Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Sedgely

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Return to the Staffordshire Probate Records page. 

Step By Step

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. Also see "Probate Records of This Court in The Family History Library."
3. Contact or visit the Dudley Archives & Local History Service (see address below), 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.


Surviving wills and admons to the Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Sedgely had to some extent been indexed with the following ones:

Online Indexes

Here is an online printed (scanned images) from 1516-1652. This is not a complete listing of all wills for this time period, but, it might be helpful to those searching during this time.

Sedgley Probate Inventories Index 1614-1787

John S. Roper transcribed and editied these invetories and the information has been supplied by Christine Buckley.

People from Sedgley with wills held at the National Archives (PRO) 1591-1858 proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. 

Printed and Published Indexes

Original Handwritten Indexes

There is an index (manuscript) from 1516 to 1857 covering most if not all wills in Staffordshire including both the Consistory Court of Lichfield and also the smaller or peculiar courts.

Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library

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.

In addition, the Family History Library has a more comprehensive microfilmed set of Calendars of probate records which partially indexes the surnames (by first letter of surname only) available for the years from 1492 to 1860.

Amazingly, the Lichfield Archives has alphabetically arranged many of the diocesan wills by each letter of each surname as well (see the next section below).


Archives Location

Dudley Archives & Local History Service

Mount Pleasant Street

Cosley Dudley Worcs WV14 9JR

Telephone: 44 (0)1384 812345



Archive Records

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

Wills, Administrations 1614-1803 Inventories 1614-1803

Family History Library Records

Wills, Administrations 1614-1803 - contact the county Record office at the above address for further information Inventories 1614-1803


The Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Sedgley held jurisdiction over the parish Sedgley. When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Consistory Court of Lichfield as well as the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.