Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)

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England Gotoarrow.png Gloucestershire Probate Records, Oxfordshire Probate Records, Warwickshire Probate Records, Worcestershire Probate Records


This court had jurisdiction over most of the county of Worcestershire. It also had jurisdiction over the city of Warwick and the deaneries of Kineton and Warwick in southwest Warwickshire (here's an alphabetical List of Warwickshire Parishes that came under the Bishop of Worcester's pre-1837 court jurisdiction). This court (Bishop of Worcester) also held concurrent jurisdiction over parts of Gloucestershire diocese, prior to 1541 (though few Gloucestershire wills are found in its records).


The original records are deposited at the Worcestershire Records Office. They include:

  • Original wills, administrations and inventories, 1493-1652, 1660-1858
  • Register copy wills, 1451-1739 (with gaps), 1833-1836
  • Probate and administration act books, 1661-1858

Records have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and through the many  family history centers world-wide. They include:


The original and microfilmed records above include indexes.

The Family History Library has the following calendars and indexes.

Name Place Date
John Allen Wixelsford 6 Mar
William Averill Broadway 20 Mar
Thomas Baker Juichfieh? 28 Feb
Roger Barnard Stratford Upon Avon 16 Mar
William Beaver Combrook, Warwickshire 8 Mar
Ferdinand Bentley Wick by Pershore 27 Feb
Thomas Bonnar Alderminster 13 Feb
Francis Buck Oddingley 28 Feb
John Butler Swale 6 Feb
William Butler Cateshill, Bromsgrove 28 Feb
Robert Caldecote Hunington 28 Feb
Thomas Clarke City of Worcester 21 Feb
William Climer Shenston in Stone 23 Feb
Robert Coldecott or Colicoal Hunington 28 Feb
Mathew Collet Alderminster or Aldermarston 7 Mar
John Cooke St Peter, Worcester 8 Feb
John Cookes Stoke Prior 25 Feb
Symon Corbett Defford 6 Feb
Thomas Crowe Chadwich, Bromsgrove 16 Feb
Richard Dannce Wick by Pershore 20 Feb
Mary Dawks or Dawlks Himbleton 23 Feb
Henry Day Pinvin 27 Feb
Margaret Desmastres Pershore 20 Feb
Thomas Edgcock Kinerton, Warwickshire 16 Mar
Frances Elcoxe St Martins, Worcester 22 Mar
Elizabeth George Eckington 8 Mar
Thomas George the Elder Naunton in Severn Stoke 2 Mar
Gyles Gilbert Longdon 18 Mar
William Griffin Clifton in Severn Stoke 16 Mar
Thomas Gyles Powick 7 Feb
George Hall Broadway 7 Mar
John Hall Tarbecke 10 Mar
Ellinor Hay Eckington 13 Mar
John Hay Alchurch 28 Feb
William Hopkins Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire 16 Mar
Anne Horsham Wicke in Pershore 27 Feb
Richard Hurlston Ilmington, Warwickshire 28 Feb
Katherine Inones or Jnones  ? Mathon 28 Feb 1660
Anne Jennings Moseley 21 Mar
Robert Knight Charlecott, Warwickshire 20 Mar 1660
Cicilia Lee Alveston 6 Feb
Edmond Ligon 12 Mar
Richard Marshall Inkberrow 27 Feb
Anthony Morrice Icomb 14 Mar
John Moseley Northwich, Blockley 14 Mar
William Moseley Puddington or Huddington? 27 Feb
Thomas Munsloe Tibberton 9 Feb
Edward Nicholls Hunnington 8 Mar
John Oldmole or Oldnall Chaddestly Corbett 7 Feb
Thomas Ordway Bengworth 12 Mar
John Pearsall Whitley Barne, Halesowen, Salop 1 Mar
William Phillips Church Lench 28 Feb
Maria or Mary Phipps Aldermarston or Alderminster 10 Feb
Alice Pratt Wick near Pershore 6 Feb
William Quinton Hunnington, Warwickshire 27 Feb
John Rainolds or Reynolds Kidderminster 27 Feb
John Richardson Shottery in Stratford on Avon Warwickshire 20 Mar
Julie Shawe Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire 16 Feb
Stephen Sitch Shefferie, Warwickshire 13 Mar
Mary Smith Eckington (Eskington) 11 Mar
Thomas Smith Vifford 9 Mar
Margery Symonds Elmley Castle 14 Mar
William Taverner Pinvin or Pembry 27 Feb
Mary Tonerton or Towerton Holt 6 Mar
Richard Walker Ridmington 8 Mar
Michael Warne Alvechurch or Alchurch 28 Feb
William Washborne Tibberton 23 Feb
Henry Whatley Tanworth, Warwickshire 9 Mar
Thomas Whopper Tibberton 23 Feb