Cheshire England Public Record Office and County Information
Duke Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1RL
The Public Records Office of Cheshire, England (now known as The Cheshire Archives)is located at Duke Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1RL. The Cheshire Archives contains records and studies related to the county of Cheshire, as well as the diocese and city of Chester. The records are available free of charge.
The Archive contains parish registers dating back to the sixteenth century, as well as wills, census returns, maps and deeds. It also preserves local newspapers from the eighteenth century. In addition, the Archive also contains various records of societies, schools, hospitals, courts and workhouses.
All records are stored in atmospherically-controlled rooms, which are monitored by archive conservators.
The Local Studies branch of the Cheshire Archives promotes community awareness regarding the archives and features guest speakers on local topics.
The area of Cheshire is 902 square miles and has a population of around 700,000. With the exceptions of the city of Chester and other cities along the River Mersey, the county is largely considered rural. The county does, however, have a diverse economy with automotive, financial, tourism and bio-technology sectors.
The county of Cheshire is considered a “ceremonial” county in the UK, as there is no elected authority, but rather, a Sheriff and Lieutenant for ceremonial purposes.
According to a 2011 Census, 81% of the population of Cheshire describes itself as Christian, with the remaining population not identifying with a religion or not answering the question.
Cheshire is known for its canal system, which was originally used to transport industrial products. Today, the canals are mainly used for tourism purposes and are a favorite among boating enthusiasts.
Cheshire is known to be one of the more affluent counties in England, with many professionals commuting either to Liverpool or Manchester. Cheshire also features an area referred to as the “Golden Triangle,” which includes the towns of Alderley Edge, Prestbury and Knutsford. It is so-named due to the expense of purchasing a house in this area.
Cheshire boasts the Crewe Alexander, Stockport County, Macclesfield Town and Cester F.C. football teams. The Warrington Wolves and Widnes Viking Rugby League teams also hail from Cheshire.