Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

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Cheshire Archives and Local Studies holds all archives for the county of Cheshire.

Authority Cheshire County Council
Location Record Office, Duke Street, Chester CH1 1RL. See map
Website [1]
Membership/ID CARN ticket
Photocopy policy 50p per A4 sheet
Camera policy Permissive, form to be completed. £3.50 per day, £10 per week, £40 per year.


What is held here

Items created by or regarding the County of Cheshire.

How to use it

The Record Office is located on a side road near the city centre. The archives operates via the CARN ticket system and you need to sign in before being allowed in the archive area. Finding records is made using the PC's situated in the searchroom and entering the relevant information onto document request slips. Documents normally arrive within 30 minutes of ordering although many are stored off site and require ordering a week in advance. Unfortunately the online catalogue doesn't always show which documents are off site and it's pot luck if you have to make a return visit a week later to view them. Staff refer to off site documents as being stored at the 'Salt Mine'.

Items found here

  • Plans for Handforth-Wilmslow-Alderley Edge Motorway and later successors
  • Lots of items regarding the Runcorn Expressways
  • 1970s plans for A494/A550/A5117 junction grade separation
  • Some M53 and M56 plans