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Index to Wills, Administrations and Inventories in the Peculiar Court of the Deanery of Croydon
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About the index
This is an index to Wills, Administrations and inventories in the Peculiar Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Deanery of Croydon (Surrey) 1660-1751.

The Peculiar Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Deanery of Croydon included the Surrey parishes of Barnes, Burstow, Charlwood, Cheam, Croydon, East Horsley, Merstham, Mortlake, Church Newington, Putney, Roehampton, Walworth St Peter and Wimbledon. For more detail see map of Surrey Parishes also see Hierarchy of Surrey Church Courts.

Locating the original documents
Where are the originals held?
All surviving probate material for this court is now held at Lambeth Palace Library www.lambethpalacelibrary.org.

To obtain a full copy of a Will, Administration or inventory, download an order form from www.lambethpalacelibrary.org/content/photocopying. Complete the form (including all references etc) and return to Lambeth Palace Library who will advise you of the full cost and payment methods.

Alternatively you can visit Lambeth Palace Library personally, details of opening hours etc can be found on their website.

FamilySearch www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog 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. www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp

What information from the document do I need to locate the original?
  • Testator's name
  • Place
  • Year of will
  • Full References (including volume/ folio etc)
Understanding the index
Which court or courts are included?
Peculiar Court of the Deanery of Croydon 1660-1751.

Which diocese is involved?
The Deanery of Croydon was a Peculiar Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

What does the index include?
All names and places appearing in the will plus incidental information such as occupation or status where found in the original documents are included in the index.

Names are arranged alphabetically. This means some name variants may not appear clustered together. Names in the index are according to the spelling used in the documents, usually based on the signature of the testator.

Dates of wills are given in 'Old Style' or Julian Calendar.

The folio number identifies the group of pages, anywhere from 2 to 16, within which the will's first page appears.

Document reference see Help page for terms and meanings used in document references.

Notes
The registers and probate and administration act books are both foliated. In the index the reference to an original document is given first. In the case of a will the will register reference has also been given. Act book references have only been given for wills or administrations where there is no original document. A note has been made wherever an inventory has survived among the original documents.
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Last updated: 19 June 2012
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