||The Census Rep. 1901 gives 4,986
acres, including 18 of inland water. The
area was increased about 1882 by the
addition of a small detached part of
Broughton lying within Woodplumpton.
Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv, App. iv, 47.
||Fishwick, St. Michael's (Chet. Soc),
87, 78; Dict. Nat. Biog.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 200; Gillow, Haydock Papers, 41.
||Visit. Ret. to the Bishop of Chester.
V.C.H. Lancs, i, 288a.
||Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 290, 296.
||See the account of Bootle in V.C.H.
Lancs, iii, 31.
||Roger son of Ranchil owed 30 marks
in 1129–30 for an agreement with the
Count of Mortain respecting lands between
Ribble and Mersey; Farrer, op. cit. 1.
He was surety in 5 marks for a pardon
in 1169–71; ibid. 16, 20, 23.
||Ibid. 44. In 1176 Richard son of
Roger paid 5 marks in order to obtain an
inquiry as to the manor of Kirkby, which
had been taken into the king's hands
because he had married his daughter and
heir without the king's licence, and he
had to pay £100 to recover his lands;
ibid. 31, 42–3. The payment of several
instalments is recorded in the Pipe Rolls.
In 1194 he incurred a further penalty for
having shared in Count John's rebellion;
ibid, 90, 92. The Priory of Lytham was
founded by him between 1189 and 1194;
In 1199 Maud Banastre made a claim
respecting sisters' portion against Richard
son of Roger and Margery his wife (her
sister), who put Robert de Stockport in
their place; Rot. Curia Regis (Rec. Com.),
i, 359. Plaintiff was perhaps the Maud
de Hastings who had then another dispute
with Richard son of Roger; ibid. 227,
301; Excerpta e Rot. Fin. (Rec. Com.),
||The three not named in the text were
Quenilda wife of Roger Gernet, Margaret
wife of Hugh de Moreton and Avice wife
of William de Millom.
||It was probably the marriage of Maud
with Robert de Stockport in 1176 which
created the trouble above referred to.
Robert de Stockport in 1200–1 paid a
part of the 200 marks and five palfreys
which he had offered the king on succeeding to the lands of Richard son of
Roger; Farrer, op. cit. 130.
Robert de Stockport died before 1206,
when his widow, as Maud Banastre, having
adopted her mother's surname, proffered
20 marks and a palfrey for freedom from
a compulsory marriage and for a reasonable share of her father's and mother's
lands. At the same time others of
Richard's daughters are noticed; ibid.
203; Rot. de Finibus (Rec. Com.), 352.
From the inquest of 1212 it appears
that the heirs of Richard son of Roger
held nine plough-lands in thegnage by a
rent of 4 (? 3) marks, of which 8s. 10d. had
been remitted on the foundation of
Lytham Priory; Lancs. Inq. and Extents
(Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 46. From
later inquests it appears that the proportion
due from Woodplumpton was 17s. 4d. or
17s. 6d. The assessment seems to have
been reduced from five to four plough-lands.
Maud de Stockport appears to have been
unmarried in 1216–22, when she held
lands worth 2 marks yearly; ibid. 117.
Robert de Stockport, apparently the
son of Maud, released certain lands ( ? in
Woodplumpton) to Adam son of Swain
and his heirs; Add. MS. 32106, no. 805.
Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Ches.), i, 123. This Robert de Stockport
was the grandson of Maud. His father
Robert in 1242 held shares in other parts
of the inheritance of Richard son of
Roger in conjunction with Gernet and
Beetham; Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 149,
153–4. The younger Robert succeeded
in 1248, being of full age; ibid. 175, 184.
The king received the homage of Robert
son and heir of Robert de Stockport in
May 1248; the relief was 34s. 10d.;
Excerpta e Rot. Fin. ii, 33. On the death
of Quenilda Gernet in 1252 a further
share of the inheritance accrued to him;
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 191.
||The history of the family was told
in detail by John Watson, rector of
Stock port, in his Memoirs of the Ancient
Earls of Warren and Surrey (Warrington,
1782); and there are later pedigrees, &c.,
in Earwaker, East Ches. i, 343; ii,
286–9; and Ormerod, Ches. (ed. Helsby),
iii, 795–6, 685–7; i, 626. The
following outline shows the descent of
the manor of Woodplumpton.
Robert de Stockport, d. 1205 –s. Robert,
d. 1248 –s. Robert, d. c. 1274 –s.
Richard, d. 1292 –da. Joan, d. c. 1331, who
married Nicholas de Eton of Rotley –s.
Robert, d. c. 1350 –s. Richard –s. Richard
–sister Isabel, d. 1369 –cos. John Warren
(s. Cecily, da. of Joan de Eton), d. 1386
–s. Nicholas, d. 1413 –s. Lawrence, d.
1444 –s. John, d. 1474 –gdson. John
(s. of Lawrence), d. 1518 –s. Lawrence,
d. 1530 –s. Edward, d. 1558 –s. Francis
(disinherited) –bro. John, d. 1587 –s.
Edward, d. 1609 –s. John, d. 1621 –s.
Edward, d. 1687 –s. John, judge of
Chester, d. 1706 –s. Edward, d. 1718 –s.
John, d. 1729 –bro. Edward, d. 1737 –s.
George, d. 1801 –da. Elizabeth Harriott,
d. 1826, wife of Thomas James Viscount
Bulkeley (who d. s.p. 1822).
The heiress bequeathed Woodplumpton,
&c., to the second Lord de Tabley, heir of
her family, being descendant of her greataunt Anna Dorothea sister of Edward
Warren, who married Sir Daniel Byrne
of Timogue, –s. John, d. 1742 –s. Peter,
who assumed Leicester as a surname,
d. 1770 –s. John Fleming, cr. Lord de
Tabley, 1826, and d. 1827 –s. George,
who took the surname of Warren in
1832 and d. 1887, having sold the
manor of Woodplumpton.
The Warren family has occurred previously in the accounts of Blackburn
Hundred and Gooanargh.
||A claim for common of pasture was
in 1274 made by Adam de Acton
(Aighton) against Robert de Stockport;
De Banco R. 6, m. 2. In the following
year Ellen widow of Robert claimed a
third part of the manor of Plumpton as
dower against Richard de Stockport;
ibid. 10, m. 71 d.
Nicholas de Eton held the manor of
Woodplumpton in 1324 by the rent of
17s. 6d.; Dods. MSS. cxxxi, fol. 39b.
John de Davenport the younger (as
trustee for Eton) held (four) plough-lands
in Woodplumpton in 1346, rendering
17s. 6d.; Survey of 1346 (Chet. Soc), 52.
||In 1382 the escheator was ordered
to give seisin of the manor of Woodplumpton to Sir John de Warren, son of
Cecily sister of Robert son of Nicholas de
Eton. A feoffment of the manor had
been made by John son of Sir John de
Davenport to the said Robert de Eton
and Isabel his wife, with remainder to
John brother of Robert, &c.; Dep.
Keeper's Rep. xxxii, App. 354.
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc), i, 25,
34, 47. In 1382 Sir John de Warren
had granted this manor to John de
Davenport and others; after his death a
dispute ensued between the Duke of
Lancaster and these trustees as to the
custody of the manor, lasting from 1387
to 1392; Dep. Keeper's Rep. xl, App. 525.
||Margaret the widow of Sir John de
Warren (Waryng) afterwards married
John Mainwaring, but had the manor
of Woodplumpton for her life, with
remainders to Nicholas and Margaret, Sir
John's children. Parcel of the manor
was in 1396 given to Nicholas de
Warren on his marriage with Agnes, who
had a son Lawrence. To him a parcel
of the manor was granted in 1415.
Margaret his grandmother died in 1418
holding the manor of the king as of his
duchy by a rent of 17s. 6d.; its clear
value was £6; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet.
Soc.), i, 131–3; Dep. Keeper's Rep.
xxxiii, App. 16; Final Conc. iii, 76. For
the Worsley claim appearing in this fine
see Watson, op. cit. ii, 237.
Agnes Warren in 1421 received
£9 10s. as farmer of Woodplumpton;
Add. MS. 32105, GG 2652.
||Sir Lawrence Warren of Stockport
was in 1431 said to hold the manor of
Woodplumpton by the service of one
knight's fee; Feudal Aids, iii, 95. In
1445–6, however, his knight's fee included
not only the four plough-lands in Woodplumpton but the lands in Bryning, &c.,
which had anciently been held by knight's
service; Duchy of Lanc. Knights' Fees,
bdle. 2, no. 20.
||Ches. Inq. p.m. 14 Edw. IV, no. 6.
The Lancashire inquisition quoted below
gives 1480 as the date of death.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no. 86.
One John Warren was made a knight
at Ripon in 1487; Metcalfe, Bk. of
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iv, no. 89.
In a recovery of the manor in 1525
Lawrence Warren was the defendant;
Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 141, m. 3.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. viii,
no. 15. Sibyl Warren had had the
manor granted to her for life. Edward
Warren, the son, had granted certain
messuages and lands to Francis, his son
and heir, and Mary his wife, daughter of
Sir Edward Fitton.
||Metcalfe, op. cit. 77.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xi, no. 66.
By a fine of 1557, therein quoted, the
manor of Woodplumpton, a fourth part
of the manor of Formby, with messuages,
water-mill, &c., in those townships and
in Liverpool and Didsbury, were by Sir
Edward and his son Francis settled on
the younger son John Warren and hit
heirs, with remainders to other sons,
Lawrence and Peter. The fine is Pal,
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 17, m. 90.
||Watson, op. cit. ii, 131. The reason
is not given. Francis died without issue
John Warren and Margaret his wife
made a settlement of the manor of
Woodplumpton in 1582; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 44, m. 172. Edward
Warren and Anne his (second) wife had
four messuages, &c., there in 1591;
ibid. bdle. 53, m. 91. Again in 1598 a
settlement of the manor and various
lands was made by Edward Warren and
Susanna his wife; ibid. bdle. 60, m. 38.
Another settlement was made in 1613
by John Warren, Anne his wife and
Margaret widow of John Warren; ibid.
bdle. 81, no. 68.
Edward Warren was M.P. for Liverpool in 1589; Pink and Beaven, Parl.
Repre. of Lancs. 184.
From entries in the Woodplumpton
registers it appears that the Warrens
resided there about 1604–6.
Cal. S. P. Dom. 1637, p. 545.
Edward Warren, son of the mortgager,
stated that his father had been imprisoned for debt and there died, leaving
petitioner in ward to the king. He had
sought to regain the manor, but Sir
Robert Banastre, who at first appeared
willing, alleged that he had so settled
it at the marriage of his son that he had
||A feoffment of the manor was made
in 1634 by Sir Robert, Lawrence and
Henry Banastre; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of
F. bdle. 122, no. 6.
Sir Robert Banastre of Passeham,
Northants, was made a knight in 1605;
Metcalfe, op. cit. 155. He died in 1649.
His daughter and heir Dorothy married
William second Lord Maynard (d. 1698),
and bore him two sons and a daughter.
The eldest son, Banastre, born in 1642,
succeeded his grandfather and his mother
at Woodplumpton in 1649, and in 1651–4
made claims for the discharge from
sequestration of tenements in Woodplumpton which had been held by recusants; Cal. Com. fir Comp. iv, 2751.
In 1662 in a fine concerning the manor
William Lord Maynard was plaintiff
and Nicholas Banastre deforciant; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 169, m. 76.
In another fine, 1665, Thomas Banastre
was plaintiff and Banastre Maynard
deforciant; ibid. bdle. 175, tn. 41.
Banastre succeeded his father as third
Lord Maynard, and died in 1718;
G.E.C. Complete Peerage, v, 277.
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 179,
m. 24. In a later fine (1710) Edward
Beresford was plaintiff and the following
were deforciants—Anne Warren, widow;
Edward, Hugh and John Warren, esquires;
Edward and Talbot Warren, gentlemen;
ibid. bdle. 265, m. 53. Again in 1761
the deforciants were Sir George Warren
and Jane his wife; ibid. bdle. 366,
m. 66. Thomas James Viscount Bulkeley and Harriet his wife were in possession in 1802; Pal. of Lanc. Lent Assizes,
42 Geo. III, R. 8.
Sir George Warren (K.B. 1761) represented Lancaster in Parliament 1758–80
and 1786–96; Pink and Beaven, op. cit.
||Fishwick, St. Michael's (Chet. Soc.),
25. The court baron is mentioned in
1601; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), iii, 436.
||Raines in Notitia Cestr. (Chet. Soc),
Ducatus Lanc. (Rcc. Com.), ii, 69.
||A list of the charterers, with the
acreage of their separate 'inlands,' is appended. The queen had 26 acres.
||Robert de Stockport, lord of Plumpton, leased land in the manor to Thomas
Banastre in 1287; B.M. Add. Charter
20149. In 1300 Joan widow of Thomas
Banastre claimed dower in a messuage
and land in Woodplumpton against
Gilbert de Grimsargh; De Banco R. 133,
m. 127. Thomas Banastre had in 1296
demised to Gilbert (for life) various lands
held by gift of Richard de Stockport;
Kuerden MSS. ii, fol. 256.
In 1346–8 John Trussell and Pernell
his wife (widow of Adam Banastre)
claimed dower in ten messuages, &c.,
against Edmund de Dacre and Ellen his
wife; De Banco R. 347, m. 165; 354,
m. 300. Robert de Singleton appeared
as plaintiff in 1369 against Robert son of
Edmund de Dacre and Godith his wife;
Final Conc, ii, 177.
Later lands, &c., in Woodplumpton
appear as portion of the Balderston
estates (ibid, iii, 165) in the possession
of Edmund Dudley, Radcliffe of Winmarleigh, Alexander Osbaldeston and the Earl
of Derby, as appears by the inquisitions
p.m. It should be noted, however, that
in 1521 the Woodplumpton land of
Thomas Radcliffe was not placed among
the Balderston inheritance, but was declared to be held of Lawrence Warren by
a rent of 2s.; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
v, no. 3. Similar statements are made
in later inquisitions, but in 1593 Plumpton was included with other Balderston
lands; ibid, xvi, no. 2.
||They held a windmill, three messuages, &c., of the Warrens in socage;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi, no. 32;
viii, no. 9; xiii, no. 16.
Belonging to a minor family of the
district was John Singleton, whose will
of 1545 is printed in Richmond Wills
(Chet. Soc.), 57.
||Robert Singleton in 1525 held land,
&c., in Woodplumpton of Lawrence
Warren in socage; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. vi, no. 4. In 1573 what was probably the same estate was described as
'in Newsham,' which was within the
lordship of Woodplumpton; ibid, xii,
no. 34. In a later inquisition the tenure
was said to be of the queen by knight's
service; ibid. no. 30.
||In 1551 George Singleton was said
to hold in Woodplumpton of George
Newsham in socage; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. ix, no. 17. The tenure is not
stated in later inquisitions.
||The tenure of John Newsham of
Newsham in 1515 was not known, and
in 1585 the whole estate in Newsham
and Woodplumpton was combined, as
held of John Warren in socage; ibid, iv,
no. 75; xiv, no. 88.
The lands of Alexander Goosnargh of
Stalmine were in 1524 said to be held of
the king by a rent; ibid, v, no. 55.
George Hesketh of Poulton in 1571
died holding land, &c., of John Warren
by a rent of 6s. 8d.; ibid, xiii, no. 15.
It was held similarly in 1622 of Sir
Robert Banastre; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec.
Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), iii, 363–6.
Anthony Pickering of Catterall in 1613
held land, &c., in Catforth and Woodplumpton of John Warren by 10s. rent;
ibid, i, 242–3.
Alexander Rigby of Goosnargh in 1621
held of the heirs or assigns of John
Warren, marking the transition to
Banastre; ibid, iii, 457–9.
Thomas Gregory in 1622 held of Sir
Robert Banastre by a rent of 2d.; ibid.
William Haydock of Cottam held of
the same in 1624; Towneley MS. C 8,
13 (Chet. Lib.), 529.
In some other cases no tenure has been
||Richard Beck died in 1585 holding
a messuage, &c., of John Warren in
socage by a rent of 4s.; Roger Beck, the
son and heir, was nineteen years of age;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xiv, no. 46.
Roger Beck was in possession in 1590;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 52, m. 506.
The property seems to have been sold to
Duddell, as below.
||Anthony Billington by his will
of 1575 desired to be buried in the
'parish church' of Woodplumpton. He
names his sons John and Thomas; Fishwick, op, cit. 193. A later Anthony
Billington died in 1631 holding of Robert
Banastre. John his son and heir was
nineteen years old; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. xxvii, no. 17; xxx, no. 70.
||In the case of George Duddell (1589)
the tenure is not recorded, but his son
William in 1613 was said to have held
in part of the king as of his duchy by the
fiftieth part of a knight's fee and in part
of John Warren by 6s. rent; Lancs. Inq.
p.m. (Rec. Soc), ii, 13–15. The estate
included purchases from Roger Beck and
Thomas Harrison, and was bequeathed to
his nephew George (son of John) Duddell
of Clifton, and in default of male issue to
another nephew, William (son of Richard)
Duddell, &c. George Duddell, the next
heir, was seventeen years old.
Thomas Harrison and Ellen his wife
sold to William Duddell in 1558; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 20, m. 105. In
1563 they sold to William Ambrose;
ibid. bdle. 25, m. 119. The Duddells
took the Parliamentary side in the Civil
War. Captain Duddell, eldest son of
George, raised a company for service, and
was killed at the capture of Bolton in
1644; War in Lancs. (Chet. Soc.), 42, 50.
||Robert Gregson died in 1613 holding
a messuage, &c., of John Warren by
4s. 4d. rent, and 6 acres (from the waste)
of the king as of his duchy by the
hundredth part of a knight's fee. John
Gregson, the son and heir, was seven years
of age; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc.), i,
John Gregson was a 'delinquent' during
the Civil War time, having assisted the
forces raised against the Parliament.
In 1650 he compounded by a fine of
£51; Royalist Comp. Papers (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), iii, 128.
||The will of James (son of Thomas)
Harrison of Catford, 1587, shows that he
had land in Woodplumpton and Bilsborrow. His sons were James and
Andrew; Fishwick, op. cit. 194. James
Harrison, who died in 1612, held his land
of John Warren by 5s. rent; his son and
heir John was aged seventeen; Lancs.
Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc), ii, 6.
||Robert Mason, who died in 1599,
held of Sir Edward Warren by a rent of
3s. 4d. He left three daughters and coheirs, viz. Alice widow of Richard Ambrose, and aged fifty in 1623; Elizabeth
wife of Robert Lache, forty-seven; and
Jane wife of John Larrimer, forty-four;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc.), ii, 155.
||William Richardson and Anne his
wife in 1590 gave two messuages, &c., to
William Waring; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of
F. bdle. 52, m. 219.
Thomas son of William Richardson,
who died at Myerscough in 1637, held
three messuages, &c., in Woodplumpton
and other lands in Claughton, Bilsborrow and Sowerby, and left a son and
heir William, one year old. The remainder in default of heirs male was to
trustees for the maintenance of a schoolmaster at Garstang; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. xxviii, no. 76.
||Anthony White acquired a messuage,
&c., in 1582 from Nicholas White; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 44, m. 132.
Anthony White died in 1606 holding in
socage and leaving as heir a daughter
Margaret wife of Henry Singleton and
twenty-nine years of age; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Rec. Soc.), i, 100.
||William Ambrose the elder settled
messuages, &c., in Woodplumpton,
Kirkham, Goosnargh, Garstang and
Lancaster in 1421; Final Conc. iii, 79.
The remainders appear to have been to
his son William, and in default of issue
to Joan, Ellen and Margaret sisters of a
Nicholas (?) Ambrose. About the same
time a William Ambrose is found acting
as arbitrator in Furness; West, Furness
(ed. 1805), 264.
Nicholas Ambrose in 1448 complained
of trespass by John Hestholm, Joan his
wife and others; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R.
11, m. 2b.
Richard Ambrose in 1478 made a
feoffment of lands, &c., in Kirkham and
Woodplumpton; Towneley MS. C 8,13
(Chet. Lib.), A III.
Alexander Ambrose in 1492 obtained
licence to agree with Agnes and Margery
daughters of Richard Walton concerning
their holding in Woodplumpton, Newsham and Upper Rawcliffe; Pal. of
Lanc. Plea R. 78, m. 4 d. Richard son
of Richard Walton and Agnes his wife
occur in 1474; Pal. of Lanc. Writs
Proton, file 15 Edw. IV.
The lands of William Ambrose were
estimated for the subsidy of 1523–4 at
30s. a year; Fishwick, op. cit. 9.
In 1541 Nicholas Ambrose of
Plumpton sold to William Eccleston a
messuage with appurtenances in Woodplumpton; Add. MS. 32106, fol. 337 d.
In 1548 a settlement of Ambrose Hall,
with ten messuages, lands, &c., in Woodplumpton, Penwortham, Goosnargh and
Winmarleigh, was made by Nicholas
Ambrose, the remainder being to his son
and heir William; but three messuages,
&c., the dower of Elizabeth Ambrose,
widow, were to go to Thomas Singleton;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 13,
m. 149. In 1555 Nicholas appears to
have sold a further part of his estate in
Woodplumpton and Charnley Eaves to
William Eccleston; ibid. bdle. 16, m. 128.
These, however, were re-sold to William
Ambrose in 1559, a tenement in Little
Eccleston being given for them; Add.
MS. 32106, fol. 199.
William son and heir of William
Ambrose made a feoffment in 1564; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 26, m. 212. In
1577 he made a settlement of the whole
or part of his estate, which included a
water-mill, with contingent remainders
to his brothers Thomas, Ewan and George
and to Richard and Leonard sons of
William Ambrose of Catforth Hall;
ibid. bdle. 39, m. 58.
A pedigree was recorded in 1567 showing the descent thus: Richard Ambrose
–s. William –s. Nicholas –sons William,
Thomas, Henry, Roger, Ewan, George,
and da. Ellen; Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 46.
Thomas Ambrose claimed a capital messuage in 1595 against Thomas Richardson
and Isabel his wife (widow of Roger
Ambrose) as heir of his brother William;
Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), iii, 409.
Roger Ambrose had died in 1585 holding a messuage called Little Blacklache
of John Warren by 12d. rent; this and
another piece of land held by knight's
service were parts of William Ambrose's
estate (then deceased), and Roger had also
acquired a further parcel from John
Singleton of Chingle Hall, held of the
queen as of her duchy by knight's
service. His son and heir William was
seven years of age; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. xiv, no. 62.
William died unmarried in 1641 and
the estate went by a deed of 1607 (in
possession of William Farrer) to the
allied family of Catforth Hall. For
confirmation Richard Ambrose of this
place obtained in 1612 a royal grant of
Ambrose Hall for himself and his heirs;
Pat. 10 Jas. I, pt. xv. In 1650–1
William Ambrose of Catforth, Elizabeth
his wife and Richard his son and heir
mortgaged Ambrose Hall to William
Shaw of Preston, who eventually became
the owner; W. Farrer's Deeds, and
Fishwick, op. cit. 183–5, where pedigrees
will be found. William Ambrose of
Catforth had succeeded his father Richard
by 1631; W. Farrer's Deeds.
||Fishwick, loc. cit.
||Catforth was called a manor in
1422; Dunkenhalgh D. The deeds
noticed in the Shireburne abstract book
at Leagram Hall begin with a grant by
Sir Robert de Stockport to Richard de
Newsham of land in Woodplumpton to be
held by a rent of 12d. Afterwards the
land seems to have passed to the Fishwick
family (1366 to 1522), and in 1575
Thurstan Southworth sold messuages,
&c., in Woodplumpton to Sir Richard
Shireburne, while Robert Midghalgh and
George his son and heir in 1591 sold
land in Newsham called Ravenshawhalgh
(or Rainshalgh) to the same.
Though these deeds are silent, it appears
that Sir Richard Shireburne in 1508 gave
the manors of Aighton and Catforth, with
various lands, &c., to his executor to
fulfil the trusts in his will, and that
Catforth was held of Sir John Warren in
socage; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iv,
no. 46. Similar statements were made
in later inouisitions, but the abstract
book shows that part of the demesne was
in 1546 sold to Elizabeth (or Ellen)
Rodes by Sir Richard Shireburne and
Maud his wife; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 12, m. 299. Probably the other
parts were also alienated, and in 1594 the
Shireburne estate in Catforth was not
called a manor.
Gilbert de Catforth attested some early
||See the account of Great Eccleston.
||Information of Mrs. Charles Threlfall. Edward Stanley acquired land, &c.,
in 1588; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 50, m. 23. In his will, dated 1587,
he names his nephew Thomas Threlfall;
Fishwick, op. cit. 196. In 1595 Thomas
Threlfall claimed a messuage, &c., in
Woodplumpton against William Richardson and Anne his wife; Ducatus Lanc.
iii, 387. It was probably the same who
was chapel-warden in 1610; Fishwick,
op. cit. 231.
||Some examples may be recorded.
In 1310 John de Cottam and Denise
his wife claimed dower in three messuages, &c., in Woodplumpton against
Richard ton of William de Rediford;
De Banco R. 181, m. 224d. Johnson
of Robert de Rediford claimed a messuage,
&c., in 1333 against Robert son of Ralph
de Dardeslow. It appeared that John de
Rediford, grandfather of plaintiff, gave
to Joan his daughter, but she died
without issue. The defendant said that
the gift was to his father Ralph and his
heirs; ibid. 293, m. 91; 29; m. 58 d.
Henry son of Richard Russel of Woodplumpton and Cecily his wife in 1336
acquired three messuages, &c., from John
son of John son of Simon de Howick;
Final Conc, ii, 101.
Sir John Tempest and Alice his wife
were plaintiffs in 1352; Duchy of Lanc
Assize R. 2, m. 1. Margery de Nettleton
claimed against Robert de Newsham and
Alice his wife in 1359; ibid. 7, m. 1.
John son of Robert de Rainford and
Agnes his wife appear in 1361; Assize
R. 441, m. 1 d. Robert de Newsham
and Joan his wife had lands in 1388;
Final Conc. iii, 30.
Robert Lache of Bartle and James his
son and heir in 1522 granted a windmill
and land to William Braboner of Goosnargh; Add. MS. 32107, no. 393–5.
See Ducatus Lanc. iii, 63.
The Subsidy Roll of 1545–6 shows the
following owners of land: Nicholas
Ambrose, Henry Charnley, Thomas
Henryson, George Kighley, William
Latus, John Newsham and the wife of
John Richardson; Fishwick, op. cit. 10.
Some other rolls are given ibid.
Christopher Hudson made a purchase
from John Fell in 1555; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 16, m. 113. Richard
Hudson had land, &c., in 1582; ibid.
bdle. 44, m. 102.
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.),
i, 222. A later namesake was a benefactor of the poor. Alice Nicholson of
Bartle, widow, founded the school at
||Edward Browne of Bartle, 'adhering
to the forces raised against the Parliament,' had his lands sequestered, but took
the National Covenant, &c., in 1646
and was allowed to compound; Royalist
Comp. Papers (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
Jane Brewer, widow, had two-thirds
of her estate sequestered for recusancy,
'conformed' in 1648, but had in 1651
failed to secure discharge of her land.
She then seems to have renounced Protestantism, for she petitioned in 1654 to
be allowed to contract for the sequestrated part under the Recusants Act; Cal.
Com. for Comp. iv, 2886. John Ward's
cue, 1652, appears to be of the same
kind; ibid. 2991.
Other recusants were William Beesley
and his wife, both dead in 1653, when
Peter Blackburn and Katherine his wife
(heir of Henry son of William Beesley)
petitioned for discharge, and George
Green; ibid. 3155, 3174; Royalist
Comp. Papers, i, 172.
||Francis Almond of Lawton House,
Edmund Baine of Catforth, Elizabeth
Billington, William Billsborough, Richard
Clarkson (steward for Sir N. Shireburne),
Perpetua Clarkson, Anne Crichlow, Robert
Keller, William Kitchen, Richard Latus
and Thomas Willasey; Estcourt and
Payne, Engl. Cath. Nonjurors, 91,103, &c.
||The house of Gilbert the chaplain of
Plumpton is named in a Sowerby charter
about 1240; Cockersand Chartul. (Chet.
Soc), i, 245. 'Of Plumpton' may be a
surname. The chapel is not named in
the grant of St. Michael's to Battlefield.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 76.
||As in wills quoted ibid. Ellen Topham, widow, in 1556 left 20s. to the
church of Woodplumpton (where she
desired to be buried), and 6s. 8d. to
Nicholas Lawrenson to pray for her soul;
Richmond Wills, 88.
Commonw. Ch. Surv. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), 147.
||Ibid. 148; no minister is named.
The £50 was given in 1646 out of T.
Clifton's sequestered estates; Plund.
Mins. Accts. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.),
i, 26. The chapel was vacant; ibid. 32.
||Gastrell, Notitia Cestr. ii, 454–5.
The chapel was 'duly served by a curate.'
Manch. Dioc. Dir.
||a Among the briefs collected in the
parish of Ryton, co. Durham, is one for
'Woodplumpton Chapel in Com. Lanc.'
received 12 June 1748. The charge was
£1,246; Proc. Soc. Antiq. of Newcastle, x,
||A local tradition that the early
window and door in the north aisle were
brought to Woodplumpton from a place
not named and inserted during the 19th
century would, if true, destroy the argument for the supposed early 14th-century
date of part of the north wall.
Lancs. Parish Reg. Soc. Publ. xxvii (1906). Transcribed by
||Much of the list is due to Col. Fishwick, who gives biographical notices, op.
cit 80–8. It will be ceen that the
curates changed very frequently, the
chapel being often vacant, until the 18th
||His name occurs in the inventory of
church goods and in the visitation lists of
1554 and 1562; Chet. Misc. (new ser.),
||His name appears in the registers.
He was 'no preacher'; Hist. MSS. Com.
Rep. xiv, App. iv, 8.
||In 1619 the name occurs as George
Lomas; he was presented to the Bishop
of Chester for making clandestine
marriages; Visit. records at Dioc. Reg.
He seems to have moved to Broughton.
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lanes, and Ches.),
i, 69. Afterwards at Broughton.
||Raines MSS. (Chet. Lib.), xxii, 70.
Misc. (Rec. Soc.), i, 124.
Plund. Mins. Accts. i, 235.
||Ibid. 236. Haydock was still there
in 1654; ibid. 140.
||Afterwards of Bispham. The curacy
was vacant in 1674; Visit. Papers at
||Visit. Papers at Chester, 1686.
Kirkham was curate and 'conformable'
in 1689; Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv, App.
iv, 230. In 1691 he was at Garstang
and in 1693 at Melling.
||The church papers in Chester Dioc.
Reg. begin with this curate.
||Afterwards of Longton.
||Afterwards rector of North Meols.
||Afterwards vicar of Childwall.
||He had been vicar of St. Michael's.
||For the church in his time see A.
Hewitson, Our Country Churches, 59.
||Formerly a solicitor, 1877–80. Went
to South Africa, 1890.
||Gastrell. Notitia Cestr. ii, 455; End.
Char. Rep. From the visitation presentments at Chester (Dioc. Reg.) it appears
that George and Robert Boulton were,
teaching school, unlicensed, in 1622.
Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv, App. iv,
||Fishwick, op. cit. 132; Hewitson,
op. cit. 554.
||Fishwick, loc. cit.; Hewitson (op.
cit. 551) states that it originated in a
camp meeting at Great Eccleston.
||Gillow, Haydock Papers, 53–6, 76,
&c.; Liverpool Cath. Annual; Hewitson,
op. cit. 55. A priest was labouring in
the district in 1653, as appears by the
story of John Baines of Woodplumpton,
admitted to the English College, Rome,
in 1674; Foley, Rec. S. J. v, 425.
Liverpool Cath. Annual.