Shropshire Record Office

Shropshire Record Office holds documents and records relating to the history of Shropshire, which includes the borough of Telford and Wrekin. If put together, their records would cover more than six miles.  Their material includes charters from the twelfth century right up to yesterday's Shropshire Star.

They have many different sources, including documents, books, maps, photographs, plans and drawings, so whatever you are interested in, whether it be house history, family history or local history, you will find a document of use.  The records are also useful if your are researching for a school project or completing a university degree.

Should you require assistance, the staff are always on hand to offer advice and assistance.

Information about Shropshire Record Office


Shropshire Archives 
Castle Gates 

SY1 2AQ 

Telephone Number:

0345 6789096


For information regarding their collections and other ancillary information, please visit their Home Page and their information resources and guides page.  It is possible to discover more about their collections from this page, which include:

  • Cemetery and graveyard records
  • Census returns
  • Electoral registers
  • Newspapers
  • Parish registers
  • Pedigrees
  • Photographs
  • Poor law and workhouse records
  • School records

Their online catalogue covers a wide range of their Collections and includes items from the local studies library. The catalogue is constantly being updated so it is worthwhile checking again at a later date if the document is not presently in the catalogue. Not all of their catalogues are online at present. If you fail to find the record you are searching for you might have to contact them or visit to check the printed catalogues.

To obtain further details you will need to visit them and request a copy of the document or ask their researcher to check a document for you

For information regarding their opening hours and how to obtain a readers ticket, please visit their visiting the Archive page.  

The Archive is located on Castle Gates, and is near to the railway station.  To access the Office, walk up Castle Gates from the station and you will find them on the right hand side through the archway 'Blowers Repository'.

Two car parking spaces are accessible for blue badge holders, and inside the Archive, all areas are fully accessible.  A hearing loop is also installed.  They are able to enlarge printed books and have a hand-held video magnifier.  Their guide to sources is also available in large text.

It is advisable to book microfiche or microfilm readers in advance, but these can be booked for the whole day. Wi-Fi access is also available and there is no need to book to use this service.

Shropshire Record Office offers a research service for anyone unable to visit in person.  They are able to conduct family history research, house history searches and commercial searches.

Please note a Readers Ticket is required if you wish to access original documents, but the Office is not a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).

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