Devon Record Office

North Devon Record Office

The Office was established in 1988.  They are one of three organisations in North Devon Local Studies Centre, Tuly Street, Barnstaple, the other organisations being the Local Studies Library and the Athenaeum.

They hold archives relating to North Devonshire.  Collections held by the Archive include materials of North Devonshire and Torridge District Councils, the boroughs of Barnstaple, Bideford, South Molton and Great Torrington and most Anglican parishes.

If you are researching the history of a house, studying family history or are interested in finding out more about your local area, you will find the records held of use.  The friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.

Information about North Devon Record Office


North Devon Archives
Barnstaple Library
Tuly Street 

EX31 1EL

Telephone Number:

01271 318792

Fax Number:

01271 388608


For information regarding their holdings, please visit their Home Page.  You can also search for documents using their on-line catalogue which has details of their collections. 

Directions and Opening Hours can be found by going to the appropriate sections of their visiting us page.  If travelling by train, the Archive is 15 minutes walk from Barnstaple Railway Station.  If travelling by bus, most buses stop at Barnstaple Bus Station, which is 10 minutes walk from the Office.

Please note it is prudent to contact them before you visit to avoid disappointment, especially if you live some distance away.

The Local Studies Centre has 4 microfilm readers, 8 microfiche readers, 2 microform reader printers, a photocopier and 4 public access computers.  Census Returns and Parish Registers of baptisms, marriages and burials are available on microfilm.

You are able to use a digital camera, but a charge is made for using this service.

They are a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)

Plymouth and West Devon Archives


Plymouth and West Devon Archives
Unit 3 

Clare Place 

Telephone Number:

01752 305940


This archive holds records for the city of Plymouth and West Devon.  For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and peruse their on-line catalogue which has details of documents held. 

Opening Times can be found by going to their Opening Times page.

If you wish to walk to the Office, it is 15-20 minutes walk from the city centre, 10-15 minutes from the main bus station and 20-25 minutes from Plymouth Railway Station.  Bus stops are available near the Office in Sutton Road and Exeter Street.  A free car park is next to the Office.

Please note it is prudent to book before visiting. They are able to accept bookings up to one month in advance of a proposed visit. You can also possible to book a table or a microfiche reader.

You are able to use a digital camera, but a charge for using this service. 

If you are unable to visit in person, they provide a list of Archive Researchers.  For a fee, these Agents are willing to undertake research on your behalf.

They are a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network) 

For further information regarding Offices in Devon, please visit my page regarding Devon Archives.

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