Court of the Peculiar of Banbury
Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]
Banbury parish in Oxfordshire was a peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln (Cathedral). The court of the Peculiar of Banbury had jurisdiction only over the parish of Banbury and its hamlets.
Records[edit | edit source]
The original records of this court are deposited at the Oxfordshire Record Office in Oxford, England. They include:
- Filed wills and administration bonds, 1547-1856 (very incomplete to 1660). The records are filed with those for the peculiars of Cropredy, Horley and Hornton, King's Sutton, Bierton, and Thame.
- Registered wills and administrations, 1585-1596 (with those for the peculiars of Cropredy, Horley and Hornton, and King's Sutton), and 1698-1733 (with those for the peculiars of Dorchester, Faringdon, Langford, Monks Risborough, and Thame).
- Wills for 1736-1850 (with those for the peculiars of Bierton and Thame), and 1851-1858 (with those for the peculiars of Aylesbury, Bierton, Buckingham, and Thame).
You may contact the record office for assistance with their collection. Click on the link above.
Records have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and through family history centers. They include:
- Probate records, 1547-1858 (includes indexes)
- Banbury wills and inventories, 1591-1650 (published transcriptions)
- The Peculiar Court of Banbury and Cropredy (persons named in wills proved 1736-1857)
- Wills and administrations [of Aylesbury, 1624-1858] (includes records of Banbury)
Indexes[edit | edit source]
The above listed original and microfilmed records include indexes.
Jeremy S. W. Gibson has published an "Index to wills proved in the Peculiar Court of Banbury, 1542-1858," which is available from the Banbury Historical Society, at the Oxfordshire Record Office, at the Family History Library, and elsewhere.
In addition, a manuscript index to the records of the peculiar courts of Berkshire is available on microfilm at the Society of Genealogists in London, and the Family History Library: