Records Relating To the Barony of Kendale: Volume 3. Originally published by Titus Wilson and Son, Kendal, 1926.
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1706 11 October. A Meeting House in Preston Patrick is licensed as a place for religious worship for the people called Quakers. K. Order Book, 1696–1724.
1714/5 14 January. That the Brooke or rivolett in Audland Parke in Preston Patrick, severall times not passable for foot passengers for want of a bridge over the same, and that the west syde thereof is very dangerous in the night time to travellers for want of supporters there, which place is in the King's highway. K. Indictment Book, 1692–1724
1730/1 15 January. In pursuance of an Order made at this Quarter Sessions Benjamin Browne, the high constable, reported that the way from Crooklands Bridge to Farleton Bridge was in several places very narrow and very much covered with hazel and thorn. Browne MSS., vol. i, n. 220.
1731 15 May. It appears to this Court that a river called Warthsudden Beck running between Preston Patrick and Preston Richard is now sanded up whereby the water overflows two several highways and a river adjoining called Farleton Beck is likewise sanded up and runs out of its usual channel from a place called Farleton Bridge to the foot of Farleton Ings, being about half a mile; order to the proprietors on both sides of the rivers to cleanse the same and make Farleton Beck 13 feet wide and 30 inches deep and Warthsudden Beck 18 feet broad and 30 inches deep from Peasy Bridge to the foot of Farleton Ings, according to former orders made. K. Order Book, 1725–1737.
1748/9 13 January. Presentment that 300 foot at each end of Peasey Bridge is out of repair. A. & K. Indictment Book, 1738–50.
1766 7 April, Presentment that Peasey Bridge is a public bridge and that the said Bridge and 300 feet at the south end is in great decay, etc. and ought to be repaired at the public expense of the county. Ordered that the two high constables forthwith view the said bridge and report the condition of it at the next Sessions. (K. Indictment Book, 1760–70). Order to them to forthwith repair the bridge. (K. Order Book 1760–70). It was certified as in good and sufficient repair and the indictment was discharged on 12 January, 1767. K. Indict. Book, 1760–70.
1768 11 April. Presentment that Peasey Bridge and 30 feet at the north west end is in great decay, etc. and ought to be repaired at the public expense. Ordered that the two high constables view and report. (Ibid.). Order to forthwith contract for the repair 12 July, 1768. (K. Order Book, 1760–70). Order for the discharge of the indictment upon a certificate of the bridge being now in good and sufficient repair on the 2 October, 1769. K. Indict. Book, 1760–70.
1768 11 April. Petition of the Surveyor of highways setting forth that the highways within the township are greatly out of repair and that the six days labour is insufficient for the effectual repair of the same; it is ordered that an assessment of 6d. in the pound be levied upon the several inhabitants, owners and occupiers, and that in case of refusal or non payment within 10 days after demand, on distress and sale of goods, etc. K. Order Book, 1760–70.
1774 3 October. Presentment that there was and yet is a certain common and ancient King's highway leading from the market town of Burton to the market town of K. Kendal and that a certain part of the same beginning at a certain lane end called Miln Howses Lane to the south end of Crookland Bridge, containing in length 200 yards and in breadth 21 feet was and is very ruinous, etc. and that the inhabitants of Preston Patrick ought to repair the same. K. Indict. Book, 1770–80.
1799 11 October. Ordered that Mr. Thomas Atkinson, the high constable, get an estimate for rebuilding Warth alias Wett-Sutton Bridge and that the same be let forthwith. K. Minute Book, 1780– 1804.
1814 The Act for inclosing lands within the township of Preston Patrick, comprising some 1800 acres, was passed 54 George III, c. 154. On 18 November Thomas Buttle, the Commissioner, gave notice that, in pursuance of the directions contained in a certain Act of Parliament passed in the forty-first year of the Reign of His present Majesty King George the Third; intituled, "An Act for consolidating in one Act" certain Provisions usually "inserted in Acts of Inclosure; and for facilitating the Mode of proving the several Facts usually required on the passing of such Acts." I have proceeded by the examination of witnesses upon oath, and other legal ways and means to enquire into the boundaries of the Township of Preston Patrick, and the Boundaries of the several Parishes, Manors, Hamlets or Districts adjoining thereto, and in pursuance of such examination and enquiry, I have ascertained, set out, determined, and fixed the Boundaries of the said Township of Preston Patrick, in the manner and by the description following; That is to say, beginning at Challen Hall Bridge, and proceeding down the course of the River until it meets Farleton Beck, and then up the said Beck to the Bridge across the Road leading from Cow Brow to Farleton, and from thence up a Fence separating Lands in Preston Patrick belonging to Robert Briggs and Thomas Cartmel, from Lands in Farleton belonging to Mrs. Hodgson and John Burrow, and by Lowden Lin Tree, on the same Line of Fence to the said Farleton Beck, and up the same to Meer Syke Foot, and so to Chaldron Botton, and from thence to Mowbron Nook, at the North East Corner of a Close of Land, belonging to the said Robert Briggs, adjoining to Preston Patrick Common, and from thence by a line of Stakes to an Angle near Jenny Well, and from thence by a line of Stakes to an Angle at the North West End of Cragmire Hill, and from thence by a line of Stakes to an Angle at the West Side of Burrow Hills, and from thence by a line of Stakes to an Angle at the North Side of and adjoining to the Road leading from Lupton to Warth or Millthorp and from thence by a line of Stakes to an Angle at the Green Chaldron, and from thence by a line of Stakes to an Angle on the East Side of Moor Rigg, and from thence by a line of Stakes to the Top of Barkin, and from thence by a line of Stakes to the White Meerstone in Barkin Beck, on the North Side of and adjoining to the Turnpike Road from Kirkby Lonsdale to Kendal, and from thence by a line of Stakes to Goskawk Stone, and from thence about one hundred yards in a Northerly direction by a line of Stakes to an Angle, and from thence in a Westwardly direction by a line of Stakes to the North Corner of a Close called Audland Park, belonging to Mary Sill, and from thence down a Rivulet which runs on the East Side of Crosslands, until it meets Gatebeck, and then down Gatebeck to to Challen Hall Bridge, where this description of the setting out of the Boundaries first began, which said Boundaries so set out, determined and fixed, adjoin upon the several Parishes, Manors, Hamlets or Districts of Preston Richard, Rowell, Farleton, Lupton, Old Hutton and Holmescales.
Given under my Hand the eighteenth day of November, 1814.
(Signed) Thomas Buttle.
On 9 January following the Commissioner's Award was confirmed K. Order Book, 1811–17.
1815 3 April. Filed at this sessions a plan and order for diverting a certain part of the turnpike road in the township of P. Patrick. (K. Indict. Book, 1811–17). The like for the alteration and diverting a certain part of the highway leading from Millness to Crooklands as in the plan and order is particularly described. Ibid.
1818 12 January. Order with plan annexed for diverting the highway leading from Nook towards and unto the turnpike road leading from Heron Syke to K. Kendal. K. Indict. Book, 1817–24.
1819 11 January. See Farleton under same date.
1823 7 April. Filed an order with plan annexed for turning and diverting a certain part of the highway near Elm Tree coloured red on plan leading out of the old turnpike road between K. Lonsdale and K. Kendal, towards and into the turnpike road from K. Lonsdale to Milnthorpe of the length of 175 yards through the lands and grounds of the Rev. Thomas Butler and of the breadth of 20 feet. Ibid.
1850 18 October. Licence granted to John Wakefield, esq., to erect buildings for the manufacture of Gunpowder and all Magazines upon an estate called Challon Hall and upon that part of it which abutts upon and is near to the river situate between the bridges called Gatebeck Bridge and Challon Hall Bridge, and which part of the estate is known by the name of Tommy Levens Brow and Dove Holme. K. Order Book, 1839–76. (fn. 1)
1850 Messrs. Sharpe and Paley reported upon the then church, which was supposed to have been dedicated to St. Gregory, as follows:— "The Chapel appears from the character of its architecture to have been erected about the time of Henry VII, the south and east walls being the only portions that have remained in their original condition." In 1852 a new church was erected on the old site at a cost of about £1400. It was reopened on 28 November, 1852. In 1892 the Chancel was rebuilt by Miss Keighley. The ecclesiastical parish was formed 3 March, 1873.