Cornwall Record Office

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Cornwall Record Office

Cornwall Record Office (CRO), part of Cornwall Council, is situated at Old County Hall in Truro and is the main repository for the historical archives of Cornwall, England. It closed in September 2018 to enable staff to prepare the collections for their move to Kresen Kernow, Cornwall's new archive centre in Redruth, which is due to open in 2019.[1]

Cornwall County Council was persuaded by Kenneth Hamilton Jenkin and others to set up Cornwall Record Office in the 1950s.[2] Today its three and a half miles of shelving holds millions of individual historical documents, including deeds, leases, manorial records, parish registers, correspondence and diaries, maps and plans, council records and photographs; many of these relating to mining, fishing, farming and most other aspects of life in Cornwall. The documents range in date from the mid-12th century right up to the 21st century and they comprise an exceptionally valuable resource for local historians, family historians, ecclesiastical historians, mining historians and those undertaking research or academic projects.

Their online catalogue contains over a quarter of a million entries and is growing apace.


  1. ^ Cornwall Council. "Kresen Kernow - Cornwall's new archive centre - Cornwall Council". Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. ^ Justin Brooke, ‘Jenkin, (Alfred) Kenneth Hamilton (1900–1980)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 30 December 2008.

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