Wakefield Collections

Wakefield Collections

The Wakefield Collections include:

  • County wide collections of West Yorkshire and the West Riding County Council, dating from 1889-1974
  • West Riding Quarter Sessions, dating from the early 1600s, which were responsible for county administration and judicial functions
  • The impressive West Riding Registry of Deeds, dating from 1704 to 1970. The registry holds nearly 7 million individual deeds contained within 12,000 volumes spread across 14 million pages for more details on this collection please click here
  • Significant law and order collections, including West Yorkshire Police forces, Petty Sessions (Magistrates') Courts and prisons including HMP Wakefield
  • Local authority records of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
  • Administrative county collections of local businesses, charities, voluntary organisations and private individuals
  • Family and estate records, including those of the Winn family within the Nostell Priory Collection
  • Coroners' records and hospital records, including Bradford Royal Infirmary and Halifax General
  • Important mental health collections, including those for the UNESCO Heritage of the World award winning Stanley Royd, Menston High Royds and Storthes Hall Hospitals
  • Church of England Diocesan records and many nonconformist churches
  • records of the National Coal Board
  • The John Goodchild collection


to contact Wakefield to find about any of these records or if you have any questions relating to archives that might be held at Wakefield please click here

To search our collections further use our online catalogue here

A link to our Wakefield Treasures: Wakefield Treasures