Court and police records for family history

If you think an ancestor was in trouble with the law, you might find the following records useful:


  • Bath Quarter Sessions Court minute books, 1682 to 1941, indexed for the years 1837-1894. (You can find more about the Quarter Sessions records we hold by following this link.)
  • Records of commitments to the House of Correction, 1836-1859 (indexed).
  • Police Registers of Criminals, 1910-1934.


Very serious cases were sent for trial at the County Assizes. The Record Office holds no Assize records; these are all held by the National Archives.

photograph of young man with arms folded

Photograph of a young man from the Bath Borough Police Register of Criminals