List of abbreviations and records used


Victoria County History



A T Thacker and C P Lewis (editors), J S Barrow, J D Herson, A H Lawes, P J Riden, M V J Seaborne

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'List of abbreviations and records used', A History of the County of Chester: Volume 5 part 2: The City of Chester: Culture, Buildings, Institutions (2005), pp. XVIII-XXIV. URL: Date accessed: 21 November 2014.


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Acts of P.C.Acts of the Privy Council of England (H.M.S.O.)
Add. Ch.Additional Charter(s)
Add. MS.Additional Manuscript(s)
Alum. Cantab. to 1751Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part 1, to 1751, comp. J. Venn and J. A. Venn
Alum. Cantab. 1752–1900Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part 2, 1752–1900, comp. J. Venn and J. A. Venn
Alum. Oxon. 1500–1714Alumni Oxonienses, 1500–1714, ed. J. Foster
Ann. Cest.Annales Cestrienses, ed. R. C. Christie (R.S.L.C. xiv)
Ann. Rep.Annual Report
Arch.Archaeology, -ical
Archit.Architecture, -al
Archives and Records, ed. KennettArchives and Records of the City of Chester, ed. A. M. Kennett
B.L.British Library
Blk. Prince's Reg.Register of Edward the Black Prince preserved in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.)
Bodl.Bodleian Library, Oxford
Brit.Britain, British
Burne, Chester Cath.R. V. H. Burne, Chester Cathedral from its Founding by Henry VIII to the Accession of Queen Victoria
Burne, MonksR. V. H. Burne, The Monks of Chester
C.A.S.Chester Archaeological Society
C.C.A.L.S.Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies (formerly Cheshire Record Office), Duke Street, Chester
C.H.H.Chester History and Heritage (formerly part of Chester City Record Office), St. Michael's church, Bridge Street Row, Chester
C.J.Journals of the House of Commons
Cal. Chart. R.Calendar of the Charter Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.)
Cal. Ches. Ct. R.Calendar of County Court, City Court, and Eyre Rolls of Chester, 1259–97, with an Inquest of Military Service, 1288, ed. R. Stewart-Brown (Chetham Soc. n.s. lxxxiv)
Cal. Chester City Cl. Mins. 1603–42.Calendar of Chester City Council Minutes, 1603–42, ed. M. J. Groombridge (R.S.L.C. cvi)
Cal. CloseCalendar of the Close Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.)
Cal. Cttee. for CompoundingCalendar of the Proceedings of the Committee for Compounding, &c., 1643–1660, preserved in the State Paper Department of Her Majesty's Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.)
Cal. Fine R.Calendar of the Fine Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.)
Cal. Inq. Misc.Calendar of Inquisitions Miscellaneous (Chancery) preserved in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.)
Cal. Inq. p.m.Calendar of Inquisitions post mortem and other analagous documents preserved in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.)
Cal. Lib.Calendar of the Liberate Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.)
Cal. Papal Pets.Calendar of Entries in the Papal Registers relating to Great Britain and Ireland: Petitions to the Pope (H.M.S.O.)
Cal. Papal Reg.Calendar of Entries in the Papal Registers relating to Great Britain and Ireland: Papal Letters (H.M.S.O. and Irish MSS. Com.)
Cal. Pat.Calendar of the Patent Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.)
Cal. S.P. Dom.Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, preserved in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.)
Cal. Treas. Bks.Calendar of Treasury Books preserved in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.)
Cal. Treas. PapersCalendar of Treasury Papers preserved in Her Majesty's Public Record Office, ed. J. Redington
Cart. Chester AbbeyThe Chartulary or Register of St. Werburgh's Abbey, Chester, ed. J. Tait (2 vols., Chetham Soc. n.s. lxxix, lxxxii)
Cat. Anct. D.A Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.)
Censusprinted reports of the decennial Census of Population
Cent.Century, Centuries
Ch.Charter(s) or Church
Charters of A.-N. EarlsThe Charters of the Anglo-Norman Earls of Chester, c. 1071–1237, ed. G. Barraclough (R.S.L.C. cxxvi)
Ches. Chamb. Accts.Accounts of the Chamberlains and other Officers of the County of Chester, 1301–60, ed. R. Stewart-Brown (R.S.L.C. lix)
Ches. Hist.Cheshire History
Ches. in Pipe R.Cheshire in the Pipe Rolls, 1158–1301, ed. R. Stewart-Brown and M. H. Mills (R.S.L.C. xcii)
Chester Chron.Chester Chronicle [newspaper]
Chester City Cl. Mins.Chester City Council Minutes [printed and bound volumes from 1896]
Chester Customs Accts.Chester Customs Accounts, 1301–1566, ed. K. P. Wilson (R.S.L.C. cxi)
Close R.Close Rolls of the Reign of Henry III preserved in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.)
Complete PeerageG. E. C[okayne] and others, The Complete Peerage (2nd edn. 1910–98)
Ct. R.Court Roll
D.K.R.Reports of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records
D.N.B.Dictionary of National Biography
Diary of Henry PrescottThe Diary of Henry Prescott, LL.B., Deputy Registrar of Chester Diocese, ed. J. Addy and P. McNiven (3 vols., R.S.L.C. cxxvii, cxxxii, cxxxiii)
Domesday Surv. Ches.Domesday Survey of Cheshire, ed. J. Tait (Chetham Soc. n.s. lxxv)
E.E.T.S.Early English Text Society
E.H.R.English Historical Review
Econ. H.R.Economic History Review
Eng.England, English
f./ff.folio, -s
G.E.C. BaronetageG. E. C[okayne], Complete Baronetage
Gastrell, Not. Cest.Notitia Cestriensis, or Historical Notices of the Diocese of Chester, by [Francis] Gastrell [Bishop of Chester], ed. F. R. Raines, i (Chetham Soc. [1st ser.], viii)
Gent. Mag.Gentleman's Magazine
H.C.House of Commons
H.L.House of Lords
Harris, ChesterB. E. Harris, Chester (Bartholomew City Guides, 1979)
Hemingway, Hist. ChesterJ. Hemingway, History of the City of Chester (2 vols., 1831)
Hewitt, Med. Ches.H. J. Hewitt, Medieval Cheshire: A Social and Economic History of Cheshire in the Reigns of the Three Edwards (Chetham Soc. n.s. lxxxviii)
Hist.History, Historical
Hist. Soc.Historical Society
Hughes, Stranger's Handbk. (1856) [1882]T. Hughes, The Stranger's Handbook to Chester ([1st edn.] 1856) [1882 edn.]
Ind.Industry, -ies, -ial
J.C.A.S.Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society (formerly called Journal of the Chester and North Wales Architectural, Archaeological, and Historic Society, and variants)
Johnson, 'Aspects'A. M. Johnson, 'Some Aspects of the Political, Constitutional, Social, and Economic History of the City of Chester, 1550–1662' (Oxf. Univ. D. Phil. thesis, 1971)
Jones, Ch. in ChesterD. Jones, The Church in Chester, 1300—1540 (Chetham Soc. 3rd ser. vii)
King's Vale RoyalThe Vale-Royall of England, Or, the County Palatine of Chester Illustrated (publ. D. King, 1656; facsimile reprint 1972): [i]=[W. Smith], The Vale-Royall of England; [ii] = [W. Webb], A Description of the City and County Palatine of Chester, [iii] = [S. Lee], Chronicon Cestrense
King's WorksThe History of the King's Works, ed. H. M. Colvin
L. & P. Hen. VIIILetters & Papers, Foreign and Domestic, of the Reign of Henry VIII, preserved in the Public Record Office, the British Museum, and elsewhere in England (H.M.S.O.)
L.J.Journals of the House of Lords
Plan of ChesterA. de Lavaux, Plan of the City and Castle of Chester [1745]
List of Clergy, 1541–2A List of Clergy for Eleven Deaneries of the Diocese of Chester, 1541–2, ed. W. F. Irvine (R.S.L.C. xxxiii)
Lond. Gaz.London Gazette
Lucian, De Laude CestrieLiber Luciani de Laude Cestrie, ed. M. V. Taylor (R.S.L.C. lxiv)
Lysons, Ches.D. and S. Lysons, Magna Britannia: Cheshire
m./mm.membrane, -s
Morris, ChesterR. H. Morris, Chester in the Plantagenet and Tudor Reigns
Morris, Siege of ChesterR. H. Morris, The Siege of Chester, 1643—6, ed. P. H. Lawson [also published in J.C.A.S. xxv]
MS.Manuscript series
O. E.D.Oxford English Dictionary
O.S.Ordnance Survey
o.s.old series
orig. ser.original series
Ormerod, Hist. Ches.G. Ormerod, The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester, revised and enlarged edn. by T. Helsby (1882)
P. & G. Dir. ChesterPhillipson and Golder, Directory for Chester and its Immediate Neighbourhood [various edns.]
P.N. Ches.The Place-Names of Cheshire, ed. J. McN. Dodgson (English Place-Name Society)
P.R.O.Public Record Office, Kew
Parl.Parliament, -ary
pers. comm.personal comment
Pevsner, Ches.N. Pevsner and E. Hubbard, The Buildings of England: Cheshire
Q. Sess.Quarter Sessions
R.O.Record Office
R.S.L.C.Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
Rec. Ser.Record Series
Red Bk. Exch.The Red Book of the Exchequer, ed. H. Hall
REED: ChesterRecords of Early English Drama: Chester, ed. L. M. Clopper
31st Rep. Com. Char.Thirty-first Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Enquire Concerning Charities, H.C. 103 (1837–8), xxiv
Rep. Com. Mun. Corp.Reports from Commission on Municipal Corporations in England and Wales, H.C. 116 (1835), xxvi
rot./rott.rotulet, -s
s.n.under the name
s.v./s.vv.under the word/words
Sel. Cases in K.B.Select Cases in the Court of King's Bench, ed. G. O. Sayles (7 vols., Selden Soc.)
Sel. R. Chester City Cts.Selected Rolls of the Chester City Courts, Late 13th and Early 14th Centuries, ed. A. Hopkins (Chetham Soc. 3rd ser. ii)
SheafThe Cheshire Sheaf [preceded by series number, followed by volume number within the series]
sqq.and following pages
T.H.S.L.C.Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
T.L.C.A.S.Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society
V.C.H.Victoria County History
Valor Eccl.Valor Ecclesiasticus, tempore Henr. VIII (Record Commission)


Public Record Office

(since 2003 The National Archives)

C 53Charter Rolls
C 54Close Rolls
C 66Patent Rolls
C 143Inquisitions ad quod damnum
C 145Miscellaneous Inquisitions
Palatinate of Chester
CHES 2Exchequer of Chester: Enrolments
CHES 3Exchequer of Chester: Various Inquisitions
CHES 11Exchequer of Chester: Exhibits
CHES 16Exchequer of Chester: Pleadings (Paper)
CHES 19Sheriffs' Tourn Rolls and Files
CHES 25Chester County Court: Indictment Rolls and Files
CHES 29Chester County Court: Plea Rolls
CHES 31Final Concords and Recoveries Files
CHES 38Miscellanea
Exchequer, Treasury of the Receipt
E 36Miscellaneous Books
Exchequer, King's Remembrancer
E 101Accounts, Various
E 134Depositions taken by Commission
E 210Ancient Deeds, Series D
E 214Modern Deeds, Series D
Exchequer, Court of Augmentations
E 301Certificates of Colleges, Chantries, and Similar Foundations
E 315Miscellaneous Books
E 326Ancient Deeds, Series B
Exchequer, Trustees for Crown Lands and Fee Farm Rents
E 317Parliamentary Surveys
Exchequer, Pipe Office
E 367Particulars, Warrants, and Transcripts for Crown Leases
Home Office
HO 129Ecclesiastical Census Returns, 1851
Court of Common Pleas and King's Bench
KB 26Curia Regis Rolls (Early Plea Rolls)
Auditors of Land Revenue
LR 1Enrolment Books
LR 3Court Rolls and Other Manorial Documents from Crown Manors
Royal Mint
MINT 1Record Book
Maps and Plans
MPHMaps and Plans formerly among War Office Records
MR 1Maps and Plans extracted from Various Series of Records
Privy Council
PC 2Registers
Prerogative Court of Canterbury
PROB 11Will Registers
Railway Companies
RAIL 110Cheshire Lines Committee
RAIL 114Chester Joint Station Committee
RAIL 404London and North Western and Great Western Joint Committee
General Register Office
RG 4Non-Parochial Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths
Special Collections
SC 6Ministers' and Receivers' Accounts
SC 12Rentals and Surveys, Portfolios
Secretaries of State
SP 12State Papers Domestic, Elizabeth I
SP 29State Papers Domestic, Charles II
SP 44State Papers Domestic, Entry Books
Legal Records Relating to Wales
WALE 29Palatinate of Chester: Ancient Deeds, Series F
War Office
WO 55Ordnance Office: Miscellaneous Entry Books and Papers

Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies

County and Diocesan Records

Estate, Family, and Personal Papers
DBEJ. H. E. Bennett (antiquary)
DCCDr. William Cowper (antiquary)
DCHCholmondeley of Cholmondeley
DLBLee, Bygott, and Eccleston (solicitors)
DVEVernon of Kinderton
Diocesan Records
EDBBishop's Transcripts
EDCConsistory Court
EDDDean and Chapter
EDEEpiscopal Estates
EDPParish Bundles
Church Commissioners
EEBBishopric of Chester
Public Records
NVAInland Revenue District Valuer
Parish Records
P 1Chester Holy Trinity
P 15Chester St. Bridget
P 16Chester St. Martin
P 17Chester Christ Church
P 20Chester St. Mary
P 29Chester St. Oswald
P 32Backford
P 51Chester St. John
P 63Chester St. Peter
P 64Chester St. Olave
P 65Chester St. Michael
P 98Lache cum Saltney
P 161Hoole
P 162Chester St. Paul
P 176Upton by Chester
Quarter Sessions
QABBuildings and Gaols
QAMCommittee Minutes
QJBSessions Books
QJFSessions Files
Subject Files
SFSubject Files
Wills and Probate Records
WSSupra Series

Chester City Records

ZABAssembly Books
ZACAssembly Committees
ZAFAssembly Files
City Council
ZCABoundary Reports
ZCBCouncil Minute Books
ZCCBCommittee Minute Books
ZCCFCommittee Files
ZCHDCorporation Deeds
ZCLCorporation Lawsuits
ZCLAActs of Parliament
ZCXCouncil Manuscripts
Private Records
ZCR 3St. Michael's Parish: William Jones's Almshouses
ZCR 15Chester Deeds
ZCR 16Chester Waterworks Co.
ZCR 24Lowe Family (silversmiths)
ZCR 36Blue Coat School
ZCR 55Chester Methodist Circuit
ZCR 56Miscellaneous
ZCR 60Thomas Hughes (antiquary)
ZCR 62Dr. J. C. Bridge (papers about music festivals)
ZCR 63J. P. Earwaker (antiquary)
ZCR 78George Street Primitive Methodist Church
ZCR 94Chester Primitive Methodist Circuits
ZCR 102St. John's Parish (MS. map)
ZCR 111George Street Primitive Methodist Church
ZCR 119Frank Simpson (antiquary)
ZCR 131Chester and District Skin Dispensary
ZCR 137Chester United Gas Co.
ZCR 145Chester Literary and Philosophical Society (ZCR 145/1–14) and Water Tower Museum (ZCR 145/15–43)
ZCR 151Queen Street Congregational Church
ZCR 158Great Boughton Congregational Church
ZCR 163Chester Literary and Philosophical Society
ZCR 167Blacon Congregational Church
ZCR 193St. Michael's Parish: William Jones's Almshouses
ZCR 222St. Andrew's United Reformed (formerly Presbyterian) Church
ZCR 225Hoole Congregational Church
ZCR 234Pipers Ash Methodist Church
ZCR 238Hamilton Street Methodist Church
ZCR 241Cheshire County Mental Hospital
ZCR 242Chester Football Club Ltd.
ZCR 269Chester Infirmary (printed correspondence of Dr. Cumming)
ZCR 270Chester Methodist Circuit
ZCR 276United Methodist Church (formerly Methodist New Connexion)
ZCR 286Queen Street Welsh Methodist Church
ZCR 300Chester Waterworks Co.
ZCR 366J. H. Taylor and Sons (boat builders)
ZCR 372Chester Race Course Committee (printed poster)
ZCR 419Royal Chester Rowing Club
ZCR 466Hurleston Family
ZCR 469Aldersey Family
ZCR 498Deeds (house in Stanley Place)
ZCR 517Chester Ladies Hockey Club
ZCR 536Chester Municipal Charities
ZCR 542Chester Mechanics' Institution
ZCR 546Jack Douglas (personal papers)
ZCR 572Chester Evangelical Free Church Council
ZCR 575Blacon Townswomen's Guild History Project
ZCR 599Owen Jones Charity
ZCR 600Chester Municipal Charities (printed report)
ZCR 662Hoole Baptist Church
ZCR 712Chester Municipal Charities
ZCR 745William Vernon and Sons Ltd. (builders and contractors)
ZCR 750Drawers of Dee (craft guild)
ZCR 758R. L. Astrella (photographs, 1944)
ZCR 842Chester Sports and Leisure Association
ZCR 856Upton Mental Hospital
Accumulations of Deeds and Papers
ZD/BCSnow Family
ZD/DNAChester District Nursing Association
ZD/HTHenry Taylor (antiquary)
ZD/JWWJolliffe, Wickham, and Wood (solicitors)
ZG/HSW. R. Hornby Steer (papers of Harrison family of Chester)
Council Departments
ZDESEducation: School Records
ZDFFire Service
ZDTTown Clerk
ZGGuild Records
ZHCChester City Hospital
ZHIChester Royal Infirmary
ZHWCountess of Chester Hospital and predecessors
ZMBMayors' Books
ZMCPMayors' Company Papers
ZMFMayors' Files
ZMFRFreemen's Rolls and Registers
ZMIPInner Pentice Files
ZMLMayors' Letters
ZMMPMayors' Military Papers
ZMPMPortmote Court Minute Book
ZMRPortmote Court Rolls
ZMSRGeneral Court Rolls (Portmote and Pentice)
ZMUBAccount Books
ZMURAccount Roll
ZQCRCourt Rolls
Quarter Sessions
ZQAGGaol and House of Correction
ZQARRiver Dee
ZQJCCommissions of the Peace
ZQRLLicensed Victuallers
ZQRPDeposited Plans
ZQSEExaminations and Depositions
Petty Sessions
ZQPAMinute Books
ZQSFQuarter Sessions Files
ZSBSheriffs' Books
ZSBCSheriffs' Court Books (Pentice Court)
ZSBOSheriffs' Bonds: Officers
ZSBTToll Books
ZSFEExecution Orders
ZSIGGaol Indentures
ZSPRPassage Court Rolls
ZSRPentice Court Rolls
ZCASAssessments: Subsidies, Aids, and Taxes
ZTABAccount Books
ZTARAccount Rolls and Rentals
Town Clerk
ZTCCPapers Relating to Corporation Business
Statutory and Local Authorities
ZTRBDee Bridge Commissioners
ZTRHHoole Urban District Council
ZTRIPolice (Improvement) Commissioners
ZTRUChester Poor Law Union
Other Records
CowperCollectanea Devana of Dr. William