William White, an apothecary (pharmacist) made his own potions and remedies to sell to the people of Basingstoke and the surrounding villages.
Many villagers depended for small purchases on travelling salesmen or chapmen who sold 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
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
Fourteen wills, 15 inventories and two accounts of administration have been transcribed for this decade.
For this decade a selection of 18 probate records comprising 12 wills, 12 inventories and one renunciation have been chosen from the available mate
One inventory and thirteen wills survive for this period, only one document is held in the Hampshire Record Office (HRO), the remainder are held at
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