Court of the Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury for the Exempt Deaneries of Pagham and Tarring
Step By Step
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 then to "Records" (see below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Lichfield Record Office (see address below), to hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf, citing information obtained from the indexes (see next heading). Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
4. You can also visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes and wills (see the Family History Library's cataloged entries providing the microfilm numbers so you can have them circulated to the center near you for searching). The information obtained from the index[es] will help you more quickly search the wills and admons which can also be circulated on microfilm via any family history.
The probate collection includes a Calendars and indexes to wills, administrations and inventories. A calendar is an index arranged first alphabetically by the beginning letter of a testator's surname and second by date.
This is a website for which you may request a search to be made.
Printed and Published Indexes
There is an index from 1670 to 1805 in manuscript form at the archives (see below for address).
The Index Library vol. 64 is an index to these probates from 1516-1670
Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library
The indexes as listed in the above are also available in the collection of The Family History Library and they are on microfilm and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers worldwide.
In addition, the Family History Library has a more comprehensive microfilmed Index to Probate Accounts 1572-1711
The original records are deposited at:
West Sussex PO19 1RQ
Tel 44-1243 777100
These records include:
Original Wills 1588-1681; 1750-1773
Administrations (Admons) 1751-1857 (Admons are added in with Registered Wills after 1714)
Registered Copy Wills 1682-1858
Indexes 1588-1660; 1682-1858
Family History Library Records
This peculiar court held concurrent jurisdiction over the following West Sussex parishes:
- Chichester All Saints
- Horsham (part)
- East Lavant
- South Bersted
- West Tarring inluding Durrington & Heen
Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:
The Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury also served as an appeals court.
Estate Duty Records
Starting in 1796, a tax or death duty was payable on estates over a certain value. Estate duty abstracts may add considerable information not found elsewhere. Estate duty indexes may help locate a will. For more information, go to Estate Duty Records.