Townships: Reddish

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

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Redich, 1205, 1212; Radich, 1226; Rediche, 1262; Redditch, 1381; Radishe, Reddishe, xvi cent.

This township has a length of 2½ miles from north to south, and an area of 1,541 acres. The northern boundary is formed by the ancient Nico Ditch; part of the eastern by the River Tame. The surface is usually level, but slopes away to the river. The hamlets in 1856 were Reddish Green, Sandfold, and Whitehill. (fn. 1) The population was in 1901 included in that of Stockport.

The small town of Reddish lies near the centre of the township. From this roads lead away in all directions; the principal are those to Stockport on the south, passing through the hamlet of South Reddish; to Heaton Norris on the west; and to Manchester on the north, passing through Barlow Fold, North Reddish, and Sandfold. The southern end of the township has become a suburb of Stockport. The London and North Western Company's line from this town to Ashton crosses it, with a station called Reddish, near the centre. The Great Central Company's line from Manchester to Stockport touches the northern end of the township, within which is a station also named Reddish. The same company's loop line from Central Station to London Road, Manchester, crosses the north end. The Manchester and Stockport Canal, 1797, goes through the township from north to south.

In 1666 the principal house was that of Jane Stopford, with ten hearths liable to the tax; the total number in the township was fifty-six. (fn. 2) Though so near Stockport there was in Reddish in 1857 neither post-office, schoolmaster, lawyer, doctor, nor pawnshop. Agriculture was then the chief occupation of the people, but bleaching, hand-loom weaving, and hat-making had at one time been pursued to a slight extent. (fn. 3) There are now cotton mills, calico printing works, bleach works, and roperies.

The township was formerly governed by a local board often members, constituted in 1881, and more recently by an urban district council. It was added to Stockport in 1901, being divided into two wards.


In the survey of 1212 it is stated that Roger son of William held a plough-land in REDDISH of the king in thegnage by a rent of 6s., and that Matthew de Reddish held it of him by the same service. (fn. 4) The mesne lord was of the Kirkby Ireleth family, and his position was recognized down to the 15th century. (fn. 5)

The descendants of Matthew de Reddish (fn. 6) cannot be traced, but a family using the local surname, who were apparently connected with the Hultons of Hulton and Ordsall, (fn. 7) held Reddish and Heaton in Prestwich down to the 17th century. Richard son of Richard de Reddish was a plaintiff in 1313–14, (fn. 8) and ten years later Richard de Reddish held an oxgang of land in Reddish by the service of 6s. (fn. 9) Richard son of Richard de Hulton of Reddish in 1331 and later claimed a messuage and lands against Jordan son of John de Reddish, who had them by grant of Richard de Hulton, formerly husband of Ellen de Reddish, the plaintiff being her heir. (fn. 10) In 1346 John de Kirkby held Reddish in socage, paying 6s. rent by the hands of Richard de Reddish. (fn. 11) This Richard appears in suits for some years afterwards. (fn. 12)

A later Richard died in 1404 holding the manor of Reddish of Sir Richard Kirkby in socage by a rent of 6s.; Ralph, his son and heir, was thirty years of age. (fn. 13) Ralph died about five years afterwards, (fn. 14) and was probably succeeded by the Richard Reddish who was tenant in 1445–6. (fn. 15) Three or four years before this Richard Reddish had settled his lands in view of the marriage of his son John with Elizabeth daughter of Thurstan Holland. (fn. 16)

Otes Reddish died 10 Sept. 1521, holding the manors of Reddish and Heaton Fallowfield, with messuages, burgages, water-mill, lands, and rents in those places and in Heaton Norris, Manchester, and Audenshaw. The tenure of Reddish is described as of Sir John Byron in socage, by the yearly rent of one pound of cummin; its clear annual value was £36 13s. 4d. (fn. 17) The change of tenure thus recorded for the first time appears to go back to 1262, when Matthew de Reddish granted a moiety of the manor to Geoffrey de Byron at the rent of one pound of cummin or 2d., and performing to the chief lords of the fee the services due. (fn. 18) The inquisitions (fn. 19) show the manor to have descended regularly to Sarah daughter and co-heir of Alexander Reddish, who died in 1613. (fn. 20) She married Clement youngest son of Sir Edward Coke, the famous chief justice, (fn. 21) and the manor descended to her son and grandsons. (fn. 22) Then it was bequeathed to another branch of the Coke family, (fn. 23) and descended to Thomas William Coke, the celebrated 'Coke of Holkham,' created Earl of Leicester in 1837. (fn. 24) He sold it, with his other Lancashire estates, about the end of the 18th century; the purchaser was James Harrison of Cheadle, whose representative in 1808 sold it to Robert Hyde Greg and John Greg of Manchester. (fn. 25)

Reddish of Reddish. Argent a lion rampant gules collared or.

Coke. Per pale gules and azure three eagles displayed argent.

Reddish Hall was situated on the east side of the township, and was taken down about the year 1780 It was a two-storied timber and plaster house, on a stone base, E-shaped on plan, but said to have been originally quadrangular in form, and surrounded by a moat. The principal front, which had three overhanging gables, was entirely covered with quatrefoil panelling, giving the building a very rich appearance. The great hall, as well as several of the other rooms, was wainscoted, the upper panels being carved with the collared lion of Reddish. 'Attached to the hall, and approached by a door to the left under the entrance gateway, was the domestic chapel … The apartment over the gateway was known as the priest's chamber.' (fn. 26)

The next considerable estate was that of HULME HALL. As early as the 13th century a family named Hulme was seated in the township; (fn. 27) part at least of their estate was acquired by the Hulmes of Manchester, a trading family which can be traced back to the early years of the 15th century. (fn. 28) Ralph Hulme purchased in 1601, (fn. 29) and died in 1623, (fn. 30) being succeeded by his eldest son William, who died in 1637. (fn. 31) His heir was his son William Hulme, founder of the Hulme exhibitions at Brasenose College, Oxford He lived at Kearsley, and being left childless, devoted his estates to charitable uses, a life interest to his widow being reserved. (fn. 32) She died in 1700, when the trustees came into possession of the whole. (fn. 33) Owing to the growth of Manchester the trust estates have increased in value enormously, and several Acts of Parliament have been passed to regulate the uses. (fn. 34) Hulme Hall, the residence of the family, was later known as Broadstone Hall. (fn. 35)

Hulme of Hulme. Barry of eight or and azure on a canton argent a chaplet gules.

Other families appear from time to time as owning lands in the township, as those of Birches, (fn. 36) Bibby, (fn. 37) and Stanley. (fn. 38) John Reddish was the only landowner contributing to the subsidy of 1541, (fn. 39) but in 1622 three are named—Clement Coke, Margaret Hulme, and Thomas Bibby. (fn. 40)

In 1788 Thomas Wenman (William) Coke paid £49 out of the total land tax of £68, the next contributor being Brasenose College, Oxford, £9, on account of the Hulme estates. (fn. 41) In 1844 John Hyde had an estate of 210 acres in the township, being about a seventh of the land. (fn. 42)

For the Established Church St. Elisabeth's was built in 1883; Sir W. H. Houldsworth has the patronage of the rectory. In North Reddish is the temporary church of St. Agnes, the Crown and the Bishop of Manchester presenting alternately.

The Wesleyans have a church.

The Roman Catholic Church of St. Joseph was built in 1882.


  • 1. Booker, Didsbury (Chet. Soc.), 197; there were two greens, one by Stockport Road, called Little Reddish Green, and another nearer the centre. Whitehill, at the south end of the township, was so named from a house built about 1820.
  • 2. Subs. R. bdle. 250, no. 9. Robert Walker's house had seven hearths. No other house had more than three.
  • 3. Booker, op. cit. 201.
  • 4. Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 69. William son of Roger de Reddish paid the 6s. rent in 1226; ibid. 138.
  • 5. This is clear from the inquisitions, &c., quoted later.
  • 6. He held a moiety of Denton, but alienated it. A Matthew de Reddish was living in 1262; Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 134.
  • 7. In 1311 the manor of Reddish was settled on Richard de Hulton of Reddish and Ellen his wife, with remainders to their sons Matthew, Richard, and John. Richard son of Richard de Hulton put in his claim; Final Conc. ii, 11. From later pleas (as cited) it seems that the wife was Ellen de Reddish; probably, therefore, she was the heiress. Their descendants seem to have dropped the surname Hulton. The Richard who 'put in his claim' was no doubt the head of the family—Richard de Hulton of Ordsall.
  • 8. Assize R. 424, m. 5.
  • 9. Dods. MSS. cxxxi, fol. 38b.
  • 10. De Banco R. 287, m. 492 d; 292, m. 367; the grant was made to John son of Robert de Reddish, apparently the father of Jordan. The Reddish family about this time succeeded to the Hulton manor of Heaton; see the account of Prestwich. Jordan son of John de Reddish was a defendant in 1337; Assize R. 1424, m. 11 d. Robert de Reddish, perhaps the grandfather of Jordan, about 1260 made a grant to Richard de Byron of land within bounds beginning at the marked oak and descending by the ditch, Little Brook and Mere Clough to Yardraw; thence to Hugh's house and the starting point. In return Richard was to give four wax candles a year to the church of Manchester towards the maintenance of St. Mary's light; Byron Chartul. (Towneley MS.), no. 23/25.
  • 11. Add. MS. 32103, fol. 146b.
  • 12. At Easter, 1354, Roger son of Roger de Pilkington recovered a third part of the mill of Reddish against Richard de Reddish; Duchy of Lanc. Assize R. 3, m. 7; see also Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxii, App. 354. In 1359 there were cross suits respecting a messuage and lands in Reddish between John de Chorley and Joan his wife on the one side and Richard de Reddish the elder or Richard de Reddish, Alice his wife, and Thurstan his son on the other; Duchy of Lanc. Assize R. 7, m. 5, 2 d. The dispute was settled in 1381; Final Conc. iii, 11.
  • 13. Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc.), i, 80.
  • 14. Add. MS. 32108, no. 1627; writ of Diem clausit extr. after the death of Ralph Reddish, 10 Hen. IV. About this time branches off the family of Reddish of Dodleston and Grappenhall in Cheshire; see Ormerod, Ches. (ed. Helsby), ii, 846–8, and many references in the Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxvi and xxxvii.
  • 15. Duchy of Lanc. Knights' Fees, 2/20; 'Richard Reddish holds Reddish in socage, rendering 6s. yearly; he says that he holds in mesne of Roger Kirkby, who holds by feoffment.' In a pedigree in Piccope MSS. (Chet. Lib.), ii, 121, Richard is called son of Otes brother of Ralph son of Richard Reddish. Otes Reddish is named in 1420; Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxiii, App. 23.
  • 16. Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 150/186; Ellen the mother of Richard was still living.
  • 17. Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v, 48.
  • 18. Final Conc. i, 134; if Geoffrey should die without issue the land was to revert to Matthew and his heirs. There is nothing to show how the Byrons of Clayton stepped into the place of Matthew de Reddish, while the Reddish family apparently succeeded Geoffrey de Byron, perhaps the same noticed in the account of Eccles. Although it is not mentioned in the later inquisitions, the 6s. rent was paid to the Crown by the Reddish family; thus about the end of Elizabeth's reign Alexander Reddish paid 12s. 8d. for Reddish and Heaton, this sum being made up of 6s. for the former and 6s. 8d. for the latter; Baines, Lancs. (ed. Harland), i, 447.
  • 19. John Reddish, the son of Otes, was forty-six years of age at his father's death, but lived on until Sept. 1558, when he was succeeded by his grandson John the son of Otes Reddish, then nineteen years of age; Duchy of Lanc Inq. p.m. xi, 60. He recorded a pedigree in 1533; Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 75. His will is printed in Booker's Didsbury (Chet. Soc.), 204–6. The will of Alice widow of his son Otes is also printed ibid. 206. George, a younger son of Otes, was founder of the family of Reddish of Clifton. John Reddish the grandson married Margaret one of the daughters and coheirs of Sir Robert Langley of Agecroft (see the account of Pendlebury), and dying in Aug. 1569 left a son and heir Alexander, five years old, to inherit the augmented estates. Three inquisitions were made—Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xiii, 32; xii, 17; xiv, 3. As Margaret his widow, afterwards wife of Richard Holland, did not die until 1616 her inheritance does not appear in these inquisitions. The will and inventory of John Reddish are printed in Wills (Chet. Soc. new ser.), i, 27–38; a number of field names appear —Wingates, Howgate, Glazebrook, Town Eye, Sountehoole (Sandhole), &c. A pedigree was recorded in 1567; Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 12.
  • 20. Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 252. Alexander had two daughters—Grace, twenty-five years of age, the wife of Sir Robert Darcy, and Sarah, only twelve years old. A settlement of the manor by fine was made in 1623, the deforciants being Sir Edward Coke, Katherine Reddish, widow, Grace Darcy, widow, and Clement Coke and Sarah his wife; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 104, m. 1.
  • 21. Sarah Coke died 30 Jan. 1623–4, and Clement her husband 23 Mar. 1629– 30. Her estate was described as a moiety of a third part of the manor of Reddish, settled on herself and issue, with remainder to Lady Grace widow of Sir Robert Darcy; after the death of Katherine, her father's widow, she would have had two other parts of the manor of Reddish, and also the manors of Prestwich, Pendlebury, and Tetlow. Her children, Edward (age twelve on 17 Feb. 1629–30), Robert Bridget, and Anne were all living in 1630; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxvi, 53. The epitaph of Clement Coke is printed in Loc. Glean. Lancs. and Ches. i, 113.
  • 22. Edward Coke, the son, seated at Longford in Derbyshire, was created a baronet in 1641; he died in 1669, and was succeeded in turn by his sons Robert (died 1688) and Edward (died 1727), the baronetcy then becoming extinct; G.E.C. Complete Baronetage, ii, 151. In 1667 a settlement of the manors of Reddish, Crumpsall, Prestwich, Pendlebury, and Tetlow was made by Edward Coke and Katherine his wife, and Robert the son and heir apparent; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 179, m. 92. A further one was made by Sir Robert Coke in 1685; ibid. bdle. 217, m. 20.
  • 23. Sir Edward Coke bequeathed his estates to a namesake, Edward Coke brother of Thomas, created Lord Lovell and Earl of Leicester. This Edward died in 1733, unmarried, leaving his estates to a younger brother Robert, who died without issue. Their sister's son Wenman Roberts became heir; he assumed the name of Coke, and was father of Thomas William Coke, vendor of the Reddish estates; Burke, Commoners, i, 5, 6.
  • 24. Dict. Nat. Biog. The manors of Reddish, Tetlow, Crumpsall, Prestwich, and Pendlebury were held by Thomas William Coke and Jane his wife in 1776; Com. Pleas Recov. R. Trin. 16 Geo. III, m. 221. The rent of 6s. was still paid for Reddish in 1779 by T. W. Coke; Duchy of Lanc. Rentals, 14/25 m.
  • 25. Booker, Didsbury, 210; they still owned the estate in 1844, when it amounted to rather more than a third of the entire township; ibid. 201.
  • 26. Ibid. 211, where there is an illustration of the hall.
  • 27. Jordan in the time of Henry III held a messuage and 50 acres of land in Reddish, which descended to his son Jordan; the latter had a son William, whose son and heir Robert de Hulme in 1343 demanded the same against Richard del Edge; De Banco R. 334, m. 113. Margaret widow of Robert de Hulme in 1365 claimed dower in a messuage, 38 acres of land, &c., in Reddish against Richard de Reddish; ibid. R. 421, m. 11. William son of Robert de Hulme was a defendant in 1366; ibid. R. 425, m. 504 d. James Hulme of Reddish, the elder, and Robert his son and heir apparent, were bound to Thurstan Holland and others in 1456; Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 150b/186b. Nicholas Hulme in 1523 possessed by inheritance 'manors, lands, &c.' in Reddish, Hulme, Heaton Norris, and elsewhere, and settled them upon his heirs male, with remainders to Hugh Hulme, and to Ralph Hulme of Manchester, 'which Ralph is next heir male, after the said Hugh Hulme, to the said lands.' The evidences, in a chest under three locks, kept by John Fitton of Gawsworth, were not to be delivered to James Hulme, son of Nicholas, until William Davenport of Bramhall, John Reddish of Reddish, and Hugh Hulme of Tottington judged proper; Hulme D. no. 42. Two years later Nicholas made a further settlement of his lands in Lancashire and Cheshire in favour of his son James; Janet, the wife of Nicholas, was to have her dower; ibid. no. 45. In Aug. 1550 Ambrose Aspenhaugh, perhaps as trustee, obtained from George Hulme, son and heir apparent of James Hulme, a capital messuage and lands in Reddish and Manchester; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 14, m. 306. In the following spring James Hulme, the father, made a settlement of his estate in Hulme, Denton, Withington, Heaton Norris, and Reddish, comprising twenty messuages, 200 acres of land, &c.; the remainders were to Robert, son and heir apparent of George Hulme, son and heir apparent of James; to Richard, Ralph, Nicholas, John, and Edmund, younger sons of James; ibid. bdle. 14, m. 196. Robert Hulme appears to have succeeded, for in 1568 he and Robert Aspenhaugh (alias Asmall) sold or mortgaged some land in Reddish; ibid. bdle. 30, m. 22. He was concerned in some family disputes; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), ii, 243, iii; 22. Robert Hulme in 1584 suffered a recovery of his messuages and lands in Reddish, Withington, and Heaton, in order that he might dispose of them by his last will or otherwise; Hulme D. no 54. Robert Hulme died at Hulme on 7 Mar. 1599–1600 holding a capital messuage, &c., in Reddish of Alexander Reddish in socage; also messuages, &c., in Heaton Norris and Withington. He had in the previous year made a settlement of his estate, the remainders being to his uncle John (brother of George Hulme), rector of Wickham Bishops in Essex, and then to the heirs of his greatuncle Robert Hulme of the Hudash. John Hulme, uncle and heir, was fifty years of age and more; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xviii, 10.
  • 28. Their kinship to the Hulmes of Reddish is asserted by Nicholas Hulme in a deed quoted in the last note. Lawrence Hulme had lands in Manchester in 1421, 1430, and 1434; Hulme D. no. 10, 11–13. In 1467 a declaration was made that Margaret widow of Lawrence Hulme had appeared in the baron's court of Manchester before Sir John Trafford, then steward, to state that after her death all her meases, lands and tenements were to descend to Geoffrey her son; ibid. no. 15. Margaret was probably dead, and in the following year Geoffrey Hulme made a feoffment of his estate in Manchester; ibid. no. 16. A similar deed was executed in 1477; ibid. no. 18. In 1478 the feoffees gave to Cecily wife of Geoffrey Hulme a burgage called the Gravers House, another halfburgage, and a field called Ashley, containing 5 acres, with remainder to the heirs of Geoffrey Hulme; ibid. no. 19. The year afterwards they gave lands in Manchester called the Overfields of Milward Croft, alias 'the Over my lord's crofts,' to Elizabeth daughter of Richard Beswick the elder, who was to marry Ralph son of Geoffrey son and heir of Lawrence Hulme; ibid. no. 20. Geoffrey made a grant of certain rents to Ralph, his son and heir apparent, in 1482, and provision was made for younger sons, Lawrence and Geoffrey, in 1484; ibid. no. 23–5. Cecily, the widow of Geoffrey, had dower assigned her in 1488–90; ibid. no. 26–8. In one deed Edmund Hulton is called brother of Cecily. Ralph Hulme occurs in various deeds down to 1520. In 1511 he made a feoffment of all his messuages and lands, the remainders being to his son Stephen, and in default of issue to his daughter Margaret Trafford (of the Garrett), and Henry her son; ibid. no. 37. Stephen Hulme succeeded in or before 1522, when he made a feoffment of his lands, and in 1524 the feoffees granted dower to Elizabeth, widow of Ralph; ibid. no. 41, 43, 44. In 1540 Thomas West, Lord La Warre, granted to Stephen Hulme of Manchester a footpath from Stephen's Close called Dovecroft, over a headland lately Richard Hunt's, to Stephen's pasture called 'Hodgekin hey of Hulton,' as accustomed; ibid. no. 47. In 1544 Alice daughter of Isabel and Robert Laboray was wife of Stephen Hulme; ibid. no. 48. Stephen died in or before 1553, when Robert, his son and heir, came into court and did his fealty; Manch. Ct. Leet Rec. i, 8. Robert Hulme, to whom there are many references in the records just cited, in 1556 gave to Anne widow of Richard Shalcross his burgage in Manchester adjoining 'the highway sometime called the Cornmarket-stead and now the Conduct (conduit) place,' at a perpetual rent of 13s. 4d.; Hulme D. no. 49. In the following year a settlement was made of disputes between Robert Hulme and George Hulton of Normanton, coheirs of the Laborays; ibid. no. 50. In 1566 Robert Hulme was described as 'of Newton,' where he had lands inherited from Robert Laboray, the house being known as Hulme Hall; see Crofton, Newton Chapelry (Chet. Soc.), i, 231, &c. In 1575 he purchased four burgages in Manchester; Hulme D. no. 53. He died 29 Dec. 1584, and was buried at Manchester, leaving a son Ralph, of full age, to inherit the estates; Manch. Ct. Leet. Rec. i, 248; Newton Chapelry, ii, 64. His inquisition has been preserved, recording his lands in Manchester; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xiv, 64.
  • 29. The vendors were Abdias Hulme of Braxsted in Essex, Nicholas Hulme of Holborn, John Hulme of Wickham Bishops, and Edward Hulme of Holborn. The estate is described as 'that capital messuage or mansion house called Hulme, with all the messuages, lands &c. now or late in the occupation of Margaret Hulme, late wife of Robert Hulme, Mrs. Hulme, late wife of James Hulme and grandmother of the said Robert Hulme, Robert Hulme of Hudash, Ralph Hulme' and others named, 'commonly occupied as parcel of the said capital messuage,' and situate in Hulme, Reddish, Denton, and Heaton Norris. The price named is £850; Hulme D. no. 57, 58. A fine concerning a further part of the estates was made in 1606, Abdias Hulme and the others being deforciants; Mr. Earwaker's note.
  • 30. Ralph Hulme was a party to deeds of 1605 and 1615; Hulme D. no. 59, 62. For his marriage and death see Manch. Ct. Leet. Rec. iii, 72 and notes, and Booker, Didsbury, 214. Family quarrels were followed by an award in 1628 by William Bourne, B.D., and others, by which John Hulme, younger brother of William, received lands in Ashton-under-Lyne and in the Heaths near Newton Lane in Manchester, parts of his mother's inheritance; Hulme D. no. 63. Thomasine, the mother, had died in 1627 holding lands in Manchester and Ashton, which she bequeathed to her son John, because he had been dutiful and taken great pains for her in her old age, whereas the elder son had shown himself the reverse; ibid. no. 66. Ten years later (1637) William made a further grant to his brother John; ibid. no. 67, 68.
  • 31. Shortly before his death William Hulme made a settlement of Hulme Hall and his lands in Reddish, Denton, and Heaton Norris, with remainders to John Hulme (his brother) as guardian, until William, the son and heir, should come of age; ibid. no. 61. The inquisition gives an account of the messuages and lands in Reddish, Heaton Norris, Withington, and Manchester (Withy Grove, Fennel Street, Shude Hill, and the Tuefields), and Ashton. Hulme Hall and the rest of the estate in Reddish were held of Edward Coke, lord of the manor, in socage; William, the son and heir, was under seven years of age at his father's death; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxviii, 3; xxix, 70. William Hulme's will is printed in Booker's Didsbury, 214–16.
  • 32. For an account of him see Booker's Didsbury, 216–19; his will is given in full. A pedigree was recorded in 1664; Dugdale, Visit. 158.
  • 33. Booker, op. cit. 219, 220.
  • 34. Ibid. 220–5. A rental of 1710 is printed in Manch. Guard. N. and Q. no. 1263. The Hulme trustees in 1844 owned 225 acres in Reddish; Booker, op. cit. 201.
  • 35. Ibid. 225; 'Hulme Hall alias Broadstone' occurs in 1632.
  • 36. In 1284 William son of Lycot unsuccessfully claimed a messuage and 8 acres in Reddish against Henry de Trafford, Henry del Birches, and Anabel, daughter of William le Norreys; Assize R. 1265, m. 5 d. Matthew del Birches in 1323 secured a messuage and lands in Reddish from Hugh son of Richard del Birches and Cecily his wife; Final Conc. ii, 48. A Henry del Wood and Cecily his wife had in 1314 granted a somewhat larger estate to Richard de Chorlton, clerk; ibid. ii, 15.
  • 37. James Bibby in 1444 complained that Thurstan Rawlinson of Withington, Robert Chorlton of Chorlton-with-Hardy and Joan his wife, had broken into his closes and houses at Reddish and taken away corn and grass to the value of £10; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 6, m. 2. James Bibby claimed by a grant from Hugh Bradford and Margaret his wife, she being daughter and heir of Thomas son of Stephen Reddish; Thomas received the property from one John Langley. The defendants asserted that one Adam Davy had been the owner, and that Ralph father of Thurstan was his son and heir, which Ralph had wrongfully made a grant to the plaintiff; ibid. R. 12, m. 8. In a further suit in 1573 Ralph Bibby, clerk, claimed a messuage and lands against Ralph Dicconson; it was asserted that the Margaret daughter of Thomas Reddish above mentioned was the mother of James Bibby, and that the succession was: James —s. and h. Henry —s. and h. Thomas —s. and h. Ralph (plaintiff); ibid. R. 233, m. 14 d.
  • 38. 'By an undated deed Thomas the Hermit of Stockport and Margaret daughter of Robert de Standleye conveyed one messuage and lands in Denton, certain lands in Reddish called Egecroft and other specified lands'; Booker, Didsbury, 226. A William Stanley of Reddish in 1603 made Margaret his wife his executrix and residuary legatee; ibid. 227. The residence of the Stanleys was called Woodhall, and was in 1844 in possession of the Rev. William Fox's heirs; ibid. 201. There was a suit about Woodhall in 1594; Ducatus Lanc. iii, 308. Two members of the Stanley family seem to have taken opposite sides in the Civil War. Edward Stanley took part in the defence of Manchester in 1642, when the Earl of Derby besieged it, and died of wounds he received there. He had desired that his estate should be divided between his sisters, Anne Goddart and Alice Hulme; Booker, op. cit. 227–9. On the other hand Henry Stanley of Woodhall in 1648 desired to compound for his sequestered estate; he had been in arms against the Parliament. The fine was £46; Cal. of Com. for Compounding, iii, 1809.
  • 39. Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 140.
  • 40. Ibid. i, 152.
  • 41. Land tax returns at Preston.
  • 42. Booker, op. cit. 201.