Looking for a place?
Are you looking for a specific property or place? You might be interested in the history of your town or village, in finding out about the history of your house or the area in which your ancestors lived.
- • Try searching our online catalogue for the name of the place you are interested in.
- • Visit the local library and look at any published or printed histories of the area, trade directories or practical publications on local history generally - the National Archives wiki has a useful reading list.
- • Have a look at our sources for local history page for details about some of the most useful and commonly used records.
- • Or if you are interested in finding out about a specific building look at our House history pages.
- • If you want information about a Public Right of Way then contact the Highways department of your local council to start with. They hold the current series of Definitive Rights of Way Maps for their area. Older versions of the Definitive Maps are held at our Wakefield office.
- • The West Riding Registry of Deeds can be especially helpful for looking at land use and ownership in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It might be possible to ascertain current ownership from HM Land Registry.
- • Try the links on our Gazetteer if you are trying to find the location of a particular town or village.
- • There might be an active local history society for the area you are interested in - take a look at our Local History Society contacts page to find out if one is listed. Many local West Yorkshire societies are also listed on the West Yorkshire Archaeology Service.
If you are interested in the archaeological heritage of your area, contact our colleagues at the West Yorkshire Historic Environment Record who hold information on many significant budlings and locations in West Yorkshire. Further information about the HER is available at: www.archaeology.wyjs.org.uk.