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About the Westminster Diocesan Archives
posted on 01 November 2005

The Westminster Diocesan Archives contain material relating to the history of the Diocese and also to the history of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The Archives also hold a small number of sacramental registers, mainly dating from the nineteenth century. However, the majority of sacramental registers are kept by individual parishes.

If you wish to consult the Archives, you must make an appointment with the Archivist. A letter of recommendation is normally required, for example from an academic supervisor. Since the Archivist is a priest with parish duties, the collection is normally only accessible two days a week. It is also closed for a month in the summer and during Holy week, the Christmas and Easter Octaves and other holydays. The collection is the private archive of the Archbishop of Westminster and certain other Catholic institutions. Therefore no 'right' to access exists. As with other archives, material from the last 30 years or containing sensitive information is not available for consultation.

Family history and church registers

We have a small selection of historic church registers, mostly dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. For more information see the attached file below.


The Diocesan Archives are situated on Abingdon Road, just off Kensington High Street. Parking is limited and so researchers are advised to use public transport. The nearest stations are High Street Kensington (District and Circle Lines) and Kensington Olympia (District Line and Silverlink).

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Contact details:
Fr Nicholas Schofield MA STB
Telephone: 0207 938 3580

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