The Plymouth and West Devon Record Office holds records in many forms relating to many different subjects and organisations. Some of the most popular are listed here.

You can search our online catalogue for details of all our collections.

Use the research guides below for some of the most popular types of record asked for.

We also hold the following types of information:

Maps and Architectural Plans · Private Correspondence, Diaries and Journals · Wills · Non-conformists · Parish Records · Poor Law and Workhouses · Large Family Estates · Plymouth City Council and Other Local Authorities · Parish Councils · Courts and Plymouth Prison · Charities · Businesses and Trade · Plymouth Blitz and Reconstruction · Gardens and Parks

This is not a comprehensive list of all research that can be undertaken so please contact us if you do not find what you are looking for. Visit our search room if you’d like to access our records.


Projects to improve cataloguing and enhance local historical information have been made possible by external funding and most take place thanks to the valuable help and support of our team of volunteers. Find out more about our current and past projects: