Newnham Probate Material 1621-40
Two wills and three inventories survive for this period. They indicate that Newnham had a mixed farming economy with cattle and crops. Newnham is on the clay soil to the north of the Hampshire chalk downs with a very different farming economy from nearby parishes such as Mapledurwell which had predominantly sheep and corn farms.
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.
Links to the wills and inventories are below.
A glossary is attached of unusual words.