||The Census Rep. 1901 gives 3,507
acres, including 28 of inland water.
||Watkin, Roman Lancs. 210.
||Whitaker, Whalley, ii, 228.
Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), i, 18; Thomas de Rivington
released to Alexander de Pilkington,
William his brother and Alice his sister,
the tenants, lands in Rivington and
Worsthorne claimed by inheritance.
Henry de Pilkington gave a similar release to Alexander; ibid, i, 22.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 156.
||The charter is printed in Whitaker,
op. cit. ii, 229–30. The free tenants
were John de Legh, Henry son of Gilbert
de Worsthorne, Adam le Heir, Adam le
Spencer, Robert son of Alexander, William
de Halstead, John de Windle, Richard
son of Henry, Thomas del Stock, Adam
Rudd, John le Hunt, Richard Strideovermoor, Robert Fitel, Robert Chapman,
Adam de Bottedene (Bottin), Ellis son of
Roger de Halstead, Adam son and heir
of Robert Juste, Agnes daughter of
Richard de Towneley, Philip de Clayton
and Isabel his wife (in her right), John
de Legh and Cecily his wife (in her right),
and Gilbert de Birtwisle (of the inheritance of Adam his son).
||Oliver de Stansfield obtained various
tenements in Worsthorne from the proprietors, both before and after the lordship was given to him. Robert son of
Robert de Cnavnecastel (Knavecastle—
see Cliviger) granted to Oliver the
homage of William son of William de
Windle for lands held in Worsthorne;
Towneley MS. C 8, 13 (Chet. Lib.),
C 107. Robert son of Richard Fitel
granted him all his part of the mill
appurtenant to half an oxgang of land,
viz. the thirty-second part, with land on
Fitel Green on Shedden Brook, his part
(a tenth) of the new inclosure of Shedden,
and all his part of Thistleyard; ibid. F 37.
Adam son of Adam de Hurstwood gave
to Oliver de Stansfield, clerk, land in
Worsthorne at 1d. rent, Richard de
Towneley and Michael de Legh being
witnesses; ibid. H 251. The same
Adam granted to Oliver the clerk of
Stansfield and Emma his wife land at 2d.
rent, Michael de Legh and Gilbert his
son being witnesses; Add. MS. 32104,
no. 813. Robert son of Robert son of
Alexander de Worsthorne gave Oliver the
tenth part of Shedden inclosure, between
lands of Richard son of Henry and (lately)
of Richard son of Thomas Strideovermoor; ibid. no. 835. Adam son of
Henry de Worsthorne released to Oliver
the 1d. rents from Robert the Chapman,
from Gilbert de Birtwisle and Margery
his wife, and from Oliver himself; these
came from lands in Smethefynee, Heald
and Crookhalgh, and Nether Whitacre
(formerly William de Windle's); C 8, 13,
W 109. John le Hunte son of Richard
granted a curtilage in Hurstwood; ibid.
H 266. These are undated, but some at
least are earlier than 1292.
In 1295 Adam son of Adam son of
Adam the Chapman of Hurstwood released to Oliver de Stansfield a messuage
and half an oxgang of land which grantor
had had from Henry son of Richard de
Worsthorne; ibid. C 110. Adam afterwards released the 1d. rent due; ibid.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, ii, 10.
||He had a son William (by Mabel)
who was apparently illegitimate; Whalley
Couch. (Chet. Soc.), iv, 1065. William
son of Oliver de Stansfield attested a
charter in 1334; ibid. iv, 946.
Oliver de Stansfield, probably the same
Oliver, attested charters in 1323 and
1334; ibid. iv, 988, i, 313.
||The details of the descent are not
certainly known. Richard de Stansfield
in 1373 received from Alice Rudde the
lands in Worsthorne she had as dower
and by the gift of Richard son of John
Rudde; C 8, 13, R 162. From Alice
sister and heir (or co-heir) of Richard
Rudde he received her lands; ibid. R 164.
John de Stansfield son and heir of
Richard in 1386–7 released to Robert
Hoppay the lands which Robert had had
from Richard de Stansfield, who had had
the same from Alice the widow and Alice
the daughter of John Rudde; ibid. S 230.
John de Stansfield attested a charter in
1413; he and Oliver de Stansfield in
1420; Add. MS. 32104, no. 193, 194.
James Stansfield occurs in 1443, when
it was found that Richard Hoppay, who
was sentenced to be hanged for having
mortally wounded Robert Hoppay his
brother, held two messuages and 6 oxgangs of land in Worsthorne of James;
Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 5, m. 22b. In
1453 James Stansfield the elder of
Burnley, Geoffrey Stansfield and others
were bound to John Towneley to submit
to an arbitration; C 8, 13, S 100, 102.
See the History of the Stansfeld Family,
by John Stansfeld (1885). The arbitrators decided in favour of the Stansfields,
awarding £40, as appears from an
acknowledgement for 5 marks, part of
that sum, from Geoffrey son of James
Stansfield to John Towneley in 1456;
ibid. S 83.
In 1496 Geoffrey son of James Stansfield granted to Lawrence Townley (as
trustee) the manor of Heysandforth and
lands and rents in Worsthorne; Final
Conc. iii, 145.
||William Barcroft, Oliver Halsted,
William Halsted, John Hurstwood and
Edmund Spencer in 1548 complained
that Simon Haydock had seized some of
their cattle as heriots. They alleged
that they held, not of him, but of the
king as of his castle of Clitheroe; Duchy
Plead. iii, 39. See also the dispute as to
wardship, ibid. 140.
||Add. MS. 32104, no. 1300; a
grant of the rights to the freeholders by
Simon and Joan Haydock. The agreement was confirmed by a fine; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 22, m. 149. It
was also entered in the Court Rolls.
||Evan Haydock died in 1596 holding
the manors of Hurstwood and Worsthorne of the queen as of her duchy in
socage by 1d. rent; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. xvii, no. 40. In 1607 Simon Haydock was stated to hold not the manors
but a rent-charge of £3 6s. 8d. from
Worsthorne and Hurstwood in socage,
by rendering a rose yearly; Lancs. Inq.
p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 81,
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 113,
no. 7; Add. MS. 32104, no. 461–2.
The parties to the sale were Evan Haydock the younger (son of Simon), Anne
his wife, Gilbert his brother, and Evan
Haydock the elder, uncle of Evan and
Gilbert. William Thornton was described
as of Clement's Inn, Middlesex.
||Folds D. Nothing is known of the
lords. The earliest list, which appears to
be earlier than 1292, gives twenty-one
tenements, as follows: Petrington—John
de Windle, ½ oxgang of land, paying 16d.;
Adam the heir, 1, 32d.; Henry son of
Cyprus, ½, 16d.; John Honne, ½, 16d.;
Adam son of Adam de Hurstwood, ½,
16d.; Oliver de Stansfield, ½, 13½d.;
Robert son of Nicholas, ½, 13d.; giving
totals of 4 oxgangs and 10s. 2½d. rent.
Nevill—Thomas son of William, ½, 16d.;
William de Windle, ½, 16d.; Adam de
Bottin, ½, 16d.; Richard son of Henry,
½, 17½d.; Gilbert de Birtwisle, 1, 32d.;
ditto, 1, 26½d.; total, 4 oxgangs, 10s. 3¾d.
Pelie—Robert son of John, 1, 32d.;
Roger de Halsteads, ½, 18d.; Richard son
of Henry, ½, 17d.; Gilbert Bridd, ¾
20¼d.; Nicholas de Towneley, ¼, 6¾d.;
Adam Spenser, ½, 13½d.; Robert son of
Richard, ½, 13½d.; total, 4 oxgangs,
9s. 11¼d. Thornton—Henry de Clayton,
½, 27d.; Robert son of Alexander, 1,
27d.; William de Windle, ½, 13½d.;
Henry son of Gilbert, ½, 13½d.; Nicholas
de Towneley, ½, 13½d.; Richard de
Halsteads, ½, 16d.; Gilbert de Birtwisle,
½, 6d.; total, 4 oxgangs, 9s. 8½d. The
total rents amount to 40s. 2d. In the
third part the total does not agree with
the details. Many of these tenants are
named in the charter of 1292.
The second list records twenty-three
holdings: Petrington (by Hoppay) —
Robert Hoppay, 1; Richard Holgate, 1;
John de Barcroft, jun., ½; Richard de
Towneley, 1; Lawrence de Legh, ½.
Nevill (by Halliday)—John Halliday, ½;
Robert Hoppay, ½; Richard de Towneley,
½; Robert de Grimshaw, ½; Michael
Tattersall, 2. Pelie (by Hurstwood)—
John de Hurstwood, 1; John de Halsteads, ½; Richard Hichson, ½; Michael
Tattersall, ¾; Richard de Towneley, ¼;
John de Barcroft, jun., ½; William Dickson, ½. Thornton (by Towneley) —
Richard de Towneley, 1; John Halliday,
1; Robert Hoppay, ½; John Spenser, ½;
Richard de Towneley, ½; William de
The third list, about the beginning of
the 16th century, records: Heriots with
Peter Hoppay—Agnes, Alice, and Joan
Hoppay, daughters and heirs of Peter
Hoppay (1); Lawrence Towneley, 1;
William Barcroft, ½; Sir John Towneley,
1; the same, for Legh's tenement, 1
(?½). Heriots with Peter Halstead—
John Halstead (his brother), ½; Peter
Hoppay, ½; Richard Towneley, ½;
Thomas Grimshaw, ½; John Ormerod,
2. Heriots with William Hurstwood—
William Hurstwood, 1; John Halstead,
½; Richard Hichson, ½; heirs of John
Ormerod, ¾; Richard Towneley, ¼;
William Barcroft, ½; heirs of William
Hurstwood, ½. Heriots with Sir John
Towneley — Sir John Towneley, 1;
William Halstead, 1; Hoppay lands, ½;
Edmund Spenser, ½; Lawrence Towneley,
½; Oliver Halstead, ½. The heriots
were paid at the rate of 11s. 3d. an
oxgang of land, at the death of the person
named at the head of each section. It
is stated that after the death of Peter
Hoppay 'Simon Haydock did strain upon
the late his lands one cow of the goods'
of his daughters.
Duchy Plead. iii, 41. Three of the
four 'posts' had been Sir John Towneley,
Robert Hoppay and William Hurstwood.
||The freeholders and rents were:
John Towneley, 16s. 2¾d.; William Barcroft, 3s. 5½d.; Bernard Towneley and
Agnes his wife, 5s. 6¾d.; Oliver Halstead, 6s. 9¼d.; William Halstead, 6s. 8d.;
John Halstead, son of William, 2s. 3¼d.;
John Halstead of High Halstead and
Robert Halstead, 3s. 2¾d.; John Woodroffe, 1s. 10¾d.; William Folds, 2s. 3d.;
Christopher Jackson, 4s. 11d.; John
Halstead of Windle House and Alice his
wife, 2s. 3¼d.; John Hurstwood, 4s. 2½d.;
Edmund Spenser, 1s. 10¾d.; Richard and
John Hichson, 4s. 0¼d.; John Aspden,
chaplain, 1s. 0¾d.
||Various early charters have been preserved by Christopher Towneley. Some
of them illustrate the subdivisions already
John son of Dolphin de Worsthorne
gave to Ralph de Clayton the homage of
Peter his brother (22d. rent); Towneley
MS. C 8, 13, W 123. John son of
Matthew de Worsthorne gave to Ralph
de Clayton the service of Adam the Chapman of Hurstwood (3d. rent), Robert son
of Alexander de Worsthorne (1 d. rent),
Nicholas son of Dolphin (3d. rent), and
Gilbert son of Peter (6d. rent); ibid.
Richard son of Westmund de Worsthorne granted half an oxgang of land at
6d. rent to Reynold son of Then as de
Worsthorne, 20s. being paid to him.
Among the witnesses were Geoffrey de
Whalley and Robert his son, Osbert de
Worsthorne, Mar'do de Habergham and
Richard his son, and Michael de Lichtness; ibid. W 104. William son of
Robert son of Westmund de Worsthorne
gave half an oxgang of land, formerly
occupied by — son of Wolf, to Adam
son of William de Worsthorne at 1d.
rent; ibid. W 105. Robert son of
William son of Westmund released to
Oliver de Stansfield the rent of 1d. due
from lands in Worsthorne; ibid. W 125.
Henry son of Richard son of Matthew
de Worsthorne granted to Adam son of
Adam de Hurstwood all his land in the
township at 1d. rent, Oliver the Clerk of
Stansfield being a witness; ibid. W 103.
Henry son of Robert de Worsthorne
gave to William son of Adam de Windle
all his land in Worsthorne—namely, half
an oxgang; also the rents of 4d. from
Richard at Bridge (½ oxgang), 1d. from
Henry son of Hypper—cf. Cyprus above—
(½ oxgang), 4d. from Adam de Bottin
(2 acres), 6d. from Alexander de Kuhelagh
(2 acres); and the service of Adam son
of Henry de Worsthorne for 1 oxgang.
Adam de Blackburn and Richard Fitton
were witnesses; ibid. W 209.
The surname continued in use somewhat later. In 1312 Richard son of
Thomas de Worsthorne granted to Gilbert
de Legh all the land between land of
William de Halstead and Bottin Clough;
ibid. W 95. A messuage with half an
oxgang of land was in 1323–4 given by
Henry son of Robert son of Richard de
Worsthorne to Lawrence son of John de
Legh; ibid. W. 96. In the following
year Robert son of Alexander de Worsthorne gave to Gilbert de Legh land for
a 'colwindle' to be built on; ibid. W 97.
||For example, in the grant to Osward
Brun (before 1194) quoted under Briercliffe. Robert son of Robert son of
Alexander de Worsthorne in 1295 released
to Oliver de Stansfield his right to a
rent of 3d. for Rowley in Worsthorne;
C 8, 13, W 98. William son of William
de Windle gave to his brother Geoffrey
half an acre in Rowley bought from John
le Hunte of Worsthorne; ibid. W 110
(s. d.). John son of William de Windle
in 1310–11 gave to John son of Gilbert
de Legh 1d. rent from land in Rowley
and 2d. from another messuage in Worsthorne; ibid. W 115.
Adam son of Gilbert de Rowley (Ruelay) granted land in Extwistle to Henry de
Holrenhead; ibid. C 8, 13.
||The place-name in the older deeds is
in the plural, Hallsteads.
||Add. MS. 32104, no. 199. The
pedigree in Whitaker, op. cit. ii, 234, has
Duchy Plead. iii, 40. The will of
Oliver Halsted of Rowley, dated and
proved 1582, mentions his sons John,
William and Henry. The inventory
shows goods worth about £100.
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
||C 8, 13, p. 504. The pedigree cited
continues: John -s. Lawrence, keeper
of the records in the Tower of London
-s. Charles, d. 1732—sons Banastre (who
had the son Lawrence named in the text)
and Nicholas -s. Nicholas, d. 1808—
sons Lawrence, d. 1832; Rev. Charles,
d. 1833; and daughters Ellen Esther (Holgate), Eliza (Clayton), Jane Harriet Anne,
The will of Banastre Halsted of Rowley
(dated 1738, proved 1739) is printed in
Wills (Chet. Soc., new ser.), iii, 114. His
sons Lawrence and Charles are named.
||Miss Halsted, the survivor, died in
||He took the surname Halsted in lieu
of Clayton in 1885.
||A sketch of the house made by the
Rev. S. J. Allen in September 1837, now
in the possession of Mr. Henry Taylor,
F.S.A., shows the porch at the time with
a lean-to roof continuous with that of the
house, and other differences in the building on this side. The porch appears to
have been wholly rebuilt, the gable and
the smaller one adjoining it in the north
being new features or old ones restored.
Trans. Burnley Lit. and Scient. Club,
||In 1321 there was a complaint by
Adam de Halstead, William de Windle
and others that John de Legh and others
had assaulted them, taken their goods,
&c.; Cal. Pat. 1317–21, p. 606.
William and Ellis son of Roger de
Halsteads occur among the tenants of
1292. Amery widow of Ellis de Halsted
in 1343 released to Lawrence son of John
de Legh her right in lands granted by her
son Richard, whose charter is also preserved; C 8, 13, H 245, 256. William
son and heir of Richard de Halsted in
1390 warranted lands in Worsthorne and
Hurstwood; ibid. H 246.
To William de Halsteads John son of
John de Windle in 1326 granted lands inWorsthorne, with the reversion of the
dower of Avice widow of John, and rents
of 4d. from Richard at Bridge, 2d. from
Robert Legh and 1d. from Adam Rudde;
ibid. W 93.
In 1397 Adam de Halsted obtained
from William Robard and Agnes his wife
messuages, &c., in Worsthorne and Hurstwood; Final Conc. iii, 53. This was
perhaps the Adam de Halsted of Worsthorne to whom his nephew William son
of Richard de Halsted in 1388–9 released
all rights in Worsthorne and Hurstwood;
C 8, 13, H 248.
A dispensation was in 1518 granted by
the Pope's delegate for the marriage of
William Halsted and Agnes Hoppay;
Add. MS. 32108, fol. 298b.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xv, no. 2.
Isabel mother of William Halsted and
Anne widow of William and in 1592 wife
of John Mere are named. For a fine
concerning the estate (1555) see Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 16, m. 144.
Christopher Towneley had some deeds
from Mrs. Halsted of Worsthorne, widow,
in 1658; Add. MS. 32104, no. 190–201.
The earliest is a grant in 1413 by John
Halliday of Pendle (son of John Dicon) to
William Halsted, of a messuage and half
an oxgang of land; ibid. no. 193. Lawrence as son and heir-apparent of Peter
Halsted in 1509 released to William son
of John Halsted his right in lands granted
by his father Peter; ibid. no. 191. Other
deeds show that William had sons John
and William living 1548–58; ibid. no.
195, 201, &c. In 1577 occurs William
Halsted of Worsthorne (son and heirapparent of John), who mentions an uncle
William; ibid. no. 196. The will of
William Halsted of Worsthorne in 1589
names John his son and heir-apparent and
also John Halsted of Rowley; C 8, 13,
H 401. John Halsted of Windle House
and John Halsted of Rowley made an
exchange of lands in 1615–16; ibid. H 410.
See other deeds, ibid. H 402–12.
The will of a John Halsted was proved
at Burnley in 1576; Pennant's (MS.)
Trans. Burnley Lit. and Scient. Club,
||Ibid. v, 66. The name is usually
given as 'Gulielmus Halstead,' having
been so copied by the Rev. S. J. Allen,
who made a sketch of the house about
||Letter dated Autun, 30 Dec. 1886.
Previously, 6 May, he had written, 'The
building was always a great favourite of
mine, and I used to think that if ever I
built a house I should like to have Worsthorne Hall simply copied in stone of its
own size.' Quoted by Ormerod, Calderdale, 109.
||This appears from the lists of 1290,
&c. In 1328 Gilbert de Legh obtained
from Philip de Clayton and Isabel his
wife the fourth part of an oxgang of land
in Worsthorne; Final Conc. ii, 75. John
son of Gilbert de Legh was plaintiff in
1325, alleging that Robert de Holrenhead
and Roger de Windle had committed
waste in his land in Worsthorne; De
Banco R. 256, m. 109.
Alice widow of Gilbert de Legh in
1388 held of Richard de Stansfield certain
lands, &c., in Worsthorne by dry rent;
Inq. p.m. 11 Ric. II, no. 33. In 1399
John de Towneley was said to hold an
oxgang of land in Worsthorne of John de
Stansfield in thegnage; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Chet. Soc.), i, 157. In 1454 the estate
is called a manor; ibid. ii, 59. No
'manor' appears later; in 1608 the
tenure was socage; ibid. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), i, 96.
Various charters have been preserved,
in addition to those already cited. In
1306 Adam de Bottin (Bottesdene) gave
to John son of Gilbert de Legh all his
lands in Bottin and elsewhere in Worsthorne; C 8, 13, B 283. John de
Whitaker was a witness. About the
same time Oliver de Stansfield granted
to John de Legh a messuage and 2 oxgangs of land in Worsthorne, together
with his part of the mill; ibid. S 99, 101.
Gilbert de Legh in 1315–16 gave to John
his son all his right in lands in Hurstwood obtained by John from Oliver de
Stansfield; ibid. L 178. Robert son of
Robert son of Alexander de Worsthorne
in 1314 gave to Gilbert de Legh all his
land between Holdsyke and Swinden, and
between Bottin Clough and Rogerson
Dyke; ibid. W 101. In 1342 Mabel
widow of Adam de Burnley released to
Gilbert de Legh land called Kidplagh
between Brome (? Brun) and Worsthorne
Wood; ibid. B 256.
The minor family of Legh has occurred
several times in this and other townships.
In 1465 Gilbert son and heir of Lawrence
Legh of Clifton released to John Towneley all his lands in Worsthorne; ibid.
L 177, 180, T 87.
||John de Windle in 1312 confirmed
to Gilbert de Legh land the bounds of
which began at 'Breck of Water' and
went down at the south to touch the
land of Gilbert de Ormerod; C 8, 13,
W 114. In 1314 the same John gave
Gilbert parcels in Over Northfield and
Bottin Butts and his part (for half an oxgang
of land) in the mill of Worsthorne; ibid.
W 116. William son of Geoffrey de
Windle about 1332 gave Gilbert de Legh
a messuage, &c., in Worsthorne and
Extwistle; ibid. W 117–18.
William son of John de Windle was
non-suited in a claim against Gilbert de
Legh and John his son in 1324–5;
Assize R. 426, m. 9.
||Matthew son of Matthew de Worsthorne gave to Adam son of John de
Blackburn the homage of Adam son of
Matthew de Legh (and 9d. rent), of Robert
son of Nicholas (18d.), of Gilbert de
Hurstwood (2d.), of Adam son of Ellis
(6d.), Henry de Windle (pair of gloves),
and Robert de Knavecastle (2d.); C 8, 13,
W 106. In 1295 Robert son of Robert
son of Alexander de Worsthorne granted
to Oliver de Stansfield 4d. rent from his
part of Thirswallhurst in Worsthorne,
which Gilbert de Bottin held of John
de Blackburn, lord of Wiswell, or of
Adam son of Gilbert de Bottin; ibid.
||The Hallidays occur above as owners
or mesne tenants of one of the quarters of
Worsthorne. Lawrence Legh of Clifton in
1404 (or 1417) gave to William Halliday
of Worsthorne two selions called Cloughlands lying on the Cliff (lying between
land formerly of Richard Mocockson of
Hurstwood and William's land in the
south field of the vill), which William
had in exchange for a selion called the
Walland (lying between lands of John
Hoppay and Richard Hichson in the
north field) and for the Fordoland;
C 8, 13, L 267, H 242. In 1424–5
Roger Banastre of Doncaster and John
Robard of Hurstwood gave William
Halliday 1¾ acres containing ten selions
at Hurstwood, Worsthorne, Millbridge
and Colsnapehead; ibid. B 465.
||William Barcroft of Barcroft in
Cliviger in 1525 held two messuages,
&c., in Hurstwood and Worsthorne of
Simon Haydock by services unknown;
rent 2s. 5½d. yearly; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. vi, no. 39. A later William
Barcroft, who died in 1621, was stated
to hold his lands in Worsthorne and
Hurstwood of the king in socage by 1/16d.
rent; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), iii, 401.
||This name occurs in the lists of
tenants. Nicholas son of Adam de Birtwisle about 1356 obtained a writ concerning messuages, lands, &c., the fourth
part of a mill, and 5s. rent in Hurstwood
and Worsthorne; Dep. Keeper's Rep.
xxxii, App. 335.
||John Woodroffe the elder in 1550
obtained two messuages, &c., from Lawrence Townley and Ellen his wife; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 14, m. 315.
The name occurs among the owners in
||William Folds in 1568 made a
feoffment of a messuage, &c., in Worsthorne held by his brother John; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 30, m. 15. William
Folds of Burnley died in 1604 holding a
messuage (called parcel of Walstreams) of
the king in socage as of the honor or
castle of Clitheroe by 1/36d. rent. Richard
his son and heir was aged sixty-four in
1617; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), ii, 62.
||John Hitchon the elder died in 1614
holding his messuage there of the king as
of his castle of Clitheroe by 1/16d. rent.
His heir was a son John, aged twenty-four
in 1619; ibid. ii, 150.
||John Eastwood died in 1640 holding
a messuage in Worsthorne of the king in
socage, as of his castle of Clitheroe; his
son John was twenty-five years of age;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxix, no. 82.
||Some instances have been given in
||Michael de Tattersall and Alice his
wife in 1370 acquired from Nicholas de
Kighley and Joan his wife a messuage
and 3 oxgangs of land in Worsthorne and
Hurstwood; Final Conc. ii, 178.
||The Tattersall estate afterwards belonged to John Ormerod, as appears by
the lists of tenants already given.
||Simon Haydock and Joan his wife
alleged that George Ormerod held a
messuage, &c., of them in the time of
Henry VIII. It descended to his son
John, twelve years of age, who became
their ward, and died before attaining his
majority. His sister Agnes, also under
age, was his heir, but Bernard Towneley
in 1550 seized her and married her,
by the 'maintenance and bearing' of Sir
Richard Towneley, to the loss of the
Haydocks; Duchy Plead. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), iii, 140.
Bernard Towneley of Hurstwood died
in 1603, having by his wife Agnes (who
died in 1587) a son John, aged fifty-five
in 1619. He held, in right of his wife,
a messuage, &c., of the king as of his
castle of Clitheroe in socage by 1/8d. rent;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), ii, 149–50.
John Towneley died in 1628 holding
similarly. His heir was his son John,
aged twenty-eight; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. xxvi, no. 14. He had also the
manor of Dalton in Yorkshire.
John Towneley in 1631 paid £13 6s. 8d.
as composition for declining knighthood;
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 217.
Next year he was ordered to pay £6 13s.4d.
a year instead of the sequestration of twothirds of his estate for recusancy; Trans.
Hist. Soc. (new ser.), xxiv, 177. He
recorded a pedigree in 1664, wherein it
is stated that his son John had died,
leaving a son and heir also named John;
Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 311.
According to the pedigree in Whitaker
(op. cit. ii, 235), the last-named John
died in 1704, leaving the two daughters
named in the text, viz. Ellen wife of John
Wilkinson of Greenhead, and Catherine
wife of Richard Whyte.
||Whitaker, loc. cit.
||See the lists of tenants above. John
Spenser of Hurstwood in 1526 granted to
feoffees lands in Worsthorne and Hurstwood. His will names Janet his wife;
Towneley MS. C 8, 13, S 229.
Edmund Spenser in 1548 held two
messuages, &c., of Simon and Joan Haydock by a rent of 13½d.; Duchy Plead.
iii, 41. Edmund and Robert Spenser
occur in pleadings of 1564; Ducatus Lanc.
ii, 249, 298.
An agreement was made in 1571 for
the marriage of Isabel daughter of Edmund
Spenser of Hurstwood with John son of
Robert son of John Halsted of High Halstead. The agreement names John as
the son and heir-apparent of Edmund
Spenser, as well as many of the Halstead
family; Add. MS. 32108, no. 675.
Edmund Spenser's will (dated 1586,
proved 1587) is printed in Wills (Chet.
Soc. new ser.), ii, 6. It mentions his
eldest son John and his son Edmund.
The will of his widow Margaret (1602–5)
is printed ibid. 13. She left money to
the poor of Burnley to be distributed on
the first Good Friday after her decease.
Grace Spenser in 1591 claimed a messuage, &c., against John Spenser; Ducatus
Lanc. iii, 263.
||T. Wilkinson, Memories of Hurstwood, 29; N. and Q. (Ser. 9), iii, 481.
Trans. Burnley Lit. and Scient. Club,
||T. Wilkinson, op. cit. 141–2.
||Subs. R. Lancs. bdle. 130, no. 82.
||Ibid. no. 125.
||Ibid. bdle. 131, no. 274.
||Ibid. no. 317.
||Ibid. bdle. 250, no. 9.
Lond. Gaz. 3 Jan. 1843.
||A. Taylor, Hist. of Engl. Gen. Baptists,