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West Yorkshire Archive Service



WYAS, Wakefield office
Registry of Deeds
Newstead Road

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


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Appointments recommended: some archives are held offsite



Revised opening hours at WYAS, Wakefield

WYAS, Wakefield is due to relocate to the new state-of-the art West Yorkshire History Centre in the Kirkgate region of Wakefield in early 2017.  In preparation for this exciting move, WYAS needs to repackage collections, barcode 100,000 containers, and complete many other areas of work over the next few months.

To ensure these targets are met, the Registry of Deeds building will be closed to the public the third full week of each calendar month from April and this will continue until we open in the new building. 

The first closure week will be the week commencing 20 April 2015.

General enquiries sent to the office in closure weeks will be dealt with when the office re-opens the following week. 

To assist in this move

  • We will also be stopping our Monday evening sessions

  • Our Saturday openings will continue and are listed below 

Our revised opening hours are:

Weeks 1, 2 and 4 of each month

Access to original documents including the Registry of Deeds:

Monday 9.30am to 5.00pm

Tuesday 9.30am to 5.00pm

Thursday 9.30am to 5.00pm

Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm

Second Saturday of the month 9.30am to 1.00pm

Closure weeks to December 2015

20-24 April; 18-22 May, 15-19 June, 20-24 July, 17-21 August, 21-25 September, 19-23 October, 16-20 November, 14-18 December

Saturday openings until December 2015: The Wakefield office will be open between 9.30am and 1.00pm on the following Saturdays throughout 2015; 11 April, 9 May, 13 June, 11 July, 8 August, 10 October, 12 December. There will be no Saturday opening in November 2015.


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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