Kent Archives and Local History

Organisation: Archive

Collections held: Courts, Prisons

Dates: Before 1700, 1700-1799, 1800-1849, 1850-1899, 1900-1949, 1950-present

Rochester ME1 1LQ


Any publications or other relevant material about the collection / history of the organisation?

Historic Buildings?

Very close to the Kent History and Library Centre which holds the records of Kent Quarter Sessions is part of the original 1824 Sessions House, now part of County Hall, where part of one of the two original court rooms can be seen in the Crown Restaurant. And that Sessions House is connected by an underground tunnel, now blocked off, to Maidstone Prison, itself containing several original Grade II listed buildings, constructed circa 1811. The surviving sessions house area is described in County Hall: A Guide (Kent, Kent County Council, 2005). Up to 2011, the major part of the Kent archives was held at Centre for Kentish Studies, based in County Hall itself, a few hundred yards from the court room.

Who can access the collection?

Internal only (staff), Registered users, Online access (catalogue only)

How big is the collection?

Documents: Unknown
Photographs: Unknown
Objects: Unknown
Artwork: Unknown
Books/journals/magazines: Unknown