Peculiar Court of the Prebendal of Hampton-Lucy

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Historical Background

The Court of the Peculiar of Hampton-Lucy held court concurrent jurisdiction over the following Warwickshire parishes: Alveston and its chapelry, Chilcote, and Wasperton 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.

Location of the Probate Records of This Court

The original records are deposited at:

'The Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive
Henley Street'
Warwickshire CV37 6QW
Telephone: U.K. 01789 201816
Overseas: (+44) 1789 201816

Fax:   (+44) (0)1789 296083
E-mail: or

Obtaining a copy of a probate record: 

You may visit the Shakespeare Centre via contacting by--

Tel. (+44) (0)1789 201824

Fax: (+44) (0)1789 263248


Or you can write to learn if they provide a research service and request a copy of a probate record (include an index reference in your request).
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.
Start your search in indexes.

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:

Probate Indexes

Surviving wills and admons to the Peculiar Court of the Prebendal of Hampton-Lucy Parish, also includes the parishes of Alveston and its chapelry--Chilcote, and the Parish of Wasperton have to some extent been indexed with the following ones:

Printed and Published Indexes

The British Record Society's Index Library published a calendar for earlier years up to 1790 in volume 7, which may be accessed at many major archives in the United Kingdom, such as The National Archives, The British Library, etc.

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 set of Calendars on microfilm that partially indexes the surnames (by first letter of surname only) available for the years from 1678 to 1790.

Searching for probates in this court.


CALENDARS 1678-1858


This peculiar court held jurisdiction over the Parish of Hampton-Lucy as well the Warwickshire parishes of Alveston, Wasperton and Chilcote (a chapelry in Alveston Parish). 

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.

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 "Warwickshire Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions" on the main page for Warwickshire 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.