Wills and inventories survive for Steventon in Hampshire Record Office (HRO) and The National Archives (TNA).
The three wills reflect Catholic practices of praying for the soul.
The three surviving wills and inventories reflect a mixed farming community in which sheep and wheat dominated.
Two wills and four inventories survive for this period, of which the Ansell and Crook families were copyholders of the manor of Steventon.
The will and four surviving inventories indicate a mixed farming economy of crops, sheep and cattle.
Woodruff’s will from just before the outbreak of the English civil war is interesting for its indication of a local commercial woollen industry.
The two wills and three inventories reveal a sheep and corn farming community.
This period is interesting as it contains the inventories of two of the Orpwood family who were the rectors of Steventon in this period.