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Justice and Authority in England County Quarter Sessions and Related Records

Location: Microfilm KD 8295 C5


These are the microfilmed original manuscripts of the Cheshire Quarter Sessions, which are the cases heard in the county of Cheshire in the Elizabethan and early Stuart period.

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“The first part of this series concentrates on two categories of material – written ledgers and order books.  These list all recognizances, indictments, order and presentments during the period.  All this material is of fundamental importance in providing an insight into the implementation and administration of justice as well as detailed information on numerous aspects of life in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The second and third parts of this series incorporate the more detailed and analytical Quarter Sessions files.  These offer the reader the full records of the officers of the court, including reports from committees and individual justices.

The foliation of a number of ledgers and order books is inconsistent and some volumes are not foliated.  There are also a number of pages missing which, when checked, were found to be missing in the original material.” (from the first of Reel 1).  There is a guide of sorts with the microfilm.  It gives a cryptic listing of what is on each reel.

Part 1 Recognizances and Orders, 1559-1650
Indictments and Presentments, 1557-1662
Recognizances, Orders, Indictments and Presentments 1660-1818
Part 2 Quarter Sessions Files 1571 (Michealmas)-1603 (Easter)
Part 3 Quarter Sessions Files 1603 (Trinity)-1616 (Michealmas)


Justice and Authority in England: County Quarter Sessions and Related Records: Series One: Cheshire. (Microfilm KD 8295 C5 Guide.)

For more information about this subject in our Library Catalog, check out these
Subject Categories:

Justice, Administration of -- England -- Cheshire -- Sources.

Court records -- England -- Cheshire.

Time Period: 16th Century   17th Century   18th Century   19th Century  

Subject keywords: Great Britain - History, Law