Powys County Archives Office
Brecknockshire Petty Sessions Records
Reference code(s): GB 0223 B/PS
Title: Brecknockshire Petty Sessions Records
Short title: Brecknockshire Petty Sessions Records
Dates of creation: 1860-1998
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium:
Name of creator(s): Brecknockshire Court of Petty Sessions
Administrative and biographical history: Petty Sessions began to appear at the beginning of the 18th 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 with all manner of cases like the Quarter Sessions. They were in existence at least as early as 1792. 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 petty theft, drunkenness, minor assaults, bastardy and failure to maintain families, 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.
Scope and content: minute books, court registers, adoption registers, licensing and ledger accounts from Brecon, 1869-1998; Builth, 1911-1991; Crickhowell, 1890-1991; Defynnog, 1949-1981; Hay, 1874-1974; Merthyr and Pencelli, 1903-1974; Talgarth, 1860-1991; Ystradgynlais, 1910-1998, and unidentified petty sessional division records, 1955-1984.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: unidentified; Borough of Brecon/Brecon ; Builth ; Crickhowell; Defynnog; Hay; Merthyr and Pencelli; Talgarth; Ystradgynlais
Conditions governing access: Powys Archive Office restrictions, relating to data protection, apply
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.
Finding aids: A hard copy is available at the Powys County Archives Service.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records transferred to Powys County Archives Service have been retained.
Accruals: Accruals are possible.
Immediate source of acquisition: Items deposited by Mr Pickering, Deputy Clerk, Brecon, Talgarth and Ystradgynlais Magistrate Court, 5 March 1986.
Related units of description: For additional Builth Petty Sessions Division see also R/PS/R (Radnorshire Petty Sessions Divisions with Builth PSD). For additional Hay Petty Sessions Division records see B/D/JGW/PS
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.
Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, Brecknockshire Petty Sessions Records catalogues; Powys County Archives Office website (http://archives.powys.gov.uk); Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History, (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997).
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: March 2005.