Court of the Deanery of the Arches of London, Croydon, Shoreham (Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury)

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Step By Step[edit | edit source]

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 to "Records " (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Guildhall Library or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
4. Or, you can visit TheFamily 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 family history centers near you.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

The Court of the Deanery of the Arches of London, Croydon, Shoreham (Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury probate records is well-covered with the following indexes:

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch has digitised the manuscript index to this probate court - free.

Access to Archives has posted a partial online index to the Deanery of Croydon and Shoreham for free.

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

  • A comprehensive will and admon index to London (including Greater L.) for the years covering 1750-1858, and for surnames beginning with "A-F", is Dr David Wright's London Probate Index. Online at Findmypast.

Original Handwritten Indexes:

There are "typed script" indexes at the Society of Genealogists and at The National Archives at Kew, in Richmond Surrey for all years, 1620-1780

Manuscript indexes exist at the Lambeth Palace Library.

Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library:

  • The manuscript indexes of the original (unregistered) wills and the registered wills are on microfilm at The Family History Library covering all years from 1620 to 1780; 1832.
  • These may be viewed at the Family History Library and may be circulated to any one of its satellite Family History Centers.

Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch has digitized the the wills in this probate court - free.

Archive Locations[edit | edit source]

England Church Records
Lambeth Palace Road
London SE1 7JU
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7898 1400
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7928 7932
Post: The Librarian, Lambeth Palace Library, London, SE1 7JU, UK

Kent History and Library Centre
ME14 1XQ

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

To access the original records, either write to or visit the above address.

Deanery of The Arches of London

  • Original Wills 1624-1777
  • Registered Wills 1664-1821, 1841
  • Calendars (first-letter-of-surname index) 1672-1837
  • Caveat Books 1664-1831
  • Bonds & Warrants 1663-1781 (Bonds Alpha Arranged)
  • Original Wills, Inventories & Bonds 1620-1780; 1832
  • Probate & Administration Act Books 1664-1841

Deaneries of Croydon and Shoreham

  • Registered Wills 1664-1685; Arches, Croydon & Shoreham 1685-1841
  • Original Wills, Inventories & Bonds 1602, 1614-1841
  • Probate & Administration Act Books 1629-1841
  • Caveat Books 1664-1831

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Here is a breakdown of those probate records for this court which are held at The Family History Library. These are on microfilm and they may be accessed at the Library or they may be circulated to any of its satelite Family History Centers worldwide.

Deanery of The Arches of London

Deaneries of Croydon and Shoreham

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Probate records of the Court of the Deanery of the Arches of London, Croydon, Shoreham (Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury) held jurisdiction over an extensive region of Middlesex, London, Surrey, and Kent (some in and outside of what is considered Greater London). Most testators in this jurisdiction filed their wills with the Prerogative Court of Canterbury between 1750 to 1858.[1] The following 13 parishes lay within the City of London. These thirteen (city) parishes include:

This court also held concurrent jurisdiction over the following Middlesex, England Genealogy parishes:

And the Court held concurrent jurisdiction over the following Surrey (London) parishes as well:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cliff Webb, My Ancestors were Londoners: A Guide to London Sources for Family Historians (London: Society of Genealogists, 2009), 35.