Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield

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England Gotoarrow.png Derbyshire Probate Records, Staffordshire Probate Records, Warwickshire Probate Records

Step by Step

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will or administration (admon), 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 Lichfield 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.


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.


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:


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.