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Warrington Library holds a fine collection of archives and manuscripts relating to Warrington and the surrounding area including:

  • Records of the borough of Warrington
  • Records of some surrounding townships
  • Manorial and court records
  • Militia records
  • Estate and family deeds and papers
  • Rentals, maps and surveys
  • School records
  • Records of many businesses, societies and institutions
  • Fire brigade and police
  • Records of some individuals of both local and national, and even international significance

Some of the items in our collections are very fragile. With this in mind you may be asked to wear specially provided gloves, to handle the items under supervision, or to use a surrogate copy of the item in place of the original (a microfilm copy of an original document may be provided for example). This is to ensure that the records survive for future generations to consult in as good a condition as possible.

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Archives held by Warrington Library are available in the Cheshire Archives & Local Studies Catalogue

Warrington was originally in the historic county of Lancashire but was transferred to Cheshire following local government reorganisation in 1974, where it remained until it became a unitary authority in 1998. Consequently much material relating to Warrington and area is held at the record offices for both Cheshire and Lancashire.