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Source Information

Ancestry.com. UK, Calendar of Prisoners, 1868-1929 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2020.
Original data: HO 140: Home Office: Calendar of Prisoners. Kew, Surrey, England.

About UK, Calendar of Prisoners, 1868-1929

Historical Context

These calendars, usually recording prisoners 'after-trial' are lists, for the most part printed, of prisoners tried at Assizes and Quarter Sessions. 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.

What can I find in these records?

Records may include the following information, where available:

  • Name
  • Number
  • Age
  • Trade
  • Previous convictions
  • Details of committing magistrates
  • Date of warrant and when received into custody
  • Charge in the commitment
  • Name of victim
  • When tried and before whom
  • Verdict of the jury
  • Sentence handed down