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Using Quarter Sessions Records


Quarter Session Records - Examination of James Brain for Sheep Stealling 1833
Quarter Session Records - Examination of James Brain for Sheep Stealling 1833
This page outlines the Quarter Session records that are available for further research through the Bedfordshire and Luton Archive Service. Many other County or Borough Archive Services will have similar resources.

The Bedfordshire records included on the Gaol Database and many of the other records featured on this website originate from the Quarter Sessions of both the Borough and the County.

The Bedfordshire records of the Quarter Sessions relating to crime and punishment fall into the following categories:

QSR Quarter Sessions Rolls

QSM Quarter Sessions Minute Books

QGE Gaol and House of Correction - buildings

QGR Gaol reports and papers

QGV Gaol various [includes the gaol registers, correspondence, reports, accounts, lists of prisoners etc]

The Quarter Sessions also performed many administrative functions, which were transferred to County Councils in 1889.

Details of the records kept are outlined in the below:

Quarter Session Rolls
Quarter Session Minutes
Quarter Session Gaol Records

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