||It is said that Pocket Nook derives
its name from the immense quantity of
material put in here in making the canal,
on account of the quicksand in Rainford
Brook, known as 'Meddling Meg';
Brockbank, St. Helens, 21.
Lond. Gaz. 9 June, 1865.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), 43; see also the
account of Whiston.
||The inquisition, taken in 1385, concerning the lands of Thomas de Lathom,
who died in 1370, states that he was
seised of 'the homage and service of
Sir John de Parr, of Robert son of Henry
de Parr, and of William de Parr, who held
their tenements in Parr by knight's service and by rendering yearly 6s. 3d.; also
of the service of Robert son of Alan de
Parr, who held of him tenements in Parr
in socage by rendering yearly 3s. 9d.';
all which Thomas de Lathom had held
of John de Travers of Whiston by 1d.
yearly for all service; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. ii, n. 7. It will be noticed that
the yearly rent amounted to 10s. It is
shown in the text that Sir John and
Robert de Parr held between them half
the manor, for which they would pay 5s.;
William's part, therefore, belonged to the
other half of the manor, but it does not
appear why he held it by knight's service
and Robert son of Alan the remainder in
||Parr is not, however, named in the
||Assize R. 1294, m. 8.
||See the account of Halsall. In
1252–3 Geoffrey de Parr complained of
an assault by Gilbert de Halsall (father of
Richard) and others; Cur. Reg. R. 148,
m. 5 d.
||Assize R. 1321, m. 8 d. In 1295
Alan gave his son Richard two oxgangs
in Parr; one of the witnesses was Gilbert
de Halsall; Kuerden MSS. vi, fol. 86,
n. 221. Earlier probably was the release
by Geoffrey de Parr—named above—to
Alan de Halsall of an oxgang in Parr
formerly held by Geoffrey's father Richard;
Henry de Parr was a witness; ibid. n. 252.
As 'Alan de Parr' he was a juror in
1298; Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), 284. Adam de Halsall,
whose son Richard was a plaintiff in
1305, may have been a brother of Alan;
Assize R. 420, m. 8.
||Assize R. 420, m. 5 d.; R. 424, m. 2.
Richard de Parr and Adam his brother,
mentioned in the case last cited, were
jurors in 1334; Duchy of Lanc. Forest
Proceedings, 1/17, m. 7. Adam de Halsall
of Parr and Robert his son are mentioned
as holding land in Haydock in 1332;
Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
ii, 82. Richard de Halsall contributed to
the subsidy of 1327 in Parr; Lay Subs.
130/5. His wife's name is given as
Cecily in Assize R. 1435, m. 47.
||Alan son of Richard de Halsall was
plaintiff in 1334 against Alice widow of
Robert de Parr; William son of John de
Parr was one of his pledges; Coram
Rege R. 297, m. 11. He may be the
Alan de Parr accused of killing the Millward in 1343; he and his brother Richard
are mentioned several times in the assize
roll of that year (430).
In 1356 Alice daughter of John de
Bolton complained that Alan son of
Richard de Parr had deprived her of 20s.
rent, which she had had by his grant in
1345; she was, however, non-suited;
Duchy of Lanc Assize R. 5, m. 14;
R. 6, m. 1. He was probably in possession a year earlier, for in 1344 he granted
his 'elder brother' Richard land newly
approved in Parr; Kuerden MSS., vi, fol.
84, n. 174. The phrase quoted may indicate
that he had two brothers, both younger
than himself. His widow Agnes in 1367
claimed as dower a third of the moiety of
the manor of Parr held by Robert son of
Alan and Cecily his wife; De Banc. R.
428, m. 162.
||He is named in inquisitions down to
1400; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc.), i, 17,
25, 159. He had a brother Richard,
whose daughter Agnes married Thomas
de Glest in 1410, Robert son of Alan de
Parr being witness to the marriage settlement; Towneley MSS. GG. n. 2089. In
1371 an extent of the possessions of
Robert son of Alan de Parr was made
before the sheriff. He had two-thirds of
a messuage, orchard, and grange, worth
6d. a year after all outgoings; the fourth
part of a water-mill, worth 4s., various
lands, including the Parheye, worth 36s.,
&c.; Pal. of Lanc. Chan. file, bdle. 1621.
From the Lathom inquisition cited
above it appears that Robert in 1370 held
only three-fourths of the Halsall moiety.
||John's father is not named. In
1421–2 Thomas Baxter, chaplain, gave
Ellen, widow of John de Parr, the lands
which Adam Taylor lately held of the
gift of Robert de Parr; Kuerden, loc. cit.
n. 169. Soon afterwards she quitclaimed
her right to dower; ibid. n. 218. It would
appear that she lived on until 1484; ibid.
||It was probably as the result of this
marriage that this share of the manor was
increased from three-eighths to over half,
or perhaps three-fourths; it will be seen
later that the chief-rent is variously stated.
||It is not expressly stated that Henry
de Parr was the son of the preceding
Ellen, but he acted for her in the claim
against the Byroms in 1438; Early Chan.
Proc. bdle. 9, n. 28. He occurs a year
or so earlier in a settlement of the estates;
Kuerden, loc. cit. n. 176. He was witness, taking first place after the knights,
to a grant by Robert son of Nicholas de
Parr in 1439; Ct. of Wards and Liveries,
box 13A, n. FD47, m. 1.
||In 1467 Henry Halsall of Parr enfeoffed James Stanley, clerk, and others
of his estates in Parr, Sutton, and Windle;
and the following year, as Henry Halsall,
lord of Parr, he granted lands to his son
Thomas; Kuerden, loc. cit. n. 248, 237.
Henry was witness to a Parr deed in
1474; Ct. of Wards and Liveries, box
13A. n. 47, m. 2. Richard Halsall was
the first witness in a deed of two years
earlier; ibid. m. 5.
A branch of the Parr family appears at
Backford in Cheshire during the fifteenth
century; see Appendices to Dep. Keeper's
Rep. xxxvii and xxxix. Another branch
was seated at Kempnough in Worsley;
Visit. of 1567 (Chet. Soc.), 120.
||In the Duchy Feodary of 1483
(Duchy of Lanc. Misc. cxxx) John Halsall was said to hold Parr of John Travers,
and he of Lord Dacre, and he of the
honour of Lancaster. The mesne lordship
of the Stanleys is omitted. In November,
1483, on the engagement of his son Bryan
to marry Elizabeth daughter of Robert
Shakerley of Lathom, he enfeoffed Henry
Shakerley and Thurstan Ainsworth of
certain tenements in Parr; Pal. of
Lanc. Plea R. 79, and R. 84, m. 2. In
1494 Robert Shakerley of Lathom was
plaintiff in a suit against John Parr,
Henry Lathom of Mossborough, and John
Travers of Hardshaw, and there was a
cross-suit; ibid. R. 78, m. 5, 5 d. About
the same time there was an award between John and Emma Parr, his father's
widow; Kuerden, loc. cit. n. 219. She
appears to have married a John Molyneux, and was living in 1496; ibid. n. 202.
In 1485, as 'John Parr, son and heir
of Henry Parr, otherwise called Henry
Halsall of Parr,' he joined with John
Travers of Hardshaw in a bond of £20 to
John Parr, who held part of the other moiety
of the manor, and Robert his son to abide
the award of James Stanley, archdeacon
of Chester, concerning a number of disputes between them; Ct. of Wards and
Liveries, box 13A. n. FD38. The corresponding bond by the other John Parr
is among the Crosse D. (Trans. Hist. Soc.,
(New Ser.), vi, n. 71). He enfeoffed William Shakerley and others in 1495–6 of all
his lands in Lancashire, except 6 marks of
rent held by Elizabeth his wife, &c.;
Kuerden, loc. cit. n. 202, 190. He died
in or before 1503, when his widow Elizabeth obtained her dower from Bryan Parr;
Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 95, m. 2 d.
||In this year Bryan Parr and Elizabeth
his wife and John (either his father or the
other John Parr) brought cross-suits as to
novel disseisin; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 83,
m. 7, 8. In 1505 he gave a bond to the
other John Parr and Robert his son to
abide an arbitration concerning the eighth
part of the water-mill of Parr, and various
other matters in dispute; Ct. of Wards
and Liveries, box 13A. n. FD48. Bryan
and John Parr were counted among the
gentry of the hundred in 1513.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi, n. 51.
He is stated to have held the manor of
Parr of the earl of Derby by the tenth
part of a knight's fee and a rent of 7s. 3½d.
i.e. he held nearly three-fourths of the
whole manor; the Parrs of Kendal, as
seen above, held an eighth, so that the
remaining eighth was left for the other
Parr family. The wardship of the heir
was granted to Henry bishop of St. Asaph
and Thomas Radcliffe of Chadderton;
Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxix, App. 558.
||Inq. p. m. xi, n. 19. The rent was then
stated as 7s. 7½d. and the manor was held
'as of the manor of Knowsley.' Thomas's
will is printed in full in Piccope's Wills
(Chet. Soc.), iii, 118. He desired to be
buried in the church of Prescot, and to
have a trental of masses celebrated, leaving 10s. for this purpose. His widow Margaret married John Byrom. There were
disputes between Richard and Thomas
Parr and the Arrowsmith family in 1547
and 1549; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), i,
||William's wife was Katherine, daughter of Thomas Eccleston of Eccleston;
Visit. of 1567 (Chet. Soc.), 98. She in
1565 cited her husband in the Ecclesiastical Court for adultery and for leaving
her without necessaries; Raines MSS.
(Chet. Lib.), xxii, 206. Settlements appear to have been made by William Parr
in 1562, perhaps on his marriage, and in
1565; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 24,
m. 102; 27, m. 18. He had already
begun to dispose of his estates to John
Byrom; ibid. bdle. 26, m. 181.
There does not seem to be any record
of the sale of the manor itself, which is
named in the inquisition after the death
of John Byrom as held of the earl of
Derby by the tenth part of a knight's
fee and a rent of 5s. 7½d.; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. xvi, n. 37. In this inquisition a settlement made by William
Parr is recited, the final remainder of the
manor being to John Byrom. Kuerden
has preserved several documents relating
to these sales; loc. cit. n. 192–3, 180,
204, 226–8; and a bond in £2,000 given
in 1597 by Henry Parr to Henry Byrom,
sons of William and John respectively,
may point to the conclusion of the transfer; ibid. n. 246. John Byrom had
married Margaret, the widow of Thomas
Parr, by 1560, in which year he had a
dispute with William Parr concerning
Hurst House in Parr; Ducatus Lanc.
ii, 221. There were numerous other
disputes between the two families and
their lessees; ibid. iii, 5, 33, 38, 63, 99.
Hurst House appears to have been in
the possession of William Atherton and
Katherine his wife in 1599; ibid. iii, 394.
A marriage licence for Peter Byrom,
gentleman, and Katherine Parr was
granted at Chester on 8 July, 1575; Pennant's Account Book (Ches. Dioc. Reg.).
||An account of the family will be found
under Byrom in Lowton. Parr was the
only manor they claimed; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 271. It
was at this time (1611) held of the earl of
Derby, by the tenth part of a knight's fee
and by 7s. rent, as in 1528. Settlements
of the manor were made by fine in 1604
and 1631, Henry Byrom and Mary his
wife being in possession in the former
year, and Henry Byrom, their grandson,
in the latter; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 66, m. 9; 120, n. 5.
||A settlement of the Byrom estates,
including the manor of Parr, was made in
1707, Samuel Byrom, the 'Beau,' being
in possession; Pal. of Lanc. Feet. of F.
bdle. 258, m. 33. By March, 1727, all
apparently had been disposed of, and one-fifth part of the manor was then held by
Richard Houghton and Eleanor his wife;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 297, m. 126.
A year later the deforciants of three parts
of the manor 'in five parts divided' were
George Tyrer and Jemima his wife, Banastre Parker and Anne his wife, and Thomas
Case and Margaret his wife; ibid. bdle. 299,
m. 184. The four wives were daughters
and coheirs of William Clayton of Fulwood, who died in 1715, Sarah Clayton, unmarried, being sister; Gregson, Fragments
(ed. Harland), 167. In 1745, in which
year William Clayton's widow died, the
manor was again the subject of a settlement by fine, the deforciants now being
Thomas Tyrer, William Williamson and
Elizabeth his wife, William Blundell and
Margaret his wife, Eleanor Houghton,
George Dickens, clerk, and Anne his wife,
Anne Parker, widow, Thomas Case and
Margaret his wife, and Sarah Clayton;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 332, m. 182.
It appears that the manor had been purchased by William Clayton and divided
equally among his daughters.
||See a preceding note.
||Simon de Parr was plaintiff in 1305,
claiming from Richard de Parr and others
11 messuages and 2 oxgangs; and was at
the same time defendant in suits brought
by Richard son of Adam de Halsall, and
Gilbert son of Alan de Parr; Assize R.
420, m. 5d. 8.
||Duchy of Lanc. Assize R. 1, m. 2,
1d.; R. 2, m. 1d., iiijd. This claim
shows that the heir held directly of the
||See Inq. p.m. of Thomas de Lathom,
cited above. On the division of the waste
in 1377, on the other hand, this eighth
part is not recognized at all.
||For some particulars concerning him
see Dep. Keeper's Rep. xl, App. 524;
Rep. xxxvi, App. 374; Pal. of Lanc. Chan.
Misc. bdle. 1, file 2, n. 66. See also
Topographer, iii, 352–60.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v, n.
||See the account of Laffog.
||Assize R. 1294, m. 8.
||Assize R. 404, m. 10d. This was,
perhaps, an earlier Henry.
||Assize R. 1321, m. 8d.
||Henry son of Henry de Parr appeared in a Sutton case as early as 1284;
Assize R. 1265, m. 21d. Henry de Parr
commenced an action against John son
of Thomas de Wrightington in 1297; in
1305 the latter was joined in the defence
by Alice his wife, whose sister Christiana
is also mentioned; De Banc. R. 162, m.
11d.; Assize R. 420, m. 8. In 1328
John de Wrightington gave lands in Parr
to Richard, son of Henry de Parr; Kuerden
MSS. vi, fol. 86, n. 254. It appears that
Alice was the daughter of Henry, son of
Roger de Parr; ibid. n. 238. In 1316–17
Henry de Parr gave to Richard his son
40 messuages and land in Parr, Robert
son of Henry de Parr being a witness;
and there was a further grant eight years
later; Kuerden MSS. vi, fol. 84, n. 184,
222. About 1317 Robert son of Henry
de Parr surrendered his lands to his father,
and in 1331, Richard the other son did
likewise, Henry son of Robert granting to
Henry de Parr, senior 6s. a year for life;
ibid. n. 240, 235 and 179, 209.
||Richard son of Henry de Parr, and
Adam de Parr contributed to the subsidy
of 1327; the father is not mentioned,
and Robert was perhaps dead at this time;
Lay Subs. 130/5. The peculiar relations
between the brothers Richard and Robert
are shown in a plea of 1317, in which
Robert son of Henry de Parr, 'in mercy
for many defaults,' was summoned to
answer for seizing and detaining Richard's
cattle in the early part of 1316 in a certain place called Kayhull. In defence he
asserted that Richard held of him a moiety
of the manor of Parr by fealty and the
service of 5s., and the rent having been
in arrears for five years he seized the
cattle. Richard said that Kayhull was
outside Robert's fee; De Banc. R. 220,
Earlier than this, in 1313, Robert son
of Henry de Parr had complained that
the lords of the other moiety of the
manor—Richard son of Alan de Halsall,
and Adam his brother—with William
Wolrich and others, had unjustly disseised
him of 5s. of rent; Assize R. 420, m. 2.
Robert died before his father, for in
1325 Henry son of Robert de Parr began
a suit of novel disseisin against Henry de
Parr and Richard his son, which appears
to have gone on for some years; Assize
R. 426, m. 1d. Henry claimed the
moiety of the manor, and the jury agreed
that Henry the elder had disseised the
plaintiff, the damages being taxed at 40s.;
Assize R. 1404, m. 18d. These suits
appear to have been merely steps in a
series of family settlements.
Robert son of Henry de Parr, and John
his brother have an unfavourable mention
in the Coram Rege R. of 1323 (n. 254).
The former was indicted for the death of
John de Bickerton at Leyland church
and for breaking into Alan de Windle's
house; he pretended to be dumb at the
trial; m. 46. The latter was accused
of the death of two men, and seems to
have been hanged; m. 48. See also
m. 49d. 60. Henry de Parr is said to
have been related to Robert de Holland;
ibid. m. 60. See also m. 51, 51d, for
his part in the overthrow of Adam
Banastre in 1315.
||Kuerden, loc. cit. n. 239. In 1337 a
settlement of the manor was made, the
remainders being to Richard's sons John,
John, Henry, William, and Robert; ibid.
n. 198, 199, 210. There appears to have
been another son, Simon; Kuerden, loc.
cit. n. 191. Richard was living in 1346;
De Banc. R. 348, m. 235d.
||See the Lathom inquisition quoted
above. As John son of Richard de Parr,
he in 1351 came to an agreement with
Henry son of Robert de Parr concerning
a parcel of land called Haselhurst; this
he gave up to Henry, on condition that
the latter recognized his title to parcels
called Fallhey, Berewardsleigh, Bentihalgh,
and Blackacre. He also confirmed the
agreement his father Richard had made
with Henry as to the waste; the latter
was to have a quarter of it, and a money
payment was to be made on account of
approvement already made on Henry's
lands by Sankey and Nottbrook, towards
Morkels Moss; Ct. of Wards and Liveries,
box 134, n. FD5.
A further agreement was made in 1377
between Sir John de Parr and Henry his
son and Robert, son of the above-named
Henry de Parr. Robert was to retain
possession of the lands of Alan de Bradley,
Marion his wife, and Robert their son.
The approvements of the wastes were to
be divided thus: half to Robert son of
Alan de Parr, and of the other half, three
parts to Sir John, and one part to Robert
son of Henry; ibid. n. 47, m. 2.
In 1376 John de Parr, senior, was
executor of the will of his younger brother,
John de Parr, junior; De Banc. R. 461,
m. 325. In 1386–7 he appointed
Matthew de Sale his attorney for taking
seisin from John Perpoint, chaplain;
Kuerden, loc. cit. n. 183.
In 1337 Richard son of Robert de
Parr gave to Richard Parr his uncle and
Avice his wife land in Aspcroft which he
had received from his brother Henry. In
1370 Alan Ascroft and Mabel his wife
surrendered their land to John de Parr;
Kuerden, loc. cit. n. 224, 223, 231.
||Henry has been mentioned in the
agreement of 1377. In 1370 a settlement had been made, by the agency of
John de Barrow of Parr, the remainders
being to Henry son of John son of Richard
de Parr, and Elias, Nicholas, and Ralph,
Henry's brothers; Kuerden, loc. cit.
n. 200, 201. Henry came into possession
before 1395–6, two deeds of his of this
year being preserved by Kuerden (loc. cit.
n. 194, 225), and in 1421 he made a
settlement of his estate; ibid. n. 213.
See also Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 5,
m. 10, concerning 8 messuages in Parr,
Warrington, Sutton, and Whiston; the
remainder was to Lucy wife of Henry de
||Deeds by Ellen, widow of John de
Parr, are given by Kuerden (loc. cit. n. 218,
217, 242); by the two latter she made
gifts to her sister Lucy, the other coheir,
then wife of Henry de Byrom.
Ellen and her second husband, Richard
de Holt, in 1438 addressed a complaint
to the bishop of Bath, as lord chancellor,
as to the bad faith of the Byroms. When
her father Henry was about eighty
years of age he was influenced by Henry
de Byrom to divide the manor, giving
half to the latter as the share of his wife
Lucy, the understanding being that Ellen
was to have the other half on her father's
death. Such a division was made, and
after the father's death, about 1427, Ellen
entered into possession. Now, however,
the Byroms were putting forth a claim
for half of her portion, alleging that the
portion they had was an absolute gift, so
that Lucy and her heirs had a title to
half the rest. See Early Chan. Proc.
bdle. 9, n. 28.
||His widow Alice in 1337 came to an
agreement with Richard son of Henry
Parr, as to lands here; Kuerden, loc. cit.
n. 196, 197. She was still living in
1348; see below. She was suing for
dower in 1331; De Banc. R. 286,
m. 17; R. 290, m. 60 d.; R. 292, m. 66.
Richard, a younger son of Robert, has
been mentioned above; his wife was
named Margery; Assize R. 1435, m. 34.
||With this Henry begins a series of
fifty-one charters (originals or copies)
preserved among the records of the Ct.
of Wards and Liveries, their existence here
being no doubt due to the disputes as to
the inheritance in the reign of Hen. VIII.
The earliest are grants in Aug. 1331, by
Richard son of Henry de Parr to Henry
son of Robert of various lands and
reversions, and a share of the mill;
Ct. of Wards and Liveries, box 13A,
n. 47, m. 6. Three years later the same
Richard de Parr released to Henry 'all
his right in the fourth part of the moiety
of the manor of Parr,' with certain small
exceptions in the Overfield, Sonyhel,
Micklecroft, and a croft by the hall, &c.;
ibid. n. FD19. In 1335 there followed
the grant of land between the wood of
Parr and a field called Gilleridings; ibid.
n. FD47, m. 1. In 1348 this Henry de
Parr granted his son Robert all his lands
in Parr and his part of the mill; with
the reversion of lands held by his mother
Alice. The remainders were to the
daughters Alice, Agnes, and Joan. Ibid.
||Robert son of Henry was in possession
in 1370, as appears by the inquisition of
Thomas de Lathom, cited above. In
1375 he made a grant to his son Nicholas
of lands in the Holyend and the Middlefield, apparently on the occasion of the marriage of Nicholas with Agnes daughter of
Robert son of Alan de Parr. The first
remainder was to grantor's heirs by Cecily
daughter of John Whitehead of Lathom.
John de Rainford, Richard de Parr of
Shaw, and William de Holland of Cayleigh were among the witnesses; ibid.
m. 2. The agreement of 1377 between
the several lords of the manor, in which
Robert's claim to a quarter of this moiety
was recognized, has been given above.
||Little seems to be known of Nicholas
beyond his first marriage with Agnes de
Parr (or Halsall) above recorded, and his
second union with Katherine daughter of
John Benetson, the heiress of Lydiate.
The latter, being out of her mind, in
1408 at Prescot granted all her patrimony
to Ralph de Parr, probably a son of
Nicholas by his former wife; Lancs. Inq.
p.m. (Chet. Soc.), i, 102. Katherine
lived till 1437; Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxiii,
App. 22, 38. Thurstan son of Ralph de
Parr is mentioned in several later documents, about 1485; and Ralph his son
also occurs. John de Parr received from
the feoffee in 1429–30 lands which had
belonged to Nicholas de Parr; Kuerden
MSS. vi, fol. 84, n. 185.
||Robert son of Nicholas de Parr made
a feoffment in 1427 to Richard Haydock,
rector of Sefton, of his capital messuage,
with his lands, rents, and services, &c.,
and all his part of the mills; also messuages in Ormskirk and Lathom; Ct. of
Wards and Liveries, box 13A. n. FD14.
Another feoffment was made in 1438;
ibid. n. 47, m. 5, and n. FD31. In the next
year he mortgaged certain of his lands to
Henry Byrom and John Byrom his son;
the names given are White Carr in Pyefield, Riding, Dewbriddies, Sekynhullacre,
and Mosshouse; ibid. n. FD47, m. 1. In
1462 there was an arbitration between
him and the above-named Thurstan Parr,
followed by a sale in 1463; ibid. n. 47,
m. 3, 5. The arbitration records among
other points that Robert had given Thurstan stone for a kiln; Robert was to
be during his life 'free to dry his proper
corns and malt' in Thurstan's kiln, as
compensation for the latter's delay in returning an equal amount of stone. Robert
granted Elizabeth his wife land in Parr
(Plat Lache and White Carr) and Lathom
for her life in 1472, and made a general
feoffment in 1479; ibid. n. 47, m. 5 and
2; n. FD22.
||John Parr, 'son and heir of Robert
Parr,' first occurs in 1466, when he was
already the father of three sons—John,
Robert, and Reynold—on whom he settled
all his goods and chattels, movable and
immovable, alive or dead; ibid. n. FD6.
John, at that time his 'son and heir,' is
not mentioned later; and in 1482 the
father, as heir of Robert Parr, 'lately deceased,' described Robert as his 'son and
heir,' and released to him his patrimony in
Ormskirk, including an acre by the mill
of Greetby; ibid. n. 47, m. 5. In the
following year he leased Ashen Carr to
Thurstan Parr, and gave his part of the
water-mill of Parr to his son Robert;
ibid. n. 47, n. FD2; n. 47, m. 3. From
this time there are a number of documents
bearing upon disputes between the father
and son, and two, already quoted, upon
those between them and the lord of the
manor. In March, 1512, he leased the
Heighfield, Tode Hill, &c., to Ralph Molyneux, priest, and Bryan Molyneux; in
October, 1513, his widow Constance made
an agreement with his son Robert as to an
arbitration about her dower; ibid. n. FD9,
FD41, FD29, FD35. The arbitration is
||An agreement between John Parr and
Robert his son and heir in 1484 mentions
the latter's wife; and in 1485 and 1488
there were fresh grants by the father to
his son; ibid. n. 47, m. 3; 44, 1, 4; n. FD49.
In 1493 Robert Parr made a feoffment of
his land in the Sekeneld and Riding; and
a further one in 1507; ibid. n. 47, m. 4.
n. FD40, FD7, FD39; in these deeds Robert's
father is described as John Parr of Broadoak, and Robert's wife is named as Joan.
Early in 1511 another agreement was
made with the father; ibid. n. FD3.
Another deed mentions Robert Parr in
1513, and his son Robert is described as
'heir apparent of Robert Parr, senior,' in
1520; ibid. n. FD21, FD26.
||Robert Parr in 1523 leased to Richard
Halsall of Parr, tailor, a close called the
Middle Riding; the father was probably
dead at this time; ibid. n. FD8. From the
inquisition after the death of Robert's son
John it appears that in April, 1527, John
Parr granted, as dower, certain lands to
his mother Grace, who was still living in
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi, n. 3.
From this it appears that Robert Parr, the
grandfather, in 1513 made a settlement
on the marriage of this John and Katherine his wife; the latter was living in
1531. The premises in Parr were held of
the earl of Derby by knight's service, but
by what part or what rent was unknown;
the clear value was £7. The premises in
Lathom were held in the same manner,
and were worth 26s. 8d. a year.
Duchy Pleadings (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), ii, 196.
||This appears by a fine of 1552; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 14, m. 145.
The remainders were to Thomas son of
Henry and Grace, and then to Thomas,
Henry's brother. The latter, the head of
the Eccleston family, had in 1549 received
a number of Parr deeds from the court;
Ct. of Wards and Liveries, box 13A,
From a schedule of deeds in the Piccope
MSS. (Chet. Lib.), xiv, 97, it appears that
the estates of this branch of the Eccleston
family in Broadoak (Parr), Lathom, and
Sutton descended to a Henry Eccleston,
whose son Edward in 1671 married
Thomasine Tickle. They had two daughters—Margery, who married Thomas
Lyon, and Esther, whose son Edward
Barton was living in 1721.
||See a preceding note. He may be the
Richard son of Richard de Parr of the
Shaw of 1390; Townley's MS. GG,
n. 2436, 2878 (feoffments of his lands in
Parr and Widnes). Alice widow of Richard
de Parr of the Shaw, and his daughter
Margaret, widow of William de Ireland,
were parties to deeds made in 1411; ibid.
n. 2702, 2463. By a deed of the next
year Ellen daughter of Richard de Pemberton quitclaimed to Alice all her right
in a messuage called the Hollinhead in
Parr; ibid. n. 2376.
||He was defendant to a claim made by
Robert son of Henry de Parr; Assize R.
1321, m. 10 d.
||Kuerden MSS, vi, fol. 86, n. 212;
Richard son of Patrick the Smith and
Agnes his wife granted to John de Parr
an acre in Sutton in 1320–1. He was
perhaps the John son of Henry de Parr
of 1328; De Banc. R. 274, m. 59 d.
||Adam de Parr in 1342 brought a claim
for novel disseisin against Richard son of
Henry de Parr, Alan son of Richard de
Parr, lords of the manor, and Alice widow
of Robert de Parr; Assize R. 1435, m. 47.
Shortly afterwards Alice seems to have
married the claimant, though she must
have been an elderly woman; De Banc. R.
348, m. 235 d. From this case it appears
that Adam's title was derived from Henry
||The land was granted before 1193
by William son of Dolfin; Birch Chapel
(Chet. Soc.), 189; Ormerod, Ches. (ed.
Helsby), i, 675. It is mentioned in the
Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 375.
||Laghoke, 1291; Lathok, 1292;
||So in the Inq. p.m. o Sir Thomas
Parr already cited; about 1540 William
Parr paid 12d. for a messuage called Laghoke, according to the rental in Kuerden,
v, fol. 84.
||Pat. 17 Eliz. pt. v; to John Dudley and
others, a capital messuage, &c. called Laghogge in the tenure of Richard Parr; lately
the estate of William marquis of Northampton. In 1585 Thomas Norris secured
from Sir Gilbert Gerard, Master of the
Rolls, and Anne his wife, a messuage and
lands in Laffog, Windle, and Windleshaw;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 47, m. 23.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xvi, n. 51.
There were numerous suits with neighbouring landowners; Ducatus Lanc. iii, 275,
&c. Shortly afterwards, in 1600, Thurstan
eldest son of John Parr claimed possession
from Thomas Fox and others; ibid. iii,
424. These were probably occupiers only.
In 1617–8 Sir Thomas Tyldesley and
Thomas Tyldesley his son and heir held a
manor in Parr; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 91, n. 38.
||Wigan de Laghok had land here in
1246, claimed by Richard de Flixton as
his by descent; the claim was not prosecuted; Assize R. 404, m. 8. Roger de
Laghoke was plaintiff against the lords of
the manor in 1291; they had, he said,
prevented him taking estovers, viz. housebote and heybote, in 40 acres of wood, as
well as mast for his pigs; they had also
raised a hedge across the direct way to the
wood of Laghok, so that now he had to
go nearly two leagues round, and the road
to the pasture was also closed by it. The
jurors ordered the hedge to be pulled down,
but agreed that Roger had sufficient mast
outside the 40 acres of wood recently enclosed. Assize R. 1294, m. 8. Hugh de
Laghoke was non-suited in a claim against
Roger in 1292; Assize R. 408, m. 54 d.
William son of Hugh de Laghok gave a
release of claim in Platt in Withington in
1314; Birch Chapel (Chet. Soc.), 192.
Henry de Laghok and Alice his wife were
with companions in 1343 accused of having
in May the previous year invaded certain
lands at Parr, 'with force and arms, to wit,
with swords, bows and arrows.' The complainants were Robert son of Adam de
Parr, Alice widow of Roger de Laghok,
and John, Roger's son; Assize R. 430,
m. 3, 3 d. In 1367 John son of Roger de
Laghoke was plaintiff in a suit against
Henry de Laghoke and Alice his wife;
Assize R. 1435, m. 39d.
||In 1466 Robert Hindley was plaintiff
against John Parr, son of Robert; Charles
Parr, Thomas Parr, Henry Parr; Robert
Parr, son of Nicholas; William Parr;
Robert Parr, son of John—all described
as 'gentlemen'—and others. It appears
that Alice Hindley, plaintiff's wife, had
been seized and detained, together with
some of his goods. Pal. of Lanc. Plea R.
30, m. 9, 10. Robert de Parr, the father
of Nicholas, had married, no doubt as his
second wife, a certain Alice, who seems
to have been a Hindley; at least, lands
were given by Gilbert de Hindley to
Robert and Alice and their issue. They
had three sons—Matthew and Gilbert,
who died childless, William, who had a
daughter Alice, the wife of Robert Hindley, the plaintiff in this case; also three
daughters—Sibyl, Maud, and Cecily;
ibid. R. 40, m. 21. Eight years later
Robert Hindley and Alice his wife and
John Parr were plaintiffs against Thurstan
Parr; ibid. R. 41, m. 11. In 1475 the
first two appeared against Thurstan Parr
and Ralph his son; Roger Parr, son of
Edward; Alice Parr, and others, as to a
seizure of their goods; ibid. R. 43, m. 3;
R. 44, m. 6. The following year Thurstan Parr accused Hugh Hindley of Hindley, Robert Hindley and Alice, and others,
of damaging his corn and grass; ibid. R.
44, m. 6d. Also R. 45, m. 5, and R.
47, m. 16. See further in the account
of Aspull; also Ducatus Lanc. i, 163, &c.
Hugh Hindley was in 1531 found to have
held two messuages and lands of the earl
of Derby, but the services were unknown;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi, n. 22.
||An account of this recusant family is
given in Gillow's Bibliog. Dict. of Engl.
Cath. v, 219, where many particulars may
be seen; 'family manuscripts' are referred
to as authorities.
||Estcourt and Payne, Engl. Cath. Non-jurors, 127. The following small 'Papists''
estates were also registered: John Platt,
collier; Roger Barton of Liverpool; and
William Berry; ibid. 97, 120, 122.
||e.g., the Worsleys of Pemberton and
Asshaws of Flixton; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. xv, n. 29; xvi, n. 11. Edmund
Taylor of Burton Wood died in 1624,
holding a messuage in Parr of the earl of
Derby; and his son Ralph died in 1641,
leaving a son and heir Edmund, seven
years of age; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), iii, 418; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxix, n. 11. William
Martin died in 1640, holding a part of
Laffog demesne; Bryan, his son and heir,
was twenty-four years old; ibid. xxx, n. 28.
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
Royalist Comp. P. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), iii, 305; iv, 126.
||Lay Subs. 250–9. The largest house
was Mrs. Chamberlain's, with eleven
hearths; then follow Widow Callan, 6,
Mr. Eccleston, 5, and Ralph Platt, 4. See
also Trans. Hist. Soc. (New Ser.), xvi, 135.
Lond. Gaz. 15 Sept. 1863.
Liverpool Cath. Ann. 1901, where the
succession of the priests is given. Also
Gillow, op. cit.
The recusant roll of 1628 gives thirty
names in Parr.