Catalogue description Chancery: Inquisitions Post Mortem, Series II, and other Inquisitions, Henry VII to Charles I

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Reference: C 142
Title: Chancery: Inquisitions Post Mortem, Series II, and other Inquisitions, Henry VII to Charles I

As well as inquisitions post mortem, this series also includes inquisitions ad quod damnum (taken, for example, when the grant of a market or some such privilege was solicited, or where an alienation to the church in mortmain was proposed, to ascertain whether such a grant would prejudice existing interests), inquisitions relating to idiots and lunatics, criminal inquisitions into the goods of felons, and other miscellaneous inquisitions.

Two of the files, known as Cardinal's Bundles (C 142/76 and C 142/77), contain inquisitions concerning religious houses surrendered to Cardinal Wolsey and suppressed to found his colleges, and inquisitions taken into his property after his death on the confiscation of the colleges' lands to the Crown.

Date: c1485-c1649

Each file is usually made up of the documentation of inquisitions post mortem following the deaths of about twenty persons. The actual number of inquisitions in each file is likely to be rather greater than twenty, given that a tenant might well have held lands in more than one county, in which case separate inquisitions were required to be conducted in each shire concerned. The series is arranged, as far as possible, in chronological order.

Inquisitions made upon the lands of particularly wealthy magnates may take up several files on their own.

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Copies of the inquisitions post mortem in this series may be found in:

E 150


Accounts submitted to the Exchequer by the escheators are in E 136

additional finding aid ZBOX 1/58/3

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English and Latin
Physical description: 793 file(s)
Access conditions: Open
Custodial history: The records in this series were formerly housed in the Rolls Chapel and Rolls House, Chancery Lane.
Publication note:

For the reign of Henry VII, the records are calendared and indexed in Calendar of inquisitions post mortem and other analogous documents preserved in the Public Record Office, Henry VII, i-iii (HMSO, 1898-1955).

Unpublished finding aids:

There is a hard copy index in the reading rooms at The National Archives, Kew which includes further information on the series.

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