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If you are interested in the history and archaeology of Herefordshire, you may also find these sources useful.

Local websites

Hereford Record Office: (the Herefordshire Council website, from the homepage click on the Family History Research link). For documents and maps from AD 1000 to 1950. Online through the national sites of AccessToArchives (see below). Search room and library, open 9.15 to 16.45 Monday to Friday. Harold Street, Hereford, HR1 2QX, telephone 01432 260750, fax 01432 260066, e-mail

Hereford Cathedral Library:  Archives of four manors (Canon Pyon, Norton Canon, Woolhope and Preston-on-Wye) and 27 parishes in Herefordshire. Search room and library open Tuesday-Thursday 10.00 to 16.00. Cathedral Close, Hereford, HR1 2NG, telephone 01432 374226, e-mail

Herefordshire Libraries: 

  • local history book collection (not all are on the shelves, ask the librarian)

  • collection of old maps

  • county aerial photographs (1947, 1:25,000)

  • Alfred Watkins photographs and Old Straight Club archive

  • manuscript volumes and archive of Duncumb histories, including the four unpublished hundreds of Stretford, Wigmore, Wolphy and Greytree

  • the manuscripts of further early unpublished Herefordshire histories by Blount, Parry, Williams, Webb, Bird and Hill

  • John Scarlett Davies' letters

  • Guild minutes of the Mercers' and Haberdashers' Companies in Hereford (17th-18th century)

  • manuscripts in the Pilley Collection going back to the 13th century

  • some Scudamore manuscripts

  • about 200 antiquarian books.

Most of the above are not on the online catalogue, but they are on the library's card index. The library is in Broad Street, Hereford, HR4 9AU, telephone 01432 383600; the library is closed on Mondays.

Hereford Museum: (the Herefordshire Council website, follow the links). Covers social history, artefacts, learning and resource centre; telephone 01432 342492, e-mail The museum is also located in the library building in Broad Street, Hereford.

Woolhope Club Transactions: Local history journal held in all the main libraries, with over 100 volumes beginning in 1851. A huge range of topics is covered, and you may well find that whatever you are researching someone before you has done so too. There are index volumes, which can be searched online on the Club's website.

Herefordshire pottery: for on line information on archaeological pottery found in the county.

Ledbury Civic Society: Ledbury Civic Society is a "watch-dog" organisation, which promotes Ledbury's conservation and improvement, creates amenity projects, and combines the past and present to protect the town's heritage.

England's Past for Everyone Ledbury Project: England's Past for Everyone was a Heritage Lottery-funded project involving communities across the country, which ran from 2005 to 2010. Authors and researchers worked alongside volunteers to bring local history to life. In Herefordshire, England's Past for Everyone focused on the historic market town of Ledbury. Herefordshire Archaeology staff members were involved in various aspects of this project.

National websites

The following national sources of information will also include Herefordshire information:

The National Archives: The National Archives are located in Kew, London. Many Herefordshire-related documents are held here. View the online catalogue for information on the Archives' holdings.

Access to Archives: Online database of archive collections across the country. Many of the archives in Hereford Record Office are catalogued on this website.

The British Library: Complete catalogue of published books online: it includes over 1100 books with Herefordshire in the title.

English Heritage Archive: From the homepage, click on the link to Learning and Resources, then choose Online Resources and click on the link to PASTSCAPE. This is a national database of archaeological and historic sites. As a general rule it has less information and fewer sites than county HERs, but it covers the whole country. The English Heritage Archive is located in Swindon, and can be visited by appointment - see English Heritage's website for further information. Telephone 01793 414600.

Photographic Collection: English Heritage Archive: From the homepage, under Learning and Resources, click on the link to Photo Collections. Based in Swindon, the English Heritage Archive is the largest collection of aerial photographs and photographs of buildings, people and places in the country. Free remote searches. Photos can be sent by post or seen in person. Telephone 01793 414600.

Census and Other Data: Vision of Britain: Comprehensive data sets including population, poverty, industry, boundary changes and more.

Images of England: Listed building photographs and information.

MAGIC: Comprehensive data set of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), countryside designations (e.g. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Scheduled Ancient Monuments and more. Also information on environmental schemes.

HELM (Historic Environment Local Management): Information and training to help those who make decisions about the historic environment.

Archaeology Data Service (ADS): The ADS supports research, learning and teaching with high quality and dependable digital resources. Provides a number of searchable archaeology-related databases, including library catalogues.

OASIS: Online Access to the Index of Archaeological Investigations. Provides an online index to the mass of unpublished archaeological contractor reports ("grey literature") that has been produced as a result of the advent of large-scale developer-funded fieldwork.

Heritage Gateway: A portal that allows you to search across national and local records of England's historic sites and buildings, including listed buildings. Also provides contact information for England's SMRs and HERs.

Victoria County History: Founded in 1899, the VCH is an encyclopaedic record of England's places and people from earliest times to the present day. Based at the Institute of Historical Research in the University of London since 1932, the VCH is written by historians working in counties across England.

Local History Society websites

Other useful addresses

Council for British Archaeology (CBA):

The Chapels Society:


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Last Updated: 03/03/2015 13:36:15