Documents we hold at Wirral Archives Service
Wirral Archives Service holds over 5 miles of compelling documents preserved in state of the art premises, including a large, purpose-built strong room.
We hold documents dating back to the fifteenth century, with most dating from the nineteenth and twentieth century.
These documents include:
- Records of Wirral local government (i.e. borough and district councils), including minutes, building plans and rate books
- Records of the Poor Law and of local workhouses
- School records
- Hospital records
- Court records, including Quarter Sessions and County Court
- Business records, including the extensive collection of Cammell Laird Shipbuilders Ltd
- Records of local clubs, societies, organisations and individuals
- Solicitors' records, including title deeds
- Maps and plans, including tithe maps, Ordnance Survey maps, and marine maps of the Wirral Coastline
- Local newspapers
In addition to these original documents, we also hold on microfilm or microfiche a number of sources of particular use to family historians, including:
- Census returns for Wirral 1841 - 1901
- Electoral registers for Wirral 1842 - 1900
- Records of burials in municipal cemeteries
Researchers requiring parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials should contact Cheshire Record Office or Birkenhead, Wallasey or Bebington reference libraries; and those requiring birth, marriage and death certificates should contact the General Register Office.