Worchestershire will or probate available based on Fry's reference number? [closed]

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Researching the Cottrell family of Hill Croome and Upton on Severn, Worchestershire from late 1500s and early 1600s, no profiles exist yet for most of them.  My question is, I get a hit on a will in the Worchestershire calendar with a Fry's reference number (info below) but I haven't been able to find the will or probate itself.  I've tried the "Hive" library online but no luck yet, maybe I'm  just not a good searcher.  Any tips on how/where to find this will be greatly appreciated.

  • Francis Cottrell
  • Date 02 May 1629
  • Place: Baughton, Hill Croome, Worcestershire
  • Document Type: Will and Inventory
  • Fry's reference:1629-032
  • Jurisdiction:Diocese of Worcester
  • Archive:The Hive, Worcester
  • Record set:Worcestershire Probate Index 1600-1858
Update, figured out how to search the hive, they do have copies of the Worcester Consistory Court wills so just need somebody who lives close to the Hive to go make a copy of it for me :)
ComputerRef No 3585/1/1/1
Finding No 008.7 BA3590/1-3
Acc No 3590/1
Title Worcester Consistory Court. Copies of Wills
3/1. 1585-1642 (labelled vol 7 on spine).
closed with the note: Resources not available for research
in Genealogy Help by Brad Stauf G2G6 (8.8k points)
closed by Brad Stauf
Just in case anybody stumbles across this, I was able to find some of these wills at the national archives and to their great credit they are allowing free downloads while their reading room is closed.https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

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Hello Brad,

The Hive will make and send you digital copies of wills. I used the contact details from their website. They charge a fee of course! You might not be able to get it for a while though as UK going into a hard lock down today.
by Elizabeth Viney G2G6 Mach 2 (27.9k points)
Thanks Elizabeth, I did see that on their website but I'm hoping somebody who lives nearby and does their own research there might see and respond.  These aren't my ancestors so I've got a cost limit of "free" for research.
I doubt you will find anyone going to the archive for some while.

England as Elizabeth stated is going in to lockdown as from today for a month.

No travel except for work you can't do at home. The staff may be there to ensure that the archive is safe but not open to the public.

The only possibility is that someone already has a copy as it's their family line and they've not transcribed it yet.
Thanks Hilary, more bad news from Covid but I know it's a pretty small thing compared to people who have lost jobs or even their lives.  Our local family history center has been closed since March and there is no idea when they will re-open, they have images of Worcester wills but you have to be on-site to use their computers.  Another item that goes on the "future" list.

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