Powys County Archives Office
Radnorshire Petty Sessions Records
Reference code(s): GB 0223 R/PS
Title: Radnorshire Petty Sessions Records
Short title: Radnorshire Petty Sessions, records
Dates of creation: 1868-1998
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: To be supplied
Name of creator(s): Radnorshire Petty Sessions Divisions
Administrative and biographical history: Petty Sessions were first held in Radnorshire 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 Radnorshire 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: East Radnor Petty Sessions Division (PSD) was formed on 1 January 1978 from Presteigne and New Radnor PSDs. Colwyn PSD amalgamated with Builth PSD on 1 April 1981. Knighton PSD amalgamated with East Radnor PSD on 1 April 1982.
Scope and content: Records of Radnorshire Petty Sessions, 1868-1998, including Colwyn Division records, 1871-1981; East Radnor Division records, 1978-1991; Knighton Division records, 1868-1981, including registers, 1933-1981, and minutes, 1922-1981; Cefnllys/Llandrindod Wells Division records, 1869-1914; Llandrindod Wells Division records, 1913-1998, including registers, 1913-1998, and minutes, 1943-1986; New Radnor Division records, 1915-1977; Presteigne Division records, 1876-1977, including depositions, 1879-1950, registers, 1940-1977, and minutes, 1928-1967; Painscastle Division records, 1872-1981; Rhayader Division records, 1871-1991, including depositions, 1871-1922, registers, 1933-1991, and minutes, 1899-1973; Radnor/New Radnor Division depositions and other records, 1871-1890; Magistrates Court Committee minutes, 1952-1974; records relating to all Radnorshire divisions and Builth Division, 1922-1986, including Collecting Officer's records, 1949-1982.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Cefnllys/Llandrindod Wells; Colwyn; East Radnor; Knighton; Llandrindod Wells; New Radnor; Painscastle; Presteigne; Radnor/New Radnor; Rhayader; Radnorshire with Builth.
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
Related units of description: Further records relating to Radnorshire Petty Sessions Divisions are in Powys County Archives Service, M/PS/N, B/PS.
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, Radnorshire Petty Sessions Records, catalogues; 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 March 2005.
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: March 2005