Anglesey Petty Sessions records

Scope and Content

Records of the first Petty Sessional division, 1847 - 1991, including magisterial minute books, 1847 - 1980. other minute books, 1856 - 1903. registers of the court of summary jurisdiction, 1880 - 1991. bastardy minute books, 1856 - 1875. plaintiff and minute book under Employers and Workmen Act, 1875 - 1903. licensing, 1903 - 1970. register of adoption, 1927 - 1944. registers of clubs, 1903 - 1962. registers of the Juvenile Court, 1933 - 1980. other registers, 1903 - 1970. fines and fees books, 1848 - 1945. files of Petty Sessions papers, 1874 - 1904. various forms, some partly completed, [1880] - [1910]. Records of the second Petty Sessional division, including magisterial minute books, 1840 - 1980. plaintiff and minute books under Employers and Workmen Act, 1876 - 1915. information, complaint and deposition books for Amlwch, 1928 - 1933. registers of the court of summary jurisdiction, 1880 - 1991. registers of the Juvenile Court, 1934 - 1983. registers of licences, 1873 - 1969. registers of clubs, 1889 - 1962. other registers, 1924 - 1972. records of fines and fees, 1848 - 1953. files of Petty Sessions papers, 1792 - 1911. Miscellaneous records including files of appeals, 1812 - 1872, and recognizances, 1848 - 1906. book of convictions, 1856 - 1867. writs of summons, 1870 - 1871. magisterial minute books for Court No 3 (1st and 2nd Divisions), 1970 - 1983. lists of applications for legal aid (1st and 2nd Divisions), 1968 - 1981. files of letters, 1939 - 1967. plans, [n. d.].

Administrative / Biographical History

Petty Sessions began to appear at the beginning of the 18th century as extra meetings to lessen the burden on Justices of the Peace in Quarter Sessions. The Petty Sessions were regular divisional meetings and dealt with all manner of cases like the Quarter Sessions. They were in existence at least as early as 1792. As was the normal practice, Anglesey was subdivided into geographical divisions with each magistrate being assigned to one division. In 1827 there were four divisions based on Beaumaris, Llangefni, Bodedern and Llanerchymedd. These were reduced to two in 1832, the First (or Eastern) Division, consisiting of Beaumaris, Menai Bridge and Llangefni, and the Second (or Western), consisting of Holyhead, Valley, Amlwch and Llanerchymedd. The Sessions were held twice monthly in each division as opposed to the Quarter Sessions, which were held every three months. The Petty Sessions dealt mainly with minor cases such as petty theft, drunkenness, minor assaults, bastardy and failure to maintain families, larceny, trespassing, fraud and juvenile cases, as well as ale licensing and adoption. They required the presence of two Justices of the Peace but no jury.


Arranged into the following: first petty sessional division; second petty sessional division; miscellaneous papers (vol. 1); first petty sessional division; second petty sessional division; miscellaneous (vol. 2).

Access Information

Fe all eitemau sy'n cynnwys gwybodaeth am unigolion a enwir gael eu cyfyngu yn unol ¢ Deddf Diogelu Data a pholisi Swyddfa Gofnodiadau Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn/ Items containing information on named individuals may be restricted in accordance with the Data Protection Act and Anglesey County Record Office policy.

Acquisition Information



Os gwelwch yn dda archebwch y dogfenau gan ddefnyddio y rhif cyfeirnod amgen (lle ddarperidd) / Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided)

Other Finding Aids

Mae copiau clawr caled o`r catalogau ar gael yn Archifau Ynys Môn ac yn y Gofrestr Cenedlaethol Archifau. Polisi Archifau Ynys Môn yw catalogio yn iaith y ddogfen./Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives and the National Register of Archives. It is the policy of Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives to catalogue in the language of the document.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Cyflwr da / Good condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives, Anglesey Petty Sessions Records 1792-1957, Anglesey Petty Sessions Records Vol. 2; Glamorgan Record Office website (, viewed 14 July 2003.

Appraisal Information

Mae'r holl gofnodiadau sy'n cydymffurfio â pholisi casglu Swyddfa Gofnodi Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn wedi eu cadw /All records which meet the collection policy of the Anglesey Archives have been retained


Mae croniadau yn bosibl/Accruals are possible

Geographical Names