Powys County Archives Office
Montgomeryshire Petty Sessions Records
Reference code(s): GB 0223 M/PS
Title: Montgomeryshire Petty Sessions Records
Short title: Montgomeryshire Petty Sessions, records
Dates of creation: 1835-1999 (mainly 1878-1999)
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: To be supplied
Name of creator(s): Montgomeryshire Petty Sessions Divisions
Administrative and biographical history: Petty Sessions were first held in Montgomeryshire in the 19th 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 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. As was the normal practice Montgomeryshire was subdivided 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. They required the presence of two Justices of the Peace but no jury. The divisions altered over time: Llanidloes Borough and Llanidloes Upper Divisions amalgamated in January 1952; Montgomery Borough and Montgomery Lower Divisions later became Montgomery Division; Welshpool Borough and Welshpool Divisions became Welshpool Division.
Scope and content: Records of Montgomeryshire Petty Sessions, 1835-1999, comprising Caurse (Cawrse) Division records, 1907-1963; Deuddwr (Deytheur) Division records, 1906-1974; Llandysilio Division court minute book, 1835-1843; Llanfyllin and Pool Lower and Llanfyllin Borough Divisions records, 1878-1975, including registers, 1878-1975, and minutes, 1913-1975; Llanidloes Borough, Llanidloes Upper and Llanidloes Lower Divisions records, 1883-1991, including registers, 18989-1991, minutes, 1883-1990, fines, fees and enforcements, 1911-1936; Machylleth Division records, 1909-1995, including registers, 1933-1995, minutes, 1965-1979, and session files, 1933-1942; Mathrafal Division records, 1893-1981; Montgomery Borough and Montgomery Lower Divisions (later Montgomery Division) records, 1895-1984; Newtown Lower and Upper Divisions records, 1880-1999, including registers, 1880-1999, minutes, 1927-1979, Collecting Officers records, 1955-1976, fines, fees and enforcements, 1918-1995; Welshpool Borough and Welshpool Divisions records, 1889-1995, including registers, 1889-1995, and minutes, 1898-1979; records covering all courts of the Montgomeryshire Petty Sessions Divisions, 1907-1984, including registers, 1975-1982, and minutes, 1975-1979; miscellaneous records relating to Radnorshire Petty Sessions Divisions, 1984-1991.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Montgomeryshire; Cawse; Deuddwr; Llanfyllin; Llanidloes; Machynlleth; Mathrafal; Montgomery; Newtown; Welshpool.
Conditions governing access: Powys Archive Office restrictions, relating to data protection, apply
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply
Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Powys County Archives Service.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained
Accruals: Accruals are not expected
Immediate source of acquisition: No information found
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds
Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, Montgomeryshire Petty Sessions Divisions, catalogue; Glamorgan Record Office website (www.glamro.gov.uk/adobe/courts.pdf), viewed 12 February 2005; Powys County Archives Service website (http://archives.powys.gov.uk/), viewed 22 February 2005.
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: February 2005