Our Archive

Centuries of History

Particularly significant groups of documents in the archive include: records of meetings of Chapter (the Cathedral’s governing body) from 1329 to the present, documents recording the repair and maintenance of the building during 1464-2000s, orders of service from the late 1800s onwards, medieval deeds and leases relating to properties in Salisbury, royal charters (including the 1215 Magna Carta) for 1136-1469, and baptism, marriage and burial registers.

A separate collection of documents created by the Salisbury Diocese and the Bishop of Salisbury’s Office is held by the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre.

You can search our library and archive electronic catalogue.

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Please note that information about many archive documents has not yet been added to the electronic catalogue so if you do not find what you are looking for, please contact us directly. We welcome all enquiries about the library and archive; please email

All visits to the archive must be arranged in advance.

Contact information

Emily Naish, Cathedral Archivist and Collections’ Manager