Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Norwich

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England Gotoarrow.png Norfolk Probate Records

Step by Step

Follow these steps to look for a probate record before 1858:

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 the "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court. Also see "Family History Library Records."
3. Contact or visit Norfolk Record Office or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send a list of record searchers upon request.
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.


Online Indexes

The Norfolk Record Office has an online index to all wills for all probate courts throughout the county.

A general will index (partial) for this probate court covering much of the county is available online for the years 1800-1857. More years are bring added so re-visit their website regularly.

Printed and Published Indexes

The Family History Library has the following indexes and calendars. Other indexes are included on the films for the above mentioned records.


Archive Location

Norfolk Record Office

The Archive Centre

Martineau Lane

Norwich NR1 2DQ

Telephone: 01603 222599

Fax: 01603 761885


Archive Records

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

Family History Library Records

The Family History Library has the following records on film. Films can be view in the library or in a family history center.


This court covers parts of the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge.

All county parishes with the exception of Emneth, came under the jurisdiction of this court. (Emneth Parish came under the jurisdiction of the Consistory Court of Ely.)

This court also had jurisdiction over the parishes of Upwell and Outwell which were at times a part of Cambridgeshire.