Scope and Content

The items for each year generally include the sheriff's duplicate warrants of appointment, declarations of office, appointment of under sheriff and declarations of under sheriff for bailiwicks of Flintshire and Denbighshire.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sheriff is a ceremonial position in England and Wales. The High Sheriff is, or was, a law enforcement position. The High Sheriff of an English or Welsh county is an unpaid, partly ceremonial post appointed by The Crown through a Warrant from the Privy Council. In Cornwall the High Sheriff is appointed by the Duke of Cornwall. Historically, the court officers empowered to enforce High Court writs were called Sheriffs or Sheriff's Officers. In April 2007 they were replaced by High Court enforcement officers.

The word "sheriff" is a contraction of the term "shire reeve". The term, from the Old English scirgerefa, designated a royal official responsible for keeping the peace (a "reeve") throughout a shire or county on behalf of the king. The term was preserved in England notwithstanding the Norman Conquest. From England the term spread to several other countries, like Scotland, Ireland, and the United States.


Generally arranged chronologically, as deposited.

Access Information

Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act.

Acquisition Information

Flintshire County Council, Chief Executive's Office


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Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at:

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Steven Davies of Flintshire Record Office for the ANW project.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual Copyright restrictions apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained.


Further accruals are expected

Geographical Names