Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries - Kendal

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England Gotoarrow.png Westmorland Probate Records or Cumberland Probate Records

A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.

Step By Step

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will or administration (admon), writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
2. Proceed to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Record Office or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
4. Visit The Family History Library or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records; then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons also on microfilm via any centers near you.


Online Indexes

Printed and Published Indexes

The Family History Library has probate calendars, 1536-1720.


Archive Location

The original records are located at the Westmorland Archive Centre at Kendal, which offers a research service if you are unable to visit the centre.

Archive Records

  • Original wills, administrations and inventories 1457-1858
  • Register copy wills 1697-1731, 1810-1811
  • Act books 1712-1858

Family History Library Records

The Family History Library has the following on film. Films can be viewed in afamily history center.


This court had jurisdiction over roughly the sounthern half of the old (pre-1974) county of Westmorland. The earliest original will was proven in 1476. Registered copies wills are sparse.