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Selected Wills of West Northamptonshire, 1500-1700

Title details

SN: 5328
Title: Selected Wills of West Northamptonshire, 1500-1700
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5328-1
Depositor: Hatton, G.
Principal investigator(s): Hatton, G.
Other acknowledgements: Ernest W. Timmins compiled the glossary of terms used in the the wills and inventories which is included with the collected transcripts as a separate file.


The citation for this study is:

Hatton, G. (2006). Selected Wills of West Northamptonshire, 1500-1700. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 5328,

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Subject Categories

Economic history - History
Income, property and investment - Economics
Local history - History
Social history - History


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The main purpose was to transcribe a complete set of wills (and associated probate inventories where available) for 5 neighbouring villages in west Northamptonshire, over the period 1500-1700. This would enable the analysis of the social, demographic, and religious development of a historically interesting rural area over a time period that is of considerable relevance to the area's long-term development. The intention is to use the testamentary evidence in conjunction with other sources such as parish registers, tax surveys, manorial court records and maps to allow a very detailed local historical study to be conducted and to compare this with local studies carried out by other historians.
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The dataset consists of complete text transcripts of 556 wills from the period 1509-1705 for 5 neighbouring villages in west Northamptonshire (Ashby St Ledgers, Barby cum Onley, Braunston, Crick and Kilsby). The original orthography is preserved with modern punctuation and capitalisation being added for improved legibility. The transcript of each will includes interpretative and explanatory notes where necessary, and biographical details where available.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1509 - 1705
Country: United Kingdom
Geography: Ashby Saint Ledgers
Spatial units: Parishes (Ecclesiastical)
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Textual data
Universe: Subnational
Wills and associated probate inventories for five neighbouring villages in West Northamptonshire for the period of 1509 to 1705
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Method of data collection: Transcription of existing materials
Weighting: no weighting conducted
Data sources: In the transcripts the appropriate record office reference is included in the heading for each will.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 08 March 2006
Copyright: Copyright Grenville W. Hatton
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.

In addition, the UK Data Service is required to request permission from the depositor prior to supplying the data.
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Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5328_Information.htm 15
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