Court of the Archdeaconry of Norwich

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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 the Norfolk Record Office and either make a personal visit 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 to view microfilm copies of wills and admons.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

The Court of the Archdeaconry of Norwich probate records have to some extent been indexed in the following:

Online indexes[edit | edit source]

Will indexes (some are partial indexes) for this probate court covering much of the county is available as follows:

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

The Norfolk Record Office has indexed a considerable number of the wills from this court jurisdiction and these are available in the following index:

Original Handwritten Indexes

Indexes exist from 1468-1857 for wills. These are available on microfilm for this court at the Family History Library (see below) or at the Norfolk Record Office (see below).

Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library

The Family History Library has some indexes of Wills and Admons (Administrations) available on microfilm at the Family History Library covering the years 1460-1857 and these may also be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers.

Records[edit | edit source]

Archives Location[edit | edit source]

Norfolk Record Office

The Archive Centre
Martineau Lane
United Kingdom

Telephone: 01603 222599
Fax: 01603 761885

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.

  • Calendars 1469-1857
  • Original Wills 1530-1857
  • Registered Copy Wills 1469-1857
  • Wills Registers 1538-1857
  • Administration Act Books 1590-1680
  • Administrations 1682-1857
  • Probate Inventories 1674-1825
  • Act Books 1660-1670

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

Probate records of the Archdeaconry Court of Norwich commence from as early as 1469 to 1652 and 1660-1857. This court held jurisdiction over 320 of Norfolk's 756 parishes all in the following deaneries: 

  • Blofield
  • Breckles
  • Brisley
  • Flegg
  • Holt
  • Ingworth
  • Lynn


  • Norwich
  • Sparham
  • Taverham


  • Toftrees
  • Walsingham
  • Thetford (part)


To determine the court for a particular parish, return to the Norfolk Probate Records page and click on the links for the court jurisdictions arranged by parish.