||1,216, including 12 of inland water,
according to the census of 1901.
||The Westhoughton portion only.
||1,699, including 39 of inland water;
Census Rep. 1901.
Pop. Ret. 1901.
Lond. Gaz. 25 June 1872.
||Baines' 1825 Directory shows a cottonspinner in Little Hulton, a muslin manufacturer in Middle Hulton, and dimity
and fustian manufacturers in Over Hulton.
||Subs. R. bdle. 250, no. 9, Lancs.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 65.
||Hugh Putrell granted to Richard, son
of Elias de Worsley half a plough-land
in Worsley at the rent of 10s., and half a
plough-land in Hulton at 6s. 8d.; ibid.
i, 65 (from the Ellesmere D.). Hugh
Putrell was the grantee of Edith de Barton
in 1195 (Lancs. Pipe R. 94); but by 1212
the manors seem to have reverted to Edith
and her husband Gilbert de Notton;
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, loc. cit.
The Hulton 6s. 8d. was in the time of
Elizabeth supposed to be the rent of
Middle Hulton; Baines, Lancs. (ed. 1870),
||In 1323 the whole service of the
manor of Worsley due to the chief lord
was 20s.; and in 1385 it was stated that
the manor of Worsley was held in socage by
13s. 4d. rent, and three-fourths of Hulton
by 6s. 7d.; Ellesmere D. no. 162, 172;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc), i, 23.
||A pedigree of the Hulton family, containing illustrative documents, prepared by
the late William Adam Hulton of Penwortham and printed privately about 1840,
has been used in these notes.
Iorwerth de Hulton and Madoc his
brother were witnesses to a grant by
Gilbert de Lymme; Hulton Ped. 48.
Robert son of Iorwerth, son of Bleiddyn
de Hulton, released lands to David de
Hulton; ibid. 2. See Final Conc. (Rec.
Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 216.
By a deed undated Llewelyn son of
Madoc de Eueras granted to Griffith his
firstborn son land in Hulton; Towneley
MS. DD. no. 1288. Six of the witnesses
have Welsh names, thus affording additional evidence of a foreign colony in the
Chart. R. (Rec. Com.), 27b.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 65.
||Robert, one of his sons, has been
mentioned above. Robert de Hulton and
his son Robert attested a grant by Gilbert
de Barton; Whalley Couch. (Chet. Soc.),
i, 50. Ellen daughter of Robert de Hulton remitted all her right in 8 acres in
Barton; Hulton Ped. 2. Jordan, a brother
of Robert de Hulton (probably the younger
Robert), was rector of Warrington;
Whalley Couch. iii, 919.
Meuric and Meredith de Hulton are
said to have been sons of Iorwerth. Roger
son of Elias de Halton granted to John
son of Meuric de Hulton land between
Willamhespittes and Bradebroch; Hulton
Ped. 2. William son of Meredith de
Hulton released certain lands to Richard
son of David de Hulton in 1297; ibid. 3.
Paulinus de Haughton granted to
Cecily, daughter of Iorwerth de Hulton, a
third part of Haughton; Whalley Couch.
||Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 252, 256.
Richard, his son, owed 20 marks for relief
of his father's lands.
Final Conc. i, 41. The six oxgangs
had been pledged to Iorwerth de Hulton
for a term which had expired in 1219.
On Richard de Hulton acknowledging the
title of Richard de Worsley, the latter
leased them to him for seventeen years, at
the end of which term the land was to return quietly to the Worsleys, 'unless in the
mean time Richard de Hulton or his heirs,
with good intent towards Richard de
Worsley or his heirs, should do something
whereby the land ought finally to remain
to them.' An earlier suit respecting the
matter, in which Iorwerth was defendant,
is mentioned in Curia Regis R. 42 (1206),
At a later time David son of Richard
de Hulton gave to Richard son of Geoffrey de Worsley a formal release of any
claim he might have in the six oxgangs;
Ellesmere D. no. 41, 47.
Hulton Ped. 1. It should be noticed
that the service due from Over Hulton to
the lord of Manchester was in the 16th
century a rent of 4d.
Hulton Ped. 3. The grant included all the
land between Holesyke and Wholewhicswaghe Brook and between Farnworth and
Tyldesley, the service being a rent of 12d.;
it was made when Sir William de Vernon
was sheriff of Lancaster, apparently as
early as 1204; P.R.O. List, 72.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 133.
Final Conc, i, 121, quoting Curia
Regis R. 107, m. 29 d., from which it appears that Robert de Hulton, being summoned to justify his assarts in the woods
near Pendleton, adduced a charter of
Richard de Hulton, and called Richard,
son of the said Richard, to warrant him.
Richard the son being a minor and in
ward to the Earl of Cheater, the case was
This younger Richard is probably the
Richard son of Christiana de Alreton who
had four oxgangs of land in Heaton under
Horwich in 1241.
Final Conc. loc. cit.; Abram, Blackburn, 251. As Beatrice widow of William de Hulton in 1256 claimed dower
in the Hulton lands in Salfordshire, it
would seem that William was the elder
brother and that David had succeeded him.
In Hulton itself he held two oxgangs of
land, one in demesne and one tenanted
by David son of Augerel.
David is said to have had two other
brothers—Roger and John; the latter was
rector of Radcliffe; Hulton Ped. 4.
||Gregson, Fragments, 347.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 249. His
children are stated to have been Richard,
Adam, Cecily, and John; Hulton Ped. 4.
Cecily Daykins daughter of Hulton was
a defendant in 1348; Assize R. 1444,
||Agnes, David's widow, claimed dower
in 1285; De Banco R. 59, m. 75.
||In 1297 Richard son and heir of
David de Hulton made an agreement
with Richard son and heir of Henry de
Worsley, concerning an exchange of a
mediety of Little Haughton for lands and
easements in Hulton. The former received 5 acres in the Gulnecroft, lying
next to his own land, and release of a road
leading to his mansion; Ellesmere D.
Richard de Hulton acted as a juror in
1299; Inq. and Extents, i, 305. In 1301
he withdrew a claim against Richard de
Worsley and others respecting common of
pasture in 100 acres of land, &c., in Hulton; Assize R. 1321, m. 12d. Hegranted
land in Farnworth to William de Priestcroft; Hulton Ped. 4.
His wife Margery is said to have been
a daughter of Robert de Radcliffe, and to
have married secondly Geoffrey de Chadderton; ibid. 5.
||Chart. R. 97 (32 Edw. I), m. 2, no.
||As early as 1294 Richard son of
Richard son of David de Hulton received
from Joan daughter of Austin Crosscliff
lands in Halliwell, which she held of the
Abbot of Cockersand; Hulton Ped. 5.
Richard, John, and Roger, sons of
Richard de Hulton, attested a Sharples
charter about 1307; Harl. MS. 2112,
In 1311–12, when Richard was evidently
in possession of the lands, he released to
the Abbot of Cockersand all his right in
the wastes and pastures of Westhoughton,
reserving, however, common of pasture
and reasonable estovers for himself and his
tenants; Hulton Ped. 6. He gave his
brother John in 1325–6 certain lands in
Hulton with reversion of the dower of
his mother Margery in Westhoughton;
In June 1311 agreements as to bounds
and an exchange of lands in Hulton were
made by Richard de Hulton (probably the
son of Richard) and Richard de Worsley;
Cartelache is named as the 'true division
between Salfordshire and Derbyshire';
Ellesmere D. no. 56–7.
||In 1331 Richard son and heir of
Richard de Hulton, in making a grant to
Robert son of Adam de Hulton in Irlam,
mentions his grandfather Richard; De
Trafford D. no. 267.
In 1334 Richard de Hulton of Ordsall,
convicted with others of having broken
into the king's park at Ightenhill, received a pardon; Coram Reg. R. 298,
Rex m. 2.
Richard de Hulton had a wife Maud,
from whom he was divorced; Assize R.
438, m. 15 d.
Sir Nicholas de Langford in 1344 attempted to unsettle the disposition of the
estates, alleging that Richard de Hulton
had in 1334 granted him a rent of 200
marks, in case that he made an alienation without Nicholas's consent; Assize
R. 1435, m. 40. Among the defendants
were John de Hulton of Manchester and
Roger de Atherton, who had received lands
in Rumworth; Adam de Hulton and
Avice his wife, who had twelve messuages,
200 acres of land, &c., in Hulton, two
messuages, 40 acres ofland, &c., in Westhoughton, and a messuage and land in
Rumworth. The defence was that Richard
had made an enfeoffment of his lands with
the advice of Sir Nicholas.
||In 1333 Richard de Hulton, lord of
Ordsall, granted to his uncle Adam de
Hulton and his heirs all the grantor's land
in Westhoughton, with his manor and tenement in Hulton, and that part of his lands
in Rumworth formerly held for life by
Richard del Meadow; Hulton Ped. 6. The
armorial seal shows the lion rampant, with
the legend: SI . RICARDI . DE . HILTVN.
Richard son of Richard de Hulton
(perhaps of the Farnworth family) and
Adam his brother attested a local charter
in 1293; Ellesmere D. no. 49.
||Adam de Hulton was a plaintiff in
1333; Cal. Pat. 1330–4, p. 4.98.
In 1334 Richard son of Alexander de
Denton claimed a fourth part of the manor
of Denton against Adam son of Richard
de Hulton and Avice his wife; De Banco
R. 338, m. 126 d.
Adam and his sons Roger and Robert
occur in 1343; Cal. Close, 1343–5, p. 82.
Hulton Ped. 7. There were remainders
to Robert and Hugh, brothers of Roger.
The lands in Denton and Manchester
seem to have come to Adam de Hulton
with his wife Avice; ibid.; a deed of
1316–17 being quoted.
Although the marriage of Roger the
son was arranged in 1335, it does not
seem to have taken place until 1346, when
the parents of the parties agreed as to
dower and maintenance; ibid. 8. Roger
de Hulton was in 1343 found guilty of
overthrowing John de Hulton's house at
Rumworth; Assize R. 430, m. 18.
Adam de Hulton had two other sons
named in a grant of 1347, by which
Roger and Robert, already named, gave
the reversion of a rent from Tyldesley to
their brothers Adam and Lowe; Hulton
||Roger son of Roger de Hulton is
found claiming the manor as early as
1356; Duchy of Lanc. Assize R. 5, m.
14, 18. He was called to warrant in
1355, being then a minor; ibid. R. 4,
||Roger son of Roger de Hulton had
the king's protection from all actions in
1371, on his setting out for Calais, in the
retinue of Nicholas deTamworth, captain
of the town; De Banco R. 444, m. 34 d.
Roger de Hulton was living in 1389,
when Hugh de Ince and others released
all actions to him, his son Roger, William
son of Adam de Hulton, &c.; Hulton
In 1396–7 the feoffees of Roger de
Hulton restored to him his manor of
Hulton, and lands there and in Westhoughton, &c., with remainder to Adam
his son; and in 1404 Richard son of
John de Hulton of Halliwell resigned to
Roger son of Roger de Hulton various
lands in Hulton, Westhoughton, and
Rumworth which had belonged to Roger's
father, Roger, and his grandfather Adam;
Hulton Ped. 10.
William de Hilton, who, as a witness
of the French wars, was called upon to
give evidence in the Scrope-Grosvenor
trial, was perhaps son of this Roger;
ibid.; Scrope-Grosvenor R. 309.
||In Dec. 1417 the feoffees of Adam
de Hulton restored to him the manor of
Hulton, &c., with remainder to his son
Roger, and a further remainder to the
heirs male of Adam's father Roger;
Hulton Ped. 11.
Adam's daughter Alice married Thomas
de Culcheth in or about 1420; ibid.
||Ellen daughter of John Hulton and
'lately wife' of Roger Hulton of the Park,
had lands in Nether Darwen, Bolton, and
Rivington in 1459 (3 June 37 Hen. VI);
In 1432 a settlement of boundaries was
made between the lands of Sir Geoffrey
Massey and those of Roger Hulton in
Hulton and James Hulton in Rumworth; Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxiii, App. 33.
In 1437 Roger Hulton of the Park
agreed with Thomas Tyldesley for the
marriage of his daughter Alice with James
son and heir apparent of Thomas; and in
1459 (17 Aug. 37 Hen. VI) Alice widow
of James Tyldesley granted certain lands
to Roger Hulton her father, Roger Hulton
her brother, and Thurstan Tyldesley;
Hulton Ped. 11–12. The last deed is perhaps dated 37 Hen. VI instead of 36 in
error; in which case Roger Hulton, senior,
died between 17 Aug. 1458 and 3 June
||From a deed quoted in the last note
it is clear that Roger Hulton had a son
Roger, perhaps the Roger Hulton who
in 1458–9 arranged for the marriage of
his daughter Agnes to Richard son of
William Heaton; ibid. 14. Roger son
and heir apparent of Roger Hulton of the
Park was a trustee for Thomas Tyldesley in 1465; Yates Evidences.
Hulton Ped. 14. A dispensation for
the marriage of Roger Hulton and Katherine Harrington, related in the fourth degree, was granted by Paul II, and issued
by the Bishop of Lichfield in Aug. 1469;
Lich. Epis. Reg. xii, fol. 149b.
In 1500 Katherine, widow of Roger
Hulton, had her dower in Denton.
In 1473 Roger Hulton held the manor
of Middlewood in Hulton of the lord of
Manchester by the twentieth part of a
knight's fee and puture, a rent of 4d. and
castleward 7d.; Mamecestre, 497.
Hulton Ped. 15. The contract of
marriage, made 20 Oct. 1485, shows that
Roger, Adam's grandfather, was still living; the father is described as Roger
Hulton the younger of Hulton Park, and
the mother Katherine is named. Adam
was to be ready to wed Alice within ten
years from the date of the contract; Roger
promised to make an estate of 10 marks
a year clear value in favour of Alice, and
John Hulton would pay 80 marks to the
parents of Adam.
The parties being related in the fourth
degree through the marriage of Roger and
Ellen Hulton above recorded, a dispensation was obtained from John de
Giglis, papal commissary in England, in
1489, a competent donation being made
to the crusade; ibid. 16.
||Ibid. 16; Adam Hulton had engaged
to provide forty able men for the expedition.
Visit, of 1533 (Chet. Soc), 209;
three descents are recorded—Adam, his
son William, and his grandson Adam,
with a record of the marriages and the
Adam Hulton, squire, contributed to
the subsidy of 1541 as for '£30 in
lands'; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. x, 40;
Hulton Ped. 19. William Hulton died
seised of the manor of Over Hulton, with
messuages, lands, &c., in Over Hulton,
Westhoughton, Manchester, and Denton:
he had also possessed certain lands of the
inheritance of William Hulton of Farnworth lying in Harpurhey, Denton, Openshaw, and Chorlton. The manor of Over
Hulton and the lands in Westhoughton
and Manchester were held of the lord of
Manchester by a rent of 4d. Adam the
son and heir was thirty-six years of age.
In 1556 after 'certain variances and
debates' between Elizabeth widow of
William Hulton and Adam Hulton the
son and heir, Lord Mounteagle and his
son were chosen to arbitrate concerning
the widow's dower; among other things
they decided that 'sixteen quarters of coals
yearly [should] be laid upon the bank of
the same coalpit, at [Adam's] own proper
costs, to the use of the said Elizabeth for
her natural life; and it [should] be lawful for the said Elizabeth to command her
said tenants to lead yearly four quarters of
coal to her house if she be resident within
ten miles of Hulton Park'; Hulton Ped. 18.
||The agreement for this marriage was
made early in 1530, messuages, &c., in
Wigan, Westhoughton, Hulton, and Denton to the value of £10 being given to
trustees; ibid. 17; Norris D. (B.M.).
In 1561 Norroy King of Arms granted
a crest to Adam Hulton; Hulton Ped. 21.
In 1565 Adam Hulton and Sir William
Norris assigned lands in Harpurhey and
Gotherswick for the use of Adam's
daughter Margaret, she 'being very tender
and young,' with reversion to Adam son
of William son of Adam Hulton the
grantor, and to William brother of the
younger Adam; Norris D. (B.M.).
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xiii, 4;
Hulton Ped. 21. There was no change in
the lands recorded.
Manch. Ct. Leet Rec. iii, 122; the
date given in the Inq. p.m. of his grandson (7 Chas. I) is 2 Jan. 1628, which must
be erroneous. He is said to have been
eighty-four when he died, and had therefore
seen the important changes in religion and
dynasty which distinguished the times.
William Hulton of the Park and his wife
were in 1586 reported to be 'obstinate'
in their adherence to the ancient faith;
Baines, Lancs, from Harl. MS. 360, fol.
Six years later one of the Government
informers stated that 'Mr. Hulton of the
Park hath this day a recusant to his schoolmaster whom he hath kept in house many
years'; Lydiate Hall, 259 (from S.P. Dom.
Eliz. ccxv). Margaret Hulton and Cuthbert her son, Mary Hulton and Elizabeth
her daughter were presented as recusants
in 1592; Lancs, and Ches. Antiq. Soc. xiii,
60. William Hulton of Hulton, esq.
('infirm') and Cuthbert Hulton were recusants in 1619; Manch. Sess. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 82.
In 1574 he was required to furnish a
light horse, a caliver, and a morion for the
county muster; Gregson, Fragments, 30.
A settlement of the manor of Over Hulton and the family lands was made by him
in 1582; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle.
44, m. 22.
William Hulton of Park was the only
freeholder in the township named in 1600
and 1622; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), i, 246, 160.
In his will, made in Aug. 1624, he confessed 'to die a true Christian Catholic,'
and desired to be buried in his chapel in
Deane Church, near the burial-place of
Margaret his late wife. In fulfilment of
a covenant made 1 Apr. 1557 between
his father Adam and his mother-in-law
Elizabeth Kighley of Lightshaw, he directed that certain of his goods should be
regarded as heirlooms; they included two
standing beds in Pendlebury chamber,
valued at £5; Hulton Ped. 22.
The writ of Diem clautit extr. after the
death of William Hulton is dated 16 June
1625; ibid. 25.
||Adam Hulton, of Brasenose College,
Oxford, matriculated in 1579, aged fifteen;
and his brother William two years later;
Foster, Alumni Oxon. There is a reference
to him in Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), iii,
Adam died in Dec. 1597, and was buried
in the collegiate church at Manchester;
he had married Alice daughter of William
Baguley, of Manchester, clothier, and his
son and heir William, then ten years old,
came of age in or before 1612; Manch.
Ct. Leet Rec. ii, 275; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. xvii, 80. He had a messuage
in Deansgate, Manchester, in right of his
wife, whose mother Ellen Baguley was a
widow in 1587; Hulton Ped. i, 24.
||William Hulton the younger, described
as 'of Manchester, gentleman,' died 6 Sept.
1613 holding Harpurhey and other lands
near Manchester, as well as some in Hulton, Farnworth, Heaton, and Wigan; those
in Hulton and Farnworth were held of the
lord of Manchester by the hundredth part
of a knight's fee. In 1610 he engaged
that before Whitsuntide 1612 he would
provide for the jointure of his wife Katherine daughter of Robert Hyde of Norbury
in Cheshire, mention being made of
'mines of coal and cannel' on his land.
Adam Hulton the son and heir was six
years of age on 5 July 1613; Lancs. Inq.
p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i,
Some time after the death of William
Hulton a further inquisition was taken
(1631), and it was found that the manor
of Over Hulton, with a capital messuage
called the Park, with messuages, orchards,
lands, dove-house, two water-mills, &c.,
was held of Rowland Mosley as of his
manor of Manchester; there were other
lands in Westhoughton and Rumworth,
also held of the manor of Manchester. In
default of heirs male of William Hulton
the grandson, the remainders were to
William, Robert, Henry, and Rowland
Hulton, younger sons of William Hulton
the grandfather; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. xxv, 20. Katherine widow of William Hulton the grandson was living at
Todmorden in 1631. She married Saville
Radcliffe, called 'father' in Adam Hulton's will.
Hulton Ped. 26. The endorsement of
the writ has 'Adamus Hulton, infra etatem,' though if the inquisition of 1613
as correct he must in 1632 have been
twenty-five years of age.
||Ibid. where his will is printed in full;
his son William was the principal legatee,
but his 'mother Radcliffe' and other relations are mentioned.
||Either Adam or his brother Edward
(stated to have died in 1645) was a captain in the Parliamentary army, for in
Jan. 1643–4 a correspondent of George
Rigby of Peel mentions that 'Captain
Hilton, your brother-in-law,' was then a
prisoner at Chester; it was proposed to
exchange him 'for one Mr. Browne, a
minister, now prisoner at Manchester';
Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv, App. iv, 61,
John Hulton of Darley also stated about
the same time that 'the last man living
upon my land that was able to bear arms
as with Captain Hulton's company'; ibid.
||Pink and Beaven, Parl. Rep. of Lancs.
||Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc), 159;
this records William Hulton's age as thirtyeight, and states that his son William
(not entered in the printed Pedigree) was
then five years of age.
||He seems to be the 'Mr. Hulton'
frequently mentioned in Henry Newcome's
Diary and Autobiography (Chet. Soc). He
sympathized with the persecuted Nonconformists of the time; Oliver Heywood,
Diaries, i, 197. By his will he devised
all his estates at Hulton and elsewhere
in Lancashire and at Bryanstown in Westmeath to his eldest son Henry and heirs
male; then to his other sons Jessop,
Charles, Francis, and Edward successively
in tail male; Hulton Ped. 28.
||His name occurs in the list of
'Papists'' estates returned in the time
of George I; Lancs. and Ches. Rec. (Rec.
Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 195.
||'Upon the death of William the
testator his eldest son Henry entered on
the several estates devised to him as aforesaid and continued in possession thereof
till his death, which happened in the end
of the year 1737, when he died without
issue, having a short time before his
death married Eleanor Copley. Jessop,
the second son, died in the life of his
brother, and left issue one son, William.
Charles, Francis, and Edward also died
in the life of Henry, without issue. Upon
the death of Henry the said William
Hulton the son of Jessop entered into
possession of the several estates descended
to him, and his uncles Charles, Francis,
and Edward having all died without issue,
the remainder in fee expectant, as well
as the estate tail, vested in him'; Hulton
Ped. quoting an old abstract of title.
In 1740 he made a settlement of the
manors and lands of Over Hulton, Rumworth, Farnworth, Kearsley, Denton,
Longworth, and Clegg Hall in Butterworth; ibid. 29; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of
F. bdle. 321, m. 3.
William Hulton died in April 1741,
||William Hulton, only son of the
last-named William, matriculated from
Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1757, being
seventeen years of age; Foster, Alumni.
In 1763 he made an arrangement with
his mother and her second husband (Edward Clowes of Manchester) regarding
lands in Hulton and Westhoughton; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 369, m. 89.
In 1772 an Act was passed to enable
him to charge his settled estates in Lancashire as a provision for his wife (Ann
Hall) and younger children. The timber growing upon the manors of Westhoughton, Harpurhey, and Denton was
valued at £4,200; Hulton Ped. 29. He
died in the following year.
One of his sons, Henry (born 1765,
died 1831), entered Christ Church, Oxford, in 1784, and became Captain 1st
Royals and afterwards lieutenant-colonel
commandant of Lower Blackburn local
militia, and treasurer of the county, had
a son William Adam Hulton (1802–87),
barrister and judge of the county court,
who compiled the Hulton Pedigree already
quoted, and edited the Whalley Coucher
for the Chetham Society; a notice of
him will be found in the Dict. Nat. Biog.
William Hulton son of the abovenamed William was sheriff of Lancashire
in 1789, and died in 1800. His son
and heir William matriculated from Brasenose College in 1804, aged seventeen,
and was created M.A. in 1807; Foster,
Alumni. For recoveries of the Hulton
manors in 1783 and 1809 see Pal. of
Lanc. Plea R. 638; Assize R. Lent 49
Geo. III (R. 9).
||Of Christ Church, Oxford, 1830;
||See also Foster, Lancs. Pedigrees;
Burke, Commoners, iv, 29; Burke, Landed
Gentry; and Baines, Lancs. (ed. Croston),
||In 1292 Joan daughter of Richard
de Worsley claimed the manor of Hulton
against Henry de Worsley and John de
Brunscales. Her right being acknowledged it was agreed that 'Henry should
find all necessaries, as in sustenance and
clothing, for the said Joan at his house
during the term' of two years, for which
he had a lease of the manor, and then pay
her 80 marks, 'for which she granted that
the manor should wholly remain to him
and his heirs in perpetuity'; Assize R. 408,
m. 30 d.
In 1305 Margaret widow of Henry de
Worsley claimed dower in Hulton from
Henry son of Richard son of Henry de
Worsley; she had married Robert son of
Richard de Radcliffe; De Banco R. 153,
m. 124; R. 156, m. 92; R. 159, m. 98;
182 d.; R. 161, m. 92, 155.
In May 1341 Geoffrey son of Henry
de Worsley came to Hulton with force
and arms, entered his father's house, and
broke the beer barrels, consuming beer to
the value of 4s.; he also broke the hedges
of Richard de Hulton of the Wich; Assize
R. 430, m. 16.
In 1350 Alice widow of Henry de
Worsley sought dower in Hulton against
Amabel widow of Geoffrey de Worsley;
Geoffrey, the kinsman and heir of Henry,
though a minor, warranted Amabel, and
it was ordered that Alice should have
equal lands as her dower; De Banco R.
363, m. 107. See also Duchy of Lanc.
Assize R. 7, m. 7 (Lent 1359), at which
time Amabel was the wife of John le
Comyn of Newbold.
The Worsley family acquired lands
from the smaller holders. Thus Richard
de Worsley repurchased from Richard
son of John de Hulton land, called the
Meres, which his father Geoffrey had sold
to John de Hulton, and of which the
latter's son Robert was the tenant. The
purchase included all the vendor's rights
in Hulton except housebote and heybote
in the wood for 'his man' dwelling in
Baldman's Head; Ellesmere D. no. 46.
This also was acquired by Henry son of
Richard de Worsley in 1293; ibid. no. 39.
The above-named Robert son of John
de Hulton left a widow Maud and daughters Margaret, Ellen, Maud, and Margery;
and a part of his land was given to Margaret in 1293 on her marriage with
Richard 'called the Legate' of Ince; in
1334 Margaret daughter of Robert de
Hulton released to Henry de Worsley all
her right in Hulton; ibid. no. 49, 58.
Geoffrey de Worsley granted to David
son of Henry the Knight lands within
bounds starting at David's house and going by the Out Lane (Hot Lane) to the
brook coming down from the hall; then
by the brook and clough and ditch to the
starting-point; also land called Cookman
Croft; the rent for all to be 2s.; ibid. no.
48. David afterwards gave the land to his
eldest son Adam; no. 42.
John son of Richard de Bradshaw gave
all his lands in Hulton to Geoffrey son of
Thomas son of Litkoc de Salford; and in
1307 Geoffrey sold it to Henry de Worsley; ibid. no. 44, 55.
Henry de Worsley in 1296 gave the
mill of Hulton to his son and heir
Richard and Margaret his wife; ibid. no. 51.
Alice widow of Henry de Worsley in
1354 gave her life interest in the demesne
of Wood Hall in Hulton (viz. in Wood Hey
and Moor Hey) to Thomas Thirlwind and
Alice his wife at a rent of 23s.; the grant
included pasturage, mast, profits of sparrow-hawks, bees, &c., and wood for building and burning; ibid. no. 59. She had
a further rent of 12s. from land tenanted
by William de Shakerley and Margaret his
wife; ibid. no. 60.
Hulton Hey, a piece of inclosed
pasture, was the subject of grants in 1467
and 1484 by William Massey and Sir
Geoffrey Massey respectively; ibid. no. 70,
The lessees in 1484 had leave to build
and marl on the ground 'at their own
oversight,' while Sir Geoffrey undertook
to maintain the hedges and ditches. The
rent was a peppercorn for four years, and
then 5 marks a year. See also Ducatus
Lanc. (Rec. Com.), ii, 21.
In 1556–7 Richard Brereton and Joan
his wife and Adam Hulton, as holders of
Hulton Moor, were summoned to answer
Robert Grundy of Rumworth for a seizure
of his cattle on what he alleged to be Rumworth Moor; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 201,
||See the account of Worsley.
||Some early deeds of the Wartons (or
Wauertons) are given in Towneley's
MS. DD, no. 939–44. Gilbert de Warton
was witness to an early Worsley charter;
no. 951. William son of John de Warton about 1310 gave lands to John son of
William de Warton. In 1335 William's
son and heir Thomas married Margaret,
daughter of John de Chisenhale.
In 1356 John de Warton claimed a
messuage and land in Wharton by Eccles
against Hugh de Rylands; Duchy of Lanc.
Assize R. 5, m. 4. Denis de Warton
attested deeds in 1407; De Trafford D.
no. 302, 303; and one of the same name,
if not the same person, a Hulton yeoman,
occurs in 1444; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R.
3, m. 16.
Denis Warton in 1446 granted to
feoffees, including his son John, all his
lands in Tyldesley and Hulton. He had
received them in 1440 from the trustee of
his brother John, the heir apparent being
Ralph son of Denis. Ralph Warton in
1469 granted to Katherine his wife,
daughter of John Bradshagh, deceased,
various lands in Hulton lying to the north
of the highway from Blacklow to Walkden Moor and between Hollow Syke and
Goodrich Brook; together with the 2s.
service of William Warton for the Intake.
These notes are from the Yates Evidences.
Robert Langton in 1587 purchased
from William Warton five messuages, a
windmill, dovecote, lands, &c.; and four
years later Richard Ashton of Mawdsley
and Jane his wife were in possession; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 49, m. 44; bdle.
53, m. 87
William Warton's difficulties are said
to have arisen from his adhesion to the
old religion. He is described as 'attainted'
in leases of his possessions by the Crown
in 1593 and 1595; Pat. 35 Eliz. pt. iv;
37 Eliz. pt. ix.
||Ralph Assheton of Great Lever,
who died in 1616, held 'the manor, lordship, or capital messuage called Warton
hall' of Sir Peter Legh and Dorothy his
wife (heiress of Worsley), by fealty and
the rent of a pair of gloves, price 4d.
each of them; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 289.
Robert Mort, a strict Nonconformist,
owned it in the second half of the 17th
century. He was about to leave for
America in 1688, when the Revolution
occurred and promised a cessation of the
persecutions to which he had been subjected for religion. Matthew Henry
called him 'one of the greatest examples
of humility, charity, and primitive
Christianity that our age has known.'
He was followed by his son Nathan, whose
son John, born in 1702, removed to Chowbent, where he carried on a fustian cutting
business; he was 'an active member of the
society of Unitarian Christians at Chowbent, and was noted for his piety and benevolence'; Pal. Note Bk. iii, 251, where is
a notice of his funeral sermon.
Nathan Mort, who died about 1723,
was succeeded by his son Adam, who
died about 1730, leaving his daughter
Mary his heiress. She married Thomas
Earle of Liverpool and died in 1785,
leaving two daughters to inherit Wharton
Hall and the other Mort estates. The
elder daughter Maria married her cousin
Thomas Earle of Spekelands; and the
younger married Richard Gwillym of
Bewsey; Trans. Hist. Soc. (new ser.), vi,
76, 39, 44.
||It was about 1870 sold by the Earles
and Gwillyms to John Gerard Potter and
others, who formed the Wharton Hall
Collieries Co., Ltd., and worked the
||The Bridgewater Trustees purchased
it from the Colliery Company in 1881.
The information in this and the preceding
note is due to Mr. Strachan Holme,
||Gilbert de Lymme, with the assent of
his wife Jocasta, granted to Maurice son
of Ithel land in the Wich, with bounds
beginning at Fairhurst Brook and going
up to the middle of Wichiard, thence by
the bounds of Farnworth to Alrenehead,
and down Wichshaw to the bounds of
Tyldesley; Hultor. Ped. 48 (from the Yates
Evidences). Alice daughter of Gilbert released her right in the same to Richard
de Wicheves; Yates Evidences.
Henry de Tyldesley granted to Richard
son of John de Hulton [of Farnworth]
certain lands in Tyldesley, the bounds of
which began at Herbertsclough, followed
Cartlache to Wich Brook, and by this to
Cartlache and Fairhurst Syke, and thence
back by the marked oaks to the starting
point; Hulton Ped. 33. This land in
Tyldesley adjoined Wicheves, the estate
which gave a surname to Richard.
Henry de Worsley in 1299 granted to
Richard son of Richard son of John de
Hulton all his land in the Wyt [Wich]
between Hulton and Worsley as described
in the charter from Gilbert de Lymme
and Jocasta his wife to Thomas their son;
Ellesmere D. no. 54.
Thomas de Lymme granted land in
Wicheves to John son of Meuric, at a
rent of 2s.; Yates Evidences.
Henry son of Henry de Tyldesley
granted a rent of 18d. from the hey called
the Ral to Richard son of John son of
Meuric; Hulton Ped. 48. Henry son of
Henry de Tyldesley was defendant in a
Hulton suit in 1313–14; Assize R. 424,
m. 4 d.
Hawise, as widow of Richard de Wicheves, demised to Henry son of John de
Hulton her Tight in the Hope Hey in
Wicheves in the vill of Worsley; Hulton
Ped. 34. Hawise is said to have been
a daughter of Gilbert de Lymme.
Richard son of Richard son of John de
Hulton in 1295 released to the same
Henry de Hulton all his right in the
Hope Hey, held of Gilbert de Lymme
and his heirs by the rent of a rose; ibid.
At the same time John son of Hugh de
Hulton released to Henry his uncle his
land in Wicheves in the Hope Hey, the
bounds touching those of Farnworth at
one point; ibid. Joan widow of Adam
son of Richard de Hulton of the Wicheves in 1336 released to her father-inlaw all her dower lands in Worsley and
Tyldesley; ibid. 35.
||The Peel of Hulton is named as
early as 1395 among the lands of Thomas
son of Henry de Tyldesley, whose son Peter
appears to have married Maud daughter of
Richard Mort; Yates Evidences.
In 1465 Thomas son and heir of James
Tyldesley, who was son and heir of Thomas
Tyldesley, was a minor in ward to Sir
Geoffrey Massey of Worsley; ibid. James
Tyldesley had married Alice daughter of
Roger Hulton of the Park; the contract
is dated 1437; Hulton Ped. 12.
Thomas Tyldesley of the Peel in 1501
leased the Fennyslack in Worsley to James
son of Thomas Mort; ibid. In 1523
the feoffees of Thomas Tyldesley made
provision for an annuity for Elizabeth his
The wardship and marriage of Thomas
son and heir of James Tyldesley of Peel
was claimed by Sir John Brereton in 1530;
Ellesmere D. no. 76.
To Lora Browne, widow, formerly
wife of the above-named James Tyldesley,
dower was assigned in 1546 from the
lands of William Tyldesley of the Peel
of Hulton, or Wicheves Hall, with ten
messuages, a water-mill, &c.; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 12, m. 278.
||In 1550 William Tyldesley seems to
have mortgaged or sold his estate, Robert
Fleetwood and John Stokes being plaintiffs
in a fine of that year; ibid. bdle. 14, m.
153. Thirty years later Edmund Fleetwood, esq. was in possession; ibid,
bdle. 42, m. 39. From the Yates deeds
it is evident that Edmund Fleetwood was
owner in 1574, Thomas Mort of Damhouse being in possession. Edmund Fleetwood of Rossall died in 1622, holding a
capital messuage with 120 acres in Worsley and Little Hulton of the lord of Worsley; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs,
and Ches.), iii, 316.
||For a notice of this family see Abram, Blackburn, 408, 409; also Baines,
Lancs. (ed. Croston), iii, 150. Joseph
Yates of Manchester married Ellen
daughter and co-heir of William Maghull
of Maghull; he died in 1773, and his
eldest son having left three daughters
the Peel estate passed to the heir of his
younger son, Sir Joseph Yates, justice of
the King's Bench, and afterwards of the
Common Pleas. Sir Joseph had settled
at Cheam in Surrey, and was buried there
in 1770; Foss, Judges; Dict. Nat. Biog.
His son Joseph sold Peel to Ellis Fletcher.
Some deeds relating to the estate are given
in Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 147.
The Rev. William Allen, author of
Collectanea Latina, at one time resided in
the house. He was minister of Peel
Chapel, and had a boarding school.
||From Ellis Fletcher it has descended
to his granddaughter, Mrs. Wynne Corrie.
She married the Hon. Robert Wellington
Stapleton Cotton, son of Lord Combermere, but was divorced in 1879. There
was no issue of this marriage. She
afterwards married Mr. Wynne Corrie;
Burke, Family Rec. 181. See also the
account of Clifton in Eccles.
||a Trans. Antiq. Soc. xvii, 242.
||For a view see N. G. Philips, Old
Halls of Lancs, and Ches. 57.
||Leonard Asshaw of Shaw in Flixton
was in 1595 found to have held lands in
Hulton of the lord of Worsley; Duchy of
Lancs. Inq. p.m. xvi, 11. A daughter
married Alexander Rigby, who appears to
have had her portion in Hulton; Ducatus
Lanc. (Rec. Com.), iii, 332, 350.
Alexander Rigby of Goosnargh, who died
in 1621, held a messuage and lands in Hulton and Tyldesley, which with land in
Turton he gave to his younger son, George
Rigby; Lancs. Inq.p.m. (Rec. Soc.) iii, 458.
||Alice Rigby, spinster, made a settlement of the manor of Peel, with lands in
Over Hulton, Little Hulton (otherwise
Lowest Hulton), Worsley, Goosnargh,
Turton, Wigan, Hopwood, Thornton near
Chadderton, Clayden, Manchester, Hundersfield, Rochdale, and Rivington; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 160, m. 63. A
further settlement was made in 1680 by
Roger Kenyon, Alice his wife, Leftwich
Oldfield, Alice his wife, and Jane Haworth, widow; ibid. bdle. 202, m. 101.
||Dugdale, Visit. 166; Abram, Blackburn, 752. Roger Kenyon made Peel his
residence. He represented Clitheroe in
Parliament from 1690 to 1695 as a Tory;
Pink and Beaven, op. cit. 257. He
was also clerk of the peace for Lancashire
and Governor of the Isle of Man; a very
large amount of information about him is
contained in the Hist. MSS. Com. Rep.
xiv, App. iv, passim. His eldest son Roger,
named at the Visitation of 1664, died
before him, and George Kenyon, a younger
son, Tory representative of Wigan from
1710 to 1714 (Pink and Beaven, 232) succeeded to Peel. A third son, Thomas,
was grandfather of Lloyd Kenyon, successively Attorney General, Master of the
Rolls, and Lord Chief Justice, created a
baronet in 1784, and raised to the peerage
as Baron Kenyon of Gredington in 1788;
see Kenyon MSS.; Life, by the Hon.
George Kenyon; Foss, Judges; Dict.
George Kenyon married his cousin Ann
daughter of Edward Kenyon, rector of
Prestwich, and dying in 1728, was succeeded by his son and grandson, both
named George. Roger and George Kenyon sons of George Kenyon, a lawyer,
entered St. John's College, Cambridge, in
1719, being aged seventeen and sixteen
respectively; R. F. Scott, Admissions, iii,
17. The last George Kenyon, who died
in 1770, left several daughters, co-heirs,
of whom the eldest married Sir Thomas
Hanmer, bart. The first Lord Kenyon
married Mary daughter of the second
George Kenyon—cousin by both father
and mother; and his son, the second lord,
also married a cousin, Margaret Emma,
daughter of Sir Thomas and Lady Hanmer. Their grandson, the present Lord
Kenyon, is the owner of Peel Hall. Alice
Kenyon, sister of Mary, Lady Kenyon,
held Peel Hall till her death in 1836,
when it passed to her nephew, the second
Lord Kenyon. For an account of the
family see G.E.C. Complete Peerage, iv,
358–60; also pedigree, Baines, Lancs. (ed.
Croston), iii, 148, and Piccope's MS. Pedigrees (Chet. Lib.), i, 218. See also Pal.
Note Bk. iv, 56, 143.
||Geoffrey de Worsley granted to Hugh
rector of Standish land called the Edge
and Hope Croft, at a rent of 12d.; Ellesmere D. no. 45. Rector Hugh afterwards
gave all his land—that which Richard the
clerk of Irlam farmed and Hope Croft—to
Adam de Farnworth; a pair of white
gloves was to be paid yearly to the grantor
and 12d. to the chief lord of the fee; ibid,
no. 43. William son of Hugh de Standish
claimed a messuage and lands in Hulton
from Roger son of Adam de Farnworth in
1292, alleging that Hugh had demised
them to Adam. The claim failed; Assize
R. 408, m. 43 d. Adam son of Roger de
Farnworth in 1301 sought estovers in 60
acres in Hulton against Richard son of
Henry de Worsley and others; Assize R.
321, m. 8d.
In 1370 Henry de Farnworth leased
lands in Hulton Edge (except Hopecroft),
which were part of his mother Maud's
dower; Ellesmere D. no. 63. Another
lease was made by Richard son of Henry
de Farnworth in 1397; no. 65. Eight
years later the Hulton lands were granted
to Richard son of Richard de Farnworth
and Alice his wife, daughter of Thomas
the Roper; no. 69. Nicholas Farnworth and Margery his wife in 1494
assigned to trustees an annual rent of
7s. 3d. from the Edge in Hulton;
no. 74. A few years later this and other
Farnworth lands were sold to Joan Dame
Stanley, the heiress of Worsley; no.
A family named Edge resided on this
estate. In 1551 there was a suit between
George Grundy and Ellen widow of John
Edge respecting Hobb Croft in Hulton,
held under the manor of Worsley; Duchy
Plead. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), iii,
119). In 1564 John Edge sought lands
in Middle Hulton from Dame Jane Brereton and others; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.),
ii, 281; iii, 458.
||In 1487 Thomas Valentine and John
his son and heir apparent granted to
George Valentine son of Thomas for life
lands in Hulton called Woodcroft, Herbercroft, Dowers, and Wood Hey; Vaudrey D.
||Land Tax Ret. at Preston.
||Baines, Lancs, (ed. 1836), iii, 42.
Lond. Gaz. 20 Mar. 1874.
||Nightingale, Lancs. Nonconformity, iv,
108. An account of its endowments may
be seen in the Endowed Charities Rep.
(Deane) of 1903, p. 32.
||Kelly, Engl. Catb. Missions, 252.