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West Yorkshire Archive Service
West Yorkshire Archive Service



WYAS, Wakefield office
Registry of Deeds
Newstead Road

Tel: +44 (0)1924 305980
Fax: +44 (0)1924 305983


Reader Registration.

We are members of the County Archive Research Network (CARN) readers’ ticket scheme. Please bring your CARN readers’ ticket with you when you visit. If you do not have a ticket please bring official proof of ID which includes your name, address and signature. Click here for more information

Appointments recommended: some archives are held offsite



The WYAS: Wakefield is now closed.

The Wakefield branch of the West Yorkshire Archive Service closed on the 13th of May 2016 to facilitate the move to the new West Yorkshire History Centre.  We anticipate that the new building will open to the public in early 2017.

As of the 13th May 2016 the Wakefield office is not open to the public and we cannot accept remote enquiries from researchers as the records are being moved to a new building. Please keep an eye on our website for updates as to when the Wakefield office will reopen to the public and resubmit your enquiry then.

If your request is for a legally required search or copy please send your request to providing full details of what you require and any deadlines that may be relevant and a member of staff will consider your request and respond to your enquiry as soon as they are able, please do not send your request back to the Wakefield email address as it will not be able to respond to it.


A rest area is available for the consumption of your own refreshments on the ground floor. Public lockers and a water cooler are also located in this area.

Toilets are available.

How To Find Us

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Car Parking There is free parking available for visitors to Wakefield Archives.
Train We are approximately 500 metres from Wakefield Westgate Railway Station
Bus We are approximately 500 metres from Wakefield Bus Station

About the Office

The West Riding Registry of Deeds building is the headquarters of the West Yorkshire Archive Service. It houses records of the former West Riding and West Yorkshire county wide, as well as being the record office for Wakefield Metropolitan District. The Headquarters also provide facilities such as conservation and microfilming for the whole Service.

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