Catalogue description ROCHFORD DIVISION

This record is held by Essex Record Office

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P/... M... Minutes


P/... Mc... Chairman's minutes


P/... Mj... Juvenile court minutes


P/... Mp... Probation committee minutes


P/... R... Registers and examination books


P/... Rj... Juvenile court registers


P/... Rp... Registers of offenders under the Probation Act 1907


P/... Rs... Registers of school cases


P/... Rx... Registers of further examination of defendants


P/... L... Licences


P/... F... Finance


P/... A... Adoption


P/... P... Papers


P/... Pa... Papers relating to settlement


P/... S... Special session under act of 35 George III c.5 for raising men for the Navy


P/... Z... Miscellaneous


The work of the justices of the peace in "petty", "special" or "divisional" sessions or "monthly meetings" prior to the period covered by the records listed here is primarily represented in Quarter Sessions Records from 1556 onwards.


A County Court building was erected in South Street, Rochford, about 1860, but the inhabitants of Southend complained that the petty sessional courts should be held there, as it was the busiest town in the Division. A sessions building was erected in Alexandra Street, Southend, in 1884/85, and from April 1885 courts were held alternately in Rochford and Southend. A new Southend Courthouse was erected in Alexandra Street in 1924. From about 1929 onwards courts were held in Southend only. A new Court House in Victoria Avenue was opened on 4 February 1966 by Lord Parker of Waddington, Lord Chief Justice of England.


Rochford Petty Sessional Division originally comprised the parishes in Rochford Hundred and also South Benfleet, Canvey Island, and Thundersley. In April 1894 the Borough of Southen-on-Sea was granted a separate commission of the peace


For records of Southenf Borough Magistrates Courts see D/BC 1/1/13


For letter book of Alfred J.Arthy, Clerk to the Magistrates, Rochford Petty Sessional Division, 1881-1885, see D/DS 308/12

Date: 1893-1973
Held by: Essex Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Rochford Petty Sessional Division

Physical description: 100 volumes
  • Rochford, Essex
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