Wakefield Archive Service

Wakefield Archive Service has over 10 million documents dating from 1194 to the present day and is the third largest authority archive in Great Britain.  They also hold records relating to Stanley Royd Mental Health Hospital, which now has international status as part of UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register.

Other resources held by the Archive include business records, documents, manuscripts, maps, newspapers and photographs.

Whether you are researching your family history, conducting research for a school, college or university assignment, studying local history, or are interested in discovering the history of a house, you will find the resources held of use.  

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.

Information about Wakefield Archive Service


West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield 
Wakefield Archive Service
West Yorkshire History Centre
127 Kirkgate

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For information about Wakefield Archives' collections and opening hours, please visit their Home Page, and peruse their online catalogue, which has details of their holdings.

Collections available at the Archive include the West Riding Registry of Deeds, which contain the extracts of over 7 million property transactions covering 1704 to 1970.  They also have the National Coal Board collection, which relates to collieries and coal miners in Wakefield and South Leeds areas.

If using a sat nav, their post code is WF1 1JG.  Parking is not available at West Yorkshire History Centre, but a pay and display car park is accessible on Brunswick Street.

The Archive is approximately 5 minutes walk from Wakefield Kirkgate Railway Station, and nearly 20 minutes walk from Wakefield Westgate Railway Station.

Making an appointment is advisable before visiting because the search-room might be unexpectedly closed because of staffing difficulties. It is also best to tell Wakefield Archives' staff what records you wish to analyse because staff will then be able to inform you if you need to book a computer, microfiche reader or table.

A snack vending machine and hot and cold drinks machines are available in their rest area, where you are also welcome to eat your own food if you wish.

If you are unable to visit in person, they offer a research service.

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

For further information regarding Record Offices in Yorkshire, please visit my pages regarding Barnsley Archives, Bradford Archives, Calderdale Archives, Doncaster Archives, Kirklees Archives, Leeds Archives and Sheffield City Archives.

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