We advise you to book well in advance and before making travel arrangements, as demand is high throughout the year and we cannot guarantee space will be available at short notice.
Dating from at least the Twelfth century this castle was originally a hall belonging to Hugh Pudsey a famous Bishop of Durham.
At what date the hall was fortified we do not know although it is first referred to as a castle in 1376.
The change from the current 30 year closure period to 20 will be achieved through an accelerated release of material over a ten-year period, between 20.
As part of the annual sensitivity review we routinely release several hundred files, after the appropriate closure period has expired.
Every visitor must provide, before their first visit, two separate forms of proof of identity, one showing a photograph (for example a passport, national identity card or driving licence) the other showing your address (for example a utility bill or bank statement).
On arrival, researchers must complete a user registration form agreeing to the Bank’s conditions of access. The search room is open at lunchtime, though no files can be ordered between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.
The Archive is open by appointment only, Monday to Thursday from 10am until 4.30pm.
Appointments must be booked at least one working day ahead, via email or phone.
Online catalogue If you cannot find what you are looking for, you are welcome to contact us with a brief summary of your research and we will be happy to advise you.
In the case of genealogical enquiries, we can usually check a small amount of salary ledgers or customer account or stock indexes.
Stockton-on-Tees began as an Anglo-Saxon settlement on high ground close to the northern bank of the River Tees.