North Devon Record Office

North Devon Record Office was established in 1988.  They are one of three organisations in North Devon Local Studies Centre, Tuly Street, Barnstaple, the other organisations being the Local Studies Library and the Athenaeum.  They hold archives relating to North Devonshire.  

Collections held by the Archive include materials of North Devonshire and Torridge District Councils, the boroughs of Barnstaple, Bideford, South Molton and Great Torrington and most Anglican parishes.

If you are researching the history of a house, conducting research for a school, college or university assignment, studying family history or are interested in finding out more about your local area, you will find the records held of use.  The friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.

Information about North Devon Record Office


c/o Barnstaple Library
Tuly Street 

EX31 1EL

Telephone Number:

01271 318792

Fax Number:

01271 388608


For information regarding their holdings, please visit their Home Page.  You can also search for documents using their online catalogue, which has details of their collections.

Directions and Opening Hours can be found by going to the appropriate sections of their visiting us page.  If travelling by train, the Archive is 15 minutes walk from Barnstaple Railway Station.  If travelling by bus, most buses stop at Barnstaple Bus Station, which is 10 minutes walk from the Office.  

On-Street parking is available next to the Office, this having some spaces assigned as disabled parking.

It is prudent to contact them before you visit to avoid disappointment, especially if you live some distance away.

The Local Studies Centre has 4 microfilm readers, 8 microfiche readers, 2 micro-form reader printers, a photocopier and 4 public access computers.  Census Returns and Parish Registers of baptisms, marriages and burials are available on microfilm.

You are able to use a digital camera, but a charge is made for using this service, and the photographs must be for your own use or for research purposes.  You are able to use your own laptop in the Office.

The building is fully accessible, having a lift and a disabled toilet.  A hearing loop is operational in the searchroom.

A refreshment area is situated in the foyer area of the Office, where you are free to eat your own food.

The Archives is not a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)so you will have to register for a South West Heritage Trust reader's ticket, which are valid for four years.  To obtain a ticket, you will have to bring identification containing your name, address and signature with you when you first visit.  Tickets are also valid at Somerset Archives and Local Studies and Devon Archives and Local Studies.

For more details of other Record Offices in Devon, please visit my pages relating to Devon Archives and Plymouth and West Devon Archives.

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