Collection QS - Croydon Quarter Sessions Records

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Croydon Quarter Sessions Records


  • 1889 - 1965 (Creation)

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(1889 - 1965)

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The Borough of Croydon was awarded a separate Court of Quarter Sessions by grant of Queen Victoria, dated 25 June 1889 (i.e. shortly after Croydon had achieved County Borough status). The Court came to an end with the County Borough in April 1965. Quarter Sessions Courts dealt with criminal cases, and with licensing matters.

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After the Courts jurisdiction had ended, the records passed into the custody of the South-East London Quarter Sessions, and were deposited in Croydon Public Libraries by the Deputy Clerk of the Peace in September 1969. They are Public Records, held by authority of the Lord Chancellor under the provisions of the Public Records Act 1958 s.4.1.

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Records of Croydon County Borough Quarter Sessions, including minute books, calendars of prisoners, indictments, depositions and certificates and Highway Diversion Orders.

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