their records in its keeping for safe custody, by
endeavouring to prevent destruction of records of any kind and by using
the facilities for study and research to the full. On the other hand the
skilled staff of the Archives Office can help by advice and sometimes in
a more practical manner whenever owners of records are in difficulties.
It is hoped that a close co-operation can be developed between the many
municipal boroughs and the office so that the priceless series of
borough records in this county may be adequately cared for and listed.
In this manner various authorities can work harmoniously together in a
matter which is of great interest to all and of immense valve to
(2) CONTENTS OF THE OFFICE
The following list indicates the main classes of archives
held by the Kent Archives Office in August, 1953—it does not pretend to
be a detailed schedule of documents or collections.
I. COUNTY ARCHIVES
(a) County Council records from 1889. (These are not normally available
for research but comprise minutes, orders, title deeds, etc., and many
miscellaneous classes. The records of the County Clerk’s Office are
also housed in the Archives Office.)
(b) Quarter Sessions records
from 1595. (The later records of this court come under the same
restrictions as those in paragraph (a), above.)
The principal pre-1889 classes are1:
Court in Session:
Sessions rolls and indictment rolls, etc., from 1596; Sessions
papers from 1640; Order books from 1625; Process books of indictments,
1649-1792; Minute books, 1677-1906.
Administrative records: relating to gaols, bridges,
roads, rates of wages, lunacy, etc., seventeenth-nineteenth centuries.
Treasurers’ accounts and vouchers, 1708-1800; Maimed soldiers’
Enrolment, Registration and Deposit:
Deeds of Bargain and Sale enrolled, 1595-1672 ; Enclosure awards for
31 parishes, 1805-1877 ; Highway diversions from 1733; Religious oaths
from 1673; Taxation records, 1663-1832; Poll books, 1713-1837 ;
Registers of electors from 1832 Alehouse recognizances, 1713-1827 ;
Gamekeepers’ rolls, 1711-1807 ; Lunacy records from 1825 ; Plans of
Public Utilities, from 1781 ; Jurors’ Lists, 1696-1907.
may be assumed that similar classes exist for East and West Kent