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Correction Act Books

Act Books are the principal record of the business dealt with by the Archdeacon and his officials, showing proceedings and judgments of the court. The records reflect two main categories of business: correction causes, or causes 'ex officio mero', which were dealt with by summary jurisdiction, and instance causes ('ad instantiam partium'), which were argued by proctors (ecclesiastical lawyers). By the 18th century, the ex officio volumes were known as 'Books of Correction', while the instance volumes were described as 'Books of Causes'.

The Act Books of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham were numbered and arranged to reflect the original parcels in which they were received by the Library. This can make it difficult for researchers following a particular cause to identify which Act Books will be relevant.

The following table lists Act Books containing records of Correction (ex-Officio) causes, in date order. Only the primary Act Books (fair copy Registers, or Journals where no Registers survive) are shown. Where draft Journals survive in addition to Registers, this is noted in the fourth column.

The fourth column also gives details of which Act Books were transcribed and translated by R F B Hodgkinson. The transcripts are now held at Nottinghamshire Archives.

There is more detailed information about the dates and places of each court session in the full catalogue of Act Books available through the Manuscripts Online Catalogue.

Dates Reference Number Type Further information 
June 1565 - July 1574 AN/A 1 Register Drafts also available: AN/A 3/1/1-2 Fragile; handle with care
July 1574-October 1576   No Act Books survive
October 1576 – February 1576/7 AN/A 3/1/3 Journal  
April 1577 - October 1578 AN/A 2 Journal Fair copy of part of volume available: AN/A 3/1/4
April 1577 - January 1577/8 AN/A 3/1/4 Register Draft also available: AN/A 2
November 1578 – December 1579 AN/A 3/1/5 Journal Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/22  
June 1580 - June 1581 AN/A 3/1/6 Journal Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/22  
February 1581/2 - July 1583 AN/A 3/1/7 Journal Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/22-23  
August 1583 - January 1583/4 AN/A 3/1/8 Journal Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/23  
January 1583/4 - May 1584 AN/A 3/1/9 Journal Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/23-24  
May 1584 - July 1584 AN/A 3/1/10 Journal Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/24  
August 1584 - October 1584 AN/A 3/1/11 Journal Unfit for production without Keeper's consent. Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/24  
October 1584 - March 1584/5 AN/A 3/1/12 Journal Unfit for production without Keeper's consent. Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/24-25
July 1585 - December 1585 AN/A 3/1/13 Journal Fair copy survives for part of volume: AN/A 4 (Unfit for production without Keeper's consent). Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/25  
October 1585 – February 1589/90 AN/A 4 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/2-3. Drafts also available: AN/A 3/1/14, AN/A 3/1/16, AN/A 3/1/18 and AN/A 3/1/19.  
January 1586/7 - April 1587 AN/A 3/1/15 Journal Retford courts only. Unfit for production without Keeper's consent
June 1587 - November 1587 AN/A 3/1/17 Journal Retford courts only. Unfit for production without Keeper's consent
March 1590 - March 1591/2 AN/A 6 Register  
March 1591/2 – December 1593 AN/A 7 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/3-5  
December 1593 - July 1595 AN/A 8 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/5-6  
July 1595 - October 1596 AN/A 9 Register Unfit for production
October 1596 - March 1602/3 AN/A 11/2 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/6-7. Drafts also available: AN/A 10/2-3, AN/A 24/1-2, and AN/A 12
October 1596 AN/A 10/1 Journal Archbishop's Visitation courts
March 1603 - April 1604 AN/A 13 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/8-9. Drafts also available: AN/A 24/3-6 and part of AN/A 24/9
January-March 1603/4 AN/A 24/9 Journal Retford courts only
August - September 1604 AN/A 24/7 Journal  
September 1604 – February 1604/5 AN/A 24/8 Journal  
February 1604/5 - June 1605 AN/A 14/1 Journal Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/10  
June 1605 - May 1606 AN/A 14/2 Journal Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/10  
May 1606 - March 1606/7, with some up to December 1607 AN/A 15 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/10-11  
September – December 1607 AN/A 24/11 Journal  
May - July 1607 AN/A 24/12/1 Journal Archbishop's Visitation courts
December 1607 - January 1607/8 AN/A 24/12/2 Journal  
January 1607/8 - May 1609 AN/A 16 Register made up of drafts and fair copies, bound together Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/11  
May 1609 - April 1610 AN/A 18 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/11-12  
April 1610 - June 1611 AN/A 20 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/12  
June 1611 - November 1611 AN/A 24/14 Register Some overlap with AN/A 24/13/1
November 1611 – December 1611 AN/A 24/13/1 Register Some overlap with AN/A 24/14 and AN/A 22/1
December 1611 – September 1612 AN/A 22/1 Register made up of bound journals Unfit for production. Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/13  
October 1612 - June 1613 AN/A 22/2 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/13-14 
June 1613 - January 1613/14 AN/A 23/1 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/14 
January 1613/14 – September 1614 AN/A 23/2 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/14  
September 1614 - January 1615/6 AN/A 34 Register Unfit for production
November 1615 - March 1615/16 AN/A 24/15 Journal Partial draft of AN/A 34
March 1615/16 - March 1616/17 AN/A 36 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/15-16  
March 1616/17 – September 1617 AN/A 25 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/16  
October 1617 - June 1618 AN/A 26/2 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/16 Drafts available: AN/A 26/1 and AN/A 27/1
February 1617/8 - October 1619 AN/A 27/1 Journal Draft of part of AN/A 26/2. Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/16-17
October 1619 - July 1620 AN/A 27/2 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/17. Draft available: AN/A 27/4
July 1620 - April 1621 AN/A 27/3 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/17-18. Drafts available: AN/A 27/4, AN/A 41/2/2-5
April 1621 - September 1621 AN/A 41/2/1 Journal. Courts heard at Retford, Newark and Mansfield  
May 1621 - September 1621 AN/A 28 Register. Courts heard at Nottingham Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/18  
September 1621 - January 1621/22 AN/A 30 Register  
January 1621/22 - October 1622 AN/A 29 Register  
October 1622 - June 1623 AN/A 31 Register (Archbishop's Visitation courts) Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/18. Draft available: AN/A 32
October 1622 - May 1624 AN/A 33 Register Unfit for production. Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/18-19  
June 1624 - March 1624/5 AN/A 41/2/6 Register Draft available: AN/A 35/1 Unfit for production
March 1624/5 - February 1626/7 AN/A 35/1 Journal Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/19  
April - July 1627 AN/A 41/3/5 Journal Archbishop's Visitation courts Unfit for production
October 1627 - September 1628 AN/A 37 Register Translation by R F B Hodgkinson available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/20  
October 1628 - February 1628/9 AN/A 41/4/2 Journal Retford deanery only
October 1628 - October 1629 AN/A 41/4/3 Journal Nottingham deanery only
October 1628 - October 1629 AN/A 41/4/4 Journal Bingham deanery only
October 1628 - September 1629 AN/A 41/4/1 Journal Newark deanery only
October 1629 - May 1631 AN/A 40 Register Unfit for production. Translation of some entries, by R F B Hodgkinson, available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/20  
May 1631 - August 1633 AN/A 39 Register Translation of some entries, by R F B Hodgkinson, available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/20  
September 1633 - September 1635 AN/A 42 Register Translation of some entries, by R F B Hodgkinson, available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/21  
September 1635 - October 1637 AN/A 44/1 Register Unfit for production. Translation of some entries, by R F B Hodgkinson, available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/21  
October 1637 - May 1639 AN/A 45 Register Unfit for production. See also AN/A 46 for occasional entries in Instance Act Books. Translation of some entries, by R F B Hodgkinson, available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/21  
May 1639 - June 1641 AN/A 47/1 Register Unfit for production. See also AN/A 46 for occasional entries in Instance Act Books. Translation of some entries, by R F B Hodgkinson, available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/21  
June 1641 - April 1643 February - March 1661/2 AN/A 48 Register Unfit for production
September 1661 - July 1662 AN/A 50/1 Journal Only a few causes
August 1662 - March 1662/3 AN/A 50/4 Journal Archbishop's Visitation courts Only a few causes
March 1662/3 - September 1663 AN/A 50/3 Journal Only a few causes
August 1663 - November 1667 AN/A 49 Register A few Correction causes also appear in Instance volume, AN/A 50/2 Unfit for production
November 1667-March 1668   No Act Books survive - possible continuation of Inhibition
April 1668 - September 1675 AN/A 51/3 Register Translation of some entries, by R F B Hodgkinson, available at Nottinghamshire Archives: DDTS Addit. 14/26/21. Drafts survive: AN/A 51/1-2
October 1675 - August 1680 AN/A 52 Register  
July 1680 - July 1684 AN/A 57 Register Unfit for production
September 1684 - December 1684 AN/A 55 Journal  
December 1684 - March 1685/6 AN/A 56/1 Journal  
June 1686 - May 1688 AN/A 56/2 Journal  
June 1688 - March 1694 AN/A 57 Register Unfit for production
June 1694 - June 1700 AN/A 60 Register Some Correction causes also appear in Instance volume, AN/A 59
May 1700 - April 1702 AN/A 63/1 Register Draft available: AN/A 63/2 Unfit for production
[May] 1702 - [June] 1702 AN/A 63/3 Register Unfit for production
June 1702 - January 1705/6 AN/A 62 Register Drafts available: AN/A 63/4/1, AN/A 63/5
[January 1705/6] - October 1710 AN/A 64 Register Some overlap with AN/A 65 Drafts available: AN/A 63/6-7 Unfit for production
July 1709 - December 1712 AN/A 65 Register Some overlap with AN/A 64 Drafts available: AN/A 63/8-9
September 1712 - April 1717 AN/A 67 Register Some overlap with AN/A 65
June 1717 - March 1718/9 AN/A 68 Register Draft available: AN/A 70
April 1719 - September 1719 AN/A 69 Register Draft available: AN/A 70
September 1719 - [March] 1719/20 AN/A 71/2 Register Draft available: AN/A 70 Unfit for production
March 1719/20 - July 1720 AN/A 71/1 Register Draft available: AN/A 70
July 1720 - October 1721 AN/A 71/3 Register Draft available: AN/A 70
October 1721 - December 1723 AN/A 71/4 Register Draft available: AN/A 70
December 1723 - April 1725 AN/A 71/5 Register Draft available: AN/A 70
May 1725 - March 1726 AN/A 71/7 Register Draft available: AN/A 71/6
April 1726 - February 1726/7 AN/A 71/8 Register Draft available: AN/A 71/6
March 1726/27 - May 1728 AN/A 71/9 Register Unfit for production
May 1728 - June 1729 AN/A 71/10 Register  
July 1729 - July 1734 AN/A 72 Register  
September 1734 - May 1740 AN/A 74 Register  
June 1740 - September 1745 AN/A 76 Register  
October 1745-April 1752   No volume survives n.b. 1747-1750, Presentment Bills bundles also missing
May 1752 - May 1758 AN/A 78 Register Includes Register of licences for Protestant dissenting meeting houses, 1755-1772 Unfit for production
June 1758 - November 1772 AN/A 80 Register Includes Register of licences for Protestant dissenting meeting houses, 1773
December 1772 - February 1796 AN/A 82/1 Register Volume also contains record of appointments of parish clerks and clerical proctors, up to February 1835

 

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