Cheshire Record Office

Cheshire Record Office collects and preserves documents relating to the history of the ancient and modern county, which includes the diocese and city of Chester.  Some documents date from the twelfth century.  It also promotes the use of, and interest in, these resources and makes them accessible free of charge.  

Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils are served by the archive service provided by the Office.

They have specially adapted strong rooms where resources are stored on over 11 kilometres of shelving.  Resources held by the office include census returns, parish register,s electoral registers and quarter sessions records.

The knowledgeable and helpful are always on hand to offer advice and assistance if required.

Information about Cheshire Record Office


Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
Duke Street 


Telephone Number:

01244 972574


For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and peruse their online catalogue, which has descriptions of archives held.  These resources include:

  • Census returns
  • Chester cathedral records
  • Diocesan records
  • Electoral registers
  • Estate records
  • Hospital records
  • Journals
  • Local history books
  • Maps
  • Nonconformist records

Resources also include:

  • Pamphlets
  • Parish records from the 16th century
  • Photographs and other illustrations
  • Poor law and workhouse records
  • Quarter sessions
  • School records
  • Tithe maps and apportionments
  • Trade directories
  • Wills(wills from 1492-1940 are on their online wills database)

Opening Hours can be found by going to their Visiting the Record Office page.

No parking is available, but there is limited parking nearby. Parking is also available for blue badge holders outside the Office in Duke Street.

It is always prudent to book before visiting in order to avoid disappointment when you arrive.  Bookings can be made by e-mail, telephone or letter. If your intended visit is within 2 or 3 days of making your booking enquiry, it is advisable to ring.  3 to 10 days notice is required if you wish to consult documents held off-site.

Digital cameras are allowed, but flash must be turned off and a charge is made to people wishing to take advantage of this service. You are not allowed to take photographs of some documents because they are fragile and may be easily damaged.  Pencils must be used in the searchroom.

An area is available where you can consume food you have brought with you, but various pubs and cafes are nearby if required.

research service is available if you are unable to visit in person. They make a minimum charge for using this service.

The Archive is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network) 

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