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Location of Records of This Court

1.
Lambeth Palace Library

Lambeth Palace Road

London SE1 7JU

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7898 1400
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7928 7932
E-mail: lpl.staff@c-of-e.org.uk
Post: The Librarian, Lambeth Palace Library, London, SE1 7JU, UK

Website


2.

Centre for Kentish Studies

Sessions House

County Hall
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1XQ


Starting Your Search in Indexes

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 "Probate Records of This Court" (below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Guildhall Library or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
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 family history centers near you.


Historical Background

Probate records of the Court of the Deanery of the Arches of London, Croydon, Shoreham (Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury) held jurisdiction over 13 parishes within the City of London. Records of this probate court date from 1620-1780, 1832. The thirteen parishes include:


All Hallows Bread Street                        St Mary Bothaw

All Hallows Lombard Street                    St Mary le Bow

St Dionis Backchurch                            St Michael Crooked Lane

St Dunstan-in-the-East                           St Michael Royal

St John the Evangelist Watling St           St Pancras Soper Lane
St Leonard Eastcheap                           St Vedast Foster Lane

St Mary Aldermary


 

 

Probate Indexes

The Court of the Deanery of the Arches of London, Croydon, Shoreham (Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury probate records is well-covered with the following indexes:

Printed Indexes

  • A comprehensive will and admon index to London (including Greater L.) for the years covering 1750-1858, is Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CDs and are on sale or he will perform "lookups" in his indexes for you.

Online Indexes

Here is an online index to the Deanery of Croydon and Shoreham at The National Archives at no cost.

Original Handwritten Indexes

There are "typed script" indexes at the Society of Genealogists and at The National Archives at Kew, in Richmond Surrey for all years, 1620-1780

Manuscript indexes exist at the Lambeth Palace Library.

Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library

  • The manuscript indexes of the original (unregistered) wills and the registered wills are on microfilm at The Family History Library covering all years from 1620 to 1780; 1832. 
  •  These may be viewed at the Family History Library and may be circulated to any one of its satellite Family History Centers.

Searching for probates in this court

DEANERY OF THE ARCHES OF LONDON

ORIGINAL WILLS 1624-1777

REGISTERED WILLS 1664-1821, 1841

CALENDARS (first-letter-of-surname index) 1672-1837

CAVEAT BOOKS 1664-1831

BONDS & WARRANTS 1663-1781
BONDS ALPHA ARRANGED

ORIGINAL WILLS, INVENTORIES & BONDS 1620-1780; 1832

PROBATE and ADMINISTRATION ACT BOOKS 1664-1841


DEANERIES OF CROYDON and SHOREHAM

REGISTERED WILLS 1664-1685; Arches, Croydon & Shoreham 1685-1841

ORIGINAL WILLS, INVENTORIES & BONDS 1602, 1614-1841 PROBATE and ADMINISTRATION ACT BOOKS 1629-1841

CAVEAT BOOKS 1664-1831

Strategies, Tips, Other?

There are some indexes for this court. See the above general countywide indexes. To view a list of parishes and their respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "London Probate Jurisdictions by Parish" on the main page for London Probate Records.