Surrey County, England Public Record Office
The following two offices contain historical records from Surrey County, England. Following the contact information for each office, a brief description of its purpose and its holdings will be given.
Surrey Archaeological Society
Castle Arch Guildford GU1 3SX England
+44 28 9025 5905
Monday and Wednesday: 9:45am-4:45pm
Thursday and Friday: 9:45am-4:15pm
Closed: Bank Holidays
The Surrey Archaeological Society was founded in 1854. It engages in archaeological excavations and in landscape surveys. Members of the society have access to the society’s lending library. Access is also given to the Surrey Archaeological Collections. These contain reports of excavations that were conducted by the society.
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Tuesday and Friday: 9:30am-5pm
Note: Closed on Saturdays before bank holidays, bank holidays, and the first two weeks of December.
Note: This list does not include everything available at the Centre. To explore the complete collection and learn about other holdings, visit the Centre’s website.
Robert Barclay Illustrations: A collection of watercolors and prints from around Surrey that date between the 17th and 19th centuries. A thousand of these are now available online and the rest can be viewed at the Centre.
Francis Frith Photographs: A collection of more than 14,000 photographs of buildings, villages, towns, landscapes, and people from around Surrey. They date from between the 1880s and 1960s. Some images are available online.
Collection of Surrey Illustrations: This is a collection of more than 35,000 photographs, prints, postcards, slides, drawings, and paintings. Nearly half of them are available online and the rest can be seen at the Centre.
Library Maps: A group of almost 900 maps, including county maps and town plans.
Journals: A collection of over 500 periodicals and 40,000 other articles. Some of which were published by local history societies.
Loseley Letters: Official and private letters written by the More family of Loweley House. They were written between 1506 and 1689.
Sale Particulars: This collection is geared toward people researching their home or local history. It includes over 5000 sales records.
In addition to the various collections mentioned above, the Surrey Historical Centre also has various catalogs. These catalogs can be used to search for particular people and to narrow a search to particular documents. Another catalog give a list of the Parish records available at the center.