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Sheffield did not have a separate court of Quarter Sessions until September 1880.
Before then Sheffield was covered by the West Riding of Yorkshire Quarter Sessions.
The court records are held at West Yorkshire Archive Service Headquarters, Registry of Deeds, Newstead Road, Wakefield WF1 2DE.
See also Guide to the Quarter Sessions Records of the West Riding of Yorkshire 1637 – 1971 by Brian Barber (West Yorkshire Archive Joint Committee, 1984) available at both Sheffield Local Studies Library (ref. 929.3s) and Sheffield Archives (ref. WYAS/ RO Guide).
For the late 16th / early 17th century have been published in the Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series volumes 3 and 54 (available at Sheffield Local Studies Library (ref. 942.74).
For areas formerly in Derbyshire, the records of the Derbyshire Quarter Sessions are available at Derbyshire Record Office, New Street, Matlock, DE4 3AG (Correspondence Address: County Hall, Matlock, DE4 3AG).
Paper and parchment.