We are publishing a Summary and Names Index of some of the Wiltshire manorial court records held in Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre (WSHC).
This CD/download is a compendium of volumes 1 to 5 inclusive.
The Manorial Documents Register (MDR), maintained by The National Archives, provides information on the surviving records for a manor and their location in the archives holding manorial documents in England. WSHC holds court records for 304 manors. For many manors, this represents only a partial record: other archives hold some of the manor court rolls or books and survival of the records is incomplete. We have made a summary of the court proceedings rather than provide a full transcription because the original records, though fascinating to read, are lengthy, repetitive, and the language very formulaic.
The transcripts are presented in a public domain format (pdf) file which can be read by the program Adobe Acrobat Reader or any other program that will read pdf files.
Searching can be undertaken by using the built in Adobe Reader search facility. Windows users can use bookmarks to drill down to individual index entries or to the nearest year for events in the transcripts. For Apple Mac users the file should open in Preview. Click the View button and select Table of Contents.
The ability to print has been disabled but copying has not.
As with any transcript users are advised to consult the original material, which is at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.
Please inform Wiltshire FHS of any errors or omissions, either by writing to Wiltshire FHS Publications, Unit 3, Bath Road Business Centre, Devizes SN10 1XA or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Supplied by: Wiltshire Family History Society
Product Ref: WIL-CD39