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The Local Heritage section at Newark Library is at the rear of the building with level access throughout.
The collection contains a range of material relating to Newark and the surrounding area, with background material on Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.
You will find resources to help you trace:
The book collection has approximately 2000 volumes, including works by
local authors, and standard works such as Cornelius Brown’s ‘History of
Features of the collection include material relating to the English Civil Wars (1642-49) and the role played by Newark , and local industries such as malting, brewing and iron-founding.
The library has complete files, on microfilm of local newspapers:
Newark Advertiser 1855-2018
Newark Herald 1791-1792, 1873-1960
Newark Times 1831-1841
Ollerton, Edwinstowe and Bilsthorpe Times April 1938-April 1941
South Notts Advertiser 1854
There is a card index covering the 1850s to c.1980.N.B. These titles are not all currently included in the British Newspaper Archive, although there may be relevant articles in other titles accessible via this FREE subscription available in Inspire Libraries and at Nottinghamshire Archives.
Three microfilm/microfiche reader and printer machines are provided, including a digital scanner.
The trade directories, covering the period from around 1784 to 1971, give contemporary information about Newark, including listings of local industries, and prominent people. There is also wide coverage for Nottinghamshire directories in microfiche format.
Information about Local Government includes minutes of the Borough and Town Council of Newark, although back copies of these are stored off-site.
There is also a set of local electoral registers from 1832 to 2000.
Ephemera boxes have been compiled over many years containing news cuttings, leaflets and ephemera on local themes.
The photograph collection includes around 5000 images, covering the
period from the 1850s to the 1980s.
These are filed by theme and an index to the classification scheme is available.
Over 22,000 Nottinghamshire images have been digitised and are available on the Inspire Picture Archive.
These include Ordnance Survey large scale 6-inch and 25-inch plans (plus metric equivalents) of the area from c.1880. Maps are available to browse. If you have a specific query about mapping please contact us direct via Ask Inspire.
Census Returns for the Newark and neighbouring parishes, from 1841 to 1901, are available on microfiche, but the free access to Ancestry.co.uk in libraries and at Nottinghamshire Archives is often a more convenient way of searching for Census information.
Parish Registers on microfiche cover Newark (and surrounding parishes) from 1600 into the Twentieth Century (where they survive).
Averham, Balderton, Barnby in the Willows, Bilsthorpe, Bleasby, Blidworth, Boughton, Bulcote, Burton Joyce, Carlton on Trent, Caunton, Coddington, Cotham, Cromwell, Eakring, East Stoke, Edingley, Edwinstowe, Egmanton, Elston, Epperstone, Farndon, Farnsfield, Flintham, Gedling, Gonalston, Halam, Halloughton, Harby, Hawton, Hockerton, Holme (Newark), Hoveringham, Kelham, Kilvington, Kirklington, Kirton, Kneesall, Langford, Laxton, Lenton Priory, Lowdham, Maplebeck, Morton, North Clifton, North Collingham, North Muskham, Norwell, Ollerton, Ossington, Oxton, Perlethorpe, Rolleston, South Collingham, South Muskham, South Scarle, Southwell, Staunton, Sutton upon Trent, Syerston, Thorney, Thorpe, Thurgarton, Upton, Walesby, Wellow, Weston, Winkburn and Winthorpe
A separate family history collection of some key titles to help with the process of researching family history is also available in general library stock.For help with specific enquiries please contact Ask Inspire.
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