Basingstoke Probate Material 1661-70
Fourteen wills, 15 inventories and two accounts of administration have been transcribed for this decade. The increase in numbers of innholders and maltsters is evident. The cloth industry was declining but still surviving but malting and brewing were increasingly replacing cloth as the main industry. It is not clear why some of these wills were proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury when the bishopric of Winchester and its Consistory Court had been re-established following the Civil War and Interregnum. Brian Duppa was bishop 1660-2 and George Morley 1662-84.
These transcriptions have been made from copies of original probate documents supplied by Hampshire Record Office and The National Archives. Words and place names 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.
Links to the transcriptions are below.
A glossary is attached of unusual words.
- Thomas Payne, yeoman (Inventory and Renunciation), 1661
- Edward Barnard, innkeeper (Will), 1662
- Frances Box, innkeeper (Will and Inventory), 1663
- John Spier/Spire, malster (Will and Inventory), 1663
- Thomas Holmes, yeoman (Will and Inventory). 1664
- Edward Hutchins, yeoman (Will and Inventory), 1664
- Johane Blunden (Will), 1664
- William Butler, hosier (Inventory and Accounts), 1664-9
- George Hearne, tanner (Will and Inventory), 1665
- Richard Brackley, senior (Inventory), 1666
- Margery Blunden, spinster (Inventory and Accounts), 1666-9
- James and Elizabeth Adams (Inventories), 1666
- Trustram Wattmore/Wattmer, clothier (Will and Inventory), 1667
- William Spencer, clothworker (Will and Inventory), 1667
- John Mill (Will), 1667
- Daniell Towers, bricklayer (Will and Inventory), 1668
- Richard Hall, clothier (Will), 1669
- William Mathew, victualler (Inventory), 1669
- William Elliott, cordwainer (Will and Inventory), 1670
- William Ryme (Will), 1670
Content derived during research for the new VCH Hampshire volume, Basingstoke and its surroundings.