Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Caernarvonshire Quarter Sessions County Gaol Records

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XQA/G

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Title: Caernarvonshire Quarter Sessions County Gaol Records

Short title: Caernarfonshire Quarter Sessions, County Gaol records

Dates of creation: 1793-1913

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium:

Name of creator(s): Caernarfonshire Quarter Sessions


Administrative and biographical history: Caernarfonshire Court of Quarter Sessions was responsible for maintaining the County Gaol, re-built in the 1780s. William Henry George was appointed as Governor of the County Goal in 1837; he was dismissed in 1848, to be replaced by John Dixon. Plans for a new Caernarfon County Gaol were approved by the Secretary of State in 1864. Dixon was dismissed as Governor in 1848.


Scope and content: New gaol correspondence, 1793-1796; letters from Secretary of State, 1824-1867; gaolers' reports and visiting magistrates reports, 1829-1830, 1850-1867; general correspondence and papers, 1824-1879; gaol accounts, 1848-1877; plans for new gaol and advance of wall, 1824-1913; charges against W. H. George, governor of gaol, 1848; County Gaol correspondence; 1848; enquiry into salary of governor and matron, 1865; dismissal and replacement of John Dixon, 1867-1874; court case, 1874-1877; and wall adjoining correspondence, 1880-1881.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into: new gaol correspondence; letters from Secretary of State; gaolers' reports and visiting magistrates reports; general correspondence and papers; gaol accounts; plans for new goal and advance of wall; charges against W. H. George; County Gaol correspondence; enquiry into salary of governor and matron; dismissal and replacement of John Dixon; court case; and wall adjoining correspondence.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.
Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Catalogue of the Caernarvonshire Quarter Sessions County Gaol Records

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of description: July 2004



Caernarfon County Gaol | Archives

Great Britain. | Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace | (Caernarfonshire) | Archives

Prisons | Wales | Caernarfon

Personal names

Dixon, John, Governor of Caernarfon gaol

George, William Henry

Corporate names

Caernarfon County Gaol

Great Britain | Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Caernarfonshire)