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Court of the Peculiar of the Dean of Chichester

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Return to the Sussex Probate Records page.

Step By StepEdit

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 Held in This Archive" (below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Hampshire 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. You can 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 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.

Online IndexesEdit

This is a website for which you may request a search to be made.

Printed & Manuscript IndexesEdit

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 LibraryEdit

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

Calendars of Wills & Admons 1509-1660

Index to Original Wills 1588-1858

Index to Admons 1781-1857

The RecordsEdit

Archives LocationEdit

The original records are deposited at:

West Sussex County Council

County Hall

West Street


West Sussex PO19 1RQ 


Tel 44-[0]1243 777100 


This peculiar court held concurrent jurisdiction over the following East Sussex parishes:

  • Chichester All Saints
  • Horsham (part)
  • East Lavant
  • Pagham
  • Patching
  • Slindon
  • Tangmere
  • West Tarring inluding Durrington & Heen