Surrey Record Office

Surrey Record Office provides access to archives and printed materials relating to the county's past and present and date from the twelfth century to the twenty-first century.  The resources are held in environmentally controlled strongrooms in order to preserve the documents to ensure the history of the county and its people is accessible to future generations.

Access to the resources is available in the supervised search room and should you require assistance with your research, or have any questions, the knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to give advice.

Whether you are tracing your family history, want to learn more about the history of a house or discover more about your local area, you will find the documents held of use.  They are also useful to people working on a school project or completing a university degree.

Information about Surrey Record Office


Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road 


GU21 6ND 

Telephone Number: 

01483 518737 


For further information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page.

They also have some on-line indexes including:

  • Annual Reports of Reed's School, Cobham
  • Chertsey Poor Law Union admission and discharge books
  • Deaths in Surrey county gaol 1798-1878
  • Dennis Specialist Vehicles drawings and photographs
  • Dorking, Godstone and Richmond Poor Law Union application and report books
  • Mayford Industrial School admissions 1895-1907

Indexes also include:

  • Military records indexes
  • Patients in the St Peter's Memorial Home in Woking
  • Princess Mary Village Homes pupils 1870-1890
  • Royal Philanthropic School at Redhill registers of admission
  • Surrey Poor Law Union minute books
  • Surrey tithe records CDs and DVDs name index

They also have an on-line catalogue called SURCAT, which includes details of items held in their collections.

Opening Hours can be found by going to their opening hours page.

It is always important to book before visiting in order to avoid disappointment when you arrive.

The postcode if you wish to use a satnav is GU21 6NU.  Parking is available next to the building, with designated spaces for disabled readers near to the front entrance.  These spaces must be reserved.

The Office is approximately 15 minutes walk from Woking railway station.  To walk to the Office, leave the station by turning left, and continue along the High Street, crossing the road at the pedestrian crossing.  Carry on to the double pelican crossing and walk down Goldsworth Road, then turn left and continuing down that road you will find the history centre on your left after you have passed the Morrisons roundabout.

It is possible to use a laptop and digital camera, but use of a digital camera is subject to a small fee.

There is also a refreshments room onsite.

They have a number of publications available for sale which include Royal Surrey through the ages, Godstone Poor Law Union Application and Report Books, Chertsey Poor Law Union Admission and Discharge Books, Surrey railway archive DVD, Surrey tithe records and Ordnance Survey historical maps.

If you are unable to visit in person, a Research Service is offered. For further details regarding this service please visit their Research Service page. 

Surrey Record Office is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network) but you are also able to use a Surrey County Libraries Ticket to use their collections.

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