Lancashire Record Office

Lancashire Record Office holds documents relating to the history of Lancashire and are held in environmentally controlled strong rooms. These resources date back some 900 years and include documents, maps, manuscripts and photographs. The Office makes these resources freely available to the public.

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always happy to offer advice and assistance regarding the documents held and to help you choose the resources most relevant to your research.

Whatever your research interest, whether you wish to research your family history, conduct research for a school, college or university assignment, trace the history of a house or study local history, you will find the documents held of use.

Information about Lancashire Record Office


Lancashire Archives
Bow Lane 


PR1 2RE 

Telephone Number:

01772 533039 


For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and their collections page, which offers access to their Church Registers guide which gives details of Anglican, non-conformist and Roman Catholic Church Registers held.  

It is also possible to discover more information regarding Lancashire police officers who served with the Lancashire County Constabulary between 1840 and 1925.  

Over 27000 local history publications held by the Archive are list in the Lancashire Library Catalogue.

You are also able to search their collections using LANCAT, their on-line catalogue. The catalogue contains details of their main collections which include:

  • Local Government Records
  • Manorial records for the manor of Colne 1660-1909
  • Maps and Plans, including Tithe, Enclosure and Estate Plans
  • Marriage bonds for the Archdeaconry of Richmond 1615, 1633-34, 1636, 1642, 1648-1854 and 1861
  • Probate Records of Chester and Richmond Archdeaconries
  • School Records
  • Tithe records 1839-1852
  • Whitingham reception orders 1873-1915
  • Wills and other probate documents

Some other collections are also held by the Office, including:

  • Culshaw Papers 1824-1960
  • Kenyon of Peel 1319-1960: a family collection
  • Lancashire Courts of Quarter Sessions
  • Lancashire Football Association 1878-1965

They also have old maps of Lancashire, but do not have detailed maps of the counties of Greater Manchester and Merseyside formed in 1974.

The North West Sound Archive is administered by Lancashire Archives, and contains holdings relating to the region's oral history.

For opening hours please visit the Office's opening times page. 

Although parking is available, including some disabled spaces, this is limited, so you may prefer to use the Park and Ride Service.  The buses stop near Preston railway station. The railway station is approximately 5 minutes walk from the Office, there being pedestrian direction signs from the station.  

Buses stop near the railway station or Preston bus station, which is approximately 15 minutes walk from the Archive.  If you go down Fishergate Hill, taking the first road on the right, Bow Lane, and continue to Arthur Street, the office is to your right.

It is possible to order a copy of a document they hold, but some documents are not able to be copied because it may harm the document concerned.  You also need to complete a copyright declaration form if you take advantage of this service.

If you are unable to visit in person, they give details of local researchers.  For a fee, these agents are willing to undertake research on your behalf.

Lancashire Archives is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).

For details regarding other Record Offices in Lancashire, please visit my pages regarding Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre and Greater Manchester Archives.

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