Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)

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Getting Started

Jurisdiction

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).

Records

Archive Locations

The original records are deposited at the Worcestershire Records Office

Archive Records

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

Family History Library Records

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:

Indexes

The original and microfilmed records above include indexes.

The Family History Library has the following calendars and indexes.