||992, including 10 of inland water;
Census Rep. 1901.
Dict. Nat. Biog.
||Loc. Govt. Bd. Order.
||A list is given in R. Lawson, Flixton,
||The following occur in a deed of
1300: Woodfalls, Whiteriffos, Welcome
Ridding, Merulache, Stilley, Omerland,
Simond Ridding, Hillum Carr, Merebutts.
Lanes. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lanes, and Ches.), i, 71.
||Farrer, Lanes. Pipe R. 77.
Lanes. Inq. and Extents, loc. cit.
||Jordan de Worsley granted to Geoffrey son of Henry de Trafford all the lands
which he had had by the gift of Adam de
Urmston, and the reversion of the dower
of Adam's widow, Isabel; De Trafford
D. no. 292. In 1305 Jordan had, as
creditor for £10, claimed the minor of
Urmston against Adam de Urmston, Isabel
his wife, Gilbert de Ashton, his children,
and others, except four messuages, 4
oxgangs and 60 acres of land, and the
moiety of a mill; Assize R. 420, m. I, 7.
||Sir Edmund Trafford in 1445–6 held
3 oxgangs of land in Urmston and the
heir of Geoffrey de Urmston 5 oxgangs,
for the eighth part of a knight's fee, rendering 12s. 6d. yearly. The said Edmund
stated that he was mesne between the
king, &c., and was in ward; hence there
was no relief; Duchy of Lanc. Knights'
Sir Edmund Trafford, who died in
1563, held Urmston of the queen by the
eighth part of a knight's fee and 8s. 4d.;
Duchy of Lane. Inq. p.m., xi, 11.
Robert Worsley of the Booths in the
time of Henry VIII held lands in Urmston of Edmund Trafford, but the service
due was not known; ibid, vii, 5.
Sir Robert Lovell in 1600 held lands
in Urmston, probably purchases from
members of the Trafford family; ibid,
xviii, 32; see also Ducatus Lanc. (Rec.
Com.), iii, 421, 465, and the accounts of
Chorlton and Didsbury.
Richard Scott in 1547 claimed a messuage, &c., against Sir Edmund Trafford
and James Hampson; ibid, i, 229.
||Richard de Urmston is named in
1265, 1278, 1284, and again in 1288;
perhaps there were two of the name;
Lanes. Inq. and Extents, i, 232, 273;
Assize R. 1238, m. 34. d.; 1265, m. 5 d.
Nigel son of Roger son of Adam de
Urmston in 1288 demanded the manor
against Adam son of Richard de Urmston, claiming as heir; De Banco R. 73,
m. 49, 87 d. Thus Richard must have
died in that year.
In 1284, however, there was another
Adam de Urmston, the son of William and
Constance; in reply to a charge of novel
disseisin in 'Ormiston,' he said there
was no such vill, but the tenements
claimed were in 'Urmiiton,' and he held
them as his father's heir. Thomas de
Urmston claimed under a grant from the
father; Assize R. 1268, m. 19. In the
same year Richard de Urmston claimed
eight messuages in Urmston against Adam
and Alexander de Hulme, John son of
Wymark, and others. Robert Grelley
had held them, and his son and heir
Thomas being under age, the escheator
had taken possession; ibid. 1265,
m. 22 d.
||See the account of Westleigh; a
Richard de Urmston and Siegrith his wife
held it and lands in Flixton in 1292;
Final Cone. (Rec. Soc. Lanes, and Ches.);
i, 169, 174; ii, 20, 127. Siegrith, lady
of Urmston, also occurs in 1311; Lich.
Epis. Reg. i, fol. 114b.
Adam de Urmston, probably the Adam
son of Richard above mentioned, seems
to have been the chief man in the township in 1292, when he was involved in
several pleas. William son of William
de Flixton (probably a Valentine), was
nonsuited in a claim against Adam de
Urmston and William his brother; Assize
R. 408, m. 44 d. The same plaintiff was
also nonsuited in a claim against William
son of Thomas de Urmston; ibid. m.
48 d. Henry son and heir of Henry de
Trafford was nonsuited in his demand
that Adam de Urmston's mill-pool should
be destroyed, having been formed by
Adam's father, Richard, to the injury of
the Traffords' estate ; ibid. m. 56 d.; De
Banco R. 92, m. 129 d.
||In 1301 Adam de Urmston made
claims, which he did not prosecute, against
Robert de Ashton and others, respecting
tenements in Urmston; Assize R. 418,
m. 12 d. These Ashtons were of the
adjacent township of Ashton on Mersey.
In the same year Richard son of Adam
de Urmston, and Cecily his wife, made
a similar claim against Adam and
others; ibid. 419, m. 3; 420, m. 7.
Richard son of Adam son of Richard de
Urmston in 1333 and up to 1342 claimed
eighteen messuages, &, in Urmston,
against Henry son of John de Trafford of
Urmston; De Banco R. 295, m. 28;
332, m. 100 d.
||The story is told fully in a document
compiled about 1430, in HarL MS. 2112,
fol. 158, printed in Coll. Topog. et Gen.
Adam de Urmston granted all his lands
of Urmston, with the demesne, wards,
reliefs, &, to Gilbert de Ashton, who in
return granted the moiety of Ashton on
Mersey, and lands in Sale and Altrincham.
These being more valuable than Urmston
Adam granted a rent of £3 a year from
them. After this Adam sold the Ashton
lands to John de Leigh and Ellen his
wife, who gave them to William Venables
and Katherine his wife. [This was in
1307–8; Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxvii, App.
94]. William not paying the rent of £3,
Gilbert de Ashton made a distraint and
proved his right in open court.
Gilbert married Margaret daughter of
Roger de Cheadle, and their daughter
Hawise was married in childhood to
Henry son of John de Trafford of Newcroft, the father giving her the manor of
Urmston. Afterwards a divorce took
place; Henry married Joan de Worsley,
and Hawise married John son and heir of
the above-mentioned William Venables, by
whom she had a daughter and heir Alice
(elsewhere Aline). After the death of
Hawise John married Joan, sister of the
said Henry de Trafford, and had a daughter
Cecily, wife of Robert de Ashton.
Meantime John de Trafford had killed
Gilbert de Ashton at Urmston, hiding his
body in a 'rindle' and taking the deeds
of the manor. Henry de Trafford also
arranged with Richard son of Adam de
Urmston that the latter should recover the
lands and then grant them to him. Thus
Aline's inheritance was in great danger.
Her father also was against her; he
wished her to marry Adam de Trafford,
his second wife's brother, and shut her up
in the 'city of Brvnuegg,' till she escaped
one night and found refuge in Timperley,
on which her father, in his anger, burnt
the deed securing to her the rent of £3.
Next, Hamon Massey of Timperley married her to Ralph de Hyde, who managed
to regain the manor of Urmston against
Henry de Trafford and Richard de Urmston ; after which the stolen deeds were
given up to him.
A copy of the grant by Adam de Urmston to Gilbert de Ashton follows.
Some illustrative references will be
found in the following notes.
||De Banco R. 217, m. 183 d. It is
possible that the oxgang not mentioned
was Newcroft, the possession of Henry
de Trafford. Gilbert de Ashton after
wards proffered a charter of Isabel's, but
she denied it to be hers; De Banco R.
218, m. 30.
Adam de Urmston in 1300 granted to
his son Richard and Cecily his wife,
daughter of Thomas de Hulme, 3 oxgangs
of land in Urmston, & De Trafford D.
no. 294. Richard and Cecily in 1305
accordingly claimed three messuages,
3 oxgangs, 12 acres of land, 1 acre of
heath, and the moiety of the mills in
Urmston, against Adam de Urmston,
Gilbert de Ashton, Robert, Thomas,
Richard, and William his sons, Hawise,
Margery, Lettice, and Margery his daughters, and Roger Plat. One writ was
abstracted, and William son of the rector
of Lee sent to gaol. Gilbert pleaded a
quitclaim of the same year, but Richard
was then a minor ; Assize R. 420, m. 7,
5d. ; 423,01. 3d.
The Serjeant family occurs several
times in the pleadings, &c. William the
Serjeant in 1346 called John de Radcliffe,
rector of Bury, to warrant him in the
possession of his estate in Urmston; De
Banco R. 345, m. 113 d. Joan daughter
of William, in 1352 released to Thomas
del Booth her right in her father's lands,
&c.; P.R.O. Anct. D., A, 8175. Later,
however, she seems to have recovered all
or part of them; Duchy of Lanc. Assize
R. 3, m. 2.
||Duchy of Lanc. Rentals and Surv.
379, m. 13; he paid for ward 8s. and
sake fee 2s. In the copy in Dods. MSS.
exxtci, fol. 37b, the sake fee is given as
2s. 6d., making 10s. 6d. in all.
In the same year Robert de Hulme
claimed land in Urmston against Henry
son of John de Trafford, Hawise his wife,
and John de Trafford the elder; Assize
R. 425, m. 5d.
John de Trafford contributed to the
subsidy of 1332; Exch. Lay Subs. (Rec.
Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), 41.
Thomas son of Adam de Hulme, in
virtue of a grant made to his grandfather
Thomas in 1302 by Adam de Urmston,
successfully claimed leave to get turves on
the moor of Urmston in 13345 Adam
de Hulme was brother and heir of Robert,
eldest son of Thomas the grandfather.
The defendants were Henry son of John
de Trafford of Newcroft and Isabel
widow of Adam de Urmston, the latter
in right of her dower; Coram Rege R.
297, m. 125.
||The earliest statement (1343) recites
the possession of the manor of Urmston
by Gilbert de Ashton, with remainder to
his daughter Hawise and her issue; and
by Henry son of John de Trafford of
Newcroft, in right of Hawise, after Gilbert's death, and by Henry after the
death of Hawise. It alleges that Henry
and others in 1340 conspired with
Richard son of Adam son of Richard de
Urmston, so that the latter might sue
Henry for the manor; he did so, and in
1342 recovered it by Henry's wilful
default. Henry and Richard defended,
but the jury found that Adam alienated
the manor in exchange for other tenements, so that his son Richard had never
any right in it, and upheld Aline's claim.
They assessed the damages as £4 instead
of the £2,000 claimed; Assize R. 430,
m. 10 d. In the following year Ralph
and Aline were nonsuited in a claim for
ten messuages, 40 acres of land, &,
against John de Trafford of Newcroft,
Joan his wife, and John, Richard, Robert,
and Adam his sons ; ibid. 1435,
A further statement of the case was
made in 1347, in the king's writ to the
justices; herein Geoffrey de Urmston and
Roger de Chisnall are named as the
partners of Henry de Trafford in the
conspiracy ; De Banco R. 351, m. 435 d.;
352, m. 227 d.; 356, m. 412 d. In
July 1351 Ralph and Aline proceeded
against Richard de Urmston, Geoffrey and
Adam his brothers and others, but the
writ was adjudged bad, having questus for
questi; Duchy of Lane. Assize R. 1, m. 2.
At the same time Amice daughter of
Henry son of John de Trafford did not
prosecute her claim against Ralph and
Aline; a mistake was found in her writ,
more tenants being named in it than
were shown on the endorsement; ibid,
m. 4 d, 5. This dispute, however, had
not been confined to the courts; for in
Aug. 1350, Richard de Urmston, Adam
his brothers and others, had with bows,
arrows, swords, and shields, taken some
of Ralph de Hyde's cattle—a horse worth
40s., four oxen worth 50s., and two cows
worth 13s. 4d.—and committed other
enormities, treading down his corn to
the value of £6 3s. 4d.; whereupon,
being convicted, Richard was sent to
gaol; Assize R. 431, m. 1 d. In 1351
Richard son of Geoffrey de Urmston released to Ralph de Hyde all his right to
the lands in dispute; Harl. MS. 2112,
fol. 159. The suits went on for some
years after this, with varying success.
||Duchy of Lane. Assize R. 8, m. 4.
||De Banco R. 440, m. 244; he was
plaintiff in a continuation of the old suits.
Lanes. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc), ii, 40;
he is stated to have held no lands.
Thomas de Hyde of Urmston and
Margaret his wife granted to feoffees their
manor of Urmston with the appurtenances; the date is uncertain; Harl. MS.
2112, fol. 160.
In 1419 Thomas de Hyde of Urmston
and Margaret his wife empowered John
de Bamford to give seisin of all their
lands, &c., in Stockport, Offerton, and
Marple to George their son and Alice
daughter of Robert de Stockport; Bratnhall D.
Arrangements were made in 1429 for
the marriage of Thomas son of George
de Hyde with Margaret daughter of
Thomas de Leigh of Baguley. The
marriage portion was 40 marks, the
jointure 6 marks, and lands in Urmston
to the clear value of 6 marks were set
out for the purpose; Harl. MS. 2112,
Lanes. Inq. p.m. ii, 50.
||Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 160; the lands
assigned were those in Urmston tenanted
by Henry Johnson, Agnes Milner, Richard
Gefferson, Robert Gefferson, and Richard
||Ibid. fol. 161; Sir John Booth was
George Hyde was at Chester outlawed
for debt in Sept. 1487, and his lands at
Offerton and Marple were seized; Ches.
Inq. 3 Hen. VII, no. 2.
||Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 161, 177; the
contract was made between Thomas Hyde
and Ellen, widow of Sir John Booth;
Elizabeth's portion was 85 marks, and a
jointure of 4 marks was provided for.
||Duchy of Lane. Inq. p.m. viii, 37.
To Thomas his son he granted pastures
called Cobrysshes and Medylst Raynshaghe for life; to James, another son,
the Horsecroft, Newhey, and Formeste
Raynshaghe for life; to Hamnet, another
sen, lands in Cheshire. Margaret his
wife survived him.
||Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 161 d. In the
following year William the father married
Douce, 'cousin' of John Warburton;ibid.
||Duchy of Lane. Inq. p.m. xii, 31. By
his second wife he had a daughter Ellen,
who married Thomas Boydell of Pulford.
The latter, shortly after his father-in-law's
death, had disputes with the son; Ducatus,
iii, 32, 33.
Visit. (Chet. Soc), 14.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xiv, 49;
a third of the manor was devoted to the
use of the son John, another third to the
widow, Margaret, and the remaining third
to the daughters Bridget and Anne until
the son should come of age. His will is
printed in full in Piccope, Wills (Chet.
Soc.), ii, 189– he desired to be buried
in the chancel at Flixton. His harness,
with his bow and arrows, was to be kept
for the use of his son. Margaret, the
widow, was in 1593 concerned in a
suit respecting the Old Hall in Urmston
with a tenant of the Radcliffes; Ducatus,
In 1589 Richard Gerard, rector of
Stockport, surrendered to the widow the
wardship of her son; Harl. MS. 2112,
||Ibid. A settlement of the manor,
&c., was made at the same time by the
widow, her son and his wife; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 61, no. 343.
Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 53; two deeds
are quoted in it.
||Pal of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 82,
||Ibid. bdle. 141, no. 1.
||These dates, and later ones for which
no other authority is quoted, are taken
from the Flixton registers.
John Hyde in 1631 paid £10 on
refusing knighthood; Misc. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 215. In his will
of 12 Mar. 1643–4, he mentioned his
wife Margaret, his grandchild Sarah and
her husband Richard Hulme, also two
grandchildren, sons of George Griffith of
||He was the son of William Hulme
of Davyhulme, buried at Eccles 20 Jan.
1640–1; he was himself baptized at
Eccles 1 Aug. 1624, and buried there
5 June 1649; Hulme pedigree in Piccope's MS. i, 327. The surname of
Margaret, George Hyde's wife, is unknown. The Urmston halmote in 1642
was that of John Hyde, the next (in
1647) was that of Richard Hulme, the
next (in 1651) was that of Richard Starkie, the next (in 1673) was that of
||Richard Starkie of Urmston was
summoned by the heralds at the Visitation
in 1664; Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc.), v.
In 1650 Richard Starkie's mother seems
to have been living at Warrington; Crofton, Stretford (Chet. Soc.), iii, 204.
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 184,
William Hulme, baptized at Flixton
5 April 1649, married Hannah daughter
of Samuel Blackleach at Macclesfield,
where her father was alderman, on 9 Dec.
1668; James, the eldest son, was born
30 Aug. 1669. Hannah Hulme the wife
was buried at Flixton 6 Oct. 1684.
In 1673 William Hulme in a petition
to the Chancellor of the Duchy set forth
his descent and claim to the lordship of
Urmston, and lands, &c., in Urmston,
Hulme, and Newcoft, reciting the settlements and stating that his mother had
surrendered her estate therein, and he had
taken peaceable possesion; but Peter
Holford of London, Elizabeth his wife,
Charles Moore of London, and Alice his
wife had obtained certain deeds and sought
to oust, alleging in particular that George
Hyde, his grandfather, was 'a mad and
distracted person' at the time of the settlement in 1642; Lancs. Chan. Bills, P.R.O.,
There was a recovery of the manor in
1705, William Hulme being a vouchee;
Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 482, m. 2 d.
He is several times mentioned in the
Kenyon MSS. (Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv,
App. iv), and some of his letters are
printed. In 1694 he wrote to Roger
Kenyon respecting 'an impudent conventicle' held just by him; he desired to
suppress it; ibid. 290.
||P.R.O. List, 74.
||His will, dated 26 Mar. 1707, mentions John his son and heir, and his daughters Mary (wife of Thomas Shaw of Manchester), Hannah, Elizabeth, Frances,
Jane, and Susannah.
||She is described in the register as
'mother of the late Captain Hulme.'
||John Hulme was baptized at Flixton
20 Feb. 1679–80, and was married there
on 19 April 1711 to Elizabeth Bate. She
was buried there on 1 June 1724. A
lease by John Hulme to John Dewhurst
in 1718 is recited in a deed in Manchester Free Library, no. 113.
There was a recovery of the manor,
&c., in 1736, John Hulme being a vouchee;
Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 542, m. 5.
||Pedigree in Burke, Commoners, ii,
372–5. John Willis brother of Thomas
was rector of Bletchley, but was buried at
Flixton 24 July 1741.
Anne Willis daughter of Thomas was
born 11 Aug. 1736; Thomas the son was
born 11 Feb. 1737–8; and Hulme, another son, was buried 4 Mar. 1738–9;
||Lawson, Flixton, 104, quoting an advertisement in the Manchester Mercury,
9 July 1765.
There was a recovery of the manor of
Urmston, &c., in 1759, Thomas Willis
and Arthur Trollope being vouchees;
Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 591, m. 3.
||In 1773 Roger Sedgwick was plaintiff and William Allen and Ellen his wife
defendants in a fine respecting the manor
of Urmston, with messuages, dovehouse,
lands, common of pasture, and turbary,
&c., in Urmston, Davyhulme, Newcroft,
Shaw, Flixton, Lostock, Bent Lanes, Barton on Irwell, and Manchester; Pal of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 389, m. 48. William Allen, a Manchester banker, became
bankrupt in 1788, and his estates were
||From information of Mr. Ridehalgh's
solicitors, Messrs. Taylor, Kirkman &
||Duchy of Lanc. Rentals, bdle. 14,
no. 25 m.
||Lawson, op. cit. 105. A volume
containing the Urmston Halmote Records from 1613 to 1699 is in the care of
the solicitors above named.
||They have been noticed already in
the account of the claims of Ralph de
Hyde and his wife Aline. A Geoffrey de
Urmston contributed to the subsidy of
1332; Exch. Lay Subs. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), 41.
Richard the son of Adam de Urmston
was succeeded about 1352 by his son Robert, who in July of that year was plaintiff
against Thomas de Trafford; Duchy of
Lanc. Assize R. 2, m. 4; R. 3, m. 3 d. 5.
Robert also continued the family suits
against the Hydes; ibid. R. 2, m. 4;
R. 3, m. 3 d. 4 d.; R. 8, m.4. Richard
son of Geoffrey de Urmston was also concerned in this litigation; Assize R. 435,
m. 6d. Robert de Urmston did not prosecute his writ in 1353 against Richard
and Geoffrey sons of Geoffrey de Urmston;
ibid. m. 22.
One of the disputes concerned a fishery
in the Mersey as far as the thread of the
water, taking salmon, bream, pike, &c.,
with nets or otherwise. Robert, quoting
the charter of 1300, stated that Adam his
grandfather had given to Richard his son
and heir, on his marriage with Cecily
daughter of Thomas de Hulme, three oxgangs in Urmston, with the buildings upon
them, a moiety of the mills and fishery
within all his limits (defensis), except his
vivaries; but Ralph de Hyde and Aline
his wife had disseised him. They denied
that the proffered charter was Adam's;
ibid. m. 30d. Afterwards they objected
that the wording of the writ was wrong,
as it read 'de libero tenemento suo' instead
of 'de communa piscarie sue,' and this
seems to have been fatal; Assize R. 435,
m. 17. In another case, in which Robert
claimed 10 acres of land and pasture for six
cows, they tried a technical objection, but
did not succeed; ibid. m. 31 d.
In a document of about the same time
John de Trafford of Urmston is said to
hold two and a half oxgangs lately belonging to Geoffrey de Urmston, and five and
a half oxgangs, by the eighth part of a
knight's fee; Duchy of Lanc. Misc. Bks.
no. 130, fol. 16 d. With this may be
compared the statement of the Traffords'
holding quoted in an earlier note.
||The Traffords of Newcroft have been
frequently mentioned in the preceding
notes. There seem to have been three
generations—John, Henry, and Amice;
but John and Thomas de Trafford are also
mentioned. The Hydes were in 1354
and later involved in disputes with Cecily
widow of John de Trafford of Newcroft
regarding lands of which Roger son of
Roger de Barlow was tenant. Cecily called
Amice daughter of Henry de Trafford to
warrant her; Duchy of Lane. Assize R.
3, m. 3 (July), 2 (East.); 4, m. 29; 5,
tn. 18 d. 20 d. &c.
||William de Warburton in 1357 was
the husband of Amice the above-named
daughter of Henry de Trafford, and they
were called to warrant Cecily the widow
of John in the suit with Ralph de Hyde
and his wife; ibid. R. 6, m. 4 d. Later,
at Michaelmas 1359, William and Amice
claimed a messuage and lands against
Richard de Hill, chaplain; ibid. R. 7, m. 1.
Disputes were still going on in 1370;
De Banco R. 440, m. 244 ; 446, m. 200 d.
Geoffrey de Warburton of Newcroft in
1389–90 acknowledged a debt of £20 due
to Adam de Lever; Pal of Lane. Chan.
Misc. ⅓. He and Katherine his wife,
widow of Thomas de Knoll, sent up a
petition concerning lands in Chipping in
1425; Lanes. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc), i,
73; ii, 9.
William de Warburton of Newcroft in
1429–30 made a grant of land in Urmston to Richard his son on the occasion
of his marriage with Marion daughter of
Maud Ashton; Newcroft and Foxdenton
D. (Chet. Lib.).
Thomas Warburton in 1531 disputed
the title to Newcroft against Sir Alexander
Radcliffe and others; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec.
Com.), i, 149.
In 1566 Peter Warburton, who had
married Katherine daughter and heir of
John Cowper, and claimed under a grant
from William Hyde, proceeded against
the last-named and others for divers trespasses; ibid, ii, 334.
||Richard Smith and Randle Ryder of
Flixton in 1532 sold to Sir Alexander
Radcliffe of Ordsall their moiety of Newcroft, late the inheritance of Richard
Warburton, and later in the same year
Thomas Warburton of Tabley Hill,
Cheshire, sold his moiety to the same;
Newcroft D. (Chet. Lib.).
||a Duchy of Lane. Inq. p.m. ix, 26.
Similar statements are made in the inquisitions after the death of Sir William
Radcliffe (1568), Sir John Radcliffe (1590),
and Sir Alexander Radcliffe (1599); ibid,
xiii, 33; xv, 45; xvii, 35.
Richard Radcliffe, youngest son of Sir
William, lived at Newcroft, holding it on
lease from his brother Sir John Radcliffe
(Newcroft D.), and was buried at Flixton.
His memorial brass states that he was
'captain over 200 foot at the siege of
Leith and at the rebellion in the north.'
By his second wife he acquired the estate
of Foxdenton in Chadderton. He had also
an estate in Altcar.
In 1605 Sir John Radcliffe of Ordsall
made a settlement (or a sale) of the manor
of Newcroft, with messuages, gardens, lands,
and common of pasture; Pal. of Lane.
Feet, of F. bdle. 68, no. 16.
About 1632 there was a dispute as to
Newcroft between Greenhalgh and Radcliffe; Lancs, and Ches. Rec. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 246.
||From references already given it
would appear that Newcroft had been purchased by the Hulmes, and from their
heirs by William Allen.
End. Char. Rep. for Flixton (1900),
pp. 3, 6. The price paid in 1888 was
£4,000; Lawson, Flixton, 105.
||D. H. Langton, Hist. of Flixton, 30.
||a Dugdale, Visit. v. Roger Rogers,
gent., in Nov. 1690 became steward of
the Urmston halmote, and appears among
the free tenants at the same court. He
ceased to hold the office between 27 Aug.
and 26 Sept. 1695, when William Rogers
succeeded him. In 1699 Peter Egerton
of Shaw Hall granted Shaw Manor House
to Richard Tonge and William Rogers of
Stretford; Baines, Lanes. (ed. Croston),
iii, 307. In 1701 William Rogers became
steward of Stretford Court Baron.
||The title to Hylland was in 1548
disputed by Giles and William Partington; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), ii, 88;
see also i, 228, ii, 94, for other references
to the family; Duchy Plead. (Rec. Soc.
Lanes. and Ches.), iii, 34. In 1559 John
Partington of Manchester, mercer, sold
all his lands in Urmston to Edmund
Trafford; he inherited from his uncle
James Partington, and another uncle,
Ralph, is named. The tenants were John
Gregory, Thomas Gregory, George Gregory, William Holland, and Thomas
Gregory of Hillam; De Trafford D. no.
115, 116. In 1546 William Partington
had purchased from John Gregory and
John his son six messuages, &, in Urmston; Pal. of Lane. Feet of F. bdle. 12,
||Lawson, op. cit. 108; known as
'Pine apple hall' from a carving over the
||Ibid.; now known as the 'Grange.'
||Ibid. 109; the house called the
'Anchorage' stands on the site. Gamershaw is a corruption of Grimelshagh; see
D. of 1554 in Crofton, Stretford, ii, 42.
||John Newton, who died in 1597,
held a messuage in Urmston of the queen;
John his son and heir was about sixteen;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xvii, no. 82.
Newton of Urmston occurs in the list of
freeholders in 1600; Misc. (Rec. Soc.
Lanes. and Ches.), i, 249. Robert Newton of Urmston had land in Barton on
lease in 1676–7; De Trafford D. no. 112.
Mr. Crofton adds the following further
information:— In 1673 John Newton
paid hearth tax in Stretford for one hearth;
Stretford, iii, 212. On 21 Nov. 1684
'John son of Mr. John Newton of Stretford' married Sarah daughter of Mr.
Francis Brown of Manchester; Stretford
Reg. John Newton was steward of Stretford Court Baron. He was also a highway overseer for Stretford in 1691, and
chapelwarden in 1700. He was buried
at Bowdon 3 June 1701, and the entry in
the Stretford registers calls him 'gentleman.' The will of 'John Newton of
Stretford, yeoman,' was proved at Chester
the same year. On 27 Sept. 1690 letters
of administration had been granted to
John Newton of Stretford, yeoman, as
kinsman of Winifred wife of Thomas
Barlow of Barlow, who was daughter of
Anthony Meinell of N. Kilvington,
co. York. She had been wife of—Killingbeck of Ellerton Grange, co. York,
and was buried at Manchester Collegiate
Church in 1690. Thomas Newton was
John Newton's executor. In Oct. 1620
the Urmston Halmote Recs. mention
Thomas Newton senr. and junr., John
Newton, gent., free tenant, and William
||Robert de Moston of Chester and
Cecily his wife in 1402 gave to William
son of Robert Gregory all their lands
in Urmston; De Trafford D. no. 296.
Thomas de Hyde in 1418–19 contracted
to marry his daughter Maud to William
Gregory the younger of Leigh; Harl.
MS. 2112, fol. 160. John Gregory of
Newcroft was by Richard Radcliffe in 1593
called upon to pay a debt due to Sir
Edmund Trafford for fine and gressum;
Ducatus Lanc. iii, 289. Henry Gregory
contributed to the subsidy in 1622 for
lands; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
i, 154. A pedigree recorded in 1567 shows
that the Gregorys claimed by descent from
Adam Urmston of Urmston; Visit. (Chet.
||Hugh Scott of Wigan and Alice his
wife had lands in Urmston in 1576; Pal. of
Lane. Feet of F. bdle. 38, m. 119. Edmund
Hey in 1590 purchased a messuage, &c.,
from Hugh Scott, Gilbert his son and heir,
and Margaret wife of Gilbert, Richard
brother of Hugh, and Roger brother of
Gilbert; Pal. of Lanc. Feet off. bdle. 54,
m. 156. John Hey, who died in 1596, held
messuages in Urmston and Culcheth, and
left as heir his son Edmund, six years of age;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xvii, no. 90.
Mr. Crofton adds: At Urmston halmote 19 Oct. 1613 (when Edmund Hey
would be twenty-three) the free tenants
who are recorded were Alexander Radcliffe, gent., John Newton, gent., and the
heirs of John Hey—each fined 6d. for not
appearing. This is the only record relating to Hey. At next Court, 16 Apr.
1614, only Radcliffe and Newton are
named, as if Hey had sold to someone.
||Returns at Preston.
Royalist Comp. Papers [Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 137.
||Lawson, Flixton, 98–102; Lond.
Gaz. 31 Mar. 1868 (district).
||Lawson, op. cit. 130, 131.
||Nightingale, Lancs. Nonconf. v, 74,
77–9; Lawson, op. cit. 131.