Flintshire Record Office was established in 1951 and moved to its present location at the Old Rectory, Hawarden in 1956, which is an 18th century grade II listed building.
Their aim is to preserve and collect resources relating to Flintshire history and to make them publicly accessible. These resources date from the thirteenth century to modern times.
These resources include census returns, parish registers, electoral registers and quarter sessions records.
Whether you are interested in the history of Flintshire or your local area, finding information about house history or tracing your family history you will find the documents useful. The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always willing to help should you require advice and assistance.
Opening Hours can be found by going to their Contact Details and Opening Hours page.
You have to book before visiting to avoid disappointment because space is limited. The Glynne-Gladstone collection (ref:GG) is stored off-site making it essential to order documents from this collection at least two working days prior to your visit because they have to be transferred to the Office.
Car Parking is available in front of the building.
Hawarden station is approximately 10 minutes walk from the Record Office. Walking down the main road takes you to the village centre. Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and then go right until you reach the post office.
Rectory Lane is by the side of the post office to the left. If you continue to walk down Rectory Lane, you will come to some gates. The Old Rectory is in front of you after you walk through the gates. The Office is at the end of this building.
You may get a bus to Hawarden from Chester Railway Station, and you should leave the bus opposite the Glynne Arms public house, and follow the same directions from Rectory Lane as mentioned above.
You need to purchase a photography permit to take photographs of documents. It may not always be possible to take photographs of documents because they can be fragile and taking photographs could damage them.
You have to book a map table in advance of your visit to look at ordnance survey maps, tithe maps, abandoned mine plans or estate maps etc. If you are planning to look at tithe apportionments alongside tithe maps, it is essential to book a microfilm reader as well as a map table because they are held on microfilm.
A drinks machine is available which serves tea, coffee and hot chocolate. No food is sold, so you will need to bring food with you or if you prefer there are several eating establishments in the village which are within walking distance.
They are a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).