Bradford, BD1 1NN+44 (0)1274 433686
West YorkshireWest Yorkshire Archive Service (Bradford)WYAS, Bradford Central Library, Prince’s Way, Bradford, BD1 1NN+44 (0)1274 435099
West YorkshireWest Yorkshire Archive Service (Calderdale)WYAS, Central Library, Northgate House, Northgate, Halifax, HX1 1UN+44 (0)1422 392636
West YorkshireWest Yorkshire Archive Service (Kirklees)WYAS, Central Library, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, HD1 2SU+44 (0)1484 221966
West YorkshireWest Yorkshire Archive Service (Leeds)WYAS, Nepshaw Lane South, Morley, Leeds, LS27 7JQ+44 (0)113 393 9788
West YorkshireWest Yorkshire Archive Service (Wakefield)WYAS, Registry of Deeds, Newstead Road, Wakefield, WF1 2DE+44 (0)1924 305980
West YorkshireYorkshire Archaeological SocietyYorkshire Archaeological Society, Claremont, 23 Clarendon Road, Leeds, LS2 9NZ+44 (0)113 245 7910
WiltshireWiltshire and Swindon History CentreWiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 3QN+44 (0)1249 705500
WorcestershireThe HiveThe Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PB+44 (0)1905 822866
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