Source Information

Ancestry.com. Surrey, England, Calendar of Prisoners, 1848-1902 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.

Original data:

Surrey sessions and assizes 1848–1880. Calendar of prisoners. Series QS3/4/. Digitized images. Surrey History Centre, Woking, Surrey, England.

About Surrey, England, Calendar of Prisoners, 1848-1902

The county of Surrey is located in southeast England near London, and this collection includes a published calendar of prisoners for the courts of Quarter Sessions, as well as some Assize calendars, mostly before 1862. In general, the Court of Assizes, held bi-annually, handled more serious cases including those subject to life imprisonment or capital punishment. The Quarter Sessions, held four times a year, dealt with less serious crimes including those that could not be tried by justices of the peace without a jury in petty sessions. Prisoners were held at Newington Gaol, and the printed calendars can include the following details:

  • prisoner’s name and age
  • occupation
  • name of the accuser
  • crime committed and some details about it (e.g., in cases of theft, what was stolen, etc.)
  • trial date
  • warrant date
  • date committed to custody
  • magistrate
  • verdict
  • sentence
  • previous convictions