Court of the Bishop of Carlisle (Episcopal Consistory)

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The following article gives information about this probate court. For a general explanation about probate records in England, click here.

Search for Records

Cumberland has four record offices: Barrow, Kendall, Carlisle, and Whitehaven. Links to the offices are found on the Cumbria Archive Service site.

Search Indexes First

Indexes will help you easily find the probate record. An index could be a strict alphabetical list, a list of all last names starting with a letter of the alphabet, a group of names for a specific number of years. References to the probate indexes in the Family History Library collection can be found by clicking here.


  • Records and indexes for this court are held in the relevant Cumbria record office. The Cumbria Archive Service website has links to the offices.
  • The Family History Library has a collection of film for the records and the indexes, 1564-1858. 
  • Link to the catalog record for probates and indexes.
  • The Diocese of Carlisle and the Consistory Court both refer to this court.
  • The "Title Details" screen shows the title, notes, and how many films there are.
  • Click the View Film Notes button in the top right corner to see the film numbers.
  • Indexes are listed first, followed by the records.
  • "Another filming" means that the time period was filmed again. The information is the same as the other film.

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To read about the history of this court, click here. **Contributor: this link should go to a separate page that gives a brief history of the Cumberland courts.**

Documents related to probates

Administration (also known as Admon)




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general notes

Online indexes

list and explanation with links

Microfilmed or Printed

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