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Powys County Archives Office
J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales, solicitors, Brecknockshire records

Reference code(s): GB 0223 B/D/JGW

Held at: Powys County Archives Office

Title: J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales, solicitors, of Hay-on-Wye, Records

Short Title: J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales, solicitors, Brecknockshire records

Creation date(s): 1558-1973

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.43 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales, solicitors, of Hay-on-Wye

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales were a firm of solicitors based in Hay-on-Wye, Brecknockshire. They collected papers relating to lands in the counties of Brecknockshire, Radnorshire and Herefordshire. They also accumulated court records including the Brecon Court of Assizes and Courts of Quarter Sessions and Petty Sessions. Until the establishment of county and district councils in 1888 and 1894, the Quarter Sessions was responsible for both judicial matters and the civil administration of the county; the Petty Sessions dealt 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. Williams and Beales also accumulated some papers of Breconshire County Council.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Records collected by J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales, solicitors, Hay-on-Wye, 1558-1973, including Brecknockshire Assize records, 1867-1918; Brecknockshire Court of Quarter Sessions records, 1868-1884; Hay Petty Sessions Division records, 1859-1904; records of the Clerks of the Peace and Brecknockshire County Council, 1885-1906; Brecknockshire County Council Education Committee minutes, 1973-1974; and miscellaneous deeds and records, relating mainly to Brecknockshire and Radnorshire, 1558-1973.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Assizes; Quarter Sessions; Petty Sessions; Clerk of the Peace and Breconshire County Council; Breconshire County Council, Education Department; and J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales collected family and estate papers.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

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

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

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

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history: Some records were deposited Herefordshire Record Office by J. G. Williams.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by J. G. Williams, 1984, 1985, 1987. Records transferred from Herefordshire Record Office, 1986

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Further records of J. G. Williams, Solicitor, are Powys County Record Office, R/D/JGW. The main archive of Brecknockshire Court of Quarter Sessions is Powys County Archives Service, B/QS; the main archive of Brecknockshire Court of Petty Sessions is Powys County Archives Service, B/PS.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

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: Powys County Archives Service, J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales, solicitors of Hay-on-Wye, 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: May 2005


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Court records | Wales | Powys
Deeds | Wales | Powys
Great Britain. | Court of Assizes (Brecon) | Archives
Great Britain. | Court of Petty Sessions (Breconshire) | Archives
Great Britain. | Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace | (Breconshire) | Archives

Personal names

Corporate names
Great Britain | Court of Assizes (Brecon)
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Breconshire)
Great Britain | Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Breconshire)
J.G. Williams and P.M. Beales, | solicitors

Places
Breconshire (Wales)
Hay-on-Wye (Wales)
Herefordshire (England)
Powys (Wales)
Radnorshire (Wales)

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