Index of wills proved in Bristol, 1715 to 1858

Until 1858, the process of probate (proving wills) was managed by church courts. In Bristol, this was the Consistory Court, which proved wills for the City and Deanery of Bristol. The indices below refer to wills proved at this court from 1715 to 1858. It is important to remember that:

  • Only a small proportion of people made a will
  • We also hold wills outside the period covered here; please contact us for more information
  • Wills which concerned property in more than one diocese or goods worth over £5 were proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. These wills are held at The National Archives
  • After 1858, probate was managed by the Principal Probate Registry and district registries. We hold copies of wills proved at the Bristol District Probate Registry from 1858 to 1941 Ref. EP/J/4/7

Viewing and copying wills

You can view these wills on microfiche in our searchroom and print copies there for a small fee. Alternatively, we can provide copies by post or email; please contact us for further information.


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