Suffolk Record Office (branches at Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft)

Organisation: Archive

Collections held: Courts, Police, Prisons

Dates: Before 1700, 1700-1799, 1800-1849, 1850-1899, 1900-1949, 1950-present

Suffolk Record Office hold:
• Quarter Sessions records for the county
• Petty Sessions and Magistrates Court records
• 18th and 19th century Gaol Books for Ipswich 1840-1867, Beccles 1791-1848, Bury St Edmunds 1840s – 1860s and Woodbridge 1802-1813 (These records are indexed by name and are being scanned so images can be uploaded to the website).
• Photographs and plans of some gaols.
• Oral history recollections
• Records for the following police forces: West Suffolk, East Suffolk, Ipswich Borough and Suffolk some of which was formerly held by the Suffolk Constabulary Museum. These collections are in the process of being sorted, numbered, and catalogued but the covering dates are roughly 1840s – 1990s. When complete the catalogues will be uploaded to The records include:
Order books, salaries books, registers of reported crime, licence holders’ registers, daily record books, personnel registers, ARP records, some records of individual officers, photographs, newscuttings, standing orders, annual reports, Home Office circulars, financial records, individual station records, beat books, charge books, Division records
• Parish constables’ records in many of our 507 ecclesiastical parish collections – these are catalogued and the catalogues available online at
• Papers relating to individual high profile cases and individuals e.g. The Red Barn Murder, Peasenhall Murder, Margaret Catchpole
• Coroners’ Inquests from 1767-1933 for some parts of East Suffolk (These are indexed by name and the catalogues will be uploaded to the website).
• We hold local newspapers on microfilm and printed local studies material which can complement the archives sources mentioned above. The local studies items are on the Suffolk Libraries catalogue online.

Gatacre Road, Ipswich IP1 2LQ


Any publications or other relevant material about the collection / history of the organisation?

Who can access the collection?

Internal only (staff), External (public), Registered users, Online access (catalogue onl

How big is the collection?

Documents: 501-1000
Photographs: 101- 500
Objects: None
Artwork: None
Books/journals/magazines: 11- 100