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Lichfield History Access Point

Location

Lichfield History Access Point,
Lichfield Library,
St Mary’s,
Market Square,
Lichfield,
Staffordshire,
WS13 6LG

Booking procedure

The Lichfield History Access Point (HAP) is open by appointment only for a 2 hour session per day. To book a two hour slot you will need to be a library member.  

At least 2 working days’ notice to book the HAP is required and depends on availability.

The HAP is unable to offer drop-in sessions.

During COVID-19 restrictions, only 1 person is able to use the HAP area.

Bookings can be made by telephone, email, or at Lichfield Library.  To book please email lichfield.library@staffordshire.gov.uk or telephone: 0300 111 8000

Your call will be answered by our contact centre staff who will be able to deal with your library enquiry.

Normal opening hours 

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm

Wednesday: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Thursday: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm

Friday: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Saturday: 9.00 am – 3.30 pm

Sunday: Closed

Access and facilities

Car parking: Public car parks available in town centre.

Facilities: Accessible toilet and baby changing facilities available.

Please see Lichfield Library webpage for further detail.

Sources available

Anglican parish registers

A wide range of registers of Staffordshire parishes are available on microfiche including Lichfield and Tamworth parishes. These include the post 1900 period that is not available online.

Some parish register transcripts are also available.

Nonconformist registers

Microfiche copies of nonconformist registers are limited but copies include some years for Brownhills, Burton-on-Trent, Fazeley, Leek, Lichfield, Longdon, Norton Canes, Stapenhill, Tamworth, Tutbury, Wilnecote and various other local areas. Please note that the coverage of these copies is not comprehensive.

Census returns

Census returns are available on microfiche for:

  • 1841: North Offlow, South Offlow and South Totmonslow
  • 1851-1891: Tamworth, Lichfield, Fazeley, Rugeley, Yoxall

A bound photocopy of the Gregory King Census of Lichfield taken in 1695 is also available on the open shelves

Electoral registers

Microfiche copies of electoral registers for:

  • North and South Offlow 1832-1842.
  • South Staffs 1843 -1867
  • East Staffs 1868-1884
  • Burton 1885-1888 1891-1902 1908
  • Lichfield 1885-1902 1908

Hard Copies of electoral registers for:

  • Lichfield 1951-53, 1954-1978
  • Lichfield Rural 1970-72, 1973-1977
  • Transcript of the City of Lichfield Polls 1710,1714,1718,1721,1755,1761,1799

Newspapers

Microfilms of the Lichfield Mercury are available for the following years

  • July 1815 – March 1818
  • 1830-1833
  • 1877-1896
  • 1898-2008

In addition, there are a small number of other newspapers available on microfilm these are:

  • Staffordshire Advertiser 1856+
  • Lichfield Advertiser 1865
  • Lichfield Herald January – December 1883
  • Lichfield Herald and City Times January – August 1897
  • Lichfield Pioneer 1921 – 1922

Search aids: two printed indexes to newspapers are available covering the period 1899 – 1919.

Local history sources

There is also a wide range of printed local history material available.

Please note that original archival material relating to Lichfield is held at Staffordshire Record Office.

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