Plymouth and West Devon Record Office

Plymouth and West Devon Record Office collects and preserves thousands of resources relating to the area, making them accessible to anyone who wishes to study them.  Documents held by the Archive include documents, manuscripts, maps and photographs.  

These resources relate to different subjects and organisations and are available in many different forms.

If you are researching the history of a house, conducting research for a school, college or university assignment, tracing your 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 Plymouth and West Devon Record Office


Plymouth and West Devon Record Office
Unit 3 

Clare Place 

Telephone Number:

01752 305940


For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and peruse their online catalogue, which has details of documents held.

Collections held by the Archive include:

  • Cemetery Records
  • Church Records
  • Coroners' Records - 1892 to early 21st Century
  • Education Records
  • Gravestone Images and Indexes
  • House and Property History
  • Images of Plymouth - 19th and 20th centuries
  • Maps

Resources held by the Archive also include:

  • Mortuary Records
  • Motor Vehicle Registrations
  • Photographs
  • Plymouth Shipping Records
  • Prison Records
  • Workhouse Registers

Opening Times can be found by going to their Opening Times page.

If you wish to walk to the Office, it is 15-20 minutes walk from the city centre, 10-15 minutes from the main bus station and 20-25 minutes from Plymouth Railway Station.  Bus stops are available near the Office in Sutton Road and Exeter Street.  A free car park is available next to the Office.

Please note it is prudent to book before visiting. They are able to accept bookings up to one month in advance of a proposed visit. You can also book a table or microfiche reader.

Steps go up to the main entrance, but if you require different access, the staff will arrange for you to access the building through a different entrance.

You are able to use a digital camera, but a charge for using this service. Some documents cannot be photographed because they are fragile and easily damaged.

If you are unable to visit in person, they provide a list of Archive Researchers.  For a fee, these Agents are willing to undertake research on your behalf.

The Office is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).

For further information regarding Offices in Devon, please visit my pages regarding Devon Archives and Local Studies and North Devon Archives.

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