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Name of Library: Worcestershire Record Office

Address: County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester WR5 2NP

Town: Worcester

Telephone: 01905 766350/1

Fax: 01905 766363

E-mail: recordoffice@Worcestershire.gov.uk

Website: http://Worcestershire.whub.org.uk/home/wcc-records.htm

Alternative names

The record office is divided into two public branches; original source material is held at the above address, which is the main administrative centre for the office overall. The second public branch (opened in 2001), caters predominantly for family historians, it is known as the Worcestershire library and history centre; the address is as follows:

Worcestershire library and history centre
Trinity street,

Tel: (01905) 765922
Email: - wlhc@Worcestershire.gov.uk

The history centre holds microfilm and microfiche copies of Worcestershire parish records and registers, and has an extensive local history library, but no original archive material.


Robin Whittaker

Job Title

Archives Manager

Purpose and main user community of the library

    General public, County/district council staff and Diocesan registrar service

Terms of access

General access to searchroom is unrestricted. Viewing of original material in the record office is by CARN  (county archives research network) reader’s ticket only. Proof of ID is required to obtain ticket. Local history library books and microfilms available to view to non-ticket holders at both branches.

Opening hours

Opening hours for both ticket holders and non-ticket holders at both branches –

Monday & friday – 9:30 – 19:00
Tuesday-thursday – 9:30 17:30
Saturday - 9:30 – 16:00

Disabled access

No difficulties – disabled parking and facilities; ramp access; easy manoueverabilty in searchroom at county hall branch. Easy manoueverabilty at the history centre branch, but no parking.


No. No archive material or local history reading material may leave the premises – all material is for reference only. Available to consult only within the record office / history centre premises.

  County hall
Local reference – c. 5000
Palfrey library (local history) – c. 4800

History centre – c. 8000

Periodicals - Back Issues

Current Periodicals
   C. 10 periodicals at each branch


Record office - predominantly mss
  • Administrative archives of the present and former county and some districts.
  • Petty sessions and other official records such as those of coroners, some hospitals and poor law unions.
  • Quarter sessions records dating back to 1590.
  • The extensive Worcestershire photographic survey.
  • Records of the diocese of Worcester. Parish registers on microfilm at each branch
  • Ecclesiastical and non-conformist records.
  • Parish tithe and enclosure maps (originals and cd-rom copies)
  • Estate and family papers.
  • School records.
  • Maps and plans.
  • Records of groups, societies and businesses in Worcestershire.

History centre

  • Census returns. Ancestry.co.uk also available.
  • Local maps
  • Trade and clerical directories
  • Local newspapers. (for further information about local newspapers in Worcestershire and the surrounding counties, please see the newsplan west midlands website.)
  • Parish and non-conformist records on microfilm only
  • Wills and other probate records on microfilm only
  • Cemetery and crematoria records
  • International geneaological index
  • General register office index of births, marriages and deaths
  • The Worcestereshire photographic survey – microfiche only
  Volumes added per year

c. 120 volumes at each branch


Administrative records of local parishes (birth, marriage and death registers); diocesan records (available to view by permission of diocesan registrar only); register of the bishops of Worcester; bishops’ transcripts, ordination papers, faculties, presentations, ecclesiastical court papers, visitations, probate

Special Collections

  • Palfrey library (local history bequesthed to record office by local alderman)
  • Maynard outram smith library
  • Various estate collections – croome court (coventry family)
  • Prattinton collection
  • Baldwin papers

Archives are held for most of the civil and ecclesiatical parishes in Worcestershire; diocesan archives for the diocese of Worcester are also housed at the county hall branch.


See previous entries for special collections and ‘other materials’ section.

Research resource

Administration of the county, parishes and diocese of Worcester.; history of Worcester diocese; social/local/ecclesiastical history of Worcestershire.

Catalogue Type

Computer – yes - schools, photographic survey & highways/bridges handlists available on website. Library catalogue also available online.  C.a.l.m catalogue pending.

Card – yes

Other  - inventory catalogues

URL of catalogue

As above. Parochial, parish and solictors’ collection catalogues available on www.a2a.org.uk and the national register of archives catalogue (available via the natioanl archives website at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk )

Other facilities

Self-service photocopying available in searchroom; digitising and microfilming services available on-site; self-service digital photography permitted

Full Time Staff Yes

Part Time Staff Yes

Voluntary Staff Yes

Future plans

Plans are underway for a fully integrated public and university library, which will also include the county hall record office and the history centre. This means that both our  public branches are to be consolidated on one site, together with the county’s archaeology service and a multi-agency customer service centre. The concept has been developed jointly, by Worcestershire county and the university of Worcester (uow).

Building work set to begin in 2009 and completed in spring 2011. Further information available at http://Worcestershire.whub.org.uk/home/wcc-sp-project-vision

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