Catalogue description Assizes: Norfolk Circuit: Indictments and Other Documents Recovered from Private Custody
|Title:||Assizes: Norfolk Circuit: Indictments and Other Documents Recovered from Private Custody|
The documents in this series cover the counties of Bedford, Buckingham, Cambridge, Huntingdon, Norfolk and Suffolk. The latest items in the series date from 1699, but the great bulk date from the period between 1660 and 1688, with three items from 1642-1643 and eleven from between 1653 and the Restoration of Charles II. The dates of the two items earlier than 1642 are rather misleading. The items vary greatly in size, some containing a complete file, others only one or two documents. They include calendars of the peace and gaol delivery, grand and petty jury lists, indictments, depositions, presentments, petitions, writs and miscellaneous correspondence. There are some 'recusancy files' of indictments for recusancy, county by county, but further indictments for recusancy are in the ordinary indictment files.
The series needs a full and detailed listing, which will be undertaken when circumstances permit. In the meantime the series has been relisted in outline in date order, and with references where appropriate to the files for the same period which remained in public custody and are now in ASSI 35
Further strays from the Norfolk circuit records of this period are now in other repositories. Suffolk portions for the second half of the seventeenth century are in the East Suffolk Record Office at Ipswich Bedfordshire portions for 57 assize sessions between 1653 and 1694 are in the Bedfordshire Record Office at Bedford.
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
Justices of Assize, Norfolk Circuit, 1541-1876
|Physical description:||75 bundle(s)|
|Custodial history:||These Norfolk Circuit records have been recovered from the private custody of a variety of different individuals at various dates since 1934. It is not known why they came to be so scattered, but most and perhaps all of them had escaped from public custody by 1800, when the then clerk to the Norfolk circuit, Henry Edgell, reported to a parliamentary committee that the oldest records then in his custody were for the year 1689.|
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