Isle of Wight Council

Record Office


Plan of the Tontine Inn, Newport 1880

The following databases are available on line:

  • Alehouse Licences.
  • Apprenticeship Indentures.
  • Cowes Registry of Shipping.
  • Indictments Pauper's Lists.
  • Sacrament Certificates. 
  • 1841 Census Index.
  • Marriage Register Index 1837-1900.

Please scroll down the page to access links to each of the above.

Photocopies of individual documents can be made subject to condition.  For a quotation, please get in touch via the 'Contacts' tab above.

We hope to add further databases at a future date.  These will include the;

  • Cowes Protest Book.
  • Newport Settlement Certificates.
  • Northwood Apprenticeship records from our parish collections.
  • Newport Gaol Book from our Newport Borough Corporation collection.  

In the meantime, you are welcome to contact us to request a search of these indexes on your behalf.


This database records details of licenses issued at the Newport Borough Quarter Sessions between 1766-1819.  It records the name of the alehouse, the victualler and the sureties (i.e. those who stood as security for the proper performance of the victualler's duties).  You can search the licenses by year.

To access the Alehouse Licence Database click here.


This database covers Apprenticeship Indentures  held in our Newport Borough Corporation collection covering the years 1689 to 1835.  The database is arranged by name.  The documents themselves give information on the Apprentice, the Master, and trade to be learned. 

To see an example of this type of document click here (PDF, 2.65Mb, 1 page) and for the reverse click here (PDF, 1.88Mb, 1 page).

To access the Apprenticeship Database click here.


This database uses a transcript given to the Record Office in which the names of vessels recorded by the Cowes Registry of Shipping appear. It is arranged by the name of the vessel, the year and number. The Registers themselves have now been deposited.  It is not possible to photocopy entries from the registers due to the size and condition of the volumes, but the first Shipping Register volume, covering the period 1786-1823, has been digitised. Unfortunately, not all database etries have survived in the register, so please email with the details of the ship in which you are interestto allow us to check the images. If the entry in which you are interested survives then a copy of the page can be supplied subject to our standard copying charges. For entries after 1823, transcripts can be supplied subject to our hourly rate. 

To see an example of this type of document click here (PDF, 1.44Mb, 1 page).

To access this database click here.


This database records the names of those who received relief from the Poor Law Union for the years 1868, 1878 and 1882.  An individual's name is listed, together with their place of residence and age.  You can search by date, parish or surname. Returns survive for the years 1867, 1868, 1869, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875 and 1882. The original lists record the reason for relief and the total amount received.  They are arranged by Poor Law District and within each district alphabetically by parish.  In urban areas the residence details are given to street level, elsewhere the names of hamlets, farms or villages appear.

To see an example of this type of document click here (PDF, 2.06Mb, 1 page).

To access this database click here.

INDICTMENTS NBC/31 1768-1836

These documents record the name of the accused, the type of offence and the date of the offence.  In most cases the original indictments record further information (usually inserted in the margin), such as the plea, verdict and sentence.  In some cases the offence is described in detail.  Related papers are attached to many of the indictments: for example, calendars of prisoners, writs and certificates of conviction.  This database can be searched by surname.

To see an example of this type of document click here (PDF, 1.06Mb, 1 page).

To access this database click here.


The Test Act of 1673 excluded from civil or military office all those who were not members of the Church of England.  As a result the holder of a civil or public office was required to present a certificate confirming that he had received communion in the Church of England.  The certificate was signed by a minister, churchwardens and two witnesses.  Some of the sacrament certificates do not specifically mention the place of residence, and in those cases the parish of the minister and churchwardens is noted.    This database records each office holder. 

To see an example of this type of document click here (PDF, 1.67Mb, 1 page).

To access this database click here.


An index to the 1841 census is now available to users of the Record Office website. This index is arranged alphabetically by surname. Copies of individual returns can be supplied our standard fees apply   Please quote surname, ref and folio on all orders.

To see an example of this type of document click here (PDF, 808.08KB, 1 page).

To access the census index click here.


Indices to Church of England marriages are now available for the years 1837-1900.  These indices are arranged by (1) surname of bride (2) surname of groom and include Christian name, year, date and place (parish). Further information contained in the parish register should include occupations for both bride, groom, brides father and grooms father, residence for both bride and groom, signatures for both the bride and groom and the names and signatures of the witnesses to the marriage. Copies of the parish register entry can be supplied subject to our standard fees (see below).  Please quote month, year, name, and place (parish) on all orders.

To access the index arranged by surname of bride click here (PDF, 1.35Mb, 484 pages).

To access the index arranged by surname of groom click here (PDF, 1.35Mb, 484 pages).

To see an example of this type of document click here (PDF, 2.57Mb, 1 page).