Bath Record Office is currently closed but we are planning a safe reopening. Although we are closed for research appointments, we are able to respond to enquiries by email, phone or post.

Part of John Speed's map of Somerset, 1610 Part of John Speed's map of Somerset, 1610 Show image info

Part of John Speed's map of Soemerset, 1610

What we don't hold

The area now covered by Bath & North East Somerset was mostly within the county of Somerset until 1974 and the county of Avon until 1996.

Records for areas outside the City of Bath before 1974 are generally held at Somerset Heritage Centre or other Record Offices.

  Held by:

Original parish records for those now under Bath & North East Somerset

(Digitised copies available through Ancestry and microfiche copies available at Bath Record Office)

Somerset Archives & Local Studies
Original non-conformist registers not at Bath Record Office or Somerset The National Archives
Quarter Sessions records for Somerset                                                  Somerset Archives & Local Studies
Court of Assizes records for Somerset The National Archives
Coroner’s records for Bath area under Avon Coroner’s Court from 1988 to present Bristol Archives
Records of Avon County Council Bristol Archives
Planning records for B&NES (1996-present) Planning department, Bath & North East Somerset
Planning records for areas under Wansdyke (1974-1996) Planning department, Bath & North East Somerset
Planning records for areas outside the City of Bath (1933-1974) Somerset Archives & Local Studies
Some Building Control records for areas under Wansdyke (1974-1996) Building Control, Bath & North East Somerset
Building Control records for areas outside the City of Bath (1894-1974) Somerset Archives & Local Studies
Local government records for areas outside the City of Bath until 1974 Somerset Archives & Local Studies
OS maps and other maps series for some areas within B&NES Somerset Archives & Local Studies

 

Please contact us for more information, or to enquire whether we hold particular records relevant to your research.