We provide an archive service on behalf of Torbay Council, caring for many thousands of documents relating to the Torbay area.  You can access these at the Devon Heritage Centre in Exeter, or via our research service.  We also have three service points in Torbay where you can look at microform copies of historical records for the local area.  These are located at Brixham Heritage Museum, Paignton Library and Torquay Library.

Access Documents From 15th Century

We have a wide variety of documents relating to Torbay dating from the 15th century to the 21st.  These include deeds, family and estates papers, such the those of the Raleigh, Reynell and Oxley-Parker families, manorial records, business records, records of local groups and organisations, hospital records, travel diaries, oral history collections, cemetery records, building plans and surveys, sales catalogues, shipping registers and railway records.

We also have the tithe records, school records, parish and non-conformist records, local council records, electoral registers, charity records, listed building reports and numerous collections of photographs and postcards of Torbay and South Devon.

Many of our other collections, such as the Ordnance survey maps, inland revenue wills, diocesan records, prison records and court records will contain references to places or people in the Torbay area.

We are always happy to deal with any enquires relating to our collections.