Lichfield Record Office

Lichfield Record Office holds resources related to the Diocese of Lichfield and its predecessors, some of these records beginning in 1296.  They also hold records of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield.  Resources held by the Office also include Business Records, Organisational Records, Charity Records and School Records.

The Local Studies Collection of Lichfield Library is also accessible in the Office.

Whatever the reason for your visit, whether you wish to research the history of a house, conduct research for a school, college or university assignment, study your family history or are interested in local history, you will the documents held of use.  

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

Contact Information for Lichfield Record Office


Lichfield Records Office 
The Friary 
WS13 6QG 

Telephone Number:

01543 510720 



For information regarding their collections, directions and opening hours, please visit their Home Page.  Details of their collections can also be found by browsing their Records Held page.  From this page you can find details of family history resources held at Lichfield Archive, which include:

  • Anglican Parish Registers
  • Army Roll of Honour for World War II
  • Bishops Transcripts
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Returns and Indexes
  • Electoral Registers
  • Marriage Bonds and Allegations

Their holdings also include:

  • Mormon Immigration (into USA) Index
  • National Burial Index
  • Nonconformist registers
  • Poor Law Records
  • Soldiers Died in the Great War
  • Staffordshire Landed Gentry 1086-1702
  • Staffordshire Monumental Inscriptions
  • Wills, Inventories and Probate papers

They also hold divorce indexes, which include:

  • Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Cases 1858-1873
  • District registries of the Supreme Court of Judicature 1922-1958
  • Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division of the Supreme Court of Judicature 1873-1958

Location and Directions

A short-stay car park is located behind the building, but if you plan to stay longer, you will have to park in the nearest long-stay car park which is located off The Friary. There are some parking spaces available at the front of the building for disabled readers.

The Office is approximately ten minutes walk from Lichfield City Railway Station, and twenty-five minutes walk from Lichfield Trent Valley Railway Station.


It is necessary to make an appointment to visit, and also to ensure the resources you are interested in are held in order to avoid disappointment, especially if you are travelling a long distance.

Research Service

If you are unable to visit in person, they offer a Research Service.

Readers' Tickets

Lichfield Record Office is not a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)so CARN readers' tickets are not valid in this Office, but they can be used as proof of name and address to register for their Reader's Ticket.  If you do not have a CARN ticket, you can also use your driving licence as proof of name and address.

If you not have either of these documents, you may use two items to prove your identity and address such as a bank cheque card, credit card, passport or British Library ticket to prove your identity and a bank or building society statement, pension book, rent book or official bill (less than three months old) as proof of address.

For further details of Record Offices in Staffordshire, please visit my pages regarding Staffordshire Archives, Dudley Archives, Sandwell Community History and Archive Service, Stoke on Trent City Archives and Walsall Local History Centre.

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