Court of the Peculiar of Havering-atte-Bower

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Historical Background

Probate records of this Peculiar Court pertain to not only Havering-atte-Bower, but also Hornchurch and Romford parishes--all of which comprise the Peculiar Court and all within the Liberty of Havering atte Bower. This was created a peculiar court which granted sanction to probate wills within this jurisdiction.

These records date from 1753 to 1839.


Location of the Records

These records are hels at;

The New College

Savile Road


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 Essex County Record Office 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 centers near you.

Probate Indexes

Online Indexes

A general will index for Essex County is available online.  This single index consolidates Essex county wills of the various probate court jurisdictions, including the various smaller Peculiar Court jurisdictions into one database.

Printed Indexes

If the indexes on the Internet do not produce possible wills for your ancestors, look in the published indexes listed here.

The Essex County Record Office compiled and published a complete surname index covering wills and administrations from eight Essex County probate courts including this court.  The index is available in three volumes at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City:

  • Emmison, F. G., ed.  [Index to] Wills at Chelmsford.  London: s.n., 1961, by the British Record Society.  (FHL book 942 B4b vols. 78, 79 & 84; also on microfilms 0962739 and 0962740, and on microfiche 6073796, 6073797, and 6073802.)

Other handwritten indexes are listed below in the "Indexes" section.  Click on the court name links on the "Essex County Probate Records" home page.

The Court of the Peculiar of Good Easter probate records are also well-covered with the following indexes:  

Original Handwritten Indexes

The Peculiar Court of Good Easter probate records are indexed, as well as the Prerogative Court of Canterbury during the Civil War period (1649-1660) for the following years:


Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library

Calendar or Registered and Un-registered Wills and Admons of Good Easter 1631-1847

Index of Wills and Admons of Havering-atte-Bower 1753-1839.

This was a Liberty and with the parishes of Hornchurch and Romford, comprised the Peculiar Court of Hornchurch with Havering-atte-Bower. The few records that exist, are held at the archives below. part of Hornchurch parish-- and Registered Wills as well as extant indexes for this court are available on microfilm at the Family History Library and may be circulated to any one of its satellite Family History Centers (see Court of the Peculiar of Good Easter), or go to Family History Library Catalog entry for this court. To view the catalog entry for this court in the Family History Library, please see the Family History Library Catalog.

Visit the Essex County Archives to determine availability in their complete collection of records for this court jurisdiction.

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1631-1645, 1676-1719, 1746, 1795

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