Gloucestershire Record Office

Gloucestershire Record Office

Gloucestershire Record Office holds documents referring to Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire. 

Resources date from the 1100s to the present day and range from medieval parchments to modern DVDs.

Their aims are to collect and preserve documents relating to Gloucestershire and to preserve its heritage.

The resources held include many referring to local history and family history. They then make these resources publicly accessible, so whether you are interested in local history, wish to trace the history of a house, or research your family history, you will find a document useful in your research.  The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.

Information about Gloucestershire Record Office


Gloucestershire Archives
Clarence Row 
Alvin Street 

Telephone Number:

01452 425295 


For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page.  More details regarding their collections can be found in their Finding items in our collections page.  You can also access their Genealogical Database from this page, which provides access to an index of Wills proved at Gloucester from 1541-1858, Inventories, Nonconformist baptisms for some chapels and Gaol registers from 1815-1879.  

Their parish register guide gives details of parish registers held by the Office, which is also accessible from this page.

For more details regarding sources held, you may peruse their on-line catalogue. This can be used to trace the reference(s) of the document(s) you want to examine.

Whilst the main collection of resources are kept at the Office, area-specific collections are kept in Local and Family History Centres in Cheltenham, Cinderford, Cirencester, Stroud, Stow and Tewkesbury.  

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

It is recommended you order any documents you want to examine before visiting. They require two working days notice if you wish to consult three documents, but you wish to consult more than three items, please give five working days notice.

Parking is available at the Archive.  The barrier will rise automatically on entry, but you need to buy a token from reception when you arrive. Parking is free for blue badge holders and volunteers.  You are able to collect this free token from reception.

The Archive is close to Gloucester City Centre.  They are 10 minutes away from the bus and railway stations.  The closest car parks to Gloucestershire Archives are situated at Hare Lane North, Hare Lane South and Great Western Road.

The building is fully accessible, with a ramp, accessible toilet, induction loop and assistance for visual impairment.

Use of cameras is permitted in Gloucester Record Office, but a daily charge is made for using this service.

They are a member of the County Archive Research Network.

For further information regarding Record Offices in Gloucestershire, please visit my page regarding Bristol Record Office.

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