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Pembrokeshire Record Office
Pembroke Quarter Session, records

Reference code(s): GB 0213 PQ

Held at: Pembrokeshire Record Office

Title: Pembroke Quarter Session Records

Short Title: Pembroke Quarter Session, records

Creation date(s): 1662-1973

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Court of Quarter Sessions of the County of Pembroke


Administrative/Biographical history: The Justices of the Peace through the Court of Quarter Sessions were responsible for the whole administration of the county of Pembroke. In Wales, Justices of the Peace and courts of Quarter Sessions were introduced by the Acts of Union of 1534 and 1543. A separate Court covered the Town and County of Haverfordwest, although both sat in Haverfordwest. The Court was responsible for prisons, policing, lunatic asylums, roads and bridges, licensing of alehouses, and the monitoring of charities, turnpike trusts and other statutory bodies. In the 1790s, the County leased a room over the Butter Market from the Corporation of Haverfordwest for the storing of the County's records. The court was abolished by the Courts Act 1971.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Court of Quarter Sessions of the County of Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, 1662-1973, including records relating to the Court in Session and Summary jurisdiction, 1734-1971; administration records, 1718-1968; police diaries, 1857-1875; records relating to alehouses, 1810-1957; records of the Clerk of the Peace, 1757-1971; records of the Treasurer, 1773-1973, including records relating to police, gaol and judicial accounts, 1823-1896; records relating to enrolment registration and deposit, 1772-1902, including records relating to charities, 1813-1879; and records relating to turnpike trusts, 1771-1835.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Court in Session and Summary jurisdiction; Administration; Clerk of the Peace; Treasurer; and Enrolement, registration and deposit.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Pembrokeshire Record Office.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: Some records were found mixed with those of Haverfordwest Court of Quarter Sessions.

Immediate source of acquisition: Transferred to the Record Office by The Clerk of the Peace.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Pembrokeshire Quarter Sessions, catalogue; Jackson, W. Eric, The Structure of Local Government in England and Wales (London: Longmans, 1949); Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History (Oxford, 1997); Richards, Melville, Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units (Cardiff, 1969); Jones, Francis, Treasury of Historic Pembrokeshire (Newport, 1998).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2005

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