Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Dean of Wells

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The court was part of the Diocese of Bath and Wells.  The court had jurisdiction over the parishes of:

Allerton Chesterblade Mark
Biddisham Chilcompton Priddy
Binegar out-parish of St. Cuthbert in Wells Nether Stowey
Broomfield Dinder Wedmore
Carhampton    Everchreech Westbury


Important Note:

The records of the Consistory Court of the Dean of Wells, which were all deposited at the Probate Registry at Exeter, were destroyed by enemy action during World War II.  The following is information on the few records that survive.

Surviving Records

The surviving original records are deposited at:

Somerset Record Office
Obridge Road
Taunton TA2 7PU
Tel: (0)1823 278805

These include:

  • Probate and administration act books, 1662-1771, 1812-1846 

The Family History Library has very few original probate records for Somerset on microfilm and none for this court.

See the information found in the article on the Court of the Bishop of Bath & Wells (Episcopal Consistory).

The Society of Genealogists in London has copies of published abstracts of wills and other probate documents for Somerset.  To see a list of titles, search their library catalogue for the Subject of "Somerset - General:Wills."