Archive

This collection has been gradually built up and added to since the foundation of the Society in 1966.  It is unusual in that the catalogue index contains a large number of personal names making it a good source of material for local history and family historians.
The Society used part of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to finance an archivist, Francis Gotto, who carefully checked and corrected the cataloguing and storage of our collection.  His work involved checking the handwritten catalogue against the computerised entries, changing them where necessary (to make them more consistent), checking the contents of the storage boxes, listing items that needed conservation, removing rusty pins and other damaging materials, and re-wrapping the collection in acid-free archival paper. He did an excellent job.
Our Record Collection

Our collection has been gradually built up & added to since the Society’s foundation in 1966. The catalogue index contains a large number of personal names & place-names making it a good source of material for local & family historians. The catalogue is searched by computer in the Research Room but is not yet available on-line.

The archive contains documents, books, maps, newspapers & an important collection of photographs relating to local families, property, church, school etc. The parishes covered by the collection are those from the old Bromyard Rural District Council.

Click here to see the parish map of the area for which we hold records

Records Available Method of Storage/Retrieval
Over 16000 entries relating to papers, documents & maps Computerised document retrieval
Over 4000 photographs Stored on computer
Calendars of local newspapers – includes many names of people & places Computerised retrieval
Bromyard News & Bromyard News & Record 1883 – 1970 Roll film
Later local newspapers 1977 – present day Originals
Parish registers of baptisms, marriages & burials in Bromyard & surrounding parishes (see map). Some are indexes Roll film or photocopy
Marriage Notice Books. 1843 1948. These are impending marriages notified to the Bromyard Registry Office & include Non-Conformist & Catholic marriages Photocopies are indexed
Monumental inscriptions. Most parishes in the Bromyard area Fiche
Monumental inscriptions. Bromyard Independent Church Computer
Census 1841 – 71 Roll film
Census 1881 – 91 Fiche
Land Tax 1777 – 1831 Roll film
Tithe maps Roll film
Tithe apportionments Roll film
Maps based on tithe maps & showing field names & land use Originals
1880s 25 inch OS maps Originals
1904 25 inch OS maps Originals or roll film
Other maps including 6 inch OS maps Originals
Hearth Tax Photocopies

The Research Room, Exhibition Room and Shop are open:
Thursday & Friday 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 4.30pm
Saturday 10am – 12.30pm

Over 16,000 entries relating to papers , documents & maps .