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Building works affecting Gloucestershire Archives

We currently have builders on site. Before your visit, please check the latest information about opening hours and parking. You will need to order your documents before you visit.

Changes to our opening hours

We are now closed to the public while we move into the newly refurbished Heritage Hub. We will be re-opening at 9.00 am on Tuesday 27 March 2018.

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Sources to take you further

Records for Criminals

  • Admission registers and other records of the County Gaol and Houses of Correction, 1780s to 20th century
  • Records of the Gloucestershire Quarter Sessions from the mid-17th century and the Petty Sessions from the mid-19th century

Records for the Poor

  • Parish settlement, apprenticeship and bastardy records for many parishes in Gloucestershire, mainly 18th and early 19th century. Records of the Boards of Guardians including admission and discharge registers for the Union Workhouses, 1834 to early 20th century

Records for the insane

  • Records for the 1st and 2nd County Asylums in Gloucester, 19th and 20th century including admission and discharge registers and case papers. Please note that medical records less than 100 years old are not available for research but can be accessed through the NHS Partnership trust. Records of the private asylums in Gloucestershire

Coroner's records

  • Records from the county Coroners from 1844 including registers of inquests and inquest files. Please note that these records can be incomplete, especially for the Cheltenham/north Cotswold area and that records less than 75 years old can only be accessed through the Coroner's Office
  • Some earlier records survive for Gloucester (GBR, D1406), Tewkesbury (TBR) and the south of the county (D260)
  • Local newspapers often include detailed reports of Inquests

School Records

  • Records of many of the schools in Gloucestershire
  • Lists of evacuee children who were admitted to county schools during WW2

Records relating to Employment

  • A wide variety of records relating to employees, the police, the clergy, apprentices, freemen and Freeminers. Records of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars

Electoral registers and Poll Books

  • The poll books from 1763 and electoral registers from 1832 include the names of those entitled to vote. They cover the whole county but do not include every person over 21 years old until 1928

Trade and Street Directories

  • These survive from the late 18th century and cover the whole county with individual volumes for Gloucester, Cheltenham and some of the market towns in the county


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