Peculiar Court of the Manor of Baddesley-Clinton

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Historical Background

The Court of the Peculiar of Baddesley Colinton held jurisdiction over the parish. When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Consistory Court of Lichfield as well as the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.


You can also visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes (see the Family History Library's cataloged entries providing the microfilms so you can have them circulated to the center near you for searching the wills). 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.

Probate Indexes

Surviving wills and admons to the Peculiar Court of Baddesley Clinton have to some extent been indexed with the following ones:

Printed and Published Indexes

Online Indexes

Here is an online printed (scanned images) from 1516-1652. This is not a complete listing of all wills for this time period, but, it might be helpful to those searching during this time.

Original Handwritten Indexes

There is an index (manuscript) from 1516 to 1857 covering most if not all wills in Staffordshire including both the Consistory Court of Lichfield and also the smaller or peculiar courts.

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 set of Calendars of probate records which partially indexes the surnames (by first letter of surname only) available for the years from 1492 to 1860.

Amazingly, the Lichfield Archives has alphabetically arranged many of the diocesan wills by each letter of each surname as well (see the next section below).

Searching for probates in this court.

ORIGINAL WILLS & ADMONS 1685-1858


Strategies, Tips, Other?

See the above Indexes or those available through the Family History Library or its many family history centers worldwide for an index to this court.

To view a list of parishes and their respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "Staffordshire Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions" on the main page for Staffordshire Probate Records.

Jurisdiction

This peculiar court held jurisdiction over the parish of Baddesley-Clinton. 

During the Commonwealth Interregnum from 1653 to 1660, the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury, in the form of a civil court, had sole probate or testmentary jurisdiction over all of England and Wales.

[England: Warwickshire]

Records

The original records are deposited at:

Lichfield Record Office (formerly Lichfield Joint Record Office)
The Friary'
Lichfield
Staffs WS13 6QG
England
Telephone: U.K. 01543 510720
Overseas: (+44) 1543 510720


The records include:

  • Original wills, 1472-1858
  • Register copy wills, 1516-1771
  • Act books, 1532-1638
  • Inventories, 1494-1860
  • Calendars, 1494-1860


The records have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and through one of the more than 4,500 family history centers worldwide.  These include:

  • Original wills and administrations, 1773-1838

Obtaining a copy of a probate record:

  1. You may visit the Lichfield Record Office or contact their research service and request a copy of a probate record (include an index reference in your request).
  2. You may visit the Family History Library and search the records on microfilm, or visit a family history center where you can order the films and search them there.
  3. Start your search in indexes.

Indexes

Surviving wills and administrations have mostly been indexed:

Printed and Online Indexes

Original Handwritten Indexes

Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library

The original records on microfilm include the handwritten indexes.  Click on the links in the records list above to see their entries in the Family History Library Catalog.

Strategies, Tips, Other?

To view a list of parishes and their respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "Staffordshire Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions" on the main page for Staffordshire Probate Records.

When a search of this court's probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Prerogative Court of the Exchequer of the Archbishop of York as well.