Documents we hold at Wirral Archives Service

Boys on a Camping TripWirral 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.