Quarter Sessions

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Among the surviving Quarter Sessions records we expect to find many kinds of clues about economic development. For example, these courts would hear presentments concerning the state of highways and the navigability of rivers, and would record the grant of alehouse licences.

Click on a county name in the table below for details of other records relating to that county, or click here for an overview of primary sources.

Survey of Surviving Quarter Sessions Records

Please do not edit this Quarter Sessions table - we need to rethink how we store tabular data in the wiki.

County Surviving 1540-1660 Transcription or Extracts Images Notes Details of transcription/calendar sources Links to trancription/calendar sources
Anglesey 0 Nothing useful survives for period of study
Bedfordshire 1650-1660 Minute book
Berkshire 1657-1660 Sessions Books only in this period
Brecknockshire 0 Nothing useful survives for period of study
Buckinghamshire 0 Nothing useful survives for period of study
Caernarfonshire 1541-1660 These records appear to be exceptionally complete. https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000155390 - digitised version inaccessible due to copyright
Cambridgeshire 0 Nothing useful survives for period of study
Cardiganshire 0 Nothing useful survives for period of study
Carmarthenshire 0 Nothing useful survives for period of study
Cheshire 1559-1660 Recognisance and order books, 1559-1650 (QJB 1), and the indictment and presentment books, 1557-1662 (QJB 2).
Chester (separate from Cheshire) 0 Nothing useful survives for period of study
Cornwall 0 Nothing useful survives for period of study
Cumberland 0 Nothing useful survives for period of study
Denbighshire 0 Nothing useful survives for period of study
Derbyshire 1628-1653 Derby Borough only.
Devon 1592-1660 Order Books and Bundle (QS/4)
Dorset 1625-1660 1625-1905 See also separate records for the boroughs of Lyme Regis, Poole, and Bridport
Durham 1596-1660 Series is not entirely complete. Microfilmed.
Essex 1556-1660 Extensive published guide online. Boroughs (for example Colchester) separate.
Flintshire 0 Nothing useful survives for period of study
Glamorganshire 0 Nothing useful survives for period of study
Gloucestershire
Hampshire
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire 1581-1660 1581-1698 Originals at Hatfield House, 1581-1620 W.J.Hardy (ed.), Hertford County Records: Notes and Extracts from the Sessions Rolls, 1581 to 1698, vol.1 (Hertford, 1905) https://wellcomelibrary.org/item/b24878315#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=5&z=-1.2534%2C0%2C4.5068%2C1.7557
Huntingdonshire
Kent 1558-1660 1558-1899 https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/1e8efd34-677b-4a05-ad0f-117fe2be8f05
Lancashire 1648-1660 1648-1908
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
Merionethshire
Middlesex
Monmouthshire
Montgomeryshire 0 Nothing useful survives for period of study
Norfolk
Northamptonshire
Northumberland
Nottinghamshire
Oxfordshire
Pembrokeshire
Radnorshire 0 Nothing useful survives for period of study
Rutland
Shropshire
Somerset
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Sussex
Warwickshire
Westmorland
Wiltshire
Worcestershire
Yorkshire 1637-1914
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