Basingstoke Probate Material 1621-30
These wills and inventories reveal the economy of the town of Basingstoke where agriculture, crafts and shops offered goods to the townspeople and to those of the surrounding area. Most of the 3,500 acres of Basingstoke parish were still devoted to agriculture. The woollen industry was thriving. The town had a number of inns in which travellers from west, south, east and north could be accommodated.
Fifty wills and inventories survive for this period: 46 at Hants RO and three at the TNA, of these 19 have been transcribed.
These transcriptions have been made from copies of original probate documents supplied by HRO and TNA. Words have been modernized and punctuation added to make reading easier but names have been transcribed as written. Words in italics indicate omissions in the original document which have been added to make sense of the text. Words in square brackets indicate that they have been transcribed as seen but where the meaning is unclear. Basingstoke is described as being in the county of Southampton, the old name for Hampshire.
A glossary is attached of unusual words.
- William Todd, cleric, 1621 (Will and inventory)
- Richard Clough, linen draper, 1622 (Will and inventory)
- Richard and Ursula Cresswell, 1622-3 (Will, inventories and account of administration)
- Thomas Bunny, tanner, 1624 (Will and inventory)
- William Temple, yeoman, 1624 (Will and inventory)
- Henry Purchis, clothier, 1624 (Will)
- John Buckler, innholder, 1625 (Inventory)
- John Crosse, innholder, 1625 (Inventory and account of administration )
- William Todd, cleric, 1625 (Inventory of widow, Joanne)
- Barnard Barrell, innholder, 1625 (Nuncupative will)
- Ann Bunnye, widow, 1626 (Will and inventory)
- William Twine, almsman, 1626 (Inventory)
- Henry Lovell/Lovayle, Gent and Musician, 1627 (Inventory)
- Thomas Smith, musician, 1628 (Inventory)
- John Warner, clothier, 1628 (Will and inventory)
- Richard Homes, 1629 (Will)
- Peter Butter, weaver, 1630 (Will and inventory)
- John Goringe, yeoman and dyer, 1630 (Will and inventory)
- John Murrell, tailor, 1630 (Inventory)
Content derived during research for the new VCH Hampshire volume, Basingstoke and its surroundings.