The Record Office keeps microfiche copies of wills proved in the:
Archdeacon’s Court Diocese of Winchester 1587 –1653, 1660 –1857
Bishop’s/Consistory Court, Diocese of Winchester 1600 –1635, 1660 –1741
These wills relate to people residing in the Isle of Wight or Hampshire. A microfiche index (1571 - 1858) is available arranged by personal name, place name and occupation. A complete set of these wills can be consulted at the Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester.
In addition, copies of wills for various dates can be found among family, estate and solicitors papers deposited in the I.W. Record Office. These wills can be located by searching either the Personal Names Index or Place Index in the Search Room.
Pre-1600 and post-1858 Wills
For pre 1600 and post 1858 wills, please contact the Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester. Post 1858 wills up to the present date are also available at the Principal Probate Registry, First Avenue House, 42-49 High Holborn, London WC1V 6NP (Tel. 020 7936 7000).
The complete series of wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (from 1384 - 1857) has been made available on The National Archives website Discovery