Archives and local history
Do you want to find out more about your family history, or the history of your house or your town or village?
Are you researching a school or college project?
Warrington Library archives and local studies can help you discover the answers to many of your questions!
Our ways of working are Changing. From 1st November a new schedule of charges will be introduced for some services in the search room.
In addition, we will be offering some new services, including a research service and a personal consultation service.
What we hold
Warrington Library holds a fine collection of archives and manuscripts relating to Warrington and the surrounding area including:
Records of the borough of Warrington
Records of some surrounding townships
Manorial and court records
Estate and family deeds and papers
Rentals, maps and surveys
Records of many local businesses, societies, clubs and institutions
Fire brigade and police
Records of some individuals of both local and national, and even international significance
We also hold an excellent collection of documentary material relating to Warrington, its people and the surrounding area, including:
Census returns on microfilm
Parish registers on microfilm
Newspapers on microfilm
Photographs and other images (See archives on flickr)
Who can use the archives?
Anyone can use the search room to undertake personal research free of charge. We can help if you want to trace your family tree or find out about the history of your house or area. We can help provide resources for school and college projects. You don't even have to have a specific purpose in mind other than an interest in some aspect of local or family history.
Catalogues, lists and indexes
Warrington was originally in the historic county of Lancashire but was transferred to Cheshire following local government reorganisation in 1974, where it remained until it became a unitary authority in 1998.