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Hawarden Probate Records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 PROBHA

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Welsh Probate Records, Peculiar of Hawarden

Short Title: Hawarden Probate Records

Creation date(s): 1554-1858 (mainly 1554-1641, 1660-1858)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 2,045 items

Name of creator(s): Church of England. Peculiar of Hawarden

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: In England and Wales prior to 12 January 1858, wills were proved and letters of administration granted in ecclesiastical courts, each having its own area of jurisdiction. Which court had jurisdiction in a particular case depended mainly on the place of death and the extent and location of the deceased's estate. The Court of the Peculiar of Hawarden was responsible for probate and administration in the parish of Hawarden only. A gap exists in the records of the court after 1641 and during the Commonwealth the business of probate for England and Wales was undertaken by a Court of Civil Commission in London, 1653-1660. After the Restoration probate reverted to the jurisdiction of the church courts. Between 1820 and 1850 several royal statutes were introduced which reduced the powers of peculiars. The Court of the Peculiar of Hawarden was abolished at about the same time as the responsiblity for probate was transferred from the ecclesiastical courts to a simpler system of civil probate registries, in 1858.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Original wills, administrations and inventories from the parish of Hawarden, 1554-1858 (mainly 1554-1641, 1660-1858); and a few stray items from other parishes in Flintshire and Cheshire.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English, small proportion of Latin pre-1733.

System of arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by surname.

Conditions governing access: Public records. Some items unfit for production.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Physical characteristics: Some items damaged.

Finding aids: For searches of original probate records: NLW, full catalogue online, or A2A website; and a hard copy of the unpublished Hawarden Probate Index, 1554-1858. Act books, 1699-1858, or manuscript indexes, 1752-1857, may supply details where original documents do not survive. Hard copies of the NLW indexes to original pre-1858 wills of the Peculiar of Hawarden are held by Flintshire Record Office and the Society of Genealogists, London. N.B. For best results in personal name searches, possible alternative spellings of each name should be considered.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: Upon the abolition of the court of the Peculiar of Hawarden, the pre-1858 probate records, together with other official documents, were transferred to the District Probate Registry at St Asaph. They were conveyed thence to the National Library of Wales in 1945, in accordance with the Direction of the President of the Probate Division of the High Court of Justice.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by St Asaph District Probate Registry in 1945.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Register copy wills from Hawarden are filed with the records of St Asaph District Probate Registry, 1858-1928, held by NLW and by the Principal Registry of the Family Division, London. Other sources of probate records from this area of north-east Wales are the records of the Prerogative Court of York (PCY), held at the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, records of the Court of Civil Commission and possibly those of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC), available for consultation at the National Archives, Kew.

Publication note: Bennett, J.H.E., 'An Index to Wills Proved at the Peculiar Court of Hawarden and Miscellaneous Papers 1554-1800' in Publications of Flintshire Historical Society, Vol. 4 (1913). Superseded by current NLW index.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title derived from content of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Hilary A. Peters for the ANW project, from the following sources: NLW, unpublished Hawarden Probate Index, 1554-1858; NLW, information leaflet Probate Records in the National Library of Wales (1993). Bennett, J.H.E., 'An Index to Wills Proved at the Peculiar Court of Hawarden and Miscellaneous Papers 1554-1800' in Publications of Flintshire Historical Society, Vol. 4 (1913).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2006


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Church of England. | Peculiar of Hawarden. | Consistory Court | Archives
Ecclesiastical courts | Wales | Hawarden | Archives
Probate Records | Wales | Hawarden

Personal names

Corporate names
Hawarden (Wales) | Consistory Court

Places

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