Records Relating To the Barony of Kendale: Volume 3. Originally published by Titus Wilson and Son, Kendal, 1926.
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1681 7 October. Petition of the inhabitants of Preston Richard and Patrick. There is now in decay a bridge called Tatebecke Bridge over the river lying betwixt the townships which the inhabitants there are about to repair, yett in regard it is but a narrow wood bridge and that the river is divided having a mill dam adjoyning which makes such an ascent that a horse cannot conveniently pass loaden with cart or carriage and for that they intend in lieu thereof to build a stone bridge; ordered that the inhabitants there doe builde a stone bridge and that the same shall be built and repaired by the said inhabitants as formerly. K. Indictment Book, 1669–92; also Order Book, 1669–96.
1693/4 12 January. Whereas by a former order the Surveyors of Highways in Preston Richard should scour and cleanse the Syke called Craggbeck and pay the charges thereof, and if it did appear at the next Sessions that John (cancelled to) Richard Chambers ought to be at the charge of it then he to repay the charge; upon hearing of witnesses this day it appearing that Thomas Fletcher has likewise ground adjoining to the Highway which is prejudiced by not scouring the said Syke; order that both Richard Chambers and Thomas Fletcher within 10 days do equally pay the charges to the Surveyor for scouring and cleansing the same and that the township of Preston Richard to be freed from scouring the same for the future. K. Order Book 1669–96; also the Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
1708 8 October. James Hind of Stainton, yeoman, indicted for obstructing a common footpath, for inhabitants of Preston Richard, leading from a close called Field End in Preston Richard, across a close called Broadfield there and a close called Fletcher Meadow in Stainton and from thence through several places to the parish church of Heversham. K. Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
1730/1 15 January. In pursuance of an Order made at this Sessions Benjamin Browne, the high constable, reported that the way from Roger Dickenson's to the Endmoor was much of it narrow, and from the Endmoor to Crooklands narrow and much covered with the hedges, especially near Crooklands. Browne MSS., vol. 1, n. 220.
1736/7 14 January. Presentment that there is and from time whereof the contrary is not in the memory of man hath been a certain ancient and common foot way leading from a place called Endmoor in Preston Richard into through and over several closes, to wit. one close called Hills, another close called Kellilay, another close called Calfe Close and another called House Close and a place or close called the Yard or Fold and from thence into through and over a certain waste or Common called Helm and from thence leading to the town of K. Kendall, the said common footway having been used by all the liege subjects of our lord the King, etc., without any obstruction let or hindrance whatsoever. And that Robert Greenhow of Stainton, yeoman, well knowing the premises but not regarding the laws did on the 11 January by force and arms unlawfully lock up a certain gate erected and set upon and across the said ancient footway between the said Fold or Yard and the waste or common, and did unlawfully build and maintain a certain wall five foot high made of stones across the said footway between the said close called Hills and the said close called Kellilay, so that the leige subjects cannot go pass and repass along the same way etc. K. Indictment Book, 1725–37.
1748 22 April. Upon the petition of the principal inhabitants of the townships of Stainton, Preston Richard, Preston Patrick and Farleton setting forth that the highway leading from K. Kendale to Burton in Kendale is not of a sufficient breadth and praying the assistance of the Court to enlarge the same; it is ordered that a precept be issued by the Clerk of the Peace to the several landowners and others to appear at the next Sessions, and that the said Clerk issue a Venire (fn. 1) to summon a jury for the purposes mentioned in the Act of Parliament for that purpose at the expense of the above petitioners. K. Order Book, 1738–50.
1748/9. 13 January. Ordered that an assessment of 6d. in the pound be made and collected upon all the inhabitants, owners, occupiers of lands, houses and tenements in the several townships of Stainton, Preston Richard, Preston Patrick and Farleton, and that the money thereby raised shall be employed towards enlarging the highway leading from K. Kendale to Burton in Kendale lying within the said several townships; and it is further ordered that this assessment shall be levied by distress and sale of the goods of persons who shall not pay the same within 10 days after demand. Ibid.
1760 14 January. Presentment that Challon Hall Bridge is in great decay and that it ought to be repaired by the inhabitants of the townships of Preston Richard and Preston Patrick when and so often as occasion require. K. Indictment Book, 1750–60.
1805 6 April. William Barker of Crooklands, cotton spinner, John Bell of Kirkby Lonsdale, yeoman, John Thexton and Thomas Harrop, labourers, Thomas Woodhouse, husbandman and William Dunn, carpenter, all of (parish of) Heversham, forcibly ejected Thomas Atkinson and Thomas Rooks of Preston Richard, flax spinners, from a messuage or mill with appurtenances in parish of Heversham, to their great damage. K. Order and Indictment Book, 1798–1811.
1814 11 July. That Mary Marshall, on 6 April last past, did steal one shawl of the value of 2d. one other cotton shawl 2d, one flannel under petticoat 2d., one other worsted under petticoat 2d., one pair of black worsted stockings 2d., one other pair of stockings 2d., one pair of dimity pockets 2d., one other pair of pockets 2d., one silk purse 1d., one other purse of the value of 1d. of the goods and chattels of Mary Allison, also one pair of stays of the value of 2d. She pleaded Not Guilty, but the jury found her Guilty. Sentenced to pay a fine of one shilling and that she be confined in a solitary cell in the Ho. of Correction at K. Kendal and kept to hard labour therein for the space of 18 calendar months. K. Indictment Book, 1811–17.
1815 3 April. Filed at this sessions a plan and order for diverting a certain part of the turnpike road leading from Milnthorpe towards and unto a certain place called Crooklands. (Ibid). See also under Preston Patrick.
1819 12 July. Presentment that Crooklands Bridge on the King's Common Highway leading from Heron Syke to Kirkby in Kendal is very ruinous, etc., and that the inhabitants of the county ought to repair the same. John Braithwaite, the Bridge Master, craved suspension of judgment until the next Easter Sessions which was granted. K. Indictment Book, 1817–24.