Cheshire Record Office collects and preserves documents relating to the history of the ancient and modern county, which includes the diocese and city of Chester. Some documents date from the twelfth century. It also promotes the use of, and interest in, these resources and makes them accessible free of charge.
Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils are served by the archive service provided by the Office.
They have specially adapted strong rooms where resources are stored on over 11 kilometres of shelving. Resources held by the office include census returns, parish registers, electoral registers and quarter sessions records.
Whether you are researching the history of a house, tracing your family history, conducting research for a school, college or university assignment or studying the history of your local area, you will find the documents held of use.
The knowledgeable and helpful are always on hand to offer advice and assistance if required.
For information regarding their collections, please visit their databases page, which has details of their online databases. These databases include:
You can also peruse their online catalogue, which has descriptions of archives held. These resources include:
Resources also include:
Opening Hours can be found by going to their Visiting the Record Office page.
No parking is available at Cheshire Archives, but there is limited parking nearby. Parking is also available for blue badge holders outside the Office in Duke Street.
It is always prudent to book before visiting in order to avoid disappointment when you arrive. Bookings can be made by e-mail, telephone or letter. If your intended visit is within 2 or 3 days of making your booking enquiry, it is advisable to ring. 3 to 10 days notice is required if you wish to consult documents held off-site.
Digital cameras are allowed, but flash must be turned off and a charge is made to people wishing to take advantage of this service. You are not allowed to take photographs of some documents because they are fragile and may be easily damaged.
The building is fully accessible, but you need to contact the Archive in advance of your visit if you need to arrange special parking.
An area is available where you can consume food you have brought with you, but various pubs and cafes are nearby if required.
A research service is available if you are unable to visit in person. They make a minimum charge to people taking advantage of this service.
The Archive is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)