Court of the Peculiar of Burton upon Trent

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Step by Step[edit | edit source]

1. First search each applicable index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will or administration (admon), writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
2. Proceed to the "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Staffordshire County Record Office or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
4. Visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records; then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons also on microfilm via any centers near you.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

1521-1850 - Dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry Wills and Probate at findmypast (£). Includes index by name and residence that links to images of the actual records.

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

The collection on microfilm includes a Calendar of wills, administrations and inventories.  A calendar is an index arranged first alphabetically by the beginning letter of a testator's surname and second by date.  

The British Index Library has published an index to wills for 1529-1652 for the peculiars deposited at Lichfield including Burton upon Trent.  However, it is doubtful that it actually includes Burton upon Trent wills since any surviving records for this period are appearently found in the records of the Court of the Bishop of Lichfield.

Records[edit | edit source]

Archive Location[edit | edit source]

The original records are deposited at the Lichfield Record Office.  They include:

  • Original wills, 1678-1858

Other earlier Burton upon Trent wills are included in the records of the Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory).

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

The records have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and throughfamily history centers.  They include:

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

This court was a peculiar under the Bishop of Lichfield.  It was also known as the Manorial Court of Burton on Trent.  It had jurisdiction over the Staffordshire parish of Burton upon Trent as well as:

  • Branston
  • Horninglow
  • Shobnall
  • Stretton
  • Wetmore
  • Yoxall

This court also had jurisdiction over the Derbyshire parish of Stapenhill, Derbyshire and the village of Winshill. Stapenhill is on the border of Derbyshire and Staffordshire and is separated from the borough of Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, by the River Trent.  Winshill, though a township within the parish and borough of Burton on Trent, lies on the Derbyshire side of the river, and north of Stapenhill.