Powys County Archives Office
J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales, solicitors, of Hay-on-Wye, Records
Reference code(s): GB 0223 B/D/JGW
Title: J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales, solicitors, of Hay-on-Wye, Records
Short title: J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales, solicitors, Brecknockshire records
Dates of creation: 1558-1973
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 0.43 cubic metres
Name of creator(s): J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales, solicitors, of Hay-on-Wye
Administrative and biographical history: J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales were a firm of solicitors based in Hay-on-Wye, Brecknockshire. They collected papers relating to lands in the counties of Brecknockshire, Radnorshire and Herefordshire. They also accumulated court records including the Brecon Court of Assizes and Courts of Quarter Sessions and Petty Sessions. Until the establishment of county and district councils in 1888 and 1894, the Quarter Sessions was responsible for both judicial matters and the civil administration of the county; the Petty Sessions dealt 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. Williams and Beales also accumulated some papers of Breconshire County Council.
Scope and content: Records collected by J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales, solicitors, Hay-on-Wye, 1558-1973, including Brecknockshire Assize records, 1867-1918; Brecknockshire Court of Quarter Sessions records, 1868-1884; Hay Petty Sessions Division records, 1859-1904; records of the Clerks of the Peace and Brecknockshire County Council, 1885-1906; Brecknockshire County Council Education Committee minutes, 1973-1974; and miscellaneous deeds and records, relating mainly to Brecknockshire and Radnorshire, 1558-1973.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Assizes; Quarter Sessions; Petty Sessions; Clerk of the Peace and Breconshire County Council; Breconshire County Council, Education Department; and J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales collected family and estate papers.
Conditions governing access: No restrictions
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.
Finding aids: A hard copy is available at the Powys County Archives Service.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Powys County Archives Service have been retained.
Accruals: Accruals are possible
Archival history: Some records were deposited Herefordshire Record Office by J. G. Williams.
Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by J. G. Williams, 1984, 1985, 1987. Records transferred from Herefordshire Record Office, 1986
Related units of description: Further records of J. G. Williams, Solicitor, are Powys County Record Office, R/D/JGW. The main archive of Brecknockshire Court of Quarter Sessions is Powys County Archives Service, B/QS; the main archive of Brecknockshire Court of Petty Sessions is Powys County Archives Service, B/PS.
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: Powys County Archives Service, J. G. Williams and P. M. Beales, solicitors of Hay-on-Wye, catalogue; 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: May 2005