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The Local Heritage section at Southwell Library is on the ground floor at the rear of the building with level access throughout.
The collection contains a range of
material relating to Southwell 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 over 500 volumes, including works by local authors, and standard works such as William Dickinson’s ‘History of Southwell’.
Some items are only available to be consulted in the library, but wherever possible we offer a loan copy of the title as well. The majority can be searched for on the library catalogue but some are not yet included.
The Local Studies classification numbers can be used to find books on specific themes e.g. L90.2 Southwell is the reference for titles concerned with the history of the town in general, but topics such as Education in Southwell have a specific number – indexes are available and staff will be able to help.
Periodicals on the Local Heritage collection include:
The library has almost complete files of The Bramley local community newspaper.
The library does not hold any local newspapers on
microfilm. Articles relating to Southwell may be found in the Newark Advertiser
on microfilm at Newark Library, where there is an
incomplete card index.
There may be relevant articles in other titles accessible via the FREE subscription to the British Newspaper Archive available in Inspire Libraries and at Nottinghamshire Archives.
The trade directories, covering the period from around 1830, give contemporary information about Southwell, including listings of local industries, and prominent people.
There is also wide coverage for Nottinghamshire directories
in microfiche format
The information about Local Govenment includes the minutes of Southwell Town Council.
boxes have been compiled over many years containing news cuttings, leaflets and
ephemera on local themes.
Over 22,000 Nottinghamshire images have been digitised and are available on the Inspire Picture Archive.
Two sets of drawers, containing maps and plans, cover the period from the early 1800s. 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 Southwell and its 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 Southwell (and surrounding parishes) from 1559 into the Twentieth Century (where they survive).
Bleasby, Bulcote, Burton Joyce, Caunton, Edingley, Farnsfield, Gonalston, Halam, Halloughton, Hockerton, Hoveringham, Kirklington, Lambley, Lowdham, Maplebeck, Morton, Norwell, Oxton, Thurgarton, Upton, Winkburn and Woodborough.
A microfiche reader and printer machine is providedA separate familyhistory 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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