Townships: Lostock

A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1911.

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Lostoc, 1212; Lastok, 1279; Lostok, 1292, and generally; Lostoke, 1301; Lostock,Lostocke, xvi cent.

Lo tock township stretches over 2 miles from east to west, and has an area of 1,520 acres. (fn. 1) It lies between higher lands to the north and south, and through the slight depression flows the Croal eastward. The boundaries appear arbitrary, except for the Red Moss which separates it from Blackrod, and a brook tributary to the Croal which divides it from Heaton. The principal hamlet is Chew Moor, (fn. 2) in the south-east corner; another is Lostock Hall Fold, near the centre of the northern border, where a suburb of Bolton is growing up. The population was 852 in 1901.

The township was included in the borough and township of Bolton, by the Extension Act of 1898, and thus ceased to exist.

The principal road is that crossing the township near the centre to join the roads from Bolton to Horwich and from Bolton to Chorley, on the north and south respectively. The Lancashire and Yorkshire Company's line from Bolton to Preston runs west through the centre, and the same company's line from Bolton to Wigan crosses the south-east corner.

In 1666 William Yate had to pay the tax for twenty hearths in Lostock Hall ; there were only thirty other hearths in the township liable, and no house had more than three hearths. (fn. 3)


During the 12th century LOSTOCK was with the adjoining Rumworth a member of the Manchester barony, and the two were by the younger Albert Grelley given to Thomas de Pierpoint as the third part of a knight's fee. Together they were assessed as three ploughlands, Lostock by itself being one. (fn. 4) Richard de Pierpoint, the heir of Thomas, held both in 1205, (fn. 5) and probably in 1212; he was a benefactor of Cockersand Abbey. (fn. 6) Afterwards they descended to Thomas de Pierpoint, (fn. 7) who was twice married; by his first wife Margery he left a daughter Alice, and by his second, Margaret, a son and heir Richard and a daughter Ameria. Richard succeeded his father, but died without issue; whereupon Ameria, wife of William de Anderton, claimed as sole heir of her brother, the elder sister, being only of the half blood, not having a share. (fn. 8) The Hultons succeeded. (fn. 9) Their inheritance was afterwards divided; (fn. 10) Lostock became a manor of the Athertons of Atherton, (fn. 11) and was sold by Sir John Atherton in 1562 to Christopher Anderton. (fn. 12)

The new owner, son of Lawrence Anderton, was a lawyer. (fn. 13) In religion he went with the times, at least externally, being engaged in making a great fortune; but his wife adhered to the Romish faith. (fn. 14) He died at Lostock 5 May 1592, holding the manors of Lostock, Heaton-under-Horwich, and Tyldesley, and messuages, mills, and lands in these townships and many others in South Lancashire. James Anderton, the son and heir, was thirty-five years of age. (fn. 15) He was 'backward in religion,' and 'his wife a recusant.' (fn. 16) He obtained the rectories of Eccles and Deane. (fn. 17) He had no children, and his estates on his death in 1613 passed to a younger brother Christopher, (fn. 18) who died in 1619. (fn. 19) In 1615 the twothirds of Christopher's manors and lands sequestered for his recusancy were granted by the king on lease to Patrick Malde and Henry Gibb. (fn. 20) In the inquisitions cited the manors and lands in Lostock, Heaton, and Horwich are not distinguished, the whole being held of the lord of Manchester in socage by a rent of 22s. 7d.; the knight's service had been placed upon Rumworth alone. (fn. 21)

Anderton of Lostock.Sable three shacklebolts argent, a mullet or for difference.

Early in the 17th century a secret printing-press at Lostock Hall issued a number of Roman Catholic books, devotional and controversial. It was afterwards removed to Birchley, near Wigan. (fn. 22)

Christopher Anderton left a son and heir of the same name, who was nearly twelve years of age at his father's death, but had already been married to Agnes daughter of John Preston, of the same age as himself. (fn. 23) Three years later the heir went to Douay, but stayed less than eighteen months, being 'not inclined to study.' (fn. 24) On the outbreak of the Civil War he, like others of the old religion, espoused the royal cause, (fn. 25) but appears to have grown tired of it, and was imprisoned for refusing to act for the king; he then fled into Wales and escaped to France. His estates were, however, sequestered by the Parliament 'for popery and delinquency,' and he had not regained possession at his death on 7 July 1650. His widow Alethea and the son and heir Francis also petitioned the Commonwealth authorities. (fn. 26) Francis, having for the time renounced his religion, had the estates granted to him. (fn. 27) He acquired the manor of Anderton in 1668, (fn. 28) and was created a baronet in 1677, and dying in Paris the following year (fn. 29) was buried there in the chapel of the English Benedictines, St. Edmund's. (fn. 30)

Charles, the eldest son, in 1675 married Margaret daughter and heir of Lawrence Ireland of Lydiate. (fn. 31) After his father's death he resided at Lostock, (fn. 32) and his widow and then his son Francis continued there till about 1715, when owing to the forfeiture the hall ceased to be the family residence, and was partly taken down a century later. (fn. 33) The manor continued in the hands of the Andertons and Blundells of Ince till Sir Charles was buried under the communion table in Bolton Church, but no monument was allowed by the authorities,. Scholes and Pimblett, Bolton, 157–8. 1810, when by the will of Henry Blundell the Lostock estates were bequeathed to his daughters, Katherine wife of Thomas Stonor of Stonor, and Elizabeth wife of Stephen Tempest of Broughton. (fn. 34) The estates were divided, and Lostock was joined with Anderton as part of the Stonor share and descended with it, but has recently been sold by Mr. Charles Joseph Stonor. (fn. 35) No manor is claimed.

The partition of the Lostock estates was made in 1819 under a private Act, (fn. 36) but possession was delayed by lawsuits until 1830. In 1821 John Anderton, a publican of Colne, made claim to them, alleging that he was heir under a settlement by Sir Charles Anderton in 1685, by which there was a remainder to a brother John. Plaintiff was brother of Francis Anderton (d. 1804) and son of a John Anderton, who was son of the Rev. John Anderton (d. 1742), supposed by the plaintiff to have been the brother of Sir Charles, and to have been disinherited because he became a Protestant. It was proved, however, that he was a son of Stephen Anderton of Hardhill in Clitheroe, and therefore a cousin, not brother, of Sir Charles. (fn. 37)

Of Lostock Hall only the gatehouse remains. The hall is described by Britton in 1807 as 'formed of wooden beams and plaster. Over the entrance door are the initials of the persons who lived here, with the date when it was built, CAD 1563. Most of the rooms are wainscoted with many panels.' The drawing in Philips's Views of Old Halls of Lancashire and Cheshire shows a half-timbered house with four overhanging timber gables in the principal front, the lower portion built in either stone or brick. Another of Philips's drawings in the same book shows three gables only, the large southern one having presumably been destroyed. These sketches can, however, only be relied on as giving a fair general idea of the appearance of the house, as his drawing of the gatehouse is wrong in many particulars. The hall, which had long been used as a farm-house, was partly pulled down about 1816, and finally disappeared some eight years later.

The gatehouse, which stood at some little distance east of the hall, is still in existence. It is a stone building of three stories with a staircase tower at its north-west angle. Its main front, which is of ashlar, faces east, and is about 45 ft. in length and 33 ft. high, the depth from front to back being about 22 ft. 6 in. In the ground stage is a centre archway, and above it in the two upper stages mullioned and transomed windows of eight lights each, the archway and windows being flanked on each stage by pairs of widely-spaced columns. Those in the ground stage are of the Tuscan order, and the others of the Ionic and Corinthian orders respectively. Between each stage are wide strings taking the form of cornice, frieze, and architrave, and breaking out over the columns, the cornices only continued as strings all round the building. The detail of the whole composition is poor, but it shows a far more pronounced Renaissance spirit than is usually found in this part of Lancashire. The gateway is now built up and a modern doorway inserted. There were originally no windows on the ground floor, but two modern sash windows have been introduced between the columns, one on each side. Over the large window on the first floor is a square panel with the arms of Anderton surmounted by helm, crest, and mantling, and over the second floor window is a similar panel with a shield bearing the royal arms of Queen Elizabeth, with the date 1591 and the royal initials E.R. The upper cornice is crowned with a scalloped parapet with traces of finials on the alternate crenals. The frieze of the second order is ornamented with hollow flutes, and the others are plain. The other three sides of the building are faced with thin coursed rubble. The west arch of the gateway is also built up, but otherwise this face of the building preserves a good deal of its original appearance, having six mullioned windows, the lower ones with hood-moulds. On the south side the original windows remain on the first and second floors, but sash windows have been inserted on the ground story. On the north side the original window on the ground floor is built up, but those to the first and second floors remain. The staircase wing at the north-west corner is built of rough thin-coursed stones and has its original windows; but the top of the tower, which formerly seems to have terminated in an octagonal turret with conical roof, has disappeared, and it is now finished with a plain pent roof from the level of the upper cornice. The original chimney-stacks, too, have disappeared, and have been replaced by plain modern shafts. The roof is covered with lead. There is a range of buildings beyond the staircase tower on the north-west corner of the house extending westward, but this was erected as late as 1810. The gatehouse is now used as a farm-house, and the interior has nothing of interest; the original gateway, which is 7 ft. wide, is thrown into the house, partly forming an entrance lobby. On the frieze immediately over the gateway was, till recently, a lead panel with the initials s. f. a. and the date 1712, now nailed against a wooden outbuilding on the south side of the house. It measures 16 in. by 12 in., and looks like the front of a spout-head.

A portion of Lostock descended, with other Hulton estates, to the Radcliffes and Bartons of Smithills in Halliwell. (fn. 38)

In the early pleadings a family surnamed Lostock occurs. (fn. 39) In later times there does not seem to have been any important freeholder except the Andertons and their successors. (fn. 40)

Chew Moor was inclosed under an Act passed in 1807. (fn. 41)

The Wesleyans have a chapel at Chew Moor. The Moravians at one time had a station there.

A domestic chapel served by Jesuits was maintained at Lostock most of the time the Andertons resided there, and was used by the adherents of the Roman faith in the district. (fn. 42)


  • 1. 1522, including 7 of inland water, according to the Census Rep. 1901.
  • 2. Elizabeth Leigh complained that she, being a tenant of William Hulton, had put her oxen to graze on Lostock Moss, alias 'Chow More,' and that the bailiff of Andrew Barton had driven them away; Pal. of Lanc. Sessional Papers, bdle. 1, temp. Hen. VIII.
  • 3. Subs. R. Lancs. bdle. 250, no. 9.
  • 4. Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc. Lanes, and Ches.), i, 55; the date lies between 1162 and 1180. Lostock. like Rumworth continues to appear among the Manchester manors until the beginning of the 17th century.
  • 5. Richard de Pierpoint occurs in the Pipe Roll of 1177–8; probably he was the heir of Thomas; Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 38. The same or a later Richard, as tenant, in 1205 surrendered to Robert Grelley 40 acres of wood in Lostock and Rumworth, for which he received a gold ring; Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 24; Curia Regis R. 33. The name of the tenant in 1212 is not recorded, but Richard de Pierpoint was one of the jury ; Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 2. He also had a portion of Ince near Wigan; ibid. 74.
  • 6. His grant included 'all the buildings of Robert the Clerk of Lostock,' and the bounds were marked by crosses and other signs; the Blacklache and the Gnat Brook are named; Cockersand Cbartul. (Chet. Soc), ii, 716.
  • 7. Richard de Pierpoint held it in 1242; Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 154. Thomas de Pierpoint occurs in 1254; ibid. 193.
  • 8. This statement of the descent is given in a plea of 1283 and 1285 by the elder daughter Alice; and again in one of 1314, by which Richard Smult and Alice his wife claimed a moiety of the manors of Lostock and Rumworth, Alice being a daughter and heir of Thomas de Pierpoint who was seised in the time of Edward I. The defendant was Ameria, the other daughter and heir, wife of William son of William de Anderton, and later of Robert del Birks; De Banco R. 50, m. 4 d; 60, m. 70; 206, m. 232. Richard son of Thomas de Pierpoint was defendant in 1276; Assize R. 1238, m. 31. As early as 1282 William son of William de Anderton and his wife Ameria were in possession of the manors; Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 248. In 1288 a settlement was made of the manor of Lcstoc'c by William and Ameria; it was to descend to the latter's heirs; Final Conc, i, 164. At a somewhat earlier date, 1279, William de Anderton claimed a messuage, two mills, two plough-lands, and two oxgangs in Lostock and Rumworth against Robert Grelley and Alexander de Pilkington, both parties claiming under a demise by Thomas de Pierpoint; De Banco R. 28, m. 38 d; 30, m. 34. The other four oxgangs were probably held in dower, for in 1292 Cecily wife of John de Bradshaw had dower in Rumworth; Assize R. 408, m. 9; while in 1313 Margery wife of Stephen de Hamerton and widow of Robert de Cunliffe, the feoffee of 1288, claimed dower in both manors; De Banco R. 204, m. 98. William de Anderton was still tenant in 1302; Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 314.
  • 9. By fine in 1310 Ameria, widow of William de Anderton acknowledged the manors to be the right of Richard de Hulton, for which he granted them to Ameria and her issue ; in default to revert to Richard and his heirs; Final Conc. ii, 4. The meaning seems to be that Ameria, having no children, sold the manors of Lostock and Rumworth to Richard; possibly Richard was her nearest kinsman. Ten years later Richard de Hulton was found to hold the third part of a knight's fee in Rumworth and Lostock by homage, fealty, and suit of court, worth 3s. 4d. a year; paying 4s. 6d. sake fee and 3s. 6d. castle ward, and giving puture of the serjeants and foresters ; Mamecestre (Chet. Soc), ii, 288. Lostock, as one ploughland, contributed a third of the services, and the puture was commuted into an annual payment of 165. ; ibid, ii, 377.
  • 10. Rumworth became part of the estate of the Hultons of Farnworth, as may be seen in the account of that township. They continued to hold lands in Lostock also. John Hulton died in 1487 holding a messuage, 40 acres of land, &c, in Lostock of the lord of Manchester by services not known to the jurors; Duchy of Lane. Inq. p.m. Hi, no. 26. In the case of William Hulton, who died in 1556, the lands in Lostock were regarded as appurtenant to the manor of Rumworth, the old service of the third part of a knight's fee and 4s. 6d. rent being recorded; ibid. x, no. 32. The Hultons in 1588 and later years appear to have sold all or most of their lands in Lostock and Rumworth by degrees to Christopher Andcrton and his son James; see Anderton of Lostock Evidences (Stonor deeds), no. 49–54, 65; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 51, m. 17.
  • 11. The origin of the Athertons' estate is not clear. In 1353 Sir William de Atherton and Henry del Halgh were shown to have disseised Thomas son of Margery de Bury of the manor of Lostock in Rumworth. It was found that William son of Alan de Atherton had held the manor, and had granted it to Alexander de Atherton for life, then to Roger de Atherton and his issue male, in default successively to Hugh, John, and Thomas, sons of Roger; the inheritance at last coming to Thomas son of Roger, otherwise son of Margery de Bury, who recovered his seisin; Assize R. 435, m. 29. The 'manor of Lostock' held by the Athertons in 1414 was the estate of Cockersand Abbey, in which they seem to have succeeded the Lostock family, holding it by the old rent of 12d.; Sir William Atherton held two-thirds in the year mentioned, and Margaret the widow of Robert Atherton held the other third, the total value being £12; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc), i, 107; Cockersand Chartul. loc. sup. cit. Though this estate may have given the title of manor, the Athertons also held about two-thirds of that part of Lostock which was held of the barons of Manchester, for in 1473 out of the sake fee of 18d. John Atherton of Atherton contributed 11d. and also did suit to the court of Manchester, &c; Mamecestre, 480. In the inquisition after the death of John Atherton, who died in 1488, the Cockersand estate is not mentioned, and he is stated to have held the manor of Lostock and lands in Rumworth and Heaton of Sir Thomas West, Lord La Warre, as of his manor of Manchester, by fealty and the rent of 11d.; the clear yearly value was, £10; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no. 39. Similar statements are made in the later inquisitions; ibid, v, no. 12 ; viii, no. 40.
  • 12. Anderton Evidences, no. 16–19, 21; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 24, m. 96. The sale included the manor of Lostock alias Lostock Hall, and messuages and lands in Lostock, Rumworth, and Heaton, with water-mill, dovecote, &c. The manor was included in a settlement made in 1583; ibid. bdle. 45, m. 25.
  • 13. The parentage of Lawrence Anderton is not known, but in the marriage settlement of 1583 the remainders, after Christopher's issue and the heirs of his father Lawrence, were to William Anderton of Anderton and Peter his brother, and then to Anderton of Clayton ; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 255, m. 7–9; Anderton Evidences, no. 46. Similar remainders were ordained in 1592; ibid. no. 64. For an account of the family, see T. E. Gibson, Lydiate Hall, 49–83, 165–6.
  • 14. Lydiate Hall, 57–8, where is quoted the statement of one George Dingley, a priest who turned informer: 'Mrs. Anderton of Lostock, is lately [1592] a widow of great wealth. She heard my mass and sermon at Lostock, and sent me money to her son James'; from S.P. Dom. Eliz. cclxiii, 70.
  • 15. Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xvi, no. 41.
  • 16. Lydiate Hall, 250, quoting S.P. Dom. Eliz. ccxxxv, 4. Being one of the Duchy officials, and a farmer of outlaws' goods, James Anderton must have conformed to the statutory worship. He is stated to have been reconciled to the Roman Church by Fr. Holland, but the story is doubtful; Foley, Rec. S. J. v, 371; see Gillow, Bibl. Dict, of Engl. Catb. i, 32. The informer above quoted stated: 'James Anderton did at the same time [as hie mother] hear my mass and relieved me; he is of great living and I know not whether he be put amongst the rest;' Lydiate Hall, 259, from S.P. Dom. Eliz. cclxiii, 70.
  • 17. Anderton Evidences, no. 82–3, 90–2. The family also farmed the rectory of Bolton, of the Bishop of Chester; Scholes and Pimblett, Bolton, 109.
  • 18. Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 25. In this are recited the settlement of 1583, and a later one of 1611. James Anderton had in the former year married Margaret daughter of Edward Tyldesley of Morleys; he had brothers Thurstan, Christopher (his successor), and Roger (of Birchley); Anderton Evidences, no. 46, 64; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 255, m. 7. James Andcrton had continued to consolidate his estates in Lostock and Horwich ; Anderton Evidences, no. 53–4, 65, 67–8, 70, 76.
  • 19. Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 161. Estates acquired by Christopher Anderton in Althorne in Essex and Clitheroe and its neighbourhood are included. Christopher was over fifty years of age at his brother's death in 1613; ibid. 27. He seems to have paid a flying visit to Douay in 1586; Douay Diaries, 210–11. In 1600 he married Anne daughter of Edward Scarisbrook; Anderton Evidences, no. 80.
  • 20. Pat. 13 Jas. I, pt. xxii.
  • 21. Compare the account in Mamecestre, 480, where the knight's service appears to have been considered due from Lostock and Rumworth jointly (1473), and the above-cited inquisition after trie death of William Hulton (1556).
  • 22. J. Gillow, in Philips's Old Halls of Lancs. 63–8; Bibl. Diet. ofEngl.Cath. i, 35–8.
  • 23. Inq. p.m. of 1619 above referred to. By this marriage he had a daughter Margaret, who died unmarried. His second wife was Alethea daughter of Sir Francis Smith of Wootton Wawen, and sister of Sir Charles Smith, a zealous Royalist, created Baron and Viscount Carrington in 1643; G.E.C. Complete Peerage; Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc), 7.
  • 24. Douay Diaries quoted ia Lydiate Hall, 61. At the time he was in ward to the king; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 160. In 1632 he paid £30 on refusing knighthood; ibid, i, 223. It appears that in 1638 two-thirds of his estates were in the king's hands for his recusancy; Pat. 14 Chas. I, pt. xxxviii.
  • 25. Captain Anderton of Lostock, under the orders of Lord Derby, led the unsuccessful attack on Bolton in Feb. 1643; Civil War Tracts (Chet. Soc.), 83. He with other recusants had in 1642 petitioned the king to be allowed to take up arms in his cause; ibid. 38–9.
  • 26. Roy. Comp. Papers (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 36–54. The witnesses deposed that at the time of the battle on Westhoughton Common in 1642 there were armed men in Mr. Anderton's house at Lostock; that he was at the battle of Middlewich, assisting the Royalists, but not, apparently, armed; and that he had acted as a royal commissioner at Liverpool, after the capture of the town in 1644. Other witnesses deposed to the statements in the text. The statement that he was killed in the defence of Greenhalgh Castle in 1645 is erroneous, as in Gillow, Bibl. Dict, i, 30.
  • 27. Cal. of Com. for Compounding, iii, 2126. His mother was a consistent recusant, and refusing the oath of abjuration was allowed only a third of her estates; she applied to contract for the remainder; ibid.; Roy. Comp. Papers, i, 53. For the persecutions they suffered from the Parliamentary authorities, see Foley, Rec. S. J.. iii, 780–1.
  • 28. Anderton Evidences, no. 131. He also purchased Ladyhalgh in Anderton; ibid. no. 126, 139.
  • 29. Lydiate Hall, 62; G.E.C. Complete Baronetage, iv, 92. In 1654 Francis married Elizabeth daughter and co-heir of Sir Charles Somerset of Troye, Monmouth, when a settlement of Lostock and other manors was made; Anderton Evidences, no. 123; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 156, m. 174. In 1664 he recorded the pedigree quoted above at Dugdale's visitation; his own age is given as thirty-six, and his son Charles's as seven. Francis, one of his sons, became a Jesuit, and died in 1723; Foley, Rec. S. J.. vii, 10.
  • 30. Note of Mr. H. Ince Anderton, citing Weldon, Chronol. Notes, 216 ; N. ana Q. (3rd ser.), vii, 130.
  • 31. Andcrton D. no. 141. A settlement of Lostock, Anderton, Heaton, Horwich, Rumworth, and Horrocksford was made in 1685; ibid. no. 143.
  • 32. Lydiate Hall, 63. The will of Sir Charles, made in 1691, mentions Dame Margaret his wife, his son Charles, daughters Mary, Elizabeth, Ann; brothers Christopher, Francis, John; uncles Stephen, Thurstan, and Bruno; Anderton D. no. 146. A son James, also mentioned in the will, was a Jesuit, and died at St. Omer's in 1710; Foley, Rec. S. J.. vii, 10.
  • 33. Lydiate Hall, 64.
  • 34. Details of the descent will be found in the accounts of Lydiate and Ince Blundell. During the life of Sir Francis Anderton, who died in 1760, the Lostock estates remained in the hands of the Crown, he having participated in the rebellion of 1715; Lydiate Hall, 80; Lancs. and Cbes. Rec. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 173.
  • 35. A large number of documents illustrating the descent of the manor will be found in the Piccope MSS. (Chet. Lib.), iii, fol. 418, &c.
  • 36. a 57 Geo. III, cap. 29.
  • 37. b Information of Mr. H. Ince Anderton, citing Chancery proceedings 1800–42, Sewell 271—Anderton v. Wilbraham. The Rev. John Anderton had four children: Francis (1730–1802), unmarried; John (1733–76), named in the text; Anne, and Catherine (married—Duckworth).
  • 38. Ralph de Radcliffe died in 1406 holding messuages, &c., in Lostock and Halliwell, of Lord La Warre; Towneley MS. DD, no. 1504. In 1473 Ralph Radcliffe held a parcel of Lostock of the lord of Manchester, paying 7d. as his share of the sake fee, and joining with John Atherton to pay the 14d. due for castle ward; Mamecestre; iii, 480. Ralph Radcliffe died in 1485 holding lands in Rumworth, Lostock, &c., of Thomas Lord La Warre by the rent of 12s. 3d. in all; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no. 12. The separate service of 7d. due from Lostock is stated in the inquisition of his successors Andrew and Robert Barton, who died in 1549 and 1580 respectively; ibid, ix, no. 27; xiv, no. 24. In 1612 the estate was described as the capital messuage called the Moss Hall, with demesne lands occupied with it, &c., held of Sir Nicholas Mosley in socage by a rent of 7d., and worth clear £5 5s. 4d. a year; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 209, 211. John Barton, the successor of Ralph Radcliffe, granted, by his will in 1513, a certain tenement in Lostock to one of his feoffees, Richard Urmston, for life, 'in recompense for his true, diligent, and faithful service'; and land in Horwich to the value of 40s. for a time to enable James, the son of Richard, to pursue his studies at Cambridge, where he obtained a fellowship at St. John's College in 1523; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iv, no. 82; Baker, Hist. St. John's Coll. (ed. Mayor), i, 282. Roger Urmston of Lostock, who had a son Richard, was living in 1556; Anderton Evidences, no. 7. In 1574 Robert Barton of Smithills granted a lease of the same tenement to Roger son of Richard Urmston for 301 years; 32. Richard, the father of Roger, was still living, and had had a mother, Janet; Roger was unmarried and had a brother James, and sisters Margery, Anne, and Margaret. Roger, son and heir apparent of Richard Urmston, and Christian his wife, in 1594 arranged for the succession of his sons Richard and James, with remainders to the heirs of his sisters Anne, wife of John Leigh, and Margaret, wife of William Brotherton; ibid. no. 70. These Urmstons were related to the families of Westleigh and Kinknall in Culcheth; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), iii, 433. Richard Urmston, the son, was in 1625 outlawed for felony, having stolen two sheep. This endangered the lease; but in 1635, Margaret, widow of Roger Urmston of Lostock, and Thomas Anderton of Horwich, made an assignment of the lease, apparently for the benefit of a son John, and daughters Margaret and Jane; Anderton Evidences, no. 111,115. Christopher Anderton appears to have obtained the lease. Sir Thomas Barton, as heir of the original grantor, appears to have claimed the tenement in 1637, but in 1652 it became the property of Francis Anderton, who in 1668 transferred the lease to his brother Christopher; ibid. no. 118–19, 135. In this manner, apparently, the Bartons' estate passed to the Andertons. In 1735, however, Moss Hall was owned by Richard Clough, and another portion of the estate was held by Ralph Pendlebury; Scholes and Pimblett, Bolton, 149.
  • 39. In 1268 Richard de Lostock held the Cockersand estate in the township at a rent of 12d. a year, and ½ mark, at death; Cockersand Chartul. ii, 717. Annora and Mabel, daughters of Roger de Lostock, in 1291 claimed a tenement against Richard de Redvales; Assize R. 1294, m. 8 d. The next year Almarica and Mabel, daughters of Roger de Lostock, appeared against William son of William de Anderton, respecting a messuage and land in Lostock, which should have descended to them from their grandfather Robert. The defendant asserted that Robert had granted them to his son Richard and put him in seisin; but the jury admitted the right of the plaintiffs to part of the land, including a place in which was 'the moiety of a grange'; Assize R. 408, m. 8 d. Ellen, the widow of Roger, was nonsuited in a claim for dower; ibid. m. 4. Almarica and Mabel made further claims in 1301; ibid. 1321, m. 5 d.
  • 40. In the Land Tax Return for 1789 (at Preston) Henry Blundell contributed more than half, the vicar of Bolton, Robinson Shuttleworth, and Miss Clough and others contributing smaller amounts.
  • 41. 47 Geo. III, sess. 2, cap. 26.
  • 42. Foley, Rec. S.J. v, 320, 368–73.