Essex Record Office

Essex Record Office holds records and documents relating to Essex, which include Family Papers, Parish Registers, Census Returns, Quarter Sessions, Newspapers, Maps, Photographs, Wills and Electoral Registers.

Information about Essex Record Office


Essex Record Office 
Wharf Road 

Telephone Number:

03330 132500


For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page. The Archive also has an on-line catalogue. The catalogue contains details about every item held, but does not include the full text of the actual documents.  

Historical documents held are mostly written, but they also hold some later resources containing audio and visual materials.

Opening Hours can be found by going to their opening hours page.

The Archive is 20 minutes walk from Duke Street, where the railway station and bus station is located.  Bus stops are also situated at the southern end of Springfield Road and on Parkway.  

There are spaces available for blue badge holders close to the Office's public entrance.  The closest public car park is Wharf Road surface car park(CM2 6LU), which is accessible off Parkway.  Another car park, which is a multi-storey, is available on Baddow Road(CM2 7PJ).  Park and Ride services are also available from Sandon(East) and Chelmer Valley(North).

Although appointments are not necessary, it is advisable to contact them before you visit if you want to look at specific documents to make sure they are accessible in order to avoid disappointment, which is especially important for people living some distance from the Archive.  

You may only look at one document at a time, although you can order up to five documents at once. The document is weighed before being issued, it then being weighed again to ensure it has been returned complete.  Whilst it is in your possession, you have to give in your CARN ticket and return it to the Document Issue Desk if you leave the Searchroom for any reason.

You are able to use a digital camera, but strict conditions apply to this. Not all documents may be photographed because they are fragile and easily damaged.

A research service is offered for anyone unable to visit in person.  You have to check the SEAX database to determine whether the documents you wish to be consulted are held by the Archives.

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

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