Order books series 1

Scope and Content

These are the formal record of the court's proceedings and relate to both administrative and judicial matters.

They record, in Latin until 1733, the place at which each general or adjourned session was held and list the justices present. They include the following:

orders relating to the building and repair of county bridges, shire hall, gaol, houses of correction, and other county properties; levying of parish and county rates; appointments of county officials; payment of salaries and other expenses, including the conveying of vagrants and transporting of felons; appeals over the removal of paupers from one parish to another; appeals against rate assessments; orders relating to persons committed to or discharged from the county gaol and houses of correction; presentments of roads and bridges out of repair and other nuisances from 1736; recognizances (see also recognizance book 1649-95, QSD/SB/1); orders relating to bastardy; certain trials and punishments inflicted.

The first surviving order book listed is marked 'No.3', and subsequent volumes are numbered accordingly. Two earlier order books, 1647-62 and 1662-75, are among the Chirk Castle MSS in the NLW, and one for 1675-88 is British Library Add.

MS 40175 (photocopy available at Ruthin, NTD/17). Among the Erddig MSS at Hawarden is a copy order book, with some additional entries by John Mellor, 1714-24 (D/E/1282); there is a photocopy at Ruthin, NTD/598.