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Collection of wills from the Peculiar Courts of Hampshire, England, 1561-1845

Manuscript/Manuscript on Film
English
Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1958, 1990
on 35 microfilm reels ; 16 mm.; 35 mm

Notes

Microreproduction of original manuscripts at the County Record Office, Winchester and the Principal Probate Registry, Somerset House, London.

Text in Latin and English.

Includes the following Peculiar Courts in Hampshire: Old Alresford with New Alresford and Medstead; Alverstoke with Gosport; North Baddesley; Baughurst; Binstead (Isle of Wight); Bishopstoke; Brighstone (Isle of Wight); Burghclere; Cheriton with Kilmeston & Tichborne; Chilbolton; Chilcombe; Compton; Crawley with Hunton; Droxford with Swanmore, Shedfield,...; Easton; Exton; Fareham with Catisfield & Dean; Fawley with Exbury, Lepe, Cadlands,...; Hambledon with Denmead; Havant with Leigh & Brockhampton; Highclere; Houghton; Hursley with Otterbourne; Merdon & Silkstead; Hurstbourne Priors with St. Mary Bourne; Littleton; Meonstoke with Soberton & Hoe; East Meon with Combe, Steep,...; West Meon with Privett; Michelmersh with Braishfield; Morestead; Overton with Tadley & Polhampton; Ovington; Ringwood; St. Faith or St. Cross; South Stoneham & St. Mary Extra with Allington & Shamblehurst; Twyford with Owslebury & Brambridge; Upham with Durley; Bishops Waltham with Hamble & Bursledon; North Waltham; Whitchurch with Freefolk & Charlecott; Wonston with Sutton Scotney & Cranborne; and East Woodhay with Ashmansworth.

The first set is filmed at a higher reduction (42x) and requires a high magnification reader.

Before 1858, wills were proved in church courts such as the Archdeaconry Court or the Bishop's (Consistory) Court. A number of parishes had separate arrangements for probating wills and these parishes were known as Peculiars. In 1958 the Genealogical Society of Utah filmed the Peculiar wills at Somerset House. At this time the records were in two series. One series was a collection of Peculiar Courts mixed together and arranged by surname. The other was a collection of wills arranged by Peculiar Court only. Many of these separate courts were also included in the general series which was arranged by surname. All the wills were later moved to the Winchester County Record Office. The two series were combined and arranged by date and then surname. The individual Peculiar Courts were merged in and the records were indexed. In 1990, the Society filmed the wills as they are now arranged. This second filming appears first on this record. The old arrangement of the records, by surname, appears second. The individual Peculiar Court wills can be located in the catalog under their individual courts (e.g. Church of England. Peculiar Court (Binstead, Hampshire).

For probate documents not found in this court, search the records of the next higher jurisdiction: Church of England. Diocese of Winchester. Consistory Court. Wills and inventories 1491-1857. Check the Author/Title Catalog under this heading or the Locality Catalog under: England, Hampshire - Probate records.

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