The Quarter Sessions were both a court and a forerunner of the county council. Middling crimes which didn't carry the death penalty were heard before it, and various county issues such as disputes between parishes, roads and permissions for new railways came before it. There are a host of stories contained within the boxes of papers, such as Thomas Hemmings who was charged with stealing 21 ducks, with his shoe print being used as evidence.
Thousands of people were involved across the county as victims, constables, witnesses, surveyors, and the accused. These records can be invaluable for family and local historians, potentially containing information about an ancestor or local community. However they are rarely used as many people either don't know about them or don't know how to access them. Our wonderful volunteers have helped index 200 years worth of records making them easier to search.