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Abbey Archives

Planning your visit

The Abbey archives are open by arrangement from Mondays to Thursdays.  Please contact us to make an appointment before you visit.

The Abbey's Archive office is located at 9, Kingston Buildings, around the South side of the Abbey.  If you have an appointment, please see the receptionist first at the Abbey Office at 12, Kingston Buildings.

Contact details

Anna Riggs, Archivist

Tel 01225 422462 (voicemail out of hours)

Email archives@bathabbey.org

Who can use the archives

  • Any member of the public is welcome to use the Abbey archives
  • There is no charge for this service
  • Brief queries by letter, phone or email are welcome
  • If you would like to undertake a longer piece of research please make an appointment at least 2-3 weeks ahead of your visit. We need plenty of time to identify and prepare the correct documents you will need which is not always possible do to at short notice.  

Can I make copies of documents?

  • You may be able to make copies depending on copyright restrictions and the physical conditions of the documents.
  • Photocopies cost 6p per A4 sheet for black and white copies and 20p per A4 sheets for colour.
  • Please ask the archivist if you would like to photograph the documents with your own camera.
  • If you want a document copied for usage in a book or on a website please ask the archivist.

What is in the Abbey archives?

Records created by the Parish of Bath Abbey with St James from the beginning of the 19th century to the present day:

  • Fabric records A large part of the collection is formed by records relating to work done to the fabric of the Abbey Church; covering the major restorations of the 19th and 20th centuries, and works to the organ, stained glass and lighting.
  • Examples of other records in the collection are minutes, registers, burial records, title deeds, service sheets, choir records, newsletters and photographs
  • Records relating to properties held by the Abbey, such as the Abbey cemetery in Widcombe and Abbey Church House in central Bath.
  • A small number of records from St James’ Church Bath which was destroyed by bombing in 1942.

What won’t I find in the Abbey archives?

  • Bath Abbey's original parish registers (1569-present)

You can find these at the Somerset Archives and Local Studies Services in Taunton. You can also view microfiches of the registers at Bath Record Office The Abbey archives hold printed transcripts of the registers up to 1840.

  • Parish registers for St James Church (1569-1942) 

These are at the Somerset Archives and Local Studies Services in Taunton. http://www1.somerset.gov.uk/archives/

  • Parish records for Bath Abbey from before the mid 19th century

These are at the Somerset Archives and Local Studies Services in Taunton. http://www1.somerset.gov.uk/archives/