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About Lichfield Consistory Court Wills 1650-1700

British Record Society Volume 125
Published 2010
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About the index
Between 1541 and 1836 the diocese of Lichfield and Coventry was extensive, covering the entire counties of Staffordshire and Derbyshire, north Shropshire and north Warwickshire. The bishop of Lichfield and Coventry had general jurisdiction over probate within this area, which was exercised through the Lichfield Consistory Court. This volume is an index to wills and other testamentary documents recorded in the Lichfield Consistory Court 1650-1700.
Locating the original documents
Where are the originals held?
The original wills are held at Lichfield Record Office

To obtain a copy of the original will or administration, download a copyright/order form from Lichfield Record Office. Complete this and post with the remittance for the cost of the will etc to Lichfield Record Office. A copy of Lichfield Record Office’s Fees and Charges is also available on line. Currently there is a standard charge irrespective of the number of pages.

Alternatively you can visit Lichfield Record Office personally, details of opening hours etc can be found on their website.

Additionally FamilySearch - - has filmed the majority of these probate documents, a microfilm copy of which can be ordered and viewed via your local FamilySearch Family History Center -

What information from the document do I need to locate the original?
  • Testator's name
  • Place
  • Year / date
Understanding the index
Which court or courts are included?
Wills and other testamentary documents registered between 1650 and 1700 in the Consistory Court of Lichfield.

Which diocese is involved?
The consistory court of Lichfield was in the Diocese of Lichfield.

What does the index include?
The names of the testator / testatrix plus occupation and place of abode appearing in the wills are included in the index.
From the old manuscript calendars, a typescript was created which the late Dick Hutchinson annotated with extra details, in particular the occupations or status and the modern references. After Dick’s illness and death, other volunteers picked up the task, encouraged by successive archivists. I should especially like to thank Andrew George and his predecessor as archivist Martin Saunders for their many hours of work. My fellow general editor Catherine Ferguson made many helpful suggestions, especially with regard to the introduction. My son Mark again produced the maps, a massive task of love. To all these sincere thanks are due, as without them this work would not have been possible. While I was editing this volume, my dear father Reg died. He had always encouraged me in my historical studies, even when he thought they were eccentric, and to his memory I should like to dedicate this volume.
Cliff Webb, Pyrford, 2010.

Notes The original introduction to this volume contains an outstanding amount of detailed analysis on these wills including statistics regarding number of wills proved each year and occupational types.
See also:  Help Searching - Lichfield Consistory Court Wills
  Probate Glossary
  Lichfield Wills by County
  Lichfield Wills by Year
  Occupational Types in Lichfield Wills
  Original Volume Introduction (.doc 6MB)
  Lichfield Record Office
  Transcriptions & Translation Services
  About Cliff Webb
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Wills & Administrations at Lichfield & Coventry 1516-1652 - British Record Society Probate Collection, BRS vol.7
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