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England Public Record Office

The public records building is located on Chancery Lane. It’s located in the United Kingdom and more specifically London. The Public records sits what is now known as Maughan Library, near King’s College in London.

Find detailed information about the England Public Records Office

The Public records office, or the PRO( as it is known) holds the records for everything that takes place and it dates all the way back to the 1900’s if not earlier. it holds records for Wales, England, and Central United Kingdom.

These offices keep all records, including some of the original manuscripts from the Middle Ages. Inside these offices they also host the secret hiding place of the original Doomsday Book.

Now if you are expecting to go into these office and find any kind of document under the sun, readily at your fingertips, think again. Up until recent years the records are kept either locked up or secret. Once 1958 any documents that were kept in the office and sealed were being looked as being viable to be open to the public. Up until this year the doucments were kept locked and secret for years and year, up til at least fifty years had past. Once the year 1967 came around the public records building s looekd at reducing this 50 year rule. They change it to thirty years. So every record that had been on file till than could be viewed once the 30 year mark came around. If you have ever heard of the Thirty Year Rule, this is what was being talked about. As the years went on officials began taking a look agian at the rule and slowly decreasing the waiting period.

Once the UK Freedoms Act(2000)came into affect in 2005 they reduced the years and began opening up some of the records to the general public. There was also an online website devoted to the PRO, who they are and what they are about. In 2002 this website began to allow access to the records. A website devoted to the PRO gave the public access to certain records that the PRO buildings won;t give to the general public that are walk-ins. These records that began to be unleashed dated back to even the start of 1901. These records contain information about anything to do with the government. Information that the general public couldn’t readily get anywhere else.

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