Home Office: Calendar of Prisoners

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Home Office: Calendar of Prisoners

These 'after-trial' calendars are lists, for the most part printed, of prisoners tried at Assizes and Quarter Sessions. They include the following information: number; name; age; trade; previous convictions; name and address of committing magistrates; date of warrant; when received into custody; offence as charged in the commitment (includes name of victim before 1969); when tried; before whom tried; verdict of the jury; sentence or order of the court.

PLEASE NOTE: Electronic images of selected pieces of these records can be searched online through our partner website. Pieces 1-5, 11, 22, 28, 37-39, 43, 45, 48-50, 52-53, 55, 57-61, 72, 74, 77, 79-80, 82-92, 94-95, 97-101, 103-107, 109, 112-118, 121-130, 134, 136-139, 141-142, 144-154, 156-162, 167-169, 171-172, 176, 178-184, 186-195, 197-198, 208, 211, 216, 222, 232, 240, 254, 259, 272, 276, 278, 280, 283-284, 286, 299-300, 304, 310, 312, 315-316, 339, 359, 362, 368, 371, 373, 375, 390, 400-401, 405, 407, 410 and 414 only have been digitised at this time (February 2013); further releases to follow in 2013.


The calendars are arranged yearly, and then alphabetically by county and chronologically within county. Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are included.

Note on arrangement of Middlesex, London and Central Criminal Court calendars:

The calendars bound under Middlesex for the years 1868-1897 include those for HM Gaol Newgate of prisoners awaiting trial at the Central Criminal Court, as well as calendars for quarter sessions held within the county. These Central Criminal Court calendars are printed with separate sections for the London (City), Middlesex, Essex, Kent, Surrey and Admiralty jurisdictions, and they contain some information additional to that in the county calendars. The volumes from 1898 onwards include separate sections for each of London, Central Criminal Court, London (North of the River), London (South of the River) and Middlesex.

Related Material:
See also CRIM 3
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
921 files and volumes
Access conditions:
Subject to closure for periods up to 100 years
Administrative / biographical background:

Section 62 of the Prison Act 1865 provided for gaolers to deliver to Judges of Assize and Justices in Quarter Sessions calendars of the prisoners in their charge, and it was probably at some point in the next three years that the Home Office issued instructions that it should be sent copies of each calendar so compiled.

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