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Source Information

Ancestry.com. Bedfordshire, England, Petty Sessions, 1854-1915 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
Original data: Bedfordshire Petty Sessions, Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England.

About Bedfordshire, England, Petty Sessions, 1854-1915

This collection includes details of petty session cases held in courts across Bedfordshire, England for the years 1854-1915. It includes details of over 100,000 individuals involved in petty session hearings.

Petty sessions were the lowest tier in the court system and usually involved cases such as drunkenness or minor theft. They were presided over by magistrates and did not involve a jury.

Details for each individual recorded in this collection may include (where available):

  • Name
  • Role in the case
  • Date of the hearing
  • Location of the court

Please scroll right to see the fines or punishment given to the defendent(s).