Herefordshire Record Office

Herefordshire Record Office looks after over two miles of documents relating to the history of the area dating from the 12th century, and makes these archives publicly accessible.  The Office hold various documents including those for Hereford, Herefordshire and the diocese of Hereford.

They also have resources on a wide range of medium, from books and microform to electronic databases and indexes. Whether you are studying family history, house history or local history, you will find the documents and records held of use.  

These resources include census returns, parish registers, electoral registers and quarter sessions records.

The staff are always on hand to help should you need advice and assistance.

Information about Herefordshire Record Office


Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre
Fir Tree Lane


Telephone Number:

01432 260750 


For information about their collections, please visit their Home Page and their about our collections page.  From this page it is possible to access a wills index, which includes entries extracted from Hereford Diocese Probate Act Books 1700-1858 and Hereford Deanery Probate Act Books 1660-1858.

These collections include:

  • Diocesan Probate records
  • Electoral registers
  • Hereford Diocese Bishop's Transcripts
  • Herefordshire Census records 1841-1901
  • Herefordshire parish registers
  • Herefordshire Quarter Sessions

Collections also incorporate:

  • Land Tax records
  • Marriage bonds
  • National Probate Calendars 1858-1935
  • PCC Wills Indexes 1853-1857
  • Poor Law records
  • Tithe maps and apportionments

They do not yet have an on-line catalogue, but do have indexes to their archival collectionsThey also have Diocesan documents which include:

  • Bishop's registers 1275-1992
  • Bishop's transcripts 1650-1850
  • Court books (instance) 1491-1636, 1662-1829
  • Court books (office) 1407-1639, 1662-1882
  • Faculties
  • Glebe terriers
  • Marriage bonds and allegations for Hereford Diocese (marriage licences) 1661-1982
  • Tithe maps and apportionments 1836-1850s
  • Wills pre-1858

It is prudent to book before visiting because some of their Collections are held off-site. Booking is also necessary if you wish to use a microfilm or microfiche reader.

Opening hours can be found by going to their visiting Herefordshire Archives and Record Centre page. 

If you are travelling by car, a car park is available adjacent to the archives, where there are also spaces for blue badge holders. 

The Office also has a height-adjustable desk that is available for use by visitors to the Archive.  A loop system is also installed in their Learning Room.

There is an area where you may eat and drink, but no cafe is available on-site.  
Herefordshire Record Office is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)

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