Master William Wilton was rector in 1374. On 8 February,
1377/8, John de Sagefeld was presented to the church by the abbot
and convent of St. Mary's, vacant by the death of Wilton. (Cal. Pat.
Rolls, 1370–4, p. 425). Sagefeld resigned before 12 July, 1384, when
William Yeland was presented by the Crown. In May, 1385, John
Dedmore was rector (ibid. 1381–5, pp. 443, 558). Roger Dokwra
whose estate in the church was ratified in 1409, received a licence on
4 April, 1419 to absent himself from the church of Burton-in-Kendale.
On 29 August, 1437, Thomas Horneby was presented by the abbot and
convent on the death of Roger Dokwra (Reg. Arch. of Richmond,
Yorks. Arch. Soc., vol. 25, p. 224). On 14 June, 1440, Master
William Trokell was presented by Henry VI (ibid.). The reason of
this presentation is not clear as the abbey was not vacant and
Horneby instituted again eight days later (22 June) was already
rector; the presentation was probably made in error.
Rural Deanery of Kendall, Vicarage of the Church of Burton.
Rectory appropriated to the monastery of St. Mary of York.
Richard Broune, incumbent.
The aforesaid Vicarage is worth in
|Mansion with Glebe attached to the same per annum
|Tithe of Wool and Lamb
|Tithe of Hay
|The lesser and private tithes, oblations, etc., as in the Easter Book
|Reprisals to wit—
|Annual pension to the Archdeacon of Richmond
|Annual pension to the Monastery of St. Mary, York
|And clear value
|A tenth part whereof
Valor Ecclesiasticus, vol. 5, p. 268.
20 October. Henry Curwen was instituted to the vicarage of
Burton on the death of J. Williamson. He was M.A. of St. John's
Coll., Cambridge and probably the son of William and father of
another William who died vicar of Crosby Ravensworth, early in
April, 1685, aged 93. (Al. Ox.). Henry died in 1599 and was
succeeded by Milo Dawson. Henry Johnson was instituted to the
vicarage on 27 February, 1622, on the resignation of Dawson.
3 July. Bond of Henry Johnson of Burton in £100 to James
Bellingham of Levens, esq., that his son Daniel Johnson, shall not
hold any intelligence with the party in arms against the Parliament
nor depart out of the county of Westmorland, but be ready to render
his body before the Standing Committee or other Commander for the
Barony of Kendal. Kendal Corporation Deeds, bundle C. 7.
10 March. Henry Johnson is referred to in the Westmorland
Certificate as minister of Burton, one who hath formerly complied
with the enemy but hath since taken the convent and the oath of the
5th of April.
2 July. Ordered that the yearly sum of £50 be paid out of Impropriate tithes of Burton, sequestered from Sir John Preston, papist,
for increase of the maintenance of the minister of the parish church of
Burton in Kendall. Vicarage not worth above £32 per annum.
1661 Sir George Middleton secured the privilege of a market for Burton
in 1661 and during the course of the next century it had become the
most extensive corn market in the county; but shortly after the
opening of the Lancaster and Kendal Canal the market began to
decline and is now altogether extinct. Two annual fairs were also
established in 1661, one on 23 April and the other on Whit-Monday.
20 April. John Dawson and Isaac Pennington, both of Burton,
yeomen, on 8 April entered into the parish church of Burton, in time
of divine service and molested John Usherwood, vicar of Burton, to
the great disturbance of the congregation; committed to Appleby
Gaol and fined £20 each. (K. Indict. Book, 1692–1724). At the
Court held on 10 July following it was reported that the churchwardens had expended £7 19s. 6d. for the prosecution and conviction
of John Dawson and Isaac Pennington for disturbing the minister in
the time of divine service, contrary to the form of the statute in that
case made and provided; Ordered that the inhabitants within the
parish of Burton do proportionately contribute to and with the
Churchwardens for the expenses aforesaid. K. Indictment Book,
18 January. Thomas Barbon, clerk, vicar of Burton, and others
took the oath and subscribed the Test. (K. Indictment Book, 1692–
1724). On 14 July, 1696, Thomas Barbon signed the Anti-Jacobite
"Association," formed throughout the Kingdom, for the protection
of William III. Ibid.
18 January. Petition of Mary the wife of John Dixon of "Claythropp," par. Burton, that her husband about 6 weeks since was
pressed and taken away by a Dutch Captain into H.M. Service and
carried beyond seas, petitioner being left with 2 young children and
is not able to maintain herself and them; order for 9d. per week.
K. Order Book, 1696–1724.
14 January. Certificate delivered into court by the people
called Quakers that they have a meeting place for religious worship at
Roger Hind's in Burton. K. Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
12 January. Upon the petition of the Surveyor of highways
within the township of Burton setting forth that the street of Burton
and the highways within the township are greatly out of repair and
that the 6 days labour is insufficient to effectually repair the same;
it is ordered that an assessment of 6d. in the pound be levied upon the
several inhabitants owners and occupiers, etc. and in case of refusal
or non payment within 10 days after demand the said assessment be
levied by distress and sale of goods, etc. (K. Order Book, 1750–60).
Similar petition and Order on 11 October, 1765, and again on 12
January, 1767. K. Order Book, 1760–70.
10 July. John Hutton, A.B., vicar of Burton, took the oath of
allegiance and supremacy and the oath of adjuration and subscribed
the same according to law. K. Indictment Book, 1760–70.
14 April. William Stephenson of Burton and James Crosby of
Kendal convicted for travelling with their horses and carts through
the town of Burton on Sunday, 12 February last past. K. Order and
Indict. Book, 1798–1811.
13 January. Presentment that a certain common and public
bridge situated over a certain water rivulet or beck called Mansergh
Beck, the south end of which said bridge is in the parish of Beetham
and the north end in the parish of Burton, being part of the king's
highway leading from K. Lonsdale to the town of Burton, is in decay
and out of repair and insufficient to carry off the rain and waters
flowing through and under the same by means whereof the said highway adjoining the bridge for the length of 300 feet at each end thereof
and for the breadth of 20 feet by divers inundations is overflowed and
dangerous, and that the inhabitants of the county ought to repair
widen and make sufficient the same. (K. Indict. Book, 1811–17).
On 11 January, 1813 the inhabitants prayed that the judgment be
suspended which prayer was granted until the next Easter Sessions
and that the Bridge Master do proceed to rebuild the bridge as soon
as the Season will permit. Ibid.
The Act for inclosing lands in the parish of Burton and converting
the same into stinted pastures was passed in 55 George III, c. 16.
12 January. At this Sessions a certain back building near the
centre of the Town of Burton belonging to Thomas Clough, house
carpenter, was duly licensed and allowed as a Place of Public Worship
for Protestant Dissenters generally denominated Independents.
K. Indict. Book, 1817–24.
19 April. Presentment that John Williams, gent. on 7 March, in
the parish church of Burton, a little before the celebration of Divine
Service and whilst 100 persons were then and there assembled for
the purpose of attending the celebration, unlawfully and irreverently
did make a great noise and disturbance and with divers menaces and
threats did violently prevent and hinder three parishiones, to wit, one
John Dixon, one John Layfield and one Thomas Marshall from then
and there sitting in their proper pews, and did threaten one Thomas
Atkinson, one of the Churchwardens, and with a certain whip which
he the said John Williams held in his hand did make an assault upon
Thomas Atkinson to the great scandal and annoyance of the inhabitants assembled and did beat and ill treat him. He pleaded
Not Guilty but the jurors found him Guilty of the offence. Sentence
a fine of £30 and that he be imprisoned in the Ho. of Correction until
such fine be paid, and he having paid the fine is discharged accordingly
(K. Indict. Book, 1817–24). The same assault against John Layfield
and John Dixon. Ibid.
19 April. Presentment that Christopher Nicholson, labourer, on
21 March, in the parish church of Burton, he being one of the churchwardens, the said parish church being then and there open for the
celebration of Divine Service, did make an assault upon one Charles
Phillips, strike, beat, push, drag, wound and ill treat to the great
damage of the said Charles Phillips. He pleaded Not Guilty and
entered into two recognizances of £40 each to traverse the same at
the next Sessions. K. Indict. Book, 1817–24.
12 January. An order with plan annexed for widening and
enlarging part of a certain highway leading from Burton to Dalton,
of the length of 737 yards through the lands of John Hebblethwaite,
the Devisees of Eleanor Shaw, Thomas Willacy, John Williams and
land belonging to the Incumbent or Vicar for the time being of the
parish church of Burton. K. Indict. Book, 1724–34.
7 April. The Rev. Robert Morewood on being instituted to the
vicarage of Burton took and subscribed the usual oaths and Declaration. K. Indict. Book, 1839–52.
7 February. A question has been raised by the Ordnance Survey
Department as to the boundary stone between Westmorland and
Lancashire. The township of Dalton was transferred under an Order
of the Local Government Board, dated 6 May, 1895, to the County of
Westmorland, but the position of the boundary stone does not agree
with the Ordnance plan as to the point at which the County boundary
line crosses the road. The stone being 46 yards south of the line
shown on the Ordnance plan. On 17 February it was resolved:—
That the County Surveyor be authorised to move the stone and place
it in the position shown on the Ordnance Survey map. C.C. Minutes,