Suffolk Quarter Sessions

Scope and Content

Printed warrant, completed in manuscript and dated 28 May 1751, directed to the constable of Thornham Magna (Great Thornham), Suffolk, to produce Ann Lincoln, single woman, before E. Frere, Justice of the Peace to answer charges brought against her by Thomas Mottram of 'keeling false and short yarn'. There is a note of conviction 'but the punishment was respited on account of sickness'. Signed by E.Frere.

Administrative / Biographical History

Quarter Sessions were sessions of a court held in each county four times a year by a local Justice of the Peace to hear criminal charges as well as civil and criminal appeals. The history of quarter sessions traces to 1327, when King Edward III appointed men in every county to keep the peace.


Single item.

Access Information

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Collection level description.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

6" x 7¾"

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

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