Archival records from Digitising the endangered historic records of Nevis in the Leeward Islands (EAP794)

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  • Eastern Caribbean Court House records

    Collection Ref: EAP794/1
    The vault of the Eastern Caribbean Court House, Nevis, holds numerous historic manuscript documents connected with the legal and colonial administration of the island. The earliest records date from 1705, with records continuing through to the 20th century ...
  • Common Record Deed Books 1707-1956

    Collection Ref: EAP794/1/1
    The Common Deed Record Books run in an almost continuous series from 1707 to 1922. There are 52 Common Record books in total to 1922, plus one Entry Book of deeds, 1884-1956, with others continuing into the twenty-first century. They are large bound volume ...
  • Court of King’s/Queen’s Bench and Common Pleas

    Collection Ref: EAP794/1/2
    The Court of King's Bench and Common Pleas on Nevis was at the time considered to have been regulated by Acts of Parliament passed prior to 1732. In, or from, 1732 the Court was regulated by Court Act No. 100 of Nevis. The Court blended the separate jurisd ...
  • Supreme Court

    Collection Ref: EAP794/1/3
    The early records of the Supreme Court in Nevis stem from the passage in 1871 of the Leeward Islands Act. This created the Federal Colony of the Leeward Islands, under a single Governor, in which Nevis was one of six Presidencies with its own Administrator ...
  • Other Courts

    Collection Ref: EAP794/1/4
    This series includes the records of those courts which could not sensibly be included in other series. It includes one volume of a Court of Complaints. This was essentially a court for the recovery of small debts and was established as a result of discussi ...
  • Wills 1763-1880

    Collection Ref: EAP794/1/5
    The books of wills are held in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) Registry vault. The books record the copies made of the originals. They comprise six volumes which run from 1763 to 1864 continuously when there is a gap during 1865. One further vol ...
  • Ships Bonds

    Collection Ref: EAP794/1/6
    The books of Ships' Bonds cover a twenty year period for Nevis from 1847 to 1867. There are two gaps, one in 1852 and another from 1861 to 1863. They comprise pre-printed forms which were then filled in with the name of the vessel, the Master and the agent ...
  • Provost Marshal’s Sales

    Collection Ref: EAP794/1/7
    The series is comprised of nine volumes which run from 1847-1935. There is considerable overlap in the dates of volumes but there is a gap for the years 1862-1865. The Provost Marshal on Nevis had his own office at the opposite end of the courthouse to the ...
  • Land Title Register

    Collection Ref: EAP794/1/8
    The historic Land Title Register Books are generally thick volumes, 28 cm x 43 cm with anything up to 100 pages plus numerous attachments. The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) Registry office also acts as a Land Registry and is frequently used as suc ...
  • Miscellaneous

    Collection Ref: EAP794/1/9
    This series of Miscellaneous Records encompasses anything from a single book of prescriptions, formerly the Infirmary Book, to a volume of commissions to various public appointees by the Lieutenant Governor of the Leeward Islands between 1863 and 1919 and ...
  • Plans and Maps

    Collection Ref: EAP794/1/10
    The loose digitised estate plans are comprised of a few large sheets, and a far greater number of smaller-sized plans. The large plans date between 1888 and 1929. They consist of individual plans of large estates on Nevis of several hundred up to one thous ...
  • Common Records 1707-1728

    File Ref: EAP794/1/1/1
    Originals in poor condition. Record shots only. Extent and format of original material: 1 volume. Unknown number of pages; 510 x 390 x 130mm. Disbound, highly fragmented and fragile. ...
  • Common Records 1718-1745

    File Ref: EAP794/1/1/2
    Extent and format of original material: 1 volume of unknown number of pages: last surviving page is numbered 84.; 460 x 240 x 30mm. Fragile. Disintegrated cover. Fragments. ...
  • Common Records 1728-1746

    File Ref: EAP794/1/1/3
    Extent and format of original material: 1 volume, originally of 504 pages plus index.; 470 x 330 x 80mm. Fragile. Some disbound and broken pages. No cover; spine detached. ...
  • Common Records 1741-1749

    File Ref: EAP794/1/1/4
    Extent and format of original material: 1 volume of 365 pages.; 500 x 330 x 60mm. Fragile. Cover detached. Numerous page-edges damaged. ...