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Summary of Selected Wills of West Northamptonshire, 1500-1700

Title details

SN: 5620
Title: Summary of Selected Wills of West Northamptonshire, 1500-1700
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5620-1
Depositor: Hatton, G.
Principal investigator(s): Hatton, G.


The citation for this study is:

Hatton, G. (2007). Summary of Selected Wills of West Northamptonshire, 1500-1700. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 5620,

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Subject Categories

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


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

This dataset contains a summary of the author's separate transcriptions of a complete set of wills (and associated probate inventories where available) for five neighbouring villages in West Northamptonshire, over the period 1500-1700. The main purpose was to create a resource to be used for analysis of social demographics, population studies, religious development etc., for a historically interesting section of countryside over a time-period that is of considerable relevance to the area's long-term development. The resource is intended to be used along with parish registers, tax surveys, manorial court records, maps and other contemporary documentation, to permit extremely detailed studies to be carried out, comparable with work done by other historians on other parts of the country for the same time-period.

Main Topics:
The intention of producing a tabular version of the text transcripts of 556 wills of the period 1509-1705, for five neighbouring villages in West Northamptonshire (Ashby St Ledgers, Barby cum Onley, Braunston, Crick, Kilsby), was to allow for this information to be searched and analysed statistically if desired. Information on will dates, family names of the testators as well as names of the beneficiaries of these wills is given. Also, it is possible to search the types of church and legal formulae and the church and community bequests used in these documents. Finally, this data file also provides information about the authors analysis of the testators status, family relationships, and any cross-references culled from other records (e.g. 1674 Hearth Tax).

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1500 - 1700
Dates of fieldwork: 2003 - 2005
Country: England
Geography: Ashby Saint Ledgers
Barby cum Onley
Spatial units: Parishes (Ecclesiastical)
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Textual data
Numeric data
Universe: Subnational
Summary of wills and associated probate inventories for five neighbouring villages in West Northamptonshire for the period of 1500 to 1700
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Method of data collection: Transcription of existing materials
Weighting: No weighting used
Data sources:
This transcripts were taken from the original wills found at the Northamptonshire Record Office's archive. The relevant record office reference for each will can be found in the full transcripts available from a related collection, SN 5328, also made available by the depositor of this study.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 22 March 2007
Copyright: Copyright Grenville W. Hatton
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required. Available to all registered users. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Study documentation (portable document format) guide.pdf 36
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5620_Information.htm 16
READ File read5620.txt 1
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