Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield

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This court was also known as the Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield (Cathedral).

This court had jurisdiction in the Derbyshire parishes of:

  • Ashford
  • Bakewell
  • Baslow
  • Beeley
  • Buxton
  • Chapel-en-le-Frith
  • Chelmorton
  • Fairfield
  • Hope
  • Kniveton
  • Longston
  • Monyash
  • Sheldon
  • Taddington
  • Tideswell
  • Wormhill

It also had some early jurisdiction in the Peak Forest in Derbyshire.

This court also held concurrent jurisdiction in the Staffordshire parishes of:

  • Cannock     
  • Farewell
  • Harborne
  • The Close, Lichfield
  • Rugeley
  • Smethwick

This court also had jurisdiction in the Warwickshire parishes of Arley and Edgbaston.


The original records are deposited at the Lichfield Record Office.  They include:

  • Original wills, 1510-1858
  • Inventories, 1568-1680

The records have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and through family history centers.  They include:


The collection on microfilm includes a Calendar of 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.  

The British Index Library has published an index to wills for 1529-1652 for the peculiars deposited at Lichfield including the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield.  The link is to the Family History Library Catalog.