Ref NoQ/SO/1
TitleOrder Books
Date[1682]-1971
DescriptionThese contain the formal orders of the Justices of the Peace relating to judicial cases, administrative matters and oversight of local government, often in judicial form, including oversight of the poor and settlement laws from 1889, the County Council took over Quarter Sessions administrative responsibilities. There were four Sessions a year, Epiphany held at the end of December or early in January, Easter, Translation (Midsummer) held in June or July and Michaelmas normally held in October.
Finding AidsIndexes to the contents of the Order Books are available as follows:-
Bastardy orders in Q/SO/1/1 - 1/10, Easter 1682 - Easter 1784
Bastardy orders in Q/SO/1/11 - 1/15, Translation 1784 - Michaelmas 1800
Transportation orders in Q/SO/1/11 - 1/45, Translation 1784 - June 1857
Magistrates' local convictions in Q/SO/1/13 - 1/28, Epiphany 1792 - Easter 1830
Convictions for weights and measures offences in Q/SO/1/14 - 1/15, 1798
See Q/SO for downloadble versions
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