Abstracts of the wills of various Mayors of Nottingham, 1572-1773, made by Mr A. Bernard Clarke; c.1936

Scope and Content

The collection is made up of one bundle of documents. Most of the documents are typed sheets containing abstracts of wills, apparently copied from the originals held by the Archdeaconry of Nottingham. The details abstracted include the name of the testator, the date of the will, the details of bequests, the name of the executor, and the date of probate.

The bundle also contains some handwritten abstracts, presumably from wills held elsewhere, and some letters from Mr Clarke relating to his research, dated 1936.

A cover sheet describing the contents of the bundle is signed by F. Wadsworth, Registrar of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mr A. Bernard Clarke was a Vice-President of the Leicestershire Archaeological Society from at least 1953 to 1976. Frederic Arthur Wadsworth (1871-1943) was a Nottingham solicitor, historian and antiquarian, and librarian to the Thoroton Society. He was Registrar of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham from 1918 until his death.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

Access Information

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Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The bundle was acquired by the Library of University College, Nottingham in the 1930s or 1940s.

Related Material

The original copies of wills proved in the Nottingham Archdeaconry court are now held at Nottinghamshire Archives.