||4,631 acres; Census Rep. 1901.
V.C.H. Lancs. i, 289a.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 43. William son
of Benedict Gernet gave 2 oxgangg of
land in Leck to his sister Margery, who
was to render a pound of pepper yearly,
another oxgang there to Osbert by the
same rent, and 30 acres in Alton (old
town) to Gilbert son of Orm, by a rent
of spurs or 3d.; ibid. 44.
||In 1252 Roger Gernet of Halton
held one plough-land in Leck and the
mill there in demesne; the other ploughlands were held of him by Matthew de
Burgh and the heir of Caton by knight's
service. All belonged to the fee of the
forest; ibid. 187.
Roger de Caton had died a year before
holding a plough-land in Leck of Roger
Gernet of Halton as above; he had
6 oxgangs in demesne, and the other
2 had been granted to the Abbot of
Croxton in free alms. In addition he held
half a plough-land of Matthew de Burgh,
likewise by knight's service; ibid. 185.
||Only 1 oxgang of land in Leck, with
6s. 8d. rent, was included in the purchase
of the manors of Over Burrow and Nether
Burrow by William de Tunstall in 1370;
Final Conc. (Rec. Soc Lancs. and Ches.),
After the forfeiture by Sir Richard
Tunstall in the time of Edward IV, part
of his estate, viz. the manor of Leck,
with water mill, &c., half the manor of
Cantsfield and other lands were granted
in 1466 to John Tunstall; Cal. Pat.
1461–7, p. 422.
||The manors of Burrow and Leck
were held of Lord Dacre by services
unknown in 1499; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. iii, no. 37. The manors of Over
Leck and Nether Leck with messuages,
&c., there were in 1557 held of Lord
Dacre in socage; ibid, x, no. 5. Francis
Tunstall as lord of the manor claimed
common of pasture on Leck Fell in
1594; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), iii,
318, 329. In 1605 the manors of Over
Leck, Nether Leck and Todgill are
named in a Tunstall feoffment; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 68, no. 42.
Cockersand Chartul. (Chet. Soc.), iii,
894–7. The benefactors were Matthew
Gernet, Godith his wife (1 oxgang of
land), Roger Gernet of Burrow, William
son of Sir Roger Gernet of Halton and
Godith daughter of Richard de Burgh.
In 1268 Ughtred de Leck held the land
by a rent of 6d., with ½ mark at death.
The 'court of the brethren' is named,
and the field-names, &c., include Cultirbeck, Lidiate, Langavenam, Langland on
Haverbergh, Linbutt in Brackenwray.
||Ibid. 895; a rent of 4s. a year was
to be paid. The Croxton canons agreed
to take land of the same value in exchange for that in Leck, should the
Cockersand canons be able to purchase
it. The 4s. rent was paid down to
1537; ibid, iv, 1292–3.
||See the Caton inquest above cited.
Matthew de Burgh was in 1325 allowed
to grant to Croxton Abbey a rent of
23s. 6d. from his lands in Leck; Cal.
Pat. 1324–7, p. 128. In 1336 Richard
de Craven, Godith his wife and William
his son claimed half an oxgang of land
against the Abbot of Croxton; De Banco
R. 305, m. 173 d.
||In 1498 the Abbot of Croxton was
summoned to prove his right to view of
frankpledge in Leck; Pal. of Lanc.
Writs Prothon. 13 Hen. VII. This
privilege was not mentioned in 1202;
Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 377.
||Information of Col. North. The
present owner of Leck Hall is Mr. Henry
E P. Welch, J.P., son of the late Henry
||William son of John the Clerk of
Leck occurs in 1347 and John his son in
1348; De Banco R. 352, m. 368; 355,
m. 226 d.
John de Leck in 1352–4 claimed a
messuage and land in Burrow and Leck
against Robert de Martindale and Alice
his wife. It was alleged that Richard del
Bank had granted it to John del Bank
and his issue in the time of Edward I;
that John had a son and heir William,
whose son was the plaintiff. Alice defended as daughter of Margaret daughter
and co-heir of one Thomas Muscel.
Margaret's sister Alice had a son and heir
John Rydale; Duchy of Lanc. Assize R.
2, m. 8; 3, m. 5. It may be noted that
a Simon Ridell claimed lands in Todgill
and Leck in 1591; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec.
Com.), iii, 513.
||In 1262 Adam son of Thomas de
Fairthwaite (Fauerwayt) obtained an oxgang of land in Leck from Roger son of
Adam de Ritthow and Alice his wife;
Final Conc. i, 136. An Adam Faytwayt,
perhaps the same, occurs in 1277; Assize
R. 1235, m.11. Thomas son of Thomas
de Faurthwait appears in 1347; De
Banco R. 349, m. 311 d. William
Fairthwaite was a tenant of Cockersand
Abbey in Leck in 1451–61 and Oliver
Fairthwaite in 1501–37. His rent was
6d., so that he was the successor of the
Ughtred de Leck of 1268; Chartul. iii,
1292–3. In 1565 Michael Redmayne
acquired a messuage, &c., in Leck and
Todgill from John Fairthwaite, Anne his
wife and William Craven; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 27, m. 134.
||Anthony Edmundson held in 1631
in Leck of John Girlington as of his
manor of Leck; he also held in Over
Burrow, Towneley MS. C 8, 13 (Chet.
Soc.), 401. Thomas Nelson held similarly in 1636, leaving a son and heir John,
aged twenty-one; ibid. 913.
Ducatus Lanc. ii, 197.
Commonw. Ch. Surv. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), 119.
||Gastrell, Notitia Cestr. (Chet. Soc.),
Manch. Dioc. Dir.
Lond. Gaz. 29 Apr. 1859.
||Church Papers at Chester Dioc. Reg.
||The Church Papers at Chester give
a complete list from 1691. Richard
Thompson had been curate there from
1675; he was also curate of Gressingham; Visit. List of 1691. The same list
shows that William Lancaster had been
licensed as schoolmaster at Leek in 1690.
There was no endowed school; in 1694
it is called 'a private school.'
The curates were usually young men
who stayed a year or two, and few particulars are known concerning them.
Thomas Waring, B.A., 1695–1725, was
of Queen's Coll., Oxf., and his successor
William Garforth, B.A., of Christ's Coll.,
Camb. John Waller, 1762–6, had a
stipend of £16.
||Leck is styled a perpetual curacy.
||Afterwards curate of Caton.
||He published some volumes of Poems
||He had a distinguished university
career, being fellow of his college, Hulsean
lecturer, &c. He was vicar of Newark
1874 and Bishop of Newcastle, Australia,
1880–9, when his health broke down.
He died 10 Mar. 1895; Eagle, xviii, 600;
||Vicar of St. Peter's, Preston, 1903.
||Vicar of St. Ambrose, Widnes,
||Vicar of Ingleton 1884–97.