Bath Record Office

Bath Record Office collects and preserves resources relating to the history of the City of Bath and North East Somerset covering the past 900 years and is run by Bath and North East Somerset Council.  Archives held by the Office include documents, manuscripts, maps and photographs.

They have a wide range of resources, so whether you are interested in discovering more about your local community, researching the history of a house, conducting research for a school, college or university assignment or conducting family history research, you will find the documents held of use.  

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.

Information about Bath Record Office


Bath Record Office 
High Street 
BA1 5AW 

Telephone Number:

01225 477421 


For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page.  Bath Archives has an online cataloguebut it does not include details of all of their holdings.  If you looking for an ancestor's burial place, you may find them in their Bath Burial Index, which has details of monumental inscriptions from over 50 of Bath's cemeteries and graveyards.

Resources held by the Office include:

  • Board of Guardians Records
  • Court and Police Records
  • Electoral Registers
  • Parish Poor Relief Records
  • Parish Registers
  • Property Records - Rate Books and Title Deeds
  • School Registers
  • Street Directories
  • Wills

Records of Bath Freemen and Tradesmen are also available, which include:

  • Aliens: Licences issued to Foreigners entering the Country 1798
  • Apprentices
  • Canal Boats: Registers of Boats and their Owners 1885-1926
  • Chairmen: Licences for the Operators of Sedan Chairs 1741-1756
  • Freemen 1712-1888
  • Licences: Public Houses
  • Wheelchairs: Registers of Bath-Chair Operators 1908-1945

Archives Opening Hours can be found by going to their Opening Hours page.

It is important to make an appointment before you visit because it can be occasionally closed at short notice due to limited staffing. It is also important to reserve a computer or microfiche reader.

Bath Archives is located in Bath city centre at the Guildhall.  Signs are available to direct visitors to the Archive, which is in the basement.  You can also ask in reception to be given directions.

Many buses stop at Bath bus station, which is a ten minute walk from the Archive. Another option is to use Lansdown Park and Ride, marked as Park and Ride North. Some parking spaces are available for blue badge holders outside the Guildhall.

If you are unable to visit in person, the Archive offers a Research Service.

The Office does not operate a Reader's Ticket system, but you are asked to sign in each time you visit.

For details of other Record Offices in Somerset, please visit my page regarding Somerset Archives and Local Studies.