Norfolk Record Office – Guide to Holdings – Probate Records

This detailed guide to Norfolk probate records provides links to where these records can be searched online. Before 11 January 1858, most wills were proved in church courts. In Norfolk a few early wills were registered in the borough courts of Norwich, King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth and no ecclesiastical court functioned during the period, 1653-1660. There were three levels of church court each proving wills in Norfolk:
• The Prerogative Court of Canterbury which had overriding jurisdiction in the whole of England and Wales
• The Consistory Court of Norwich (the Bishop’s Court)
• The Archdeaconry and Peculiar courts. New

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