Denbighshire Record Office

Denbighshire Petty Sessions Records

Reference code(s): GB 0209 PSD

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Title: Denbighshire Petty Sessions Records

Short title: Denbighshire Courts of Petty Sessions records

Dates of creation: 1830-1988

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 5.586 cubic metres (294 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Denbighshire Courts of Petty Sessions

CONTEXT

Administrative and biographical history: Petty Sessions began at the beginning of the 18th century as extra meetings to lessen the burden on Justices of the Peace in Quarter Sessions. The normal practice was to subdivide a shire into geographical divisions with each magistrate being assigned to a particular division. 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 drunkenness, assaults, 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. The county of Denbighshire was originally divided into the divisions of Bromfield and Yale (later Bromfield), Upper Chirk/ Ceiriog, Colwyn Bay, Denbigh, Edeyrnion, Isaled, Isdulas, Llangollen, Ruabon, Ruthin, Uwchaled, Uwchdulas and Wrexham. From around 1941, Upper Chirk/ Ceiriog Division was amalgamated with Llangollen Division. On April 1 1974, the divisions were reorganised into the following; Berwyn, Colwyn, Dyffryn Clwyd and Wrexham Maelor.

CONTENT

Scope and content: Records of Denbighshire Courts of Petty Sessions, 1830-1988, consisting of records of Bromfield Division, 1830-1974, including court registers, 1918-1974; Wrexham, 1872-1909; Upper Chirk/ Ceiriog Division, 1878-1969; Colwyn Bay Division, 1898-1978, including court registers, 1937-1974; Denbigh Division, 1903-1974, including court registers, 1916-1974; Edeyrnion Division, 1956-1974; Isaled Division, 1893-1974, including court registers, 1906-1974; Isdulas Division, 1867-1975, including court registers, 1880-1975, and minute books, 1867-1974; Llangollen Division, 1869-1975, including court registers, 1888-1974, and minute books, 1874-1938; Ruabon Division, 1872-1974, including court registers, 1880-1974, and minute books, 1896-1974; Ruthin Division, 1907-1977, including court registers, 1915-1974, and minute books, 1910-1937; Uwchaled Division, 1924-1955, including court registers, 1924-1969; Uwchdulas Division, 1909-1972, including court registers, 1909-1970, and minute books, 1910-1972; Wrexham Division, 1876-1974, including court registers, 1889-1974, and minute books, 1904-1973; Berwyn Division, 1975-1984; Colwyn Division, 1974-1988, including court registers, 1975-1988, and minutes 1975-1982; Dyffryn Clwyd Division, 1974-1988; and Wrexham Maelor Division, 1974-1986, including court registers, 1974-1985.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Berwyn Division; Bromfield Division; Upper Chirk/ Ceiriog Division; Colwyn Bay Division; Colwyn Division; Denbigh Division; Dyffryn Clwyd Division; Edeyrnion Division; Isaled Division; Isdulas Division; Llangollen Division; Ruabon Division; Ruthin Division; Uwchaled Division; Uwchdulas Division; Wrexham Division; and Wrexham Maelor Division.

Conditions governing access: Access to some documents within this collection may be restricted due to Data Protection legislation. Please contact Denbighshire Record Office for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Denbighshire Record Office.
Detailed catalogue

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

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

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Clerk of the Magistrates, Wrexham, Clwyd, 1974-1991; the Clerk to the Magistrates, Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire/ Clwyd, 1973-1984; the Clerk to the Magistrates, Denbigh, Denbighshire/ Clwyd, 1973-1997; the Clerk to the Magistrates, Abergele, Denbighshire, 1973; the Clerk to the Magistrates, Prestatyn, Denbighshire, 1999; the Clerk to Ruabon Council, Clwyd, 1984, 1985; Swayne, Johnson and Wright, Solicitors, Denbigh, 1973; Dudley Richards, Charles Richards and Sons, Solicitors, Llangollen, Denbighshire/ Clwyd, 1973, 1975; Robert C. Stones, Malpas, Cheshire, 1995; Councillor Paddy Tobin, Llangollen, Clwyd, 1996.

ALLIED MATERIALS

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: Denbighshire Record Office, Catalogue, Denbighshire Courts of Petty Sessions catalogue; Glamorgan Record Office website (www.glamro.gov.uk/adobe/courts.pdf), viewed 23 March 2004.

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

Date(s) of description: March 2004


INDEX ENTRIES

Subjects

Court records | Wales | Denbighshire

Personal names

Corporate names

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Clwyd). | Berwyn Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Clwyd). | Colwyn Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Clwyd). | Dyffryn Clwyd Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Clwyd). | Wrexham Maelor Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Denbighshire). | Bromfield Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Denbighshire). | Ceiriog Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Denbighshire). | Colwyn Bay Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Denbighshire). | Denbigh Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Denbighshire). | Edeyrnion Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Denbighshire). | Isaled Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Denbighshire). | Isdulas Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Denbighshire). | Llangollen Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Denbighshire). | Ruabon Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Denbighshire). | Ruthin Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Denbighshire). | Uwchaled Division

Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Denbighshire). | Uwchdulas Division

Places

Clwyd

Denbighshire