||The Census Rep. 1901 gives 1,472
acres, including 7 of inland water; there
are also 15 acres of tidal water and 40 of
||Printed in N. and Q. (Ser. 6), ii, 336,
from a local paper.
V.C.H. Lancs, i, 288a.
||One of the moieties of Newton was
in 1202 held of Roger de Freckleton by
William de Winwick and Maud his wife;
Feet of F. Yorks. 4 John, no. 45. The
other moiety was probably that held by
Gunilda (or Quenilda), described as 'lady
of Newton' in the Cockersand charters.
Alan de Singleton and Warine de
Whittingham held the Freckleton moiety
in 1242; Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec.
Soc Lancs, and Ches.), i, 152.
In 1292 Alice daughter of Richard de
Marklan and widow of William de Newton
claimed dower in two-thirds of three
messuages and 3 oxgangs of land in Newton against Henry de Lacy Earl of Lincoln, Maud daughter and heir of John son
and heir of William de Newton and wife
of William de Beconsaw, and others.
Adam de Freckleton claimed the lordship,
and stated that William de Newton had
held of him by knight's service, and John
his son also; Maud the daughter and heir
of John was under age, and the tenement
was given to the Earl of Lincoln, who
allowed one-third to Almorica, John's
widow. The jury, however, found for the
plaintiff under a grant made by William
de Newton; Assize R. 418, m. 9 d.; 419,
m. 12 d.
In 1384 Robert de Freckleton granted
John de Newton a messuage and 1¼ oxgangs of land in Newton and Warton for
life; Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Ches.), iii, 24.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 30, 152,
316. It continued in the families of
Prees and Skillicorne till the 17th century.
In 1292 Margery widow of John Franceys claimed dower in half an oxgang of
land in Newton against Robert de Prees;
Assize R. 408, m. 43 d.
William son of William de Prees, a
minor, in 1361 recovered a messuage and
land in Newton against Adam Wodebridde,
Alice his wife and William Browning;
De Banco R. 408, m. 79.
Margery de Prees in 1401 held 2 oxgangs of land in Newton of the king as
of his honour of Penwortham by knight's
service; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc), i,
76. John Skillicorne in 1478 held nine
messuages, 100 acres of land, &c, in Newton of the king, paying 6d. a year; ibid, ii,
105. The family had an earlier interest in
Newton, for in 1357 Adam Skillicorne
purchased an oxgang of land, &c, there
from William de Thornton and Maud his
wife; Final Conc, ii, 155, 180.
Nicholas Skillicorne in 1606 still held
the 'manor' of Newton-with-Scales;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 70, no. 83.
Soon afterwards it must have been sold,
for in a Skillicorne fine of 1609 it is not
named; ibid. bdle. 76, no. 31.
||In Aug. 1608 James Townend and
Edmund Hankinson paid £5 for licence
to agree with Nicholas, John and William
Skillicorne respecting the manor of Newton-with-Scales, a windmill, &c.; Pal. of
Lanc. Plea R. 301, m. 9d.
||James Townend of Weeton (Ducatus
Lanc, iii, 407) died in 1618 holding a
moiety of the manor of Newton-withScales, and various messuages, lands, &c,
of the king as of his duchy by the hundredth
part of a knight's fee. William his son
and heir was fourteen years old; Lancs.
Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), ii,
97. Some Townends occur in the Preston
Edmund Hankinson died in 1619 holding a moiety of the manor, various lands,
&c, of the king as of his duchy by the
twentieth part of a knight's fee. The
heir was his son Robert, three years old;
For the Hankinson family see Preston
Guard. Loc. Notes, no. 546. Hugh Hornby
of Kirkham is said to have married Margaret daughter and eventual heir of Joseph
Hankinson of Kirkham (she died 1804),
and thus probably the moiety of the manor
descended to Hornby of Ribby; Burke,
In 1652 one moiety of the manor of
Newton-with-Scales and messuages, windmill,&c, there was held by Thomas Davy,
Margery his wife, Robert Clifton and Jane
his wife; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 151, m. 108.
A moiety of the manor was held in
1753 by the Hornbys of Ribby; ibid,
bdle. 348, m. 240.
Nothing further is known of any manor
||Adam son of Leysing de Newton
and Robert his son were benefactors;
Cockersand Chartul. (Chet. Soc), i, 201,
205. Summerbrook Furlong, Dounanesbreck, Fretlands, Avenams, Aldefield and
Feredale are names occurring in their
Gunilda daughter of Richard son of
Swain and wife of Robert son of Huck
gave land in Lumland, as also did her
son Jordan de Newton; ibid, i, 203–4.
William son of Albert with hii wife
Siegrith daughter of Robert de Newton
also gave land in Summerbrook Furlong;
Another benefactor was William son
of Richard de Bispham, who gave the
canons the eastern moiety of Dalebridge
Head, in part bounded by the 'great
street,' from Dalebridge at Lund to the
Carr; ibid, i, 205.
The abbey's rentals 1451–1537 are
printed ibid, iii, 1262–3.
||Adam son of Richard de Bradshagh
and Margaret his wife in 1331 settled a
messuage and 1½ oxgangs of land in
Newton upon Adam's son William and
Ellen his wife; Final Conc. ii, 79.
||William Coppull the elder sued for
the manor of Newton-in-Amounderness,
with twelve messuages, 200 acres of land,
&c, in Warton, Kirkham, Kellamergh,
Wesham, Greenhalgh, Elswick and Hambleton; the defendant was John Coppull;
Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 20, m. 14 (about
John son of William Coppull sold to
Thomas Stanley lands in Newton, Freekleton, Kirkham, Warton, &c., which had
descended to him from his mother Alice
daughter of John son of William de
Bradshagh; Kuerden MSS. iii, C 33.
||The Derby rental of 1522 (at
Lathom) shows 54s. 8d. received from
the tenants in Newton; also ten hens
valued at 15d.
Henry Earl of Derby was plaintiff in
1591 respecting lands, &c, and the repair
of Proud Bridge in Newton, Scales, Clifton
and Freckleton; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec.
Com.), iii, 253.
||William del Bank claimed two messuages, &c, against Adam del Bank in
1351; Duchy of Lanc. Assize R. 1,
m. 1 d. (July), 8 d. (Mich.).
John le Spenser of Newton in 1375
made complaints of depasturing; De
Banco R. 457, m. 341.
About 1541 began disputes between
John Grimboldston and members of the
Elston family respecting a tenement in
Newton-in-Scales; Pal. of Lanc. Writs
Proton. Lent, 32 Hen. VIII; Sessional
P. 33 Hen. VIII, Writs of Assize, Aug.
36 Hen. VIII.
||In a claim by William Skillicorne,
who held by inheritance, respecting the
common; Ducatus Lanc. ii, 270.
||Ibid, iii, 92, in a petition by James
Browne. The Browne family had had
lands in Newton from 1419; Towneley
MS. DD, no. 1791, 1882, 1884.
George Browne died in 1567 seised of
six messuages, &c, in the Scales and
Newton, held of William Skillicome by
a rent of 1½d.; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
xi, no. 4. The estate went to James
Browne, a cousin.
Another George Browne in 1572
purchased a messuage, &c, from Ellen
Taborner, widow; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of
F. bdle. 34, m. 32.
In pleadings of 1580 Scales is called a
'manor.' James Browne, then claiming,
stated that his grandfather James Browne
of 'Houghton' had held it, and had
settled it on his son William, with
remainders to younger sons Henry and
Alexander. William had two-sons, Evan
(who had one son Richard, s.p.m.) and
George (s.p.m.), and the younger James
claimed as son and heir of Henry. It
appeared that on George Browne's death
his brother Evan's daughters had shared;
Duchy of Lanc. Plead. 22 Eliz. cxvi, B 19.
James Browne died in 1586 holding
land of William Skillicome by 1d. rent,
and two closes of the queen as of her
duchy by the hundredth part of a knight's
fee; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xiv, no. 42.
John Browne in 1595 purchased a
messuage in Newton-with-Scales from
William Skillicorne and Joan his -wife;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 57, m. 68.
Henry Browne of Scales was a freeholder in 1600; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), i, 233.
James Browne of Newton in 1621
held his messuage and land there of the
king by knight's service as of the fee of
Penwortham, and by 3d. rent. His son
John, aged thirty, was the next heir;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Ches.), ii, 239.
In the case of the Cliftons of Clifton
their tenement in Scales (once called a
'manor') appears to have been regarded
as part of the manor of Clifton, Scales
being on the border, but in Newton they
held land of the Earl of Derby in socage
or by knight's service; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. iv, no. 12, 48. Henry Halsall,
however, in 1575, was found to have
held land in 'Newton in le Scales,' as
part of Clifton, of the queen; ibid, xiii,
||Licence for gamekeeper; Preston
Guard. Loc. Notes, no. 1129.
||Adam de Bradkirk in 1349 held
1½ oxgangs of land in Newton of the
duke as of the fee of Penwortham by
knight's service, sake and ward; another
½ oxgang of Richard the Harper by
knight's service and a rent of 7¼d.; and
the fourth part of an oxgang of William de
Prees by knight's service and 15d.; Inq.
p.m. 28 Edw. Ill (2nd nos.), no. 1a.
The Newsham family had land in the
township in 1380; Final Conc, iii, 7.
George Newsham in 1585 held two messuages in Newton-in-Scales of William
Skillicorne by a rent of 2d.; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. xiv, no. 88.
William Westby of Mowbreck in 1551
purchased two messuages, &c, from
Christopher Colbome; Pal. of Lanc. Feet
of F. bdle. 14, m. 253. This tenement was
in 1557 found to be held of Sir Richard
Hoghton in socage by the rent of a peppercorn; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. x, no. 17.
The statement is repeated later. The
origin of the Hoghton lordship is unknown; it may have resulted from their
manor in Whittingham.
George Hesketh of Poulton in 1571
held land, &c, in Newton of William
Skillicorne by 1½d. rent; ibid, xiii, no.
15. In 1622 this estate was held 'of the
lords of the said town' by the same rent
of 1½d.; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs,
and Ches.), iii, 366.
Robert Hankinson died in 1604 holding
cottages in Newton of Nicholas Skillicorne
as of his manor of Newton-with-Scales
by ¾d. rent. Edmund his sqn and heir
was twenty-six years of age; ibid, i, 135.
This Edmund, as already stated, acquired
a moiety of the manor.
John Browning in 1617 held land in
Newton of the king as of his manor of
East Greenwich by 18s. rent. Margaret,
his daughter and heir, was five years old;
ibid, ii, 225.
Robert Hesketh of Rufford died in 1620
holding a messuage and land in Newtonwith-Scales of the king as of his duchy
in socage. Thomas Stanley afterwards
occupied the same; ibid, iii, 357–8.
||In 1246 the Prior of St. John
claimed warranty from William de Prees
respecting 1½ oxgangs of land; Roger and
Richard, sons of Jordan de Newton, were
the prior's sureties; Assize R. 404, m. 4.
The place is mentioned among the Hospitallers' lands in 1292; Plac. de Quo
Warr. (Rec. Com.), 375.
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.),
||John Hornby, the founder, who lived
in Newton, directed that the children
were to be instructed freely 'in learning
and in the principles of the Protestant
religion,' and taken to Kirkham Church
every Sunday; End. Char. Rep. Kirkham,