Palatinate of Chester: Coroners' Inquisitions Files
This series contains files of coroners' inquests mostly for Cheshire but with a few for Flintshire and Denbighshire. The main sequence of Cheshire files runs from 1794 to 1830, but there are a few medieval files, the earliest two being by the coroners for Maelor Saesneg and Englefield respectively in Flintshire. The files include items other than inquisitions themselves, including some coroners' claims for expenses and correspondence with local constables.
The first item in the series is an artificial assemblage consisting of several items covering a period of nearly 400 years. The next two consist of inquisitions for various years of George I and George II. All the subsequent pieces form an apparently nearly continuous run beginning in 34 George III and running to 1 William IV, mostly in annual files, followed by a single file, covering 2-14 Victoria, for the Stockport division of the county only.
The main sequence of files seems to relate almost entirely to Cheshire, although there is one file of Denbighshire inquisitions in a different format from the Cheshire files, the Denbigh inquisitions being on printed parchment forms while the Chester ones are consistently entirely in manuscript on paper of a regular and larger size until the late 1820s. A similar Denbighshire file is attached to the Cheshire file for 49 George III. Many of the inquisitions bear the applied seals of the jurors, and their signatures, or both.
The files do not contain only the inquisitions themselves but often also related documents; for example letters from a coroner to the constables of various townships directing them to assemble juries to hold particular inquisitions, informations by witnesses and a coroners's claim for expenses.
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- CHES Records of the courts of the Palatinate of Chester, including the county of Flint
- Records of the County Court and Courts of Great Sessions for Chester and Flint
- CHES 18 Palatinate of Chester: Coroners' Inquisitions Files