East Riding Archives collect the archives and written heritage of the East Riding, its communities and its people. We preserve this unique collective memory for present and future generations. We encourage and support the use of our collections by everyone for research, learning and enjoyment.
The archives and local studies service holds documents and books about the East Riding of Yorkshire dating from the 12th century to the present day. They cover a wide range of subjects and have come from many different organisations and local people, including major family, estate and business archives.
Below is a list of the types of records that are available, click an item for more information:
East Riding Quarter Sessions
The East Riding Quarter Sessions were the quarterly meetings of the Justices of the Peace in the County. They survive from the 17th century, and from the 18th century contain detailed records of crimes committed. As well as handling crime and justice, the Quarter Sessions had a wide range of other duties. They administered county roads and bridges, prisons, poor relief, the police, lunatic asylums, alehouses, elections and religious meeting places.
East Riding Register of Deeds
The East Riding Register of Deeds was established in 1708 and contains copies of deeds for the East Riding and Hull up to April 1974. The Register is a valuable source for legal searches, house history and family history.
Please note: the registers are indexed but you will need to know the name of the buyer or seller of a property to use them.
The following pdf document provides information on how to use Register of Deeds.
Using the East Riding Register of Deeds leaflet (pdf 34kb opens in a new window)
Local government records
We hold records from all of the old local authorities in the East Riding, ranging from the archives of ancient medieval boroughs like Beverley and Hedon to recent records of local government.
These include the following:
- Nineteenth-century Local Boards of Health
- Rural Sanitary Authorities and Highway Boards
- Humberside County Council 1974-1996
- East Riding County Council 1889-1974
- Borough Councils 1974-1996
- Urban and Rural District Councils 1895-1974.
Other archives of local government include the following:
- Poor Law Unions 1834-1930
- Public Assistance Committees 1930-1948
- School Boards 1870-1903
- Parish Councils 1889-current.
There are also records of Burial Boards and other cemetery records containing registers of persons buried.
We have records of cemeteries including registers of people buried. These are records of cemeteries run by a local or parish council.
Records of people buried in church graveyards are held in the parish registers.
The following pdf document is a list of cemetery records we hold.
Cemetery records leaflet (pdf 38kb opens in new window)
There are also cemetery records held by the cemeteries service.
Other cemeteries are run by Parish Councils.
We hold archives from East Riding schools and also some schools in Hull that used to be run by Humberside County Council.
School archives often contain the head teacher’s logbooks, with a daily record of school life, and admission registers.
The archives of the East Riding County Council also have information about schools, such as reports of inspectors or plans of school buildings.
We also hold a series of school grant plans 1844-1873.
We have archives from two independent schools:
- Pocklington School 1525-1972
- Marist (Roman Catholic) College, Hull 1925-1988.
There are also archives from two reformatory schools:
- Castle Howard Reformatory School, Hull 1894-1987
- St Williams Community Home (formerly Yorkshire Catholic Reform School) 1849-1991.
Public records are the archives of national government that are kept locally.
These include records of:
- the Hull and East Riding Coroner 1853-1994 (containing registers of deaths)
- local courts (such as Magistrates Courts and Petty Sessions 1841-1992)
- health authorities and hospitals from 1948, including the archives of East Riding County Asylum (Broadgate Hospital) from 1871
- accounts of local charities
- registers of ships for Bridlington 1786-1847 and Goole 1828-1994.
Other official records
There are lots of other official archives.
There are records of bodies that carried out drainage schemes such as the following:
- Commissioners of Sewers 1587-1933
- Drainage Commissioners 1764-1958
- Drainage Boards 1936-1992.
Please note: we do not hold archives of the armed forces, which are kept at The National Archives in Kew, London but we do have records of the following:
- East Riding Lieutenancy and militia 1756-1915
- Territorial and Auxiliary Forces 1907-1964.
If you are interested in the home front during the Second World War we have archives of the following:
- The local Home Guard 1940-1944
- Civil Defence 1938-1960s.
There are also records of the following:
- Turnpike trust roads 1765-1871
- Licensing of motor vehicles in the East Riding 1905-1976.
We hold the archives of Humberside Police, which also include the records of the following:
- East Riding Constabulary 1856-1974
- Hull City Police 1836-1974.
We hold the parish registers and other records for parishes in the East Riding Archdeaconry, which includes Hull and Scarborough but excludes some parts of the East Riding.
Parish registers record the names of people baptised, married and buried in the parish. Parish archives do have a lot of information about the social life of the parish and can include documents about poor relief, looking after roads and local constables.
We also hold records of nonconformist churches such as Methodists, Baptists and Congregationalist and some Quaker records. Registers from some Catholic churches are also available on microfiche.
Family and estate records
We hold a large number of important collections of East Riding family and estate records as well as solicitors’ archives containing family and estate records.
These archives contain a wide variety of subject matter. There may be deeds of the estates, manorial records and records of the management of the estate. There can be documents about a family’s social, political, religious or sporting interests and about their military service or travel abroad.
Businesses, societies and other private records
We hold many other collections of privately deposited or donated records. These include the archives of the following:
- Clubs and societies
- Political groups
- Trade unions
- Smaller collections of family papers.
Examples of this type of record are the archives of the following:
- Hodgson’s tannery, Beverley 1812-1975
- Keyingham Friendly Society 1830-1997
- East Riding branch of the National Farmers Union 1918-1988.
We hold a wide variety of maps for the East Riding.
The following pdf leaflet provides a list of some of the maps we hold.
Maps guide (pdf 25kb opens in new window)
Ordnance Survey maps covering the East Riding are available on:
- 6 inches to 1 mile scale circa 1855-1950s
- 25 inches to 1 mile scale circa 1890-1927
- 2.5 inches to 1 mile scale, 1:10,000 and 1:2,500 post-1945.
The Treasure House 'Archive Maps' page provides access to historic Ordnance Survey maps held by the East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service. The collection of over 2000 historic Ordnance Survey maps covering the period 1855-1929 has been digitised to provide online access. Archive Maps (external East Riding website)
We also hold enclosure maps dating from the mid-18th century, tithe maps 1837-1929, and estate maps, the earliest of which date from the early 18th century.
Many of these can be viewed as digital images in our research room.
We hold a large collection of electoral registers. These registers contain lists of people who were able to vote and date from 1832.
Books, pamphlets and journals
We hold a wide range of books and pamphlets covering Beverley and the East Riding, but also representing Yorkshire, Humberside, North Riding, West Riding, Hull and York. A range of local and regional journals are also available.
We hold local newspapers dating from the 18th century to the present day, covering most of the historic East Riding.
Newspapers are held either on microfilm or in bound volumes (where a microfilm version does not exist).
We hold a collection of trade directories for the East Riding and some for the North Riding, dating from 1791-1939.
Arranged by place, trade directories provide historical information about a place and listings of businesses and some individuals.
Poll books contain the names of individuals who voted in elections and who they voted for.
We hold poll books for elections in:
- Yorkshire 1741 and 1807
- East Riding 1837 and 1868
- Beverley 1784-1868.
Other poll books are also held in the Archive collection.
We hold a good collection of parish magazines mainly covering the 20th century. Other copies of parish magazines can be found in parish records in the archives.
Postcards and photographs
We hold an extensive collection of postcards of Beverley and East Riding towns and villages and a collection of photographs including a number of aerial views.
High-quality prints of our postcards are now available online in a range of print sizes, making perfect gifts or wall decor for local businesses. You can order these through our external partner, Max Communications Limited at the East Riding Photos Picture Archive:
East Riding Photos Picture Archive (external website)
You can also now follow us on our East Riding Archives Flickr account to view selected images online:
Flickr (external website)
We hold a large collection of posters and printed material including:
- Beverley play bills circa 1790- circa 1854
- election posters circa 1790-1868
- posters and programmes for various dates.