Denbighshire Record Office
Denbighshire Petty Sessions Records
Reference code(s): GB 0209 PSD
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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