||Including the extra-parochial districts
of Simonswood and Toxteth, together
||Almost all within the boroughs of
Liverpool and Bootle.
||M. Gregson, Fragments (ed. Harland),
||For a view (about 1816) see Gregson,
op. cit. 140.
||Thornely, Lancs. Brasses, 243.
||Gregson, op. cit. 142; Trans. Hist.
Soc. (New Ser.), xvii, 60.
||A volume, 1586 to 1663, has been
printed by the Lancs. Parish Reg. Soc.
||Vol. I, p. 284b.
||In 1639 the rector's lands in Walton
were estimated at 60 acres, long measure;
Chorley Surv. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Ches.) p. 53. At present the acreage in
Walton is said to be 90 statute acres and
17 in Fazakerley, with outlying lands in
Everton and West Derby; 112½ acres
in all. The vicarial glebe amounts to
||Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. p. 269. The
words of the charter might imply that a
new dedication had been made; more probably they refer to the anniversary festival.
The gift was made for the benefactor, his
wife, and their little son Achard, whom he
had made a monk at Shrewsbury.
||Ibid. p. 271. There was a further
confirmation in 1141–2 by Ranulf Gernons, earl of Chester, and by Henry II in
1155; ibid. 277, 284.
In 1273, in a plea of next presentation
to the church, then vacant, Nicholas de la
Hose granted to the abbot his presentation
for that turn; Assize R. 1341, m. 26d.
Probably Nicholas, who had newly received
the manor, thought that the advowson of
the church belonged to it. In 1292–3 the
abbot was called upon by the king to show
his right to the advowson, King John
having presented in time of peace (Plac.
de quo Warr. p. 605). Later still, in
1350, the church being vacant, John of
Gaunt, on behalf of the king, claimed the
presentation (De Banc. R. 362, m. 153).
||On 1 June, 1470, the abbot and
convent granted to John Dutton and other
trustees the advowson of Walton church,
£80 being paid by Thomas Molyneux in
part payment. It being alleged that
Lord Stanley had a similar bargain
as to the advowson, it was expressly
declared that neither he nor any other man
had any promise or covenant about it,
'except such motions as the said Thomas
Lord Stanley had with our predecessor
that last deceased; all which motions and
covenants, if any were made by our said
predecessor, were by his death void'
(Croxteth D. Bb, ii, 2–4).
A vacancy occurring in 1471 the abbot
of Shrewsbury proved his right to the patronage against the bishop of Lichfield and
Roger Walton (Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 38,
m. 20; Croxteth D. Bb, ii, 6). John Molyneux having been presented by the abbot,
the Stanleys put forward their claim, and
in 1472 the arbitrators awarded that
James Stanley, clerk, should resign his
claim to the rectory, and allow John
Molyneux to enjoy it peaceably (Ibid.
Genl. i, 58). As a James Stanley was
presented at the next vacancy, there was
probably some compromise.
||The Molyneuxes not being entitled to
present, owing to their religion, usually
sold the next presentations. On 29 September, 1675, Caryll Viscount Molyneux
and William his son and heir granted the
next presentation to Silvester Richmond
(Croxteth D, Bb, ii, 7–9). The Molyneuxes farmed considerable portions of
the Walton tithes, e.g. in 1639 they had
a lease of Sandfield Barn, West Derby
(Ibid. Bb, iii, 7).
Deeds relating to the sale to Sir William
Heathcote are enrolled in the Com. Pleas;
Trin. and Mich. 21 Geo. II, R. 76, m.
48d.; R. 82, m. 49; R. 83, m. 51.
||Raines' notes in Gastrell, Notitia
Cestr. (Chet. Soc), ii, 222.
John Leigh was a well-known lawyer
of Liverpool; he was born at Appleton
in Widnes in 1752, and died in 1823;
inscription in Walton church. Two
of his sons were rectors, and another
rector was a grandson. His eldest son,
John Shaw Leigh, settled at Luton, and
died in 1871; his son, John Gerard
Leigh, died four years later, having
granted the advowson to his wife, afterwards Madame de Falbe. She died in
1899, and Captain Henry Gerard Leigh
succeeded, but died in the following year.
John Leigh married a sister of Dr. James
(son of Richard) Gerard, who was for a
time the owner of Rainhill manor-house.
From information kindly furnished by the
Rev. Canon Leigh, lately rector.
||Gastrell, Notitia Cestr. (Chet. Soc.),
ii, 223–4. By this the rector nominated
the vicar, and the latter appointed the
curates of the several chapels; but by
1720 these curates were appointed by the
rectors. In 1715 the proportion of duty
to be performed by the rector and vicar
was settled. There was a second ordination
of the vicarage in the fifteenth century
(Lich. Epis. Reg. x, fol. 51).
||By an Act supplementing the Liverpool Bishopric Act the vicar's income is
paid to the Eccles. Com. who give a proportion of the combined rector's and vicar's
incomes to the bishop.
Lancs. Pipe R. p. 290. This grant had
a confirmation from Richard I; p. 299.
Lanc. Church (Chet. Soc), i, 112;
made between 1188 and 1198, as the
name of Hugh, bishop of Lichfield, proves.
There had been an earlier dispute, when
the demesne tithes of Walton had been
resigned to Shrewsbury in an arbitration
by Bernard, bishop of St. David's (Lancs.
Pipe R. p. 276).
Pope Nich. Tax. (Rec. Com.), p. 249.
Nonarum Inq. (Rec. Com.), p. 41.
The separate values were—West Derby,
£12 11s. 6d.; Walton, £6 12s. 5d.;
Kirkby, £6 12s. 5d.; Formby with
Raven Meols and Ainsdale, £1 15s. 4d.;
Everton, £2 11s. 8d.; Kirkdale,
£3 6s. 8d.; Bootle with Linacre.
£1 10s. The glebe of the church was
worth 26s. 9d. and small tithes and oblations pertaining to the altarage £4.
Valor Eccl. (Rec. Com.), v, 221.
The lands, &c. brought in 36s. 10d. and
the tithes £75 8s. 8d. The principal
charge was the fee of Thomas Mossock
the bailiff, £5. The vicar had the oblations and small tithes. There is an
'extent' of the benefice made in 1561,
printed in Ch. Gds. (Chet. Soc), p. 95n.
Commonwealth Ch. Surv. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), p. 81.
Notitia Cestr. (Chet. Soc), ii, 221. A
paper at Croxteth of somewhat later date
estimates the parsonage house and 36
acres of glebe as worth £100 a year, and
the tithes £828. The curates of West
Derby, Formby, and Kirkby were paid
£20 16s., £20, and £20 respectively.
Liverpool Dioc. Cal.
||By this private act (6 and 7 Vict. cap.
16) West Derby became an independent
Lanc. Ch. i. 112; also Whalley Coucher
(Chet. Soc), i, 40.
Lancs. Pipe R. 354; Croxteth D. X.
||William and Henry de Walton occur
in a list of clergy about this time; Lanc.
Church, i, 120. It is known that a
William, son of Robert, one of the king's
clerks, was presented to Walton by King
John; Plac. de quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 605.
||In 1240 Whalley Coucher, ii, 581
(see also i, 143, ii, 490); in 1246, Assize
R. 404, m. 1 d.; Dods. MS. xxxix, fol.
138, n. 4. He was married, probably
before his appointment to the rectory, and
his son William, known as William de
Kirkdale, became rector of Sefton about
1280; see the account of Kirkdale.
Whalley Coucher, ii, 585. From the
dispute as to the patronage it appears there
was a vacancy in 1273.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. i, fol. 59b. The new
rector was a 'clerk'; he was sworn to
resign if, upon inquiry, it was found that
the abbot and convent of Shrewsbury were
not the true patrons.
In 1327, and subsequent years, he
claimed debts from a number of his late
parishioners; De Banc. R. 272, m. 15d,
etc. At this time Dr. Thomas de Charlton, canon of York, archdeacon of Wells
and Northumberland, and king's treasurer, was promoted by the pope to the
bishopric of Hereford; Le Neve, Fasti, i,
||Croxteth D. Bb. ii, 1, from the reg.
of Bp. Walter Langton. He presented
the vicar in 1327; Lich. Epis. Reg. ii, fol.
102. He was chancellor of the university
of Oxford in 1328, and became bishop of
Bath and Wells in the following year;
Le Neve, Fasti, iii, 464; i, 137. There
is a notice of him in Dict. Nat. Biog.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. ii, fol. 104. He
was a 'clerk,' and in the following Feb.
had licence to study for seven years according to the canon; Ibid. fol. 104b.
He became canon of Lichfield, and died
in 1349; Le Neve, Fasti, i, 619, 636.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. ii, fol. 106b; he exchanged with his predecessor, who became
rector of Ideshale (or Shifnal). See Eyton,
Shropshire, ii, 336. He also was a canon
of Lichfield until his death in 1349; Le
Neve, Fasti, i, 589, 602.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. ii, fol. 124b; an
acolyte. His name appears as Bulketon on
presentation, and Bulkington later.
||Croxteth D. Bb. ii, 1; he exchanged
the rectory of Nether Wallop with John
de Bulkington. In January, 1356–7, a
dispensation for study was granted by the
bishop to Master Richard de Winwick,
rector of Walton, then a subdeacon;
Lich. Epis. Reg. ii, fol. 15, 15b; he was
ordained deacon four years afterwards;
Ibid, v, fol. 82b. He was brother and
executor of John de Winwick, rector of
Wigan, etc., and became canon of Lincoln about 1376; he died 12 December,
1408, and was buried in the cathedral,
where a brass formerly commemorated
him; Le Neve, Fasti, ii, 163, 197; Peck,
Desiderata Curiosa, viii, p. 22, n. 48. He
demised the rectory in 1368 for 1000
marks to William, son of Adam de
Liverpool; De Banc. R. 450, m. 169 d.
In the Cal. of Papal Letters are some
particulars concerning him. In 1350,
being in his twentieth year, he received
from Clement VI a dispensation to hold
a benefice with cure of souls; iii, 335.
He was made rector of Bocking and
canon of York, and in 1352 received an
extension of the dispensation; iii, 434.
In 1364 Urban V sent letters to the
bishop of Gap to procure the release of
Richard de Winwick, canon of York,
William Molyneux, clerk, a member of
his household, and Thomas de Eltonhead,
canon of Penkridge, who had been seized
and plundered in Vienne on their way
from the Roman court (then at Avignon),
and were held to ransom; Richard and
William had been taken to the castle of
Sigoyer; iv, 9. At the beginning of
1365 a safe conduct was granted them;
||Lich. Epis. Reg. vii, fol. 98b; he was
collated by the bishop, the benefice having
been vacant nearly a year, and is described as 'clerk.' He was still rector in
1418, when he presented a vicar, but
became rector of Winwick in 1423. He
was also archdeacon of Chest.
||The date is from Croxteth D. Bb.
ii, 1; but Ralph Stanley was rector as
early as 1427, according to Kuerden, ii,
fol. 245b, n. 1348.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. xii, fol. 98; Henry VI
presented, the temporalities of the abbey
of Shrewsbury being in his hands.
On his appointment Dr. Fairclough complained to the bishop of the state in
which he found the church. In the
chancel the books, vestments, and other
ornaments were very defective, and in the
rectory house there were dilapidations,
the result of the neglect of the preceding
rector. The bishop accordingly commissioned Dr. Ralph Duckworth, vicar of
Prescot, and Edmund Farington, rector of
Halsall, to inquire into the matter, giving
them authority to sequestrate the goods
and revenues due to the late rector until
satisfaction was done; Lich. Reg. xii, fol.
Thomas Fairclough 'Doctor in Decrees,' was prayed for at Standish as a
benefactor of Robert Pilkington, chantry
priest there, who died in 1498; Raines,
Chantries (Chet. Soc), ii, 176.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. xii. fol. 106. He was
also rector of Sefton and canon of Lichfield; he founded the chantry at Walton.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. xii, fol. 119b; a
clerk. He was also warden of Manch. etc.,
and became bishop of Ely in 1506. The
patrons were Thomas and Robert Molyneux, by grant of the abbot and convent
of Shrewsbury to them and others then
deceased. See Foster, Alumni Oxon.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. xiii–xiv. fol. 54 b;
the patron was then rector of Sefton, and no
doubt acting as trustee. The Act Books
at Chest. give William Molyneux as
patron; he was lord of the manor.
Richard Dudley had been principal of
St. Mary Hall, Oxf. in 1502; he was
prebendary of London, Lincoln, and York;
and died in 1536; Le Neve, Fasti, iii,
584, &c.; Foster, Alumni.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. xiii–xiv, fol. 63b. He
was brother of the patron, and held Sefton
and other benefices; on being instituted
to Walton he swore to pay the retiring
rector a pension of £80 a year, which
must have been nearly the full value.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. xiii–xiv. fol. 35. He
paid first-fruits 16 January; Lancs. and Ches.
Rec. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), ii, 407.
He was dean of the Arches Court and
archdeacon of London, Huntingdon, and
Brecknock, and held other dignities; and
died in London 1543; Wood, Athenae;
Foster, Alumni Oxon.; Le Neve, Fasti, iii,
323, etc. His will is in P.C.C.
||He paid first-fruits 4 August, 1543.
He was also rector of Sefton. An account
of the ornaments of the church in 1552
is printed in Church Gds. (Chet. Soc), 93.
||Act Books at Chest. Godson of
the preceding rector. An Anthony Molyneux was scholar of Corpus Christi Coll.
Oxf. in 1555; B.A. 1558; Foster,
Alumni. From his refusal to appear at
the visitation in 1559 (Gee, Elizabethan
Clergy), and his departure to beyond the
sea early in Elizabeth's reign it may perhaps be inferred that he would not conform to the new religious order.
||Chest. Dioc. Reg. He paid firstfruits 1 November, 1564–5. He was a
younger son of Sir Richard Molyneux, the
patron. As he held the rectory for sixty-six
years he must have been very young at
his appointment. In 1591 he was
described as unlearned and not used to
say service or administer sacraments;
Kenvon MSS. p. 601. His wife Elizabeth
was buried at Walton 26 Dec. 1614, and
he himself was buried there 1 Feb.
1630–1; a note by the vicar in the
register states that he 'gave to the poor
of Walton parish £40, and gave to the
free school wages of Walton £20, and
his theology books to the vicar for his
life and to the rectors succeeding successively to be kept from one to the other
for aye'; Walton Reg. (Lancs. Par. Reg.
Soc), i, 126.
There occurs in 1571; a presentation by
the queen to the rectory of Walton, in
consequence of which William Haworth,
'preacher of the word of God,' was instituted on 12 July, and this a month later
caused Rector Molyneux to make search in
the bishop's registry for his own presentation. Nothing appears to have resulted
from Haworth's institution, for next year
Alexander Molyneux was rector. The
queen's mandate is at Chest.
||The institutions from this time are
given from the institution books, P.R.O.
as printed in Lancs, and Ches. Antiq.
Notes. There are good accounts of the
modern rectors, etc. in Baines, Lancs. (ed.
Croston), v. 100–103.
Dr. Legh, who paid his first-fruits
11 Feb. 1630–1, was fourth son of the
patron for that turn; educated at Brasenose Coll. Oxf.; D.D. 1634; also rector
of Sefton; Foster, Alumni Oxon. The
Leghs of Lyme descend from him.
||He paid first-fruits 24 Sept. 1639.
The second institution was necessary by
reason of the minority of the patron,
Viscount Molyneux. Dr. Clare was of
Trin. Coll. Camb. incorporated at Oxf. as
M.A. 1624; rector of Ickenham, 1635;
Foster, Alumni. Being a staunch royalist
he was expelled from his rectory by
the Parl. and went abroad, John
Evelyn noting that he preached before
Charles II in Sir Richard Brown's chapel
in Paris on 12 November, 1651, 'the
first Sunday His Majesty came to chapel
after his escape' from Worcester. His
wife had an allowance of a fifth from the
rectory of Walton; Commonwealth Ch.
Surv. 82, etc.
||He had been rector of Warrington
from 1621. On 18 March, 1644–5, the
committee of the Assembly of Divines for
examination of ministers was desired to
examine his fitness 'to have the sequestration of the rectory and church of
Walton … and to officiate the cure
there'; Plund. Mins. Accts. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), i, 1, 143. He signed
the 'Harmonious Consent' in 1648, and
was minister there when the survey of
1650 was made. He was buried at Walton
1 March, 1654–5, according to the registers.
||The rectory of Walton standing
'sequestered from Dr. Clare, late rector
thereof,' His Highness nominated Mr.
Robert Eaton, who from that time acted
as rector; Plund. Mins. Accts, ii, 93, 208.
He was of Cambridge, but created M.A.
at Oxford in 1653; Foster, Alumni. On
the Restoration Robert Eaton attempted
to obtain the royal confirmation, a patent
being issued on 13 August, 1660, appointing him; Pat. 12 Chas. II, pt. iii, n. 94.
He became chaplain to Lord Delamere
and died in Manch. in 1701; Foster,
quoting Calamy, ii, 380; Nightingale,
Lancs. Nonconf. iii, 218, 288.
||The countess of Southampton, patron,
was widow of Richard Lord Molyneux.
The new rector was educated at Corpus
Christi Coll. Oxf. being elected fellow;
M.A. 1639; D.D. 1666; Foster, Alumni.
For his pedigree see Dugdale, Visit. (Chet.
Soc), 140. A grant by the crown was
also given, in which the vacancy is described as by the death of Dr. Andrew
Clare; Pat. 12 Chas. II, pt. ii, n. 39.
The Act Books at Chest, assign the same
reason for the vacancy; they give the
date of institution as 17 Dec. Thus Ward
and Eaton were treated as mere intruders.
||One of this name was fellow of Trin.
Coll. Camb.; M.A. 1665.
||Eldest son of the patron for that turn,
Silvester Richmond, M.D.; he was also
rector of Sefton. Of Brasenose Coll.
Oxf.; M.A., 1678; Foster, Alumni.
There is an account of the family in
Fishwick, Hist. of Garstang (Chet. Soc).
||Lord Cardigan was patron for Lord
Molyneux's life by purchase; Gastrell,
Notitia, ii, 221. The new rector was son
of the preceding, and had been vicar for
two years. Of Brasenose Coll. Oxf., M.A.
1719; Foster, Alumni.
||The earl of Macclesfield was patron
for a term of years. Henry Heathcote was a brother-in-law and cousin,
being son of Sir William Heathcote by
Elizabeth, daughter of the first earl. He
was educated at Exeter Coll. Oxf., M.A.
1759; Foster, Alumni.
This rector, in conjunction with his
son as vicar, made strenuous efforts to
increase the money value of the rectory by
claiming tithes for agistment, potatoes, and
gardens. As corn was being grown to a
diminishing extent the tithes were also
diminishing. There are at Croxteth papers
concerning these claims.
||He was son of the patron; educated
at Queen's Coll. Oxf., M.A. 1799;
Foster, Alumni. He resided chiefly in
Hants. and about 1803 counsel's opinion
was sought as to the obligation of residence. It was stated: 'Since the purchase by the Heathcote family, the
revenues (of considerable value) of the
rectory have been considered as the
fund to provide for a younger son. The
first Sir William gave it to one of his
younger sons, and the present Sir William
has also given it. The present Sir
William when he gave the rectory to his
son, Mr. Samuel Heathcote, the now
rector, had no idea that the duty of residence was in any degree obligatory, and
it would be extremely inconvenient, and
tend very much to break in upon the
enjoyments of the family were Mr.
Samuel Heathcote obliged to reside at so
great a distance from Sir William's seat
in Hampshire'; Walton papers in
Chester Dioc. Reg.
||A younger brother of the patron.
Educated at Brasenose Coll. Oxf., M.A.
1827; Foster, Alumni.
||Younger brother of the last rector;
previously rector of Halsall; educated at
Brasenose Coll. Oxf., M.A. 1835; Foster,
||Madame de Falbe, wife of the
Danish ambassador, presented as widow
of John Gerard Leigh. Canon Leigh is
a son of the preceding rector, and was
educated at Christ Church, Oxf., M.A.
1871; vicar of Maghull, 1869; hon. canon
of Liverpool, 1892; rector of Halsall.
||Educated at Pembroke Coll. Oxf.,
M.A. 1876; formerly vicar of Litherland (1879) and rector of Woolton (1885).
Hon. canon of Liverpool 1896; archdeacon of Warrington, 1906.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. ii, fol. 102. Probably
the 'John de Sutton' named at the appointment of the next vicar.
||Ibid. ii, fol. 104b.
||Ibid. ii, fol. 123.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. ii, fol. 126b; he was
||Ibid. ii, fol. 128; the vacancy was
'by demise of John de Barre, last vicar,
voluntarily made.' The new vicar was
dean of Warrington in 1354; Assize R.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. iv, fol. 81b; he was
presented by John de Ashton and William
son of Adam de Liverpool, proxies of
R. de Winwick, the rector.
||He is mentioned as vicar in 1391;
Croxeth D. Bb. iv, 29; also in 1394;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle 3, m. 22.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. vii, fol. 94. In 1452
Richard Jankinson of Little Woolton
described himself as 'cousin and heir of
John Wolton, lately vicar of Walton';
Moore D. n. 576.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. viii, fol. 20. John
Ironmonger was still vicar of Walton in
1444; Croxteth D. Bb, i, 16.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. xi, fol. 38b.
||He occurs in 1472 in Harl. MS.
2112, fol. 122, n. 210.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. xiii–xiv, fol. 56b.
The Act Books at Chester give the date
as 21 July, 1511.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. xiii–xiv, fol. 63b.
||He paid his first-fruits 3 July, 1550;
Lancs. and Ches. Rec. ii, 408. He appeared at the visitation of 1554.
||He appeared at the visitations of
1562 and 1563; on the latter occasion he
was ill. John Finch became rector of
Sefton in 1564.
||He was vicar at the visitation in
1565. In his will, proved at Chester in
1572, he is described as 'vicar of Walton';
he bequeathed 40s. to Walton church and
6s. 8d. each to the chapels at West Derby
||Chest. Dioc. Reg.
||Act Book at Chest. He was buried
at Walton 10 April 1621. The registers
begin with his appointment.
||He was no doubt a Puritan, appending his name to the 'Harmonious Consent' of 1648. He was buried at Walton
15 June, 1654, as appears from the
||In Plund. Mins. Accts. ii, 208, the
date of nomination is given as 25 November, 1657; but in the registers it is stated
that Henry Finch, born in Standish in
1633, succeeded in 1654; Walton Reg. i,
190. After 1662 he became the minister
of Birch Hall, and assisted Calamy with
his account of the ejected clergy. Dict.
||Of Brasenose Col. Oxf., M.A. 1642;
||He was a correspondent of Roger
Kenyon's, and several of his letters are
printed in Kenyon MSS. (Hist. MSS. Com.);
he is also frequently mentioned in N.
Blundell's Diary. He was appointed one
of the king's preachers in 1690. He was
educated at Brasenose Coll. Oxf. during
the Commonwealth regime; M.A. 1661;
Foster, Alumni; Wood, Athenae, ii, 817;
M.A. at Camb. comitiis regiis, 1690.
||Son of the rector, whom he succeeded
||Son of Sir Thomas Brooke, of Norton Priory; Ormerod, Ches. (ed. Helsby),
i, 685. Educated at Trin. Coll. Camb.,
M.A. 1720. He was also rector of
St. Mary's, Chest., from 1737 to 1744;
Earwaker, St. Mary's, 95.
||Son of the rector; he became bishop
of Sodor and Man in 1753, retaining
Walton. He was educated at St. John's
Coll. Camb., LL.D. 1758. There is an
interesting account of him, chiefly from
W. Cole, in the Admissions to St. John's
College (ed. Scott), iii, 120, 561–3, in
which it is stated that he was an eloquent
preacher, and in 1764 published Forty
Sermons and Discourses. Cole says: 'His
father was always necessitous. The son
was of St. John's College, but never
fellow. He quitted and returned to take
his LL.D. degree, and lived in college in
a most showy and expensive manner,
borrowing money of any one who had it
or had it to lend… . He died in Cecil
Street in the Strand and (was) buried in
that parish church, quite insolvent, as I
am informed.' See also Moore, Sodor and
||Of Peterhouse, Camb., B.A. 1763.
He became vicar of Kippax, near Leeds,
first minister of St. Paul's Church, Leeds,
1793, and lecturer at the parish church;
he died in 1811. There is a portrait of
him in Whitaker, Loidis and Elmete, 69.
||Son of the rector. Educated at Wadham Coll. Oxf., M.A. 1791; B.D. 1802;
||Of University Coll. Oxf., M.A. 1789.
Foster, Alumni. He had been 'lecturer'
at St. John's, Liverpool.
||Succeeded to the rectory.
||Son of Thomas Hornby of Kirkham;
educated at Christ Church, Oxford; M.A.
1828; Foster, Alumni. He died 22 Dec.
1890, the vicarage becoming extinct.
||Printed by the Rec. Soc. of Lancs.
and Ches. Misc. iii, 15.
||These facts are from the visit. lists in
the bishop's registry at Chest.
||Gibson, Lydiate Hall, 249, quoting
S.P. Dom. Eliz. ccxxxv. n. 4.
Kenyon MSS. (Hist. MSS. Com.),
13. A 'reading minister' was a layman licensed to read Morning and
Evening Prayer. At the visit. of 1609
one Proudlove was a 'preacher' at
Commonwealth Ch. Surv. 81.
Valor Eccl. (Rec. Com.), v, 221;
Robert Kirkby, priest. Raines, Chant.
(Chet. Soc.), 80; Robert Fazakerley,
priest. There was no plate. In Canon
Raines' notes is a detailed account of
the founder's funeral expenses.
The chantry lands were given by Queen
Mary to the Savoy Hospital, which she
refounded; they were leased to the Andertons of Lostock; Anderton D. (C.
Stonor), n. 8, 10.
||Kuerden MSS. (Coll. of Arms), iii,
W 10, n. 13, 1, 10; ranging from 1240
||According to the 1828 report there
were no charities for Everton; Kirkdale
and Bootle shared in some of the Walton
ones, as mentioned below.
||Benefactions amounting to £100, left
between 1630 and 1735, had been lost
Ellen Johnson alias Jameson in 1775
left a charge of 20s. on a house in Tithebarn Street, Liverpool, of which Walton
and Bootle were each to have 3s., and
Kirkdale and Fazakerley 2s. each. The
house was sold to the corporation for improvements, and the rent-charge was then
doubled, £1 still being paid by the corporation to the rector of Walton, who
distributes it according to the will.
Thomas Berry, by his will of 1601, left
the Red Cross tenement in Edward
street, Southwark, to the rector and
churchwardens of St. Mary Magdalen, Old
Fish Street, but out of the rent they were
to pay 54s. a year to the churchwardens of
Walton, 52s. for the provision of white
bread for twelve poor persons each Sunday, and 2s. to the churchwardens for
their pains; also a further 50s. to 'two
honest and sufficient men' of Bootle, of
which 30s. was to be spent on 'a dinner
every St. Thomas's day in his brother
James's then dwelling-house in Bootle,
for all the householders and married
people of the said town as should please
to come thither,' and 20s. for a supper for
the young people. In 1828 £4 10s. was
received by the vicar of Walton; £2 7s.
was given in bread as directed; the remainder was distributed in money doles to
poor persons in Bootle.
Edward Tarleton in 1698 left £50 for
the poor of Walton and Liverpool; in
1828 the capital was in the hands of the
corporation of Liverpool, and 12s. 6d. as
interest was paid to the vicar of Walton,
and given to the poor.
||The closes were called Robert meadow, Wheat hey, Rye hey, Ellins acre,
Canfer croft, Pingot, Roberts yorl, and
Cropps acre; the present name is Stonecrop farm. Out of the rent £12 was to
be paid for an annual sermon, a weekly
distribution of bread, and otherwise for
the benefit of the poor 'of the communion
of the Church of England' alone. If the
rent were less than £12, certain reductions were to be made. In 1828 the rent
was £35, and the whole, not merely the
£12, was paid to the officers of the three
townships for separate distribution among
their own poor, after 52s. had been
deducted for the bread, 21s. for the annual
sermon on St. Thomas's day, and 13s. 6d.
for expenses. The money was given in
sums of 3s. to 20s. In 1873 a portion of
the land was taken for the West Derby
sewage farm, and is represented by £402
consols; the remainder is let for £30,
but may soon be required for building.
Bread is still distributed weekly at Walton
church. About £12 a year is given to
each of the three participating townships
and distributed to the poor.
||Mr. Sharrock in 1732 left £52 to
found a bread charity. John Sutton and
George Williamson gave £10 each in
1749, which sums were used to defray the
debt on Formby church. The above
charities were lost in 1869, when church
rates were abolished, the interest having
been paid out of them. The township,
however, should have taken steps to reinstate the capital. Richard Marsh and
others had left moneys for the poor, which
in 1828 produced £6 18s. a year. Part
of this was received from the poor rate,
and has not been paid for fifty years; but
£3 a year, representing £50 lent to the
corporation of Liverpool, is still received
by the overseers, and divided among poor
women, mostly widows.
The Rev. Richard Formby in 1825 left
£85 for New Testaments, tracts, &c., to
be distributed in the neighbourhood; the
interest is now given in Testaments and
Prayer-books as prizes in the girls'
John Sutton in 1833 left a small sum
for a bread distribution at Formby church
to such of the Protestant poor as should
be most regular in attendance on public
worship. No interest has been drawn
since 1873; the Rev. Lonsdale Formby
is supposed to have advanced the 3s. a
year for the annual dole, intending to
reimburse himself. He did not do so,
and since his death no distribution of
bread has taken place.
Margaret Goore Brown, widow, in
1848 left £500 for bread and clothing for
the poor, irrespective of religious denomination; the interest has in recent times
been given in money doles.
Mary Livesley in 1850 left £10 to the
incumbent and wardens of Formby Protestant church for the benefit of the poor.
The fund, in charge of the late Rev.
Lonsdale Formby, was productive till
1892, when he became dangerously ill;
the place of its deposit has not been
The late Arthur Ashton gave £500, as
a memorial of his wife, for the poor
of St. Luke's ecclesiastical district; and
a like sum for Holy Trinity district.
The interest, £16 10s., is distributed
||A rent-charge of £10 on an estate
formerly belonging to Nehemiah Cowley at
Billinge, in 1828 to his son Thomas Cowley, and now to — Taylor, is paid to the
incumbent, who gives £9 to the schools
and £1 to the St. Thomas's day dole.
William Fleetwood left a charge of £2
for the poor on his estate at Kirkby (belonging in 1828 to John Johnson).
Lawrence Pickup of Liverpool left £10
for poor people of Kirkby being Protestants and attending the chapel of Kirkby.
The Rev. William Mount, incumbent,
left £20 for the poor of Kirkby and
Simonswood. These benefactions are
united as the St. Thomas's day dole.
The Fleetwood estate now belongs to
Lord Sefton, who pays the £2 rent-charge.
Sums of 10s. and 20s. for the other gifts
were paid out of the rates until 1849,
when payment ceased. From 1863 to
1897 payment from the constable rate was
resumed; at present the voluntary church
rate is charged with them. Attendance
at the church service is not now required.
The £20 left by Mr. Mount was used for
roofing the chapel, and in 1828 the 20s.
was paid out of the chapel rate.
In 1851 Mary and Eliza Cort, daughters of the Rev. Robert Cort, lately
incumbent, gave a rent-charge of £10 out
of a house and lands at Arkholme for the
benefit of eight poor persons of Kirkby
and six of Simonswood. Their father
had died intestate, but he had intended to
make this gift. The rent-charge was
redeemed in 1883, and is represented by
£333 consols, producing £8 6s. 8d. a
year. Eliza Alice Cort in 1869 left £300
for fuel and clothing for the poor of
Kirkby and Simonswood; this produces
£7 15s. 8d. a year.
Robert Dudgeon of Liverpool in 1858
left money for a coal fund and for almshouses. The bequests were void in law,
but the executor paid £8 a year to the
vicar of Kirkby as interest on the residue
of £305, and his executors have since
||Thomas Aspe in 1698 gave a messuage and lands in West Derby, which in
1828 produced £25 a year, for the binding of a poor child apprentice, Kirkby
and West Derby sharing equally; the
Woodside quarter of the latter township
was that intended to be benefited. Eleanor
Gleast in 1699 devised land in Page
Moss, also a rent-charge of 40s. out of
Henshaw's fields and Button's field, for
binding poor Protestant children apprentices, limited to those born in the manor
and township of West Derby. These
charities have always been administered
together, after the moiety of Aspe's bequest had been allowed for Kirkby. In
1828 there was a surplus of £368 of
unexpended balances, the income being
greater than the demands upon it.
New arrangements were made between
1862 and 1864, separate bodies of trustees
for Kirkby and West Derby being appointed by the Charity Commissioners;
the balance then amounted to £1,400.
A fresh scheme was made in 1903. The
Aspe estate consists of a messuage and
land in Yew Tree Lane, bringing a rent of
£40. The Gleast estate consists of a
house and land at Page Moss, let at £45
a year; a rent-charge of 30s. out of
Henshaw's field; a rent-charge of 10s.
out of Button's field, now divided into
numerous building plots; and £3,210
consols, producing £80 5s. 4d. The
income is still employed in apprenticing,
but the number of applications is decreasing; the candidates must be Protestants
and born in West Derby. No attention
is paid to the limitation of Aspe's bequest
to the Woodside quarter, partly because
the bounds are not accurately known.
||Anne Dwerrihouse in 1672 bequeathed a charge on lands in Thingwall
for twelve loaves to be distributed at
West Derby chapel every Sunday. One
Stones gave land to the vicar of Walton,
charged with £1 a year to the poor of
West Derby. James Woods in 1678 left
money for four weekly loaves; in 1828
17s. 4d. was received for this charity out
of Chapel croft. Elizabeth Smarley in
1780 left £60 for the provision of Bibles
and Common Prayer-books; she also left
£5 5s. a year for a schoolmistress at
West Derby, but this was void in law.
Andrew Mercer in 1689 charged land
with £3 a year for a bread charity, but
he probably revoked it, as nothing further
is known of it.
The Dwerrihouse and Woods charities
are now administered together. The
rent-charge on Thingwall was redeemed
in 1894 by Henry Yates Thompson, then
owner, £108 being invested in Government stock; the other rent-charge has
also been redeemed by the transfer of
£28 India Stock to the official trustees.
The income, £3 11s. 4d., is distributed
weekly at St. Mary's church in loaves to
four poor persons, members of the Church
of England. The rector of Walton pays
the £1 for Stone's charity, but the land
charged is not exactly known. It is distributed with the share of Fazakerley's
charity in doles of money. The income
of Smarley's bequest is now given by the
rector in Bibles and Prayer-books to
children attending the Sunday-school.
Miss Jane Segar of Everton in 1869
left £200 for the West Derby poor, but
only half of this sum was received, the
estate being insufficient. The income is
united with that derived from a bequest
by Adam Dugdale, of Dovecot House, who
in 1839 left £100 for the benefit of the
poor, being members of the Church of
England. The income is paid in food of
the value of 3s. weekly, to four poor
||The sums left by John Burgess and
others for 'a preaching Protestant orthodox minister' at the chapel, included also
£50 for poor housekeepers. In 1828 £2
was paid, as the interest of this, to a very
aged woman, mother of the chapel clerk.