Townships: Haughton

A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1911.

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'Townships: Haughton', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4, (London, 1911) pp. 322-323. British History Online [accessed 12 April 2024]

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Halghton, 1306, and commonly.

This narrow township stretches north and south on the right bank of the Tame for over 2 miles; it measures 887½ acres. The highest ground lies along the western border. The population was in 1901 numbered with Denton, with which for local government Haughton has been united.

The principal road is that from Manchester to Hyde, crossing the northern end of the township; along it lies the village of Haughton, a prolongation of Denton. Another road runs north and south on and near the western edge. At the southern end is the hamlet called Haughton Green. There are five bridges over the Tame.

The manufacture of hats is carried on. About 1600 glass seems to have been made, and a hamlet called Glasshouse still exists. (fn. 1)


It is probable that the two oxgangs of land in Haughton formed that moiety of the holding of Matthew de Reddish in Denton, granted to Richard rector of Stockport, which has not been clearly accounted for in Denton proper. (fn. 2) They were in 1307 settled upon John de Hyde and Isabel his wife and the heirs of John, (fn. 3) and have descended in the family of Hyde of Norbury in Cheshire and their successors the Clarkes. The history seems to have been quite uneventful, Haugh ton being regarded as an outlying portion of the Cheshire estates. (fn. 4)

A branch of the Hyde family had land in Haughton from the time of Edward IV until 1821, when John Hyde of Ardwick sold his estate to John Lowe of Shepley Hall; it afterwards descended to the Sidebothams. (fn. 5)

Another family, of unknown origin, took the local surname, and their residence was called Haughton Hall. It was owned afterwards by Booths, Holfords, and Bentleys in succession. (fn. 6)

The Barlows and Hultons, who have been noticed under Denton, held lands in this township also.

The principal landowners in 1797 were George Hyde Clarke and Nathan Hyde. (fn. 7)

In connexion with the Established Church St. Mary the Virgin's was consecrated in 1876; (fn. 8) the Bishop of Manchester collates to the rectory. The patronage of St. Anne's, which was built in 1882, and is also a rectory, is vested in Messrs. J. W. and E. J. Sidebotham. (fn. 9)

A Wesleyan chapel was erected as early as 1810; (fn. 10) the Primitive Methodists began services in 1840. (fn. 11) These bodies still have churches in the township.


  • 1. Manch. Guard. N. and Q. no. 856.
  • 2. See the account of Denton. Haughton is named among the dependencies of Withington in 1322; Mamecestre (Chet. Soc.), ii, 374.
  • 3. Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 211. For pedigrees of the Hydes and Clarkes of Norbury see Ormerod, Ches. (ed. Helsby), iii, 810, and Earwaker, East Ches. ii, 44–7; also Booker, Denton (Chet. Soc.), 136. A number of the family charters are preserved in Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 162–8; from these it appears that Robert de Hyde (son of Robert son of Matthew) married Margery daughter of Robert son of Robert de Stockport; ibid. fol. 165, 153. The following early deeds relate to Haughton:— John son of Agnes de Herdislee, cousin of Thomas de Norbury, released to Robert de Hyde all his claim in Norbury, Newton, half of Hyde, Haughton, four oxgangs of land in Heaton, and Sakelcross; fol. 165. Of these Hyde and Haughton are not named in the grant by Richard de Norbury to Robert de Hyde (father of the above Robert); fol. 164. Thomas son and heir of Richard son of Matthew de Hyde released to John lord of Hyde all his lands in the vill of Haughton; fol. 164. William son of Richard de Baguley allowed Robert son of John (sic) de Hyde to make a millpool on land in Hyde for the benefit of Haughton Mill, at a rent of a clove gillyflower; Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 165. William lord of Baguley gave a similar but more liberal permission to John de Hyde in free marriage with Isabel his daughter; fol. 162. These were the John and Isabel of the fine above referred to; they occur in an earlier licence of agreement (1306) respecting lands in Haughton; De Banco R. 161, m. 56. Simon de Gousill gave Thomas de Macclesfield the wardship of the heir of John son of Robert de Hyde in Denton and Haughton; Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 162. Alexander de Hyde, the brother of John, was ancestor of the Hydes of Denton.
  • 4. Sir John de Hyde in 1357 made a settlement of his manors, including Haughton, with remainders to Roger son of Margaret daughter of Sir John de Davenport (apparently the first wife of Sir John), and to William, Robert, Ralph, Hugh and Margery, brothers and sisters of Roger; Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 163. Four years later John son of William Hulcockson de Baguley (a feoffee) granted to Sir John de Hyde and Alice his wife the manor of Haughton, with remainder to William de Hyde son of Margaret de Davenport and to Robert, Hugh and Margery as above; fol. 163 d., 163. At this time William the son of Sir John was espoused to Ellen daughter of Richard de Bramhall, and Haughton is named in the settlement; fol. 163b. The feoffees of Robert son of John de Hyde restored to him his manor of Haughton in 1377; ibid. fol. 163b. It thus appears that the elder brothers, Roger and William, had died without issue. Ralph, another brother, was ancestor of the Hydes of Urmston. Robert de Hyde in 1401 made a feoffment of his manors, including Haughton; fol. 165 d. A claim for debt was made against John Hyde in 1445; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 7, m. 1b. His grandson John, the son of Hamlet son of John Hyde, was in 1453–4 contracted to marry Margaret daughter of William Booth son of Sir Robert; Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 166. Ten years later (3 Edw. IV) Hamlet Hyde of Norbury made a feoffment of all his manors and lands in Haughton, except certain held by Robert Shepley and others; this was for the benefit of Joan his wife; ibid. fol. 167. In 1478 a remainder to Peter Hyde for life was granted; ibid. fol. 166 d. Settlements of the manor of Haughton with messuages, lands, &c., there were made by Edward Hyde in 1648, by Edward Hyde and Katherine his wife in 1698, and by the Hon. George Clarke in 1752; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 144, m. 24; 240, m. 67; 349, m. 68.
  • 5. Booker, Denton, 137, and information of Mr. E. J. Sidebotham of Erlesdene, Bowdon, the present owner.
  • 6. Ibid. 136. To Ralph Haughton 22 acres of the wastes of Denton (292 acres) were allotted in 1596; ibid. 5.
  • 7. Land tax returns at Preston; the former paid over a third of the tax. A list of the landowners in 1853 is printed by Booker, op. cit. 135; the principal were Edward Hyde Clarke and Edward Lowe Sidebotham. The incumbent of Denton Chapel held 26 acres.
  • 8. For district see Lond. Gaz. 4 July 1879.
  • 9. Ibid. 9 Dec. 1881.
  • 10. Booker, op. cit. 140.
  • 11. Ibid.