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Powys County Archives Office
Brecknockshire Petty Sessions Records

Reference code(s): GB 0223 B/PS

Held at: Powys County Archives Office

Title: Brecknockshire Petty Sessions Records

Short Title: Brecknockshire Petty Sessions Records

Creation date(s): 1860-1998

Level of description: Fonds


Name of creator(s): Brecknockshire Court of Petty Sessions


Administrative/Biographical history: Petty Sessions began to appear at the beginning of the 18th century as extra meetings to lessen the burden on Justices of the Peace in Quarter Sessions. The Petty Sessions were regular divisional meetings and dealt with all manner of cases like the Quarter Sessions. They were in existence at least as early as 1792. The Sessions were held twice monthly in each division as opposed to the Quarter Sessions, which were held every three months. The Petty Sessions dealt mainly with minor cases such as petty theft, drunkenness, minor assaults, bastardy and failure to maintain families, larceny, trespassing, fraud and juvenile cases, as well as ale licensing and adoption. They required the presence of two Justices of the Peace but no jury.


Scope and content/abstract: minute books, court registers, adoption registers, licensing and ledger accounts from Brecon, 1869-1998; Builth, 1911-1991; Crickhowell, 1890-1991; Defynnog, 1949-1981; Hay, 1874-1974; Merthyr and Pencelli, 1903-1974; Talgarth, 1860-1991; Ystradgynlais, 1910-1998, and unidentified petty sessional division records, 1955-1984.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: unidentified; Borough of Brecon/Brecon ; Builth ; Crickhowell; Defynnog; Hay; Merthyr and Pencelli; Talgarth; Ystradgynlais

Conditions governing access: Powys Archive Office restrictions, relating to data protection, apply

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy is available at the Powys County Archives Service.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records transferred to Powys County Archives Service have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Items deposited by Mr Pickering, Deputy Clerk, Brecon, Talgarth and Ystradgynlais Magistrate Court, 5 March 1986.


Related material: For additional Builth Petty Sessions Division see also R/PS/R (Radnorshire Petty Sessions Divisions with Builth PSD). For additional Hay Petty Sessions Division records see B/D/JGW/PS


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, Brecknockshire Petty Sessions Records catalogues; Powys County Archives Office website (; 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 2005.

Court records | Wales | Powys
Crickhowell Public Hall Company | Records and correspondence
Criminal courts | Wales | Powys
Great Britain. | Court of Petty Sessions (Breconshire) | Archives
Juvenile courts | Wales | Powys

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Crickhowell Public Hall Company
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Breconshire)

Brecon (Wales)
Breconshire (Wales)
Builth (Wales : rural district)
Crickhowell (Wales)
Hay (Wales : rural district)
Talgarth (Wales)
Ystradgynlais (Wales)

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