Beeston Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (1384-1858)
Up until 12 January 1858 all wills had to be proved at the appropriate level of Church court. The Prerogative Court of Canterbury was the highest level
within that system and had to be used where property was situated in more than one Diocese in the the Province of Canterbury (Wales and the south
of England) or in both Diocese. It was also used where a property-owner in England or Wales died overseas. Higher courts than that prescribed, including
Canterbury, were sometimes used for reasons other than legal requirement, such as for status or relative privacy, More information on this relatively complex
stucture, involving several levels of jurisdiction, may be found on the
National Archives site.
Up until 1837, Nottinghamshire was in the Province of York, All the surviving original probate records proved in that Exchequer court during that period have
been transferred to Nottinghamshire Archives. (With registered copies remaining at the Borthwick Institute in York). From 1837, Nottinghamshire was part
of the Province of Canterbury. Nottinghamshire wills proved at lower levals (i.e. the majority) are also usually found at Notts Archives.
All surviving wills proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury are searceable at and copies may be purchased from the
National Archives site.
The table below includes all wills included there, where the testator is described as being of Beeston, Nottinghamshire.
From 12 January 1858, responsibily for the grant of probate in England & Wales (and Administrations, usually where there is no will) was transferred to the
Civil courts, through a network of Probate Registries. Brief details of the grants are listed in yearly 'calendars'. Almost of all of these, up to 1941, are
available on line as part of ancestry.com and and an even wider date range is covered by printed volumes at Notts Archives and elsewhere.
|ATTENBOROUGH||Mary||Widow of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||22||Dec||1840||PROB 11/1937||.|
|CLEMMONS||Martha||Widow of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||10||Apr||1810||PROB 11/1510||.|
|CLEWES||Charles||Gentleman of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||13||Jun||1823||PROB 11/1671||.|
|COX||Mary||Widow of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||29||Jun||1849||PROB 11/2094||.|
|FELLOWS||Catherine Frances||Wife of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||21||Feb||1827||PROB 11/1721||.|
|HARWOOD||Richard||Farmer of Beeston Meadow, Nottinghamshire||28||Apr||1826||PROB 11/1711||.|
|KIRKLAND||Henry||Lace Manufacturer of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||8||Mar||1854||PROB 11/2188||.|
|LACEY||Thomas||Bachelor of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||25||May||1659||PROB 11/291||.|
|LEVIS||Mary||Spinster of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||23||Dec||1768||PROB 11/944||.|
|MICKLETHWAIT||Nathaniel||of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||31||Dec||1757||PROB 11/834||.|
|NIXON||James||Gentleman of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||16||Dec||1851||PROB 11/2143||.|
|ORTON||Anne||Spinster of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||11||Mar||1850||PROB 11/2110||.|
|PHIPPS||John||Yeoman of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||21||Aug||1655||PROB 11/244||.|
|SEAWELL||Branstone||Gentleman of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||12||Apr||1787||PROB 11/1152||.|
|STONE||John||Yeoman of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||20||Apr||1602||PROB 11/99||.|
|STREY||Dorothy||Spinster of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||14||May||1803||PROB 11/1393||.|
|TOWLE||Samuel||Commission Agent of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||29||Nov||1831||PROB 11/1792||.|
|WILDBORE||Robert, Rev||Clerk of Beeston, Nottinghamshire||3||Apr||1856||PROB 11/2231||.|
This index kindly compiled by Trish Symonds of New South Wales, Australia
Format is Copyright David H Hallam © 2012.
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