Cheshire Archives and Local Studies Service

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies Service
Cheshire Record Office
Duke Street




01244 977195


01244 603812

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.

The Service collects and preserves historical records relating to both the ancient and modern county of Cheshire, the diocese and the city of Chester. It makes the records available for study free of charge by members of the public. We house the Local Studies Library. We are a Shared Service between Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council.
In addition, the service is responsible for delivering the archives and local studies service for Warrington and Halton boroughs and includes the management of the manuscript collection housed at Warrington Library.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Monday 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm
3rd Saturday in the month 9.00am – 4.00pm
(Please note we are closed Monday am)

In 2011 , we will be open on the following Saturdays:
15 January
19 February
19 March
16 April
21 May
18 June
16 July
20 August
17 September
15 October
19 November
17 December

We take last orders for documents 45 minutes before closing daily; there is no lunchtime production between 12.30pm – 1.30pm. (It would be helpful if document requests are presented by 12.15pm to allow enough time for production.)

Advance bookings can be made by telephoning the searchroom on 01244 977195.

Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies will be closed on the following days:

22 April
25 April
29 April
2 May
30 May
29 August
26 December
27 December

The searchroom will be closed for the week 5-9 December 2011

Admission charges

No admission charge

The Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies Service has in its care many thousands of records, some dating from as far back as the 12th century. These records include:

* Parish registers from the 16th century (for more information on Cheshire parishes and their registers, see 'Cheshire Towns and Parishes' on the Family History Society of Cheshire website:
* Wills and probate records. Details of Cheshire wills for the period 1492-1940 are on our wills database, from which copies can be ordered online
* Census returns 1841 - 1901: The 1901 Census For England & Wales
* Poor law records
* Diocesan records
* Electoral records
* Nonconformist records
* Maps
* Deeds
* Estate papers

...and the records of societies, businesses, hospitals, schools, courts and local authorities. We also hold collections of local newspapers from the 18th century onwards, photographs and other illustrations.

Collection details

Social History, Religion, Archives