North Devon Record Office
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]
OPENING TIMES AT THE NORTH DEVON RECORD OFFICE
The North Devon Record Office in Barnstaple has been closed on Wednesdays since April 2012.
During the period from Monday 12 to Friday 23 May 2014 when Devon Heritage Centre at Great Moor House, Sowton is closed to the public for the transfer of local studies material from the Castle Street library premises, North Devon Record Office will remain open during its normal opening hours - that is, it will be open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during that fortnight.
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.