Court of the Prebendal Peculiar of Fordington

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Dorset Probate Records

This court is a prebend of Salisbury Cathedral.

Getting Started: 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 Wiltshire 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.


Wills at Salisbury 1464-1858

Church of England. Prebendal Court (Fordington and Writhlington) index to wills, 1660-1799 Index


Archive Locations

Address Wiltshire and Swindon Archives, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QN
Telephone (01249) 705500

Archive Records

Microfilm of original at Wiltshire County Record Office.

Family History Library Records

Church of England. Prebendal Court (Fordington and Writhlington) Original wills, 1660-1857 Records


Jurisdiction includes Fordington in Dorset, and Writhlington in Somerset.  It was inhibited for six months every three years by the Dean of Salisbury