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Quarter sessions

From Tudor times until 1889, Norfolk was administered by the justices of the peace (or magistrates) through the system of quarter, general, special and petty sessions.

The records of the quarter sessions are prefixed C/S. 

For more about the history of the quarter sessions as an administrative body in Norfolk, see our separate guide.

The court in session (C/S)

  • Sessions books, 1565-1955 (C/S 1)
  • Order books, 1650-1791 (C/S 2)
  • Sessions rolls, 1532-1808 (C/S 3)
  • Minute books, 1799-1968 (C/S 4)
  • Committee minutes, 1807-1971 (C/S 5)
  • Registers of convictions, 1829-1955 (C/S 6)
  • Registers of cases, 1931-70 (C/S 7)
  • Records of appeals, 1935-71 (C/S 8)
  • Appeal files, 20th century (C/S 9)
  • Calendars of prisoners, 1862-1971 (C/S 10)
  • Justices' notebooks, 1962-71 (C/S 11)
  • Recognizance books, 1847-70 (C/S 12)
  • Indictments and recognizances, 1890-1927 (C/S 13)
  • Estreat rolls, 1822-1946 (C/S 14)
  • Depositions etc, 1922-71 (C/S 15)
  • Insolvent debtors, 1722-27 (C/S 16)
  • Constables' presentments, 1768-1803 (C/S 17)
  • Records of convictions, 1820-47 (C/S 18)
  • Appeals, 1720-28 (C/S 19)
  • Orders reducing tithe rents, 1888-1921 (C/S 20)

Administration (C/Sa)

  • Records of gaol committee and visiting justices, 1791-1867 (C/Saa 1)
  • Castle Gaol, Shirehall maintenance, etc, 1764-1936 (C/Saa 2)
  • Papers relating to Norwich Shirehall, Swaffham Courthouse, Swaffham Bridewell and Walsingham Bridewell, nd [c1822]-nd [late 19th century] (C/Saa 3)
  • Bridges, 1810-15 (C/Saa 4)
  • Police, 1839-42 (C/Saa 5)
  • Lunatics, 1827-1924 (C/Saa 6)
  • Militia depot plans, nd [c1854] (C/Saa 7/1)
  • Weights and measures, 1823 (C/Saa 7/2)
  • County bridewells or houses of correction, 1801-25 (C/Saa 8)

Finance (C/Sb)

  • General accounts (C/Sba 1)
  • Special accounts:
    • Bridges (C/Sba 2/1)
    • Maimed soldiers and mariners (C/Sba 2/2)
    • Passing of vagrants (C/Sba 2/3)
    • Norwich Castle Gaol (C/Sba 2/4)
    • King's Bench and marshalcy (C/Sba 2/5)
  • County rates (C/Sbb 1)

Enrolment, registration and deposit (C/Sc)

  • Deeds of bargain and sale, 1561-1732 (C/Sca 1)
  • Inclosure awards, maps and acts, 1760-1869 (C/Sca 2)
  • Oaths and declarations, 1673-1849 (C/Scb 1/1)
  • Sacrament certificates, 1689-1808 (C/Scb 1/2)
  • Papists' estates, 1717-79 (C/Scb 2)
  • Registers and certificates of grants of annuity, 1756-1848 (C/Scd 1)
  • Land tax assessments, 1767-1832 (C/Scd 2)
  • Poll books, 1715-1868 (C/Scd 3)
  • Road order enrolment books, 1769-1940 (C/Sce 1)
  • Road orders, 1774-1958 (C/Sce 2)
  • Deposited plans, 1897-1959 (C/Scf 1)
  • Parliamentary Acts, 1845-1930 (C/Scf 2/1)
  • Orders, notices etc, 1867-1936 (C/Scf 2/2)
  • Company accounts, 1841-1927 (C/Scf 3)
  • Inquisitions re compensation, 1858-1903 (C/Scf 4)
  • Turnpike trust returns, 1820-28 (C/Scf 5)
  • Drainage, 1617-1882 (C/Scf 6)
  • Crime, poverty and philanthropy, 1784-1970 (C/Scg)
  • Alehouse licensing, 1648-1808 (C/Sch 1)
  • Officers' appointments, 1820-1933 (C/Scj)
  • Apprenticeship, 1720-35 (C/Sck 1)
  • General enrolment books, 1856-93 (C/Scl 1)

Justices of the peace (C/Sd)

  • Commissions of the peace (C/Sda)
  • Qualification records (C/Sdb)

Clerk of the peace (C/Se)

  • Precedents only (C/Sea 1)