Warwickshire, England, Public Record Office
The Warwickshire County Record Office is located in the town of Warwick in a purpose-built building next to Priory Park, at the following address:
Warwickshire County Record Office Priory Park Cape Road Warwick CV34 4JS
+44 (0) 1926 738959
+44 (0) 1926 738969
Sam Collenette serves as the Archive and Historic Environment Manager.
Records documenting almost nine hundred years of Warwickshire’s past may be found at the Warwickshire County Record Office. Volumes and ledgers of the county’s administrative and business activities are found there, including Warwickshire parish records, county court records (and quarter sessions), coroner’s records, and the Warwickshire Constabulary records. Hospital records are held there, including those of the Warwickshire County Lunatic Asylum at Hatton and of the former Warneford Hospital in Leamington Spa. A few local firms, such as Eagle Engineering, Needle Industries Ltd., and Stanley Brothers of Nuneaton, have records there. The records of some local families may be found in the office, including the Greville family (Earls of Warwick), the Feilding family (Earls of Denbigh), the Seymour family (Marquises of Hertford) and the Newdigate family of Arbury Hall. Parchment deeds and illuminated manuscripts round out the collection. The Access to Archives database contains searchable catalogues of many Warwickshire collections: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/.
A library of secondary sources is also kept. These include maps, newspapers, photographs, and microfilm copies of the Warwickshire census returns and the GRO index (birth, marriage, and death certificates from the General Register Office). Windows on Warwickshire provides online access to historic photographs and items in Warwickshire museums, archives, and libraries, Compton Verney Art Gallery, and Warwick Castle: http://www.windowsonwarwickshire.org.uk/.
In partnership with Ancestry.co.uk, parish and court records over one hundred years old are available online. Warwickshire’s Past Unlocked lists many archives found in the office: http://archivesunlocked.warwickshire.gov.uk/CalmView/.
The Victuallers’ Database notes licensed victuallers in Warwickshire from 1801 to 1828: http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/warwickshire-county-record-office/county-record-office-resources-and-catalogues/county-record-office-resources-and-catalogues-licensed-victuallers-database/.
The tithe apportionments database may also be accessed online: http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/warwickshire-county-record-office/county-record-office-resources-and-catalogues/county-record-office-tithe-maps-database/. It documents information from the Warwickshire tithe apportionments after the Tithe Commutation Act of 1826.
An index of Warwick county prisoners may be viewed online at http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/warwickshire-county-record-office/county-record-office-resources-and-catalogues/county-record-office-calendar-of-prisoners-database/.