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

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Location of These Probate Records

Lancashire Record Office

Bow Lane


Lancashire PR1 2REUK

Tel: +44(0)1772 533039 Fax: +44(0) 1772 533050 Email:

Their  Website

Opening Times:

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 8.30pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5 pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

   Saturdays 2009 opening dates:
   10 January                    8 August
   14 February                 12 September 
   14 March                     10 October 
   18 April                        14 November
     9 May                        12 December
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     11 July         

Historical Background

Return to the Lancashire Probate Records page.

The Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries included the deaneries of Amounderness, Copeland, Furniss, Kendal, and Lonsdale held jurisdiction over parishes immediately north of the River Ribble all the way up to and even across the northern county borders. Boundaries of this probate jurisdictions include parishes in portions of counties Cumberland and Yorkshire. When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury as well.

The parishes to each Deanery can be brokendown as follows:

Deanery of Amounderness:


Ashton upon Ribble St Andrew

Halton Hambleton

Deanery of Furness

Haverthwaite Hawkeshead

Deanery of Copeland
Deanery of Lonsdale



Deanery of Kendal



Starting Your Search in Indexes

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.

2. Proceed then to the "Probate Records of This Court" section (see below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.

3. Contact or visit the Lancashire Record Office, or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf, citing information obtained from the index[es]. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.

4. You can also visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes (see the Family History Library's cataloged entries providing the microfilms so you can have them circulated to the center near you for searching the wills). The information obtained from the index[es] will help you more quickly search the wills and admons which can also be circulated on microfilm via any family history .

Probate Indexes

Surviving wills and admons to the Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries - Amounderness probate records have to some extent been indexed with the following ones:

Printed and Published Indexes

Online Indexes

Lancashire is one of the few England counties possessing two main probate courts with significant portions of its documents indexed. For this court, the Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries - Amounderness, there is a wonderful index available online covering the years from 1748 to 1858. (Keep checking back to determine if the range of years covered, increase beyond these years.)

Original Handwritten Indexes

Calendars of wills and admons early to 1720

Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library<br>

The indexes as listed in the above are also available in the collection of The Family History Library and they are on microfilm and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers worldwide.  

Searching for probates in this court.

This court is comprised of the following geographical divisions (called Western Deaneries):  Amounderness, Furness, Lonsdale, and Kendal. The records for each deanery are as follows: 

Amounderness Deanery


Furness Deanery


Lonsdale Deanery

ACT BOOKS 1529-1858

Kendal Deanery


Strategies, Tips, Other?

See the above Indexes or those available through the Family History Library or its many family history centers worldwide for an index to this court.

To view a list of parishes and their respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "Lancashire Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions" on the main page for Lancashire Probate Records.

[England: Lancashire]