||By the Bolton, Turton, &c. Extension
||Subs. R. Lancs, bdle. 250, no. 9.
||See the account of Edgeworth.
In an extent of 1324 it is stated that
William de Radcliffe held Edgeworth by
the service of 2s. 6d.; Lancs. Inq. and
Extents (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), ii,
105. The service is that due for a fourth
part of the whole, i.e. for two oxgangs.
Roger de Radcliffe made a claim against
Richard de Radcliffe in 1301 and 1302
respecting lands in Quarlton, but did not
prosecute it; Assize R. 1321, m. 9; R.
418, m. 12 d.
In 1304. Richard de Radcliffe of Radcliffe had a grant of free warren in Quarlton; Charter R. 97 (32 Edw. I), m. 2,
The manor of Quarlton is named in
1309 among the Radcliffe estates; Final
Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lanes, and Ches.), ii, 5.
In 1340 Richard de Radcliffe claimed a
messuage, &c, in 'Edgeworth next Turton' against William son of William de
Radcliffe, and recovered by default; De
Banco R. 321, m. 305; R. 323, m. 198.
A pleading of 1358 gives some particulars, from which it appears that the Traffords had an interest in Quarlton, which
is probably the 'third part of the manor
of Edgeworth' in dispute. William son
and heir of Robert de Radcliffe demanded
that third part against Richard son of
William de Radcliffe, it having been
given by Sir Richard de Trafford to
Robert de Radcliffe in free marriage with
Anabil his daughter in the time of Edward
I; from them it descended to Richard as
son and heir, then to Robert as son and
heir, and then to the plaintiff. The jury
decided in favour of the plaintiff; Assize
R. 438, m. 7d. The plaintiff seems to
be the head of the Smithills family, and
the defendant the head of the parent Radcliffe stock.
||The preceding note gives the clue to
Lands in Quarlton (or in Edgeworth)
are regularly mentioned in the Radcliffe
and Barton inquisitions, but are usually
said to be held of the Hospitallers. In
that after the death (1417) of Margery
widow of Sir Ralph de Radcliffe, however,
her dower in 'three parts of the manor of
Edgeworth,' was stated to be held of the
king as of his Duchy of Lancaster by
knight's service and a rent of 2s. 6d.;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc), i, 127. Also
in that of John Barton in 1517, the Edgeworth lands are stated to be held of the
king; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v,
||Piccope MSS. (Chet. Lib.), Hi, fol.
220, from Roll 8 of Geo. I at Preston.
||Ralph de Radcliffe in 1406 was found
to have held three messuages in Edgeworth of the Hospitallers by a rent of
16d.; the clear annual value was 100s.;
Towneley MS. DD, no. 1504.
The Hospitallers' rental of c. 1540
shows that Andrew Barton paid 16d. for
the lordship of Quarlton; Kuerden MSS.
v, fol. 84. In his inquisition, however,
the rent is given as 2s. 2d.; Duchy of
Lane. Inq. p.m. ix, no. 27. This is repeated later, e.g. Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec.
Soc. Lanes, and Ches.), i, 211.
||See pedigree in Earwaker's East Ches.
ii, 353. In 1797 the lands of H.O.Wright
contributed over a third of the land tax.
There is in Mrs. Wright's possession
an interesting estate plan, endorsed 'The
Plan of Quarnton belonging to the right
worshipful Sir Thomas Barton of Smithills, knight. Taken by William Senior,
Professor of the Mathematics. Anno
Domini, 1620;' information of Sir Lees
Knowles, who has given a copy to the
Exch. Lay Subs. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
||Thomas Warburton the elder and
Ellen his wife in 1558 made a settlement
of four messuages and lands in Edgeworth,
Quarlton, and Butterworth; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 19, m. 23.
Thomas Warburton, who died 31 May
1634, at Stubbins, held two messuages,
&c, in Quarlton in Edgeworth of Sir
Thomas Barton, and other lands; Francis, his son and heir, was fifty-seven years
of age; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxx,
no. 93. Hannah, a daughter of Thomas
Warburton, is said to have married Robert
Knowles of Quarlton; Baines, Lancs, (ed.
Croston), iii, 222.
Richard Knowles of Quarlton occurs in
1583; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 252, m. 12.