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Flintshire Record Office
Quarter Sessions, court of, records

Reference code(s): GB 0208 QS

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Quarter Sessions Records, Flintshire

Short Title: Quarter Sessions, court of, records

Creation date(s): 1720-1962

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1243 items

Name of creator(s): Flintshire Court of Quarter Sessions


Administrative/Biographical history: Courts of Quarter Sessions were introduced into Wales following the Acts of Union of 1536 and 1543; they met at quarterly intervals. Until the establishment of county and district councils in 1888 and 1894, they were responsible both for judicial matters and the civil administration of the county, including constructing and maintaining roads and bridges, levying rates, relieving the poor, removing vagrants, issuing licences, and appointing county officials; organisations such as Masonic lodges and friendly societies were obliged to deposit their regulations with the Clerk of the Peace. Courts of Quarter Sessions were replaced by Crown Courts in 1971.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Flintshire Quarter Sessions, 1720-1971, consisting of minute books, 1720-1957; draft minute books, 1818-1912; session rolls, 1747-1941; administration records, 1810-1903; finance records, 1797-1916; enclosure awards, 1777-1870; commissioner's minutes, 1793-1823; plans, 1792-[1943], including plans of roads, [18th century]-1862; canals, 1792-1796; railways, 1824-1935; gas and water, 1839-[1943]; improvement, 1851-1891; piers and docks, 1862-1911; mines, 1874-1913; bridges, 1893-1923; electricity, 1903-1935; plans of the River Dee, 1839-1895; orders, 1871-1923; and records of the Clerk of the Peace, 1729-1860.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Courts in Session; administration; finance; enrolment, registration and deposit; and Clerk of the Peace.

Conditions governing access: Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain sensitive personal information as defined by the Act.

Conditions governing reproduction: Public records. May be copied without any need for a copyright form.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Flintshire Record Office and the National Library of Wales. Catalogue is searchable online at:


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Flintshire Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: Related papers are Flintshire Record Office, PS, Petty Sessions records.

Publication note: The work and records of the court of Quarter Sessions is described in Benyan-Evans, M., Handlist of the County Records (1955).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Quarter Sessions Records catalogue; Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History, (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2004

Court records | Wales | Flintshire
Public utilities | Wales | Flintshire | Designs and plans
Railways | Wales | Designs and plans
Roads | Wales | Flintshire | Designs and plans

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Flintshire (Wales)

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