Historical Records

Welcome to the Devon Record Office website

Great Moor House front entrance

Directions and a location map together with our opening times, can be found in the Visiting Us section.

New parking arrangements for visitors to the record office have been introduced.

There is a service point at the Westcountry Studies Library in Castle Street, Exeter.  Here microfilm and microfiche of parish registers and Inland Revenue wills, 1812-1858, are available.

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The Devon Record Office exists to collect and preserve the historical records of Devon and to make them available to all who wish to study them. There are three record offices which share this task.

The Devon Record Office at Exeter houses all types of historical records relating to the county of Devon, the city of Exeter, and East, Mid and South Devon, including Torbay.  These include the records of the parishes, and of innumerable individuals, families, estates, businesses, societies, chapels and schools.   

Searchroom at the Devon Record Office

It also holds the ecclesiastical records of the Diocese of Exeter, and administers the Exeter Cathedral (Dean and Chapter) Archives in the Cloister Library.

The North Devon Record Office at Barnstaple has a wide range of historical records for the North Devon area.  

Since 1998 the Devon Record Office has provided an archives service for both Devon County Council and Torbay Council under a joint arrangement between the two authorities.   Records relating to the Torbay area are generally deposited at the Exeter office.

The Plymouth and West Devon Record Office holds records of the old borough and modern city of Plymouth, as well as the west Devon area.  From the 1st April 1998, it has been run as an independent archive service by Plymouth City Council.

Microfiche or microfilm of some records, in particular parish records relating to the whole of Devon, are available in the search-rooms of all three record offices.

Online catalogue

Click here to search the online catalogue:

Devon Record Office and North Devon Record Office Online Catalogue

What's new?

Consultation meetings image - PDF icon (93KB - pdf help)  Meetings of representatives of interested groups were held in Exeter and Barnstaple in April, to discuss the future of the Devon Record Office and North Devon Record Office, in the light of local authority budget restraints.  This is a synopsis of the discussions.

Devon Record Office Tithe Map Project - Volunteer Apportionment Transcription image - PDF icon (957KB - pdf help)
The Devon Record Office is looking for Volunteers across Devon to transcribe the tithe map apportionments for each parish.

This extends the Friends of Devon's Archives Tithe Apportionment Project image - PDF icon (156KB - pdf help) by including individual plot details and land use in the transcriptions thus giving more information about the landscape, farming and estate management in the County. It will also make it possible for each plot's data to be linked directly to the corresponding area on the tithe map in a proposed online mapping system.

Free access to the 1911 census and Find My Past extended until March 2012 image - PDF icon (52KB - pdf help)  

Free access to the National Archives DocumentsOnline website until March 2012 image - PDF icon (52KB - pdf help)   

Search for wills on the Genuki Devon Wills Project website

Contact Us

Devon Record Office
Great Moor House
Bittern Road
Sowton
EXETER
Devon
EX2 7NL

Telephone

+44 (0)1392 384253

Fax

+44 (0)1392 384256

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