||Formerly the two portions were considered as one township for the county
rate, but each maintained its own poor
and roads. Thus the 'township of Leagram' is spoken of in the charity report
||Little Bowland has an area of 3,152
acres (3,153 Census) and Leagram of
1,512; the respective populations were
103 and 107. There are 31 acres of
inland water in the former and 2 in the
||T. C. Smith, Chipping, 194.
||Gregson, Fragments (ed. Harland),
||Lay Subs. Lancs. bdle. 250, no. 9.
||See the accounts of Aighton and
Chipping. Bowland also was granted;
Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 382.
||This would account for the name
Little Bowland. The bounds of the forest
of Bowland, as given in Whitaker's
Whalley (i, 329, 330), show that Leagram
and Little Bowland were included in it—
Burnslack, Threapleigh, Chipping Brook,
Hudefield, the Pale, Startivant's lands,
the Loud and the Hodder, being the
bounds on the side of Chipping and
||Although it is usual to account this
township as part of Whalley, the more
correct description seems to be that it is
a detached part of the extra-parochial
district of St. Michael, Clitheroe Castle,
showing the artificial character of the
connexion with Whalley; Whitaker, op.
cit. i, 258. The Status de Blackburnshire asserts that the whole district was
formerly in the parish of Whalley;
Whalley Couch. (Chet. Soc.), i, 187.
||Chipping Lawnd (or Lawn) in Leagram preserves a trace of the old association. The inhabitants seem to have
used the church at Chipping; see T. C.
Smith, Chipping, 198, &c.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 217. Alice widow
of Edmund in the following year complained that John de Bradley, Adam de
Mitton and others had trespassed on her
park and forest of Bowland; Cur. Reg.
R. 162, m. 42; 169, m. 61 d.
Lancs. Ct. R. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
||The following list of parkers is
given: 1410, Sir Richard Hoghton;
1446, Robert Hoghton; 1461, Robert
Radcliffe; 1473, Richard Shireburne;
1487, Edward Stanley, afterwards Lord
Mounteagle; 1523, Roger Beck; 1526,
Richard Hoghton; 1554, Thomas Hoghton; Whitaker, op. cit. i, 357.
The appointment (1523) of Roger
Beck to succeed Sir Edward Stanley Lord
Mounteagle is in Add. MS. 32106, no.
515, that of Thomas Hoghton (1554),
ibid. no. 879.
Accounts of the repairs of the inclosure, &c., of the time of Henry VI
are printed by Whitaker, op. cit. i, 347–9.
Richard III in 1485 granted Sir Robert
Harrington the herbage of his park
called 'Laregrem' and a pasture called
Acornhurst; Duchy of Lanc. Misc. Bks.
||T. C. Smith, Chipping, 192–3. The
park contained within the pale 488 acres
of all sorts of land, viz. three parcels of
arable called Over Lawnd, Acornhurst
and New Fall, 47 acres in all; Lower
Lawnde, 25 acres, underwood and barren;
Park Green, 28 acres, meadow; Over
End, 83 acres, half heath and half moss;
Lower End, 103 acres, containing Leagram Carr, 'a very deep and wet carr,'
overgrown with alder, holly, hazel and
thorn; Hodds Moss and Park Moss, 85
and 98 acres of 'great and barren' mossland. Such underwood as there was,
consisting of alder, &c., was fit only for
'tinsel' and firebote for the farmers there.
||Duchy of Lanc. Misc. Bks. xxiii,
136 d. The grant, dated 2 Mar. 1555–6,
is printed by T. C. Smith, op. cit. 193.
It included houses called the Lodge
and Windhills in Bowland, with wardships, marriage dues, &c., at a rent of
£26 19s. 6d.
||Pat. 5 Eliz. pt. iv, the park of Leagram, with the messuage called Windhills, in Bowland, in the tenure of Sir
Richard Shireburne. The grant included
'liberties of park and forest, warrens,
mines,' &c., also court leet and court
baron, homages, tolls, and all other hereditaments.
||Smith, op. cit. 194. Sir Richard
paid £1,618 10s. At his death in 1594
he was stated to hold a capital messuage in
Leagram and Windhills of the queen in
chief by the fortieth part of a knight's
fee; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xvi, no. 3.
Anne Shireburne of Leagram in 1630
compounded for the two-thirds of her
estates liable to sequestration for her
recusancy by an annual payment of £24.
||He died in 1866. For pedigree see
Smith, op. cit. 196; Burke, Landed
||He was a zealous antiquary and
compiled an account of the district.
||This and some other particulars are
due to Miss Weld.
||a Hewitson, Our Country Churches
and Chapels, 545.
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc.), ii, 44;
Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 6, m. 27 (Miles
son of Richard Hoghton of Leagram,
1444). Richard Hoghton of Leagram,
son of Sir Henry Hoghton, in 1447
granted lands in Ribchester and Hothersall to Richard Towneley of Towneley;
Towneley MS. C 8, 13 (Chet. Lib.),
H 335. See the account of Little
||The vaccary of Greystoneley was in
1547 granted to the Parkers by the
Crown; Smith, op. cit. 197, where is
given an account of the family down to
The estate of Thomas Parker was
confiscated by the Parliament and sold in
1652; Index of Royalists (Index Soc.),
44; Cal. Com. for Comp. v, 3205 (a
messuage, &c., in Castle in Clitheroe).
In 1717 Edward Parker of Bowland, as
a 'Papist,' registered his freehold estate
called Higher Greystone; Estcourt and
Payne, Engl. Cath. Non-jurors, 151.
||Agnes widow of John Parker of
'Lekehurst' and William Parker of the
same were defendants in 1445; Pal. of
Lanc. Plea R. 8, m. 9.
Some account of the family will be
found in Smith, op. cit. 198–200. Other
families noticed in the same work are
Rauthmell of Lees and Wardsley; Bleasdale, Haythornthwaite and Howson of
Dinkley Green; Marsden of the Pale,
Crombleholme of Loudmytholme and
Townley of Leagram.
||Ibid. 238–242, with pedigree.
Adam, Nicholas and William Swinhilhurst appear in the above-cited accounts
of Leagram Park, 1422–50; Whitaker,
Whalley, i, 347–8.
||He married Mary daughter and heir
of Robert Singlehurst. He was described
as 'of Torrisholme.'
Royalist Comp. Papers (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), iii, 151–64. He was
farmer of the rectory of Chipping in his
wife's right. His special 'delinquency'
is not recorded.
From the pedigree referred to it appears
that Dorothy granddaughter and heir of
Christopher married John Parkinson, and
their daughter and heir Elizabeth married
Robert Parker of Harden, whose descendants continued at Fair Oak.
Index of Royalists, 42.
Royalist Comp. Papers, ii, 254.
Leagram is described as 'in the parish of
||Estcourt and Payne, op. cit. 97, 106.
Lancs. and Ches. Rec. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 171.
||Land tax returns at Preston.
||An informer in 1716 stated: 'The
mother of Sir Nicholas Shireburne of
Stonyhurst gave an estate near Chipping
of £60 per annum to Charles Panket
[Penketh], a popish priest, to go at his
death in a succession for ever to popish
priests for their maintenance and support,
the said Charles Panket now living in the
house called Chipping Lane [Lawn], to
which the estate so given him as aforesaid belongs'; Payne, Engl. Cath. Rec.
For the succession of missionary priests
see Smith, op. cit. 154–8, 194.
||An inquiry into the charities was
held in 1901; the report (1902) contains
a reprint of that of 1826. For Brabin's
almshouses and school see the account of
||The mansion-house of Lentworth
Hall in Over Wyresdale was in 1706 conveyed to trustees to secure the payment
of the £6 and other charities. In 1841
the trustees of Cardinal Weld conveyed
the manor of Aighton to the Stonyhurst
College trustees, charged with the payment of £6, thus relieving Lentworth.
||Thomas Walbank (see Chipping) in
1732 left £15 for the poor of Leagram
attending a sermon at Chipping Church
on St. Thomas's Day. This now produces 7s. 6d., given to a poor person, attendance at the sermon no longer being
The benefaction of Alice and James
Webster (1742) has been lost.