Norfolk Record Office

Norfolk Record Office holds documents referring to the history of Norfolk, making them accessible to anyone who wishes to consult them.  Records relating to the diocese, archdeaconries, deaneries and parishes in the Diocese of Norwich are held at the Archive, which also includes the Lowestoft area.  

It also houses resources relating to many parishes in West Norfolk because it is also the Diocesan Archive for the Diocese of Ely.

The Office includes the Norfolk Sound archive. The Office has been assessed by the National Archives and has been given the highest possible four-star archive service rating.  

Resources held by the Office include census returns, parish registers, manorial documents, electoral registers and quarter sessions records.

Information about Norfolk Record Office


Norfolk Record Office
The Archive Centre 
Martineau Lane 
NR1 2DQ 

Telephone Number:

01603 222599 


For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and peruse their online catalogue NROCAT for information regarding resources held by the Office. Further information about resources held is available on their Guide to Holdings page, which is divided into five sections: Ecclesiastical, Local Authorities, Private, Probate and Public and Statutory.

Opening Hours can be found by going to their Opening Hours page of their Visiting us section.

The Archive Centre is on the same site as County Hall, and is one mile from the railway station and from the bus station.  To find the entrance, look for a Jaguar aircraft on a plinth, the nose of which points towards the entrance.  

Users may use the free car park available at County Hall. There is a security kiosk near the car park entrance that visitors must report to in order to obtain a visitor's parking pass. You will then be advised where to park by the security staff. You are still able to use the car park on a Saturday, but there are no staff on duty.

You are advised to book a table if you want to peruse large documents such as maps.

Please note food and drink and bags are not allowed in the searchroom.

If you want to take photographs of any of the documents you have to buy a permit from reception. 

There is a drinks machine available in the Common Room, plus a restaurant inside County Hall along with a shop selling sandwiches, snacks and drinks etc.

If you are unable to visit in person, they offer a research service.  They also provide details of record searchers. For a fee, these searchers can undertake research on your behalf.

They are a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network) 

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