Surrey Record Society, Vol XXXIX. Surrey Probate Inventories 1558-1603 transcribed by Marion Herridge, 2005


For any student of the domestic interior, levels of wealth, the circulation of goods, the tools and utensils of various trades, indeed of the material surroundings in which people from all sections of society lived out their lives, probate inventories are a fundamental source. The inventories and valuations of domestic goods were drawn up after a person’s death as part of the process of proving the will and this volume brings together transcripts of surviving inventories from the reign of Elizabeth I. Together they provide a fascinating window on the way people lived, from the bustle of Southwark to the remote rural areas in the south of the county.

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