Ref NoQ/SS
TitleQuarter Sessions (sessional records): Coroners' inquests
DescriptionComprising: Q/SS/1/1-38, Coroners' inquests 1877-1890.
These 38 examples of coroners' inquests are exceptional survivals. It is believed that all other early inquest reports were pulped during the Second World War, meaning that the principal primary source in this area is the coroners' expenses returns (see Q/AF/8).
Administrative HistoryIt has been the duty of coroners since 1194 to investigate the circumstances of unnatural, sudden, or suspicious deaths, and deaths in prison. They later acquired other functions. From 1752 to 1860, coroners were required to file their inquests at the County Quarter Sessions. Until 1926 all inquests were held before a jury.

These inquests give: date of inquest; name of deceased; the verdict; date of death; cause of death; name of coroner; names of jurors; and constable's receipt.
Related MaterialFor Coroners' Expenses Claims 1754-1860 which includes some details of verdicts, see Q/AF/8.
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