||The Census Rep. 1901 gives 529 acres,
including 21 of inland water.
||Apparently the Ollertrodes of 1618;
||Acts 47 & 48 Vict. cap. 214 and
||Acts 49 & 50 Vict. cap. 61 and later.
||The print works on the Hyndburn
were first established by Jonathan Peel,
uncle of the famous Sir Robert; Abram,
Dict. Nat. Biog.
||Gregson, Fragments. (ed. Harland),
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 218; De Lacy Compoti
(Chet. Soc.), 9, 104.
Final Conc. i, 151 (York) and addenda
(Westminster). In the same year Uctred
released his claim in Upholland to Matthew
de Holland; ibid. 14. Uctred attested a
Harwood charter in 1192; Pontefract
Chartul. (Yorks. Arch. Soc.), ii, 326. He
was fined half a mark (1202–4) for not
having the man he had pledged; Farrer,
Lancs. Pipe R. 169, 178.
||Most of the charters by 'Uctred de
Church' are probably by a later Uctred
than the one living in 1202. An Uctred
son of Uctred de Church occurs; Towneley
MS. DD, no. 857. About 1250 the
Abbot of Kirkstall granted to Richard son
of Adam de Tottleworth land called Wallbank in Church which had been received
from Uctred de Church; a rent of 6d.
was to be paid; Towneley MS. HH,
no. 57. Uctred de Church gave land in
the Imps and Smerebutts, a little island
called Oldmill holme, and a messuage by
St. Oswald's Well, to Richard the alumnus
and assignee of Henry the chaplain
of Rishton; ibid. no. 59. Uctred gave
lands to Roger de Dunkenhalgh, and to
Roger son of Adam de Radcliffe by Agnes
he gave 2 oxgangs of land in Church;
one of them had been held by Robert
son-in-law of Paulinus, it being the eighth
part of the vill of Church, and the other
had been held by Robert son of Warine de
Koul; ibid. no. 64. Uctred de Church
gave a messuage and garden once occupied
by Roger son of Henry to William son of
Uctred de Koul; Towneley MS. OO,
||This is a modern spelling; the old
one was Powthalgh, or some variation
||The following is the outline: Henry
de Blackburn -s. Gilbert de Rishton -s.
Henry -s. Gilbert -s. Robert -s. Gilbert
-s. Robert -s. Ralph.
||He gave all his land in Church at a
rent of 2d. payable to the chief lords;
Towneley MS. DD, no. 1378. Also land
bought from Adam son of Uctred de
Church; ibid. no. 1389. He also gave a
release of his rents in Church, viz. 1d. for
the Rodes from Adam son of Alan de
Rodes, and 5d. from Robert son of Henry
de Church; HH, no. 46.
Adam de Rishton the illegitimate son
of Gilbert also had land in Church. Thus
Robert son of Henry de Church gave to
Adam son of Gilbert de Rishton and Mabel
his wife land between certain bounds, and
Ponthalgh which he had by the gift of
Adam son of Uctred de Church; DD,
no. 1407. Adam de Rishton and Mabel
his wife gave a messuage in Church to
Agnes their maid, daughter of Peter de
Radcliffe, and this was confirmed by Mabel
as widow in 1300; HH, no. 39, 40.
In 1295 Robert son of Alan the Turner
of Church granted a house, &c., in Church
to Adam de Rishton, which his wife (Alice
daughter of Uctred) had granted Adam
while her husband was absent on business;
Brockholes of Claughton D.; Add. MS.
32104, no. 432.
||Assize R. 407, m. 1 d.
||He quitclaimed the Rodes to Gilbert
de Rishton as to the chief lord; HH,
no. 50. Further to Gilbert he released
all lands, and to Robert son of Gilbert
lands and rents; DD, no. 1408–9. To
Robert he also granted land in Langelyn
furlong, a piece of meadow between the
church and the house of Robert son of
Henry de Church, and a rood of land on
the north side of the house of Maud daughter of Uctred de Church; HH, no. 43.
Adam son of Uctred de Church granted
to his sister Alice five selions on the east
side of the church road (via ecclesie) of
Church, an arrow to be rendered yearly;
HH, no. 24. To his lord Henry de Lacy
he gave his mill of Church; ibid. no. 36.
In two places Adam brother of Uctred
de Church occurs; ibid. no. 38, 48. He
may have been son of one Uctred and
brother of another. Agnes daughter of
Uctred de Church, as a widow, gave to
Robert her son land which had been given
to her in free marriage; ibid. no. 41.
||Adam de Church complained in 1291
that his common of pasture had been
diminished by various approvements by
Adam son of Uctred and his successor
Robert de Rishton, but the verdict was
against him; Assize R. 407, m. 1 d. In
1301 there were cross-suits between
Robert de Rishton and Agnes daughter of
Peter de Radcliffe; Assize R. 1321,
m. 8 d. Agnes daughter of Peter de
Church in the same year released to Robert
de Rishton lands (Holderth, &c.) formerly
held by Robert son of Henry de Church;
HH, no. 44, 135. Peter de Church in
1315 called upon Robert de Rishton as
mesne to acquit him of the services
demanded by Thomas Earl of Lancaster
as due from Peter's tenement, which was
held of Robert; De Banco R. 212,
m. 407 d. Peter de Church, while William
de Tatham was steward of the hundred,
released all his lands to Robert de Rishton;
DD, no. 1405.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, ii, 11; the
name is wrongly given as John. In 1323
the king, in right of Clitheroe, had 12s. 6d.
of the farm of court, meadows, ridding,
&c.; ibid. 193.
||From Roger Nowell he obtained the
assart of Richard the Chaplain's son in
exchange for land by Wallbank; HH,
no. 12. Robert the son and Maud the
daughter of Henry de Church released to
him their right in land between Lege and
Antley syke; ibid. no. 52, 19.
Armetridding in Church was released
to him by Richard son of Adam de Church;
DD, no. 1417. Robert the Turner and
Alice his wife granted him five selions by
the church road; ibid. no. 1372. Alice
was a daughter of Uctred de Church; see
notes 13 and 15 above.
||HH, no. 5. The Altham family
appear earlier, for in 1284 John de Altham
claimed a messuage and an oxgang of
land then held by Richard le Rous and
Alice his wife, alleging that his father
Alexander de Altham had been seised
thereof; Assize R. 1268, m. 11; 1271,
m. 12 d.; 1277, m. 32b.
||See the account of Rishton. In 1355
William del Wallbank gave lands in
Church to Robert de Rishton; Towneley MS. HH, no. 114.
||Ibid. no. 10.
||Ralph was son of Robert, as appears
by the inquisition cited below. In 1391–2
William de Haleghs (of Accrington) and
Elizabeth his wife gave lands in Church
to Ralph de Rishton, Elizabeth as widow
releasing in 1401; HH, no. 110, 106.
Ralph in 1413 gave lands in Church to
trustees; DD, no. 1366. His widow
Cecily in 1421 received from John son of
William Talbot lands on the west and
south of Hyndburn, pertaining to an
oxgang in Church which had formerly
belonged to Roger Stephenson; HH, no. 8.
She was living in 1426; DD, no. 1367.
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc.), ii, 13.
The manor of Ponthalgh was stated to be
held of the king as duke by a rent of 6s.
See also Duchy of Lanc. Ct. R. bdle. 78,
Dep. Keeper's Rep. xl, App. 539.
||Lancs. Rec. Misc. Inq. p.m. no. 8.
The return (1449) is torn and illegible.
Roger Rishton held in Nov. 1443 a messuage and lands in the vill of Church
called le Povthalgh, worth eight marks a
year clear; also messuages occupied by
Isabel widow of William Collinson,
Robert Tomlinson, &c.
||DD, no. 1385; the deed mentions
the 'cemetery of the parochial church of
Church' and the confluence of Hyndburn
and Aspden Brook.
||HH, no. 148. Richard Rishton of
Ponthalgh is named again in 1482; ibid.
||Ibid. no. 83.
||In 1517–18 Ralph Rishton of Ponthalgh made a feoffment of lands in
Ponthalgh, Church and Rishton; HH,
no. 142. In 1518 marriages were arranged
between Roger son and heir of Ralph
Rishton and Anne daughter of Giles
Livesey; also between James son and
heir of Giles and Ralph's daughter Alice;
DD, no. 1392.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi, no. 24.
||In 1536–7 Roger Rishton of Ponthalgh, Henry Rishton of Dunkenhalgh
and Nicholas Rishton of Antley are named
in a bond; HH, no. 137. In 1536 Roger
and others were concerned in the destruction of a bridge in the highway at Church,
and had destroyed a pew in the church
there, &c.; Pal. of Lanc. Writs of Assize
28 Hen. VIII. In 1542 he granted to
a trustee lands in Rishton and Church,
the deed naming Ellen his wife and Ralph
his son and heir; DD, no. 1394. Roger
was in mercy for defaults in 1544, and in
1546 was summoned for debt by the
executor of his brother Thomas; Pal. of
Lanc. Plea R. 176, m. 10; 182, m. 9 d.
He was dead in 1564, when his widow
Ellen was administering his estate; ibid.
215, m. 14.
||See the account of Clayton-le-Moors.
In 1561 as Ralph Rishton of Dunkenhalgh
he gave to Giles Dewhurst his manor of
Ponthalgh, then in the tenure of Roger
Rishton his father, &c.; DD, no. 1373.
Giles regranted the manor and water-mill
to Ralph in 1562; HH, no. 152.
||In 1531–2 Roger Rishton agreed
that his son Ralph should marry Ellen
daughter of Richard Townley of Royle
according to the time appointed by
Nicholas Townley, clerk, king's chaplain;
HH, no. 150.
Ralph next allied himself with Elizabeth
Parker of Horrocksford, but the union
contracted at Clitheroe Church was afterwards declared illegal, as his first wife was
still living. Elizabeth, calling herself his
widow, sought dower in 1574; DD, no.
1404. The claim showed that Ralph and
Ellen (Townley) had lived together as
man and wife, thus ratifying the child
marriage. Ellen afterwards went out of
her mind, owing partly to sorrow for her
father's death and partly to the anxiety
caused by her husband's absence in the
king's wars. Ralph then (c. 1545) during
her life cohabited with Elizabeth, by whom
he had several children; there was a form
of marriage, as above stated, but by information of Ralph's father the parties came
(c. 1552) under the censure of the
ecclesiastical court and were ordered to
separate. There was no valid marriage
after Ellen's death (c. 1555). Then
about 1560 Ralph Rishton married Anne
Stanley, who had been his mistress, but
had been (c. 1550) compelled by force to
go through the ceremony of marriage
with one John Rishton though she had
refused cohabitation, and Ralph had
several children by her; Dep. at Chester.
See also Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), ii,
398; iii, 25, 58.
||In 1542 Roger Rishton of Ponthalgh
gave lands in Rishton to his son William;
DD, no. 1380. Ralph son of Roger
Rishton of Dunkenhalgh in 1566 granted
his brother William, described as of
Lincoln's Inn, a rent of £3; Ellen
Rishton, widow (of Roger), was tenant of
Ponthalgh by Ralph's gift; ibid. no. 1387.
In 1573, after Ralph's death, William
son of Roger Rishton of Ponthalgh
released his claim in certain lands which
Thomas Walmesley, serjeant-at-law, had
purchased from Ralph; ibid. no. 1365.
In the following year he gave two messuages in Tottleworth to trustees; ibid.
no. 1384. He gave the manor of Ponthalgh to Robert Charnock in 1578, probably in trust; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 40, m. 5. William Rishton was
engaged in various suits respecting lands
in Ponthalgh, &c.; Ducatus Lanc. iii, 25,
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xv, no. 55.
Ralph had married Dorothy, one of the
daughters of George Talbot. William
Rishton had a younger son William and
three daughters. His will is in DD, no.
1393. He and his nephew Roger Rishton had in 1580 referred the succession
to Ponthalgh to arbitration; Kuerden
MSS. ii, fol. 239. In 1604–5 Anne
Rishton of Huncoat Hall, spinster, gave a
bond to her brother Ralph Rishton of
Ponthalgh; HH, no. 105.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxvi, no.
37. In 1619 he had enfeoffed Thomas
Walmesley and others in the estate,
settling it upon his sons and their male
issue. Ponthalgh is not called a manor,
but the old rent of 6s. was payable.
Dorothy the widow of Ralph was living
William Rishton in 1631 paid £10 as
composition for declining to take knighthood; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
Cal. Com. for Comp. iv, 2530–1.
The reason of the sequestration is not
Index of Royalists (Index Soc.), 44.
||Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 250.
||The Rishtons of Dunkenhalgh had
held a messuage, &c., in Church either of
the heir of Dutton by a rose rent (1529)
or else of the lord of Church in socage
(1530); Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi,
no. 36, 9. This would pass to Sir
Thomas Walmesley on his purchase of
Dunkenhalgh, and at his death in 1612
he was found to have held a little land in
Church of the king in socage; Lancs. Inq.
p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 252.
||The manor of Church is named with
the other Petre manors in 1787 and
1808; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 646, m. 9;
Lent Assizes 48 Geo. III, R. 18.
||Roger son of Adam de Radcliffe gave
to Peter his brother by the same father
and mother land in Church at a rent of
2s.; Add. MS. 32104, no. 1150. To
this charter Uctred de Church and Adam
son of the priest were witnesses. See also
Towneley MS. RR, no. 417.
Henry son of Roger de Oswaldtwistle
gave to Peter son of Adam de Radcliffe
land which Henry had had from Robert
son of William de Church, at a rent of
12d.; Add. MS. 32104, no. 1162. Adam
de Rishton and Mabel his wife made a
grant to Adam de Church son of Peter de
Radcliffe; ibid. no. 1163. Adam son
and heir of Peter de Radcliffe gave his
land in Church to his sisters Christiana
and Agnes, and a confirmation or additional grant was obtained from Adam and
Mabel de Rishton; ibid. no. 1147, 1159.
To the sisters Christiana and Agnes land
called Angrum was given by Adam son
of Roger de Dunkenhalgh; it was
bounded on the east by Antley syke, on
the south by the dyke between Church
and Oswaldtwistle, and on the west by
Rodes; ibid. no. 1136. A third sister,
||From preceding notes it will be seen
that various families, including Radcliffe,
used Church for a surname. In 1284
William son of Peter de Church claimed
a tenement against Adam son of Peter de
Church; Assize R. 1265, m. 4. In
1292 Robert son of Christiana de Church
was accused of trespass by Alice de
Rishton; ibid. 408, m. 93 d., 102 d.
Simon son of Peter de Church gave a
quitclaim to Robert de Rishton; HH,
no. 63. John de Church and Ellen his
wife are named in 1361; DD, no. 1411.
||Christiana daughter of Peter de Radcliffe gave land in Jordan houstead to
Robert de Holt and Agnes his wife; Add.
MS. 32104, no. 1142. The said Robert
and Agnes in 1317 gave lands in Church,
the homage of Richard de Wallbank, &c.,
to Roger de Cattlow, with remainders to
his sons John, William, Henry, and Adam,
and the gift was in 1322 confirmed by
Cecily daughter of Peter de Radcliffe and
Christiana her sister; ibid. no. 962, 1138.
From the latter it appears that Agnes de
Holt was the daughter of Peter de Radcliffe. Roger de Cattlow in 1317 made
an agreement with Robert de Holt and
Agnes his wife, by which they were to
hold a messuage, &c., for life; Final Conc.
Earlier there was also a Richard son of
William de Cattlow, to whom Adam son
of Uctred de Church gave lands in Wallbank; the bounds mention Elingrene
and Hyndburn; HH, no. 54. In 1305
Adam (called) Humphrey de Church and
Alice his wife gave a moiety of all their
land to Peter de Church, who was son
and heir of the said Alice; ibid. no. 33.
By another charter they released all right
to Peter son of Richard de Cattlow; ibid.
no. 32. The Peters are probably the
Roger de Cattlow in 1328 gave his son
William all the lands he had had from
Christiana de Church; Add. MS. 32104,
no. 416. Robert son of Henry de Cattlow
and Margery his sister occur at Oswaldtwistle in 1343; Brockholes of Claughton
D. Robert de Cattlow, chaplain, in
1345 and 1355 gave his brother William
and Beatrice his wife lands in Oswaldtwistle and Church; Add. MS. 32104,
no. 1139, 1140. The feoffees of Robert
son of William son of Roger de Cattlow
in 1367 gave to William son of Robert
de Cattlow lands in Oswaldtwistle and
Church; ibid. no. 1151, 1149. In 1389
Robert son of William de Cattlow obtained the lands of John son and heir of
Robert de Cattlow and John del Oakenbottom; ibid. no. 1148, 1143, 1164.
Lands in Oswaldtwistle and Church
were in 1392 granted by the feoffees to
Robert son of William de Cattlow, with
remainder to sons William, John, Richard,
Nicholas, and Ralph. Ellen the wife of
Robert is also named; Brockholes of
Claughton D. Robert and Edmund Cattlow occur in 1446 and 1447; Add. MS.
32104, no. 1156; Pal. of Lanc. Plea
R. 10, m. 35b.
The estate descended to a Robert Cattlow
and became divisible among his daughters,
for in 1500 the estate of Alice widow of
Robert Lache was confirmed by Agnes
widow of Richard Riding, eldest daughter
and co-heir, Margaret (second daughter)
wife of Richard Cunliffe, Isabel and
Margaret daughters and heirs of Ellen
(fourth daughter) and Elizabeth (fifth
daughter) widow of Gilbert Rishton;
Add. MS. 32104, no. 1146. Thomas
Cattlow occurs in 1521 (ibid. no. 1158),
also in 1544; Ducatus Lanc. i, 170.
The above named Elizabeth Rishton
left four daughters and co-heirs: Christabel wife of James Jackson, Margaret
wife of John Greenwood, Alice wife of
Robert Wright (who had a daughter and
heir Ellen), and Agnes wife of William
Goodday, and a partition was made in
1506–7; Kuerden MSS. iii, C 8, no. 19.
Rents were payable to the heirs of Ralph
Rishton of Aspden and of Richard Radcliffe of the Tower. Lands named Longfield, Townfield, Ollertrods, Fleet, Hulseholes, Caleyard, Lyee, &c., are named.
Catthul may be a form of the name.
A moiety of the Stubbs in Ponthalgh was
granted to Robert son of Henry de
Catthul for the rent of a barbed arrow;
Add. MS. 32104, no. 1141.
||In 1316 Cecily daughter of Peter de
Radcliffe gave the Rodes to Christiana her
sister; Towneley MS. C 8, 13 (Chet. Lib.),
R 44, 54; Brockholes of Claughton D.
Several families seem to have taken a
name from it. Thomas son of William
de Cowhill granted to Stephen del Rodes
a messuage which his father had held of
Uctred de Church. The rent of a barbed
arrow was to be paid to Robert de Rishton; HH, no. 49.
Uctred de Church granted land in
Church to William de Rodes at a rent of
12d.; Towneley MS. DD, no. 779.
Uctred granted to Alexander son of
Henry the Chaplain lands which he had
obtained from Roger son of William de
Rodes. The rent was a pair of white
gloves. The bounds name Benebutts,
Greenlache and Schole ridding or Scale
ridding; ibid. no. 862. Uctred son of
Uctred de Church gave to Roger son of
Henry de Oswaldtwistle the homage of
Robert son of Robert de Hayleys for land
in the Rodes; ibid. no. 857. Alice
widow of Roger de Hayleys released her
dower in the Rodes to Adam son of
Alan de Rodes, Alan having purchased
from Roger; ibid. no. 842. Richard son
of Alexander de Rodes gave a quitclaim
to Adam his brother; ibid. no. 819.
||In 1316 Adam de Aspden, Roger his
son and John his son attested a charter
cited above; C 8, 13, R 44, 54. The
heir of Aspden, viz. Roger son of John
de Aspden, was convicted of the death of
Richard de Rishton at Church in 1375,
but was pardoned; Coram Rege R. 464,
m. 18 d.; Cal. Pat. 1377–81, p. 232.
Roger son of John de Aspden in 1368
granted Foxholebank to William son of
William de Radcliffe; Kuerden MSS. iii,
C 8, no. 18.
Geoffrey and Awyn Aspden were fined
in 1447; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 10, m. 42.
||Peter de Radcliffe gave to Richard
de Wallbank lands lying between Guthesyke and Kulnland, the description naming
the Oldturncroft, the outlane of Church
towards Dunkenhalgh Syke, &c. The
rent was to be a pair of gloves. Uctred
de Church was a witness; HH, no. 31.
William son of Richard de Wallbank
had land called the Impes and Smerebutts
from Roger Nowell, to whom it had
been released by his man Adam son of
Adam de Church; ibid. no. 26. The
similarity to a charter (no. 59) already
cited suggests that William's father was
the alumnus of Henry the Chaplain of
Rishton. Adam son of Uctred de Church
granted a mill to William son of Richard
de Wallbank. An arrow rent was payable to Henry de Lacy: ibid. no. 45.
William son of Richard gave to Adam
the chaplain his brother land in Merseland and Kemisdoles in 1289; ibid.
The pond and holme of the mill in
Church and six selions in Turncroft were
granted by Peter de Radcliffe to Henry
son of Richard de Wallbank; RR, no.
404–5. The same Henry had a moiety
of the Stubbs in Ponthalgh from Adam
son of Uctred de Church; DD, no. 1410.
In 1290 Stephen del Rodes gave nine
selions in Church to Adam de Wallbank,
chaplain, and Henry his brother, viz., in
Lungridding, Turncroft, Impes, Kemisdoles, Meadowcroft and Greenlands, in
exchange for land which Henry de Wallbank had purchased from Adam son of
Uctred de Church in Ponthalgh and Linfurlong; HH, no. 28.
Henry son of Adam son of Christiana
de Church in 1311 gave to William de
Wallbank his right in the mill of Church
which Uctred de Church had given to
Henry's grandfather Roger de Dunkenhalgh; DD, no. 1406.
Richard son of William de Wallbank
settled a messuage, with land and a moiety
of the mill, upon his son Henry who had
married Beatrice, in 1331; RR, no. 585.
Henry son of Richard de Wallbank and
Alice daughter of Adam de Clayton in
1350 released their right in the mill of
Church to Thomas de Altham, who had
had the same from William son of Henry
de Wallbank; HH, no. 35. In the following year William son of Henry de Wallbank gave to Thomas de Altham all his
lands in Church except the dower of
Alice widow of Richard de Wallbank;
DD, no. 1443.
In 1388–9 William son of Robert Gibson de Duckworth made a feoffment of
lands in Church which had belonged to
his mother Ellen daughter of William de
Wallbank; HH, no. 51.
||Uctred de Church gave half an oxgang of land in Church (lately occupied
by Henry son of Warine) to Simon de
Oswaldtwistle at 12d. rent; Kuerden
MSS. iii, C 8, no. 1. To Roger son of
Simon de Church he gave the half oxgang
lately held by William de Hothersall at
20d. rent; ibid. no. 2. This half oxgang
was by Roger given to his son Richard;
ibid. no. 4. Adam son of Uctred de
Church gave Kilnbutts and two long
selions on the south side of the church
near the church way to Roger son of
Roger son of Simon de Church; ibid.
no. 5. The family perhaps took the
name of Fulwood, for Roger son of Roger
de Fulwood and Roger son of Richard de
Fulwood (1314) occur; ibid. no. 6, 7, 3.
In 1350 Roger de Fulwood granted his
lands in Church for ten years to William
son of Nicholas de Church and Alice his
wife; ibid. no. 8. Alice was probably a
Nicholas de Church in 1337 gave his
son William lands in Church and Oswaldtwistle; HH, no. 34. The father of
Nicholas is not known, but his descendants were surnamed Collinson. In
1378–9 John son of William Collinson
of Church gave to feoffees the half
oxgang which descended to him after
the death of Roger son of Richard de
Fulwood; Kuerden, loc. cit. no. 9. In
1395–6 he settled all his lands in Church
on his son Henry, with remainders to
other sons William and John; ibid. no.
10. In 1441 Richard son of Henry
Rishton made an exchange of lands with
Roger Rishton and Henry Collinson;
ibid. no. 14. The lands were in Micklehey and Eastfield; the former parcel
measured 7 acres by the standard of
Ightenhill. The Old Wallbank, Turncroft and Dickridding are named.
Henry Collinson, whose wife was
named Alice, in 1444 settled lands on
his son Edmund, with (partial) remainder
to a daughter Isabel; ibid. no. 15, 16.
Ralph Rishton and Thomas Collinson
were the landowners contributing to a
subsidy in 1600; Lay Subs. Lancs,
bdle. 131, no. 274.
||Richard son of Adam Nowell in 1330
granted land in Church to Roger son of
Adam (wife Cecily) son of Stephen; RR,
no. 432. In 1357 Richard Nowell
claimed a messuage and land in Church
against Thomas de Altham and against
Robert son of Gilbert de Rishton; Duchy
of Lanc. Assize R. 5, m. 7, 16; 6, m.
5 d. At the last reference his pedigree is
set out: Richard Fitton -da. Elizabeth,
married Roger Nowell -s. Adam -s.
Richard (plaintiff) and William (bailiff of
John Nowell died in 1525 holding
land in Church of Ralph Rishton; Duchy
of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi, no. 76. Roger
Nowell in 1566 held a little land and
19d. free rent in Church of Ralph Rishton;
ibid. xi, no. 26. His successors held the
same, but the tenure is not always recorded; in 1624 it was said to be held
of Ralph Rishton in socage; Lancs. Inq.
p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), iii, 428.
||William Baron of Oswaldtwistle died
in 1618 holding two messuages, &c., in
Church by tenure unknown; Lancs. Inq.
p.m. (Rec. Soc.), ii, 172. James Baron
and Anne his wife had disputes with Sir
Thomas Langton respecting land in
Church about 1550–60; Ducatus Lanc.
ii, 117; i, 292.
Thomas Greenwood of Oswaldtwistle
died in 1618 holding lands called Ollertrodes, Fleets and Churchfield in Church
of the heirs of Ralph Rishton by 3d.
rent; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc.), ii,
244. The Greenwood tenement may
be traced to the John Greenwood (1506)
mentioned above in the account of Cattlow. Richard Greenwood and Thomas
his son had land, &c., in Church and
Oswaldtwistle in 1577; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 39, m. 116.
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc.), ii, 50.
He was perhaps one of the Hindles of
Cowhill; Abram, Blackburn, 639.
||Lay Subs. Lancs. bdle. 131,
||Ibid. bdle. 250, no. 9.
||Whitaker, Whalley, i, 87; the tithes
of Church were worth 4 marks, Oswaldtwistle 6 marks, Duckworth 2 marks, and
Huncoat 6 marks.
The abbey received £22 8s. from
Church and Altham in 1536; the chapel
then seems to have been called All
Saints'; ibid. 116.
The old dedication may have been
St. Oswald, for a well of St. Oswald in
Church is named in a grant of various
lands by Uctred de Church to Richard the
alumnus and assignee of Henry the Chaplain of Rishton; Towneley MS. HH,
no. 59, 26. Adam de Walbank appears
to have been the chaplain in 1290; ibid.
no. 28, &c.
Whalley Couch. (Chet. Soc.), i, 236–
||It is said to have come from Dunkenhalgh.
||The Dutch bell dated 1537 now at
Whalley was at one time at Church
One bell was seized by the Crown in
1547; Raines, Chantries (Chet. Soc.), 275.
Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv, App. iv,
||Bishop Gastrell states that the additional £6 was given by Archbishop
Juxon in 1663, but this is an error, as
£10 was paid in 1650.
Commonw. Ch. Surv. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), 167. An order for
£30 additional was made in 1648; Whitaker, op. cit. i, 242. In the following
year the £50 named in the text was
ordered, and the order was renewed in
1654; Plund. Mins. Accts. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 79, 140. Though
there was at first some difficulty in obtaining payment a receipt for £25 was given
by the minister in 1652; ibid. 244.
||Gastrell, Notitia Cestr. (Chet. Soc.),
ii, 322; the archbishop paid £10 out of
Whalley rectory, a small close of land
was worth 16s., Easter roll 10s., and surplice fees 31s. 8d. There were four wardens.
||Ibid. 323; he gave £200 in 1722.
Manch. Dioc. Dir.
||Visitation lists at Chester Dioc. Reg.
Thomas Booth was the chaplain in 1541;
Clergy List (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
18. His name is recorded in the lists of
1548 and 1554, but in the latter mortuus
is written against it, so that he died before
1562. George Bromley, who subscribed
to the queen's ecclesiastical supremacy in
1563 (Ches. Sheaf [Ser. 3], i, 34–5), was
curate in 1562, but his name is crossed
out in the 1563 list, and in 1565 Edmund
Norham was curate.
In 1591 and 1605 Gilbert Holden was
curate; Visit. Returns; note by Mr. Earwaker. Soon afterwards it was reported,
'The stipendiary minister is now gone';
Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv, App. iv, 10.
Holden, however, was still curate in 1621.
Mr. Walkden was 'lecturer' at Church
in 1622; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), i, 68.
William Ingham of Church was a member of the Presbyterian Classis in 1646.
He was afterwards of Goosnargh.
James Rigby, M.A., occurs 1648–54.
In 1671 John Kippax of Haslingden
served Church also, apparently following
a Roger Brereley; in 1677 John Barlow
succeeded him, and in 1690 John Taylor
was licensed to serve Church and Altham;
Visit. Returns. John Barlow, curate, was
'conformable' in 1689; Hist. MSS. Com.
Rep. xiv, App. iv, 229.
||Gastrell, op. cit. ii, 323.
||The benefice was declared a rectory
in 1866; Lond. Gaz. 18 Dec. The ecclesiastical parish was then formed.
||The church papers at Chester Dioc.
Reg. begin at this point. Cort was
nominated by the vicar of Whalley, the
curacy being vacant by the removal of
Edward Rishton. Letters of administration were granted for Cort's estate in
||Nominated by Nathaniel Curzon.
||Nominated by Sir N. Curzon.
||Nominated by Assheton Curzon on
the death of C. Hall. Mr. Armitstead
was born at Studfold, Horton, in 1737
and was vicar of Mitton 1771–1814. He
served Church by curates.
||Nominated by R. W. Penn Curzon;
he had been in charge for about a year.
||Nominated by Earl Howe on the
death of J. Swainson.
||Nominated by the Hulme Trustees
on the death of R. Noble. Mr. Birchall
published volumes of sermons, &c.
||Previously vicar of New Bilton;
rector of Epperstone 1891.
||Rector of Heaton Norris 1888–91.
||Rector of Selham 1899, vicar of
Christ Church, Colne, 1900.