In addition to their roll in trying criminal cases, the Quarter Sessions had many administrative functions. These have left many useful records for family historians, including:
- Issuing licences a whole range of activities: from pubs and guns to non-conformist meeting houses.
- Records of the local militia and their families
- Records of oaths – which will include records of non-conformists and recusants
- Taxation and electoral records
- Plans for new infrastructure such as canals and railways
- Records of Poor Law disputes over issues such as settlement and removal and paternity.
For more information on these records and how to find them, see the report below.Quarter Sessions - Other Records