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Many villagers depended for small purchases on travelling salesmen or chapmen who soldĀ  personal goods such as gloves, lace, pins, stockings, handk

Probate documents relating to 13 individuals survive in Hampshire Record Office (HRO) for this period, of these seven have been transcribed here, t

These wills and inventories reveal the economy of the town of Basingstoke where agriculture, crafts and shops offered goods to the townspeople and

Forty wills and twenty eight inventories survive for this decade from Basingstoke.

The English Civil War broke out in August 1642.

Basingstoke was the most important centre of cloth production in 16th and 17th century Hampshire, with a peak of activity in the early 16th century

For this decade a selection of 18 probate records comprising 12 wills, 12 inventories and one renunciation have been chosen from the available mate

For this period 23 probate documents have been selected to reflect the range of occupations in the town and show the move to brewing following the

Wills and inventories survive for Basingstoke in Hampshire Record Office (HRO) and The National Archives (TNA).

For this period the probate documents of 18 inhabitants of Basingstoke have been selected to reflect the range of occupations in the town, some sho