Court of the Bishop of Peterborough (Episcopal Consistory)

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The Diocese of Peterborough was founded in 1541. From 1541 to about 1598, where there appears to have been a re-organization of the diocese, wills from all deaneries were proved either at Northampton in the archdeacon's court or in the consistory court of Peterborough. After 1598 the wills from the four Eastern deaneries of Oundle, Weldon, Peterborough and Rutland were proven at Peterborough.[1]


The Family History Library has film copies of probate records, 1541-1858. Films can be viewed in the library or in a family history center.


The Family History Library has an index to registered wills, 1541-1646.

  1. Camp, Anthony J. Wills and Their Whereabouts. Published 1974.