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From an exemplification of proceedings by Prior John Roger to recover possession of Tywardre(a)th Priory, Cornwall, from Sir John and Elizabeth Cornwall, 1445 [B1/4932]

From an exemplification of proceedings by Prior John Roger to recover possession of Tywardre(a)th Priory, Cornwall, from Sir John and Elizabeth Cornwall, 1445 [B1/4932]

CHANGES AT THE NORTH DEVON RECORD OFFICE

From 1 April 2012 the North Devon Record Office in Barnstaple will be closed on Wednesdays.  

The public searchroom will be closed, and we will not normally deal with email, postal and telephone queries on that day.  These changes will allow us to focus on improving public access to our collections by concentrating on digitisation, increasing online availability of documents, reducing our cataloguing backlogs and working with communities to develop access to their archives.

See our Business Plan 2012-2015 image - PDF icon (110KB - pdf help) for planned developments to modernise our service, and to incorporate the North Devon Record Office into a new Devon Heritage Service.

Please check our website or Facebook page regularly for details of any further changes.                                

The North Devon Record Office was originally founded in 1988 as a branch of the Devon Record Office, Exeter.

We are currently one of three partners in the North Devon Local Studies Centre, Tuly Street, Barnstaple.  The other partners are the North Devon Local Studies Library and the North Devon Athenaeum.  Together, we are able to offer a comprehensive range of local source material for anyone interested in North Devon, from family and house historians to students of the area's industry, architecture, folklore, geology, natural history, etc.

The North Devon Record Office itself houses archives (original documents) relating broadly to the North Devon area.  These include the records of North Devon and Torridge District Councils, the boroughs of Barnstaple, Bideford, South Molton and Great Torrington, and most Anglican parishes. We also hold the records of many individuals, families, businesses, societies, chapels and schools.

The North Devon Local Studies Library holds a large collection of books, magazines and pamphlets on a variety of local subjects as well as by local authors. It also houses Ordnance Survey maps, local newspapers, census returns, and the International Genealogical Index of parish register entries for the whole of the UK.

The North Devon Athenaeum is a privately-funded library with a large stock of both local and general books, local newspapers, maps, pamphlets, parish register transcripts, census returns, and a selection of archive material. It also holds the index to civil registers of births, deaths and marriages for England and Wales.

The Local Studies Centre has stored many of its most widely used sources on microform, including census returns and parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. It has 4 microfilm readers, 10 microfiche readers, 2 microform reader printers, a photocopier and 2 public access computers.

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