Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service     


The web site provides useful guides to the archives’ various holdings, in PDF format as follows:  Parish registers and Bishops’ Transcripts;  Non-conformist registers; Tithe Maps and Awards;  Business Records;  Enclosure Acts, Awardsand maps;  Colliery Records; Manorial Records; Transport Records, Electoral Registers;  the Contents of Lichfield Record Office and Family Collections, including the William Salt Library [see below]

Under Printing and Publishing in the Business Records are listed: 

  • Messrs. Halden and Haywood, printers D4338/A/26 SRO and stationers, The Borough Press, Eastgate St.,
    Stafford General ledger 1913-1938

  • E.J.Hurlestone, printers and stationers, D4338/8/2 SRO High St.,
    Eccleshall General ledger 1932-1935

  • Staffordshire Sentinel Newspapers Ltd., SD1079 SOTCA Sentinel House,
    Etruria Company ledgers 1930-1947

The Archive Service has also recently acquired the Minton Archive, spanning two centuries (1793-1968) including the following key items:

  • Drawings by Augustus Pugin, Christopher Dresser and Louis Solon;

  • a complete series of 520 hand-painted pattern books, together with Business records

  • and other paperwork relating to the firm, as well as similar records from Royal Doulton and other smaller potteries.  The archive will be catalogued and in due course made available at the Reading Room of the Stoke on Trent city archive.

  • City Central Library, Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent ST1 3R- 01782 238420

William Salt Library

(administered as an independent library and run in close conjunction with the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service – same address as above)

The library comprises a huge collection of printed books, pamphlets, manuscripts, drawings, watercolours, and transcripts built up by William Salt (1808-1863), a London banker and great-grandson of John Stevenson who founded the first bank in Stafford.  Amongst other things it includes the papers of the antiquary the Rev Stebbing Shaw and items from the contemporary local antiquaries Edward Thomas and James Broughton.  One miscellaneous item - Ref: S.MS. 478/2/84 – is the:

Bill to [Matthew] Boulton from John Baskerville [major printer] for printing 1500 sheets ‘proposals for Navigation' [canal] dated 4 December 1760.

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Contact Details

Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2LZ

01785 278 373/9