Local history

You can find books and articles on local and family history in our libraries.

There are local history collections at Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead, and Weston libraries, with material including historic Ordnance Survey maps, photographs and parish records on microfiche. Each library also has a parish pack, which draws together information about the history of the local parish from maps and books.

The North Somerset Studies Library, in the Frederick Wood Room at Weston Library, is a separate reference collection for the history of our part of Somerset. Visitors are very welcome – bring your library card or proof of name and address. The library has:

  • newspapers
  • street directories
  • telephone directories
  • electoral rolls
  • Ordnance Survey sheets
  • tithe maps (digital) for North Somerset parishes
  • historical maps including street maps from the 19th century for Weston
  • thousands of photographs and postcards of local interest