||861 acres, including 1 acre of inland
water; Census Rep. 1901.
||Lay Subs. Lancs. bdle. 250, no. 9.
||Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 385. The
grant was afterwards confirmed by Ilbert
de Lacy; ibid. 386–8. Here as elsewhere the Heriz family appear later,
probably as successors (in part) of Rous.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 150. It had been
assigned to the countess, widow of John
de Lacy, in 1241 (ibid. 148), being then
called the fourteenth part of a knight's
||Duchy of Lanc. Anct. D. L 1214.
The grant or release was attested by Simon
de Heriz, then steward, Roger, Dean of
Whalley (dead in 1249), and others.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 217.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 318.
||Ibid. ii, 13.
||Adam son of Hugh de Twisleton
gave an oxgang of land in Twiston to
Hugh son of Hugh de Twiston; Towneley MS. DD, no. 1180. In 1281 Hugh
de Twisleton claimed half an oxgang from
Ralph son of Hugh de Mearley, the fourth
part of an oxgang from Robert de Bogland
(Beland) and Cecily his wife, another
fourth part from Robert son of Peter de
Twisleton and a messuage from Lawrence
son of Hugh [de Mearley]; De Banco R.38,
m. 4 d. Walter son of Hugh de Twisleton complained in the same year that
Robert son of Peter had taken goods of
his; ibid. 41, m. 54. In the former
suit the plaintiff recovered his lands; ibid.
43, m. 93; Cal. Close, 1279–88, p. 115.
Alice widow of John de Twisleton in
1303 claimed dower in 5 oxgangs of land,
a mill, &c., in Twiston, against Simon de
Balderston, who had them on lease from
her late husband. To warrant him Simon
called Hugh son of John, who was a
minor and in his mother's custody; De
Banco R. 149, m. 19.
||The Heriz family had some lordship in both. In the suit of 1281 above
cited John de Heriz was called to warrant
the defendants; De Banco R. 41, m. 35 d.
In 1292 Cecily widow of John de Heriz
claimed dower in Walter son of Hugh de
Twisleton's tenement, but was non-suited;
Assize R. 408, m. 15.
In 1349 John de Dinelay held in
demesne and service one plough-land in
Twiston by the fourteenth part of a
knight's fee; Lansdowne Feodary in
Baines' Lancs. (ed. 1870), ii, 693. Dinelay did not become lord of Downham till
1354, but he may have held Twiston in
conjunction with his half plough-land in
||Richard de Greenacres in 1323 acquired a messuage, &c., in Twiston from
John de Dinelay and Margaret his wife;
Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
ii, 56. In 1327 a settlement was made
by which John de Dinelay gave to Richard
the capital messuage in Twiston, watermill, &c., which he had by gift of the said
Richard and of Hugh son and heir of John
de Twisleton, the remainders in default of
issue being to Robert, William and Margery, brothers and sister of Richard de
Greenacres, to Adam Nowell and to John
de Dinelay; DD, no. 620, 621.
In 1338 a further settlement was made,
the estate being described as the manor of
Twiston. After the death of Richard de
Greenacres and Margaret his wife the
manor was to go to his son Richard and
heirs male; other sons were John, Robert,
Henry, Thomas, Lawrence, Gilbert, Adam
and William. Alice daughter of John
son of Hugh de Twisleton put in her
claim; Final Conc. ii, 107.
Richard de Greenacres held the tenth
part of a knight's fee in Twiston in 1355;
Feud. Aids, iii, 88.
||See the account of Mearley. It was
probably the younger Richard who in
1361 held the tenth part of a knight's fee
in Twiston of the Duke of Lancaster;
Inq. p.m. 35 Edw. III (1st nos.), no.
122. Agnes and Joan his daughters
or granddaughters married respectively
William de Radcliffe and Henry de
Worsley. In 1445–6 the tenth part of a
knight's fee in Twiston was held by
William son of William Radcliffe and
Richard son of John Worsley; Duchy of
Lanc. Knights' Fees, bdle. 2, no. 20.
In 1386 pardon was granted to Sir
Robert de Greenacres for the ravishment
of Margery daughter of Richard de Ravensholme at Twiston; Cal. Pat. 1385–9,
||In 1481 in a marriage agreement
between Richard Radcliffe of Todmorden
and Edmund Ashton of Chadderton the
lands of the former in Twiston, Mearley
and Downham were named; DD, no.
||In 1443 Robert Worsley was said to
hold half the vill of John Dinelay, and his
nephew Richard in 1464 was said to hold
half the manor in socage by rendering a
red rose yearly; ibid. no. 1475; Lancs.
Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc.), ii, 75.
||Lawrence Shuttleworth and Elizabeth
his wife in 1504 made a settlement of her
part of the Worsley estate in Twiston;
Final Conc. iii, 155. This part was in
1527 sold by the Shuttleworths to Thomas
Lister; Lord Ribblesdale's D, T 8, 9;
Dods. MSS. clv, fol. 131.
The Aghton share was in 1531 sold to
John Lambert of Skipton, who in 1534
sold it to Lawrence son of William Lister
of Middop as the fifth part of the manor;
Lord Ribblesdale's D. T 11–15; Dods.
ut sup. This seems to be the last time
the 'manor' is named. This Lawrence
Lister had a son Anthony named below;
ibid. T 16.
John Dean was said to hold his lands
in Twiston of the king as duke; Duchy
of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vii, no. 12. As
already stated Sir Thomas Langton in
1536 purchased the Dean share of the
estate; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 163,
A John Worsley appears to have
asserted a claim to Twiston in 1528;
Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), i, 141.
||Lord Ribblesdale's D. T 1 (note by
||Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 62, m.
A writ of diem clausit extremum was
issued in 1520 after the death of Alice
Starkie; Towneley MS. CC, no. 827.
||Thomas Starkie was one of the
defendants to John Worsley's claim in
1528. Thomas Starkie, gent., and John
his son were witnesses to a Whalley
decree in 1514; Act Bk. of Whalley
(Chet. Soc.), 31, 35. A William Starkie
occurs in 1528; ibid. 71. Thomas
Starkie of Downham gave evidence in a
tithe case in 1533; Duchy Plead. (Rec.
Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 37.
||According to a note by Christopher
Towneley, Thomas was a brother of
Edmund Starkie, the first of Huntroyde;
OO, no. 1643. Thomas Starkie contributed to a subsidy in 1524 and Edmund
||Lord Ribblesdale's D. T 25. William
Starkie took part in various disputes in
the time of Elizabeth. In 1564 he and
others disputed the title to common,
pasture and turbary called Twiston Moor,
and actions for trespass had been begun in
Clitheroe Court; Ducatus Lanc. ii, 296
He was the owner of land there called
Chapel Flat; ibid. He was plaintiff
again in 1573; ibid. iii, 10.
In the Clitheroe Court Roll of 26 & 27
Eliz. (1584–5) the jury presented that
certain persons had been 'accustomed to
uphold and make the hedge that lieth
between Twiston stakes and a place called
Robert Lye afore that Twiston pasture
was divided,' but now that a division
had been made they could not say who
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
i, 235. An old pedigree of unknown
origin states that Ellen daughter of
Thomas Ryley of the Green married
William Starkie of Twiston; Visit. of
1567 (Chet. Soc.), 125. See also Whalley
Reg. (Lancs. Par. Reg. Soc.).
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), i, 100. The younger Thomas
is named in N. Assheton's Journal.
||Lay Subs. Lancs. bdle. 250, no. 4. In
1667 licence was granted for the marriage
of James Starkie of Twiston and Sarah
Robinson, widow; note by Mr. H. Ince
Anderton. Thomas Starkie was buried
at Downham in 1688, aged (as was
believed) 104; Reg. He was about ninetyseven.
||See the account of the vicars of
Blackburn; also Whitaker, Whalley, ii,
155. Dr. Laycock gives the following
as the descent: Thomas Starkie, d. 1688
-s. James -s. Thomas, d. 1741 -s. James,
d. 1761 -s. Rev. Thomas, vicar of Blackburn.
||Thomas Lister in 1564 obtained
eight messuages, &c., from Anthony
Lister and Anne his wife; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 26, m. 33. Thomas
Lister, probably his son, died in 1608
holding six messuages, &c., of the king
as duke, and leaving a son Thomas, aged
sixteen, who married Jane daughter of
Thomas Heber; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec.
Soc.), i, 117. This Thomas died in 1619
holding the same lands and leaving a
son Thomas, aged three years; Chan.
Inq. p.m. (Ser. 2), ccclxxiii, 55. See
pedigree of Lister of Gisburn in Whitaker,
Craven (ed. Morant), 54.
Edward Braddyll in 1575 bought four
messuages, &c., from Miles Aspenhaugh,
John Houghton and Agnes Houghton his
wife; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 37,
m. 185. The estate (augmented) was
sold to Lawrence Duxbury in 1579; ibid.
bdle. 41, m. 96. The purchaser died in
1619 holding of the king as duke and
leaving a son Nicholas, aged thirty-seven;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc.), ii, 167.
Nicholas died in 1628, leaving a son
Lawrence, aged twenty-three, to inherit
the estate; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
xxvi, no. 26.
Richard Grimshaw of Moorhiles in
Pendle died in 1608 holding his messuage
in Twiston of the king as duke by knight's
service. His estate was divided among
his four daughters or their representatives;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc.), i, 137, 146.
The Grimshaw estate was probably obtained from Assheton, who had purchased
from Sir Thomas Langton; Duchy of Lanc.
Plead. xlv, G 10 (note by Mr. Anderton).
||The manors of Downham and Twiston are named in the grant to Richard
Assheton in 1615.
||Land tax returns at Preston.
||Whitaker, Whalley, ii, 155.
Quaker Char. Rep. 1905.