Monday, April 25, 2011

Sources for Local and General History at Staffordshire Record Office

The range of archive collections held by Staffordshire Record Office is very wide and encompasses very many subject areas.

They include records of:
Local authorities including:
  • Staffordshire County Council, 1889 onwards, and its predecessor authorities, including the Court of Quarter Sessions, c.1590-1888
  • Staffordshire Poor Law Unions, 1834-1930
  • Stafford Borough Council and former urban and rural district councils in Staffordshire
  • Parish councils from 1894
  • Magistrates courts
  • Anglican parishes in the historic county of Staffordshire, including ecclesiastical records and records of parish administration
  • Nonconformist circuits and chapels
  • Major landed families in the county including those of the Dukes of Sutherland, Marquesses of Anglesey, Earls of Shrewsbury, Dartmouth, Lichfield and Bradford, Barons Bagot and Stafford, and many others
  • Businesses and professions including solicitors, estate agents, accountants, retail trades, building societies
  • Industry including coalmining, iron, engineering, textiles, footwear and brewing
  • Communications including railways, canals and roads
  • Primary and Secondary schools
  • Hospitals
  • Clubs and societies, including co-operative societies and political societies
  • Trade Unions
As well as
  • Electoral registers for most of the historic county. Those for the period 1832-1891 are available on microfiche only for preservation reasons.
  • Census returns for the whole of the historic county, on microfiche only.
  • Tithe and enclosure maps and awards and estate maps
  • Ordnance Survey maps, including the County and National Grid series

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