Townships: Mansriggs

Pages 356-357

A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 8. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1914.

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Manslarig, c. 1 520.

This small district, containing only 569 acres, occupies some hills, over 300 ft. above sea level, between Newland Beck on the east and Osmotherley Beck on the west. The hamlet of Mansriggs lies near the former brook, near the centre of the township. The population in 1901 was 64. The principal road leads north from Ulverston to Broughton, with branches north-west into Osmotherley and northeast by Mansriggs to Penny Bridge The soil is loamy, and oats, wheat and turnips are grown.

There was no manor of Mansriggs, which was merely a hamlet or dependency of the Nevill manor in Ulverston. (fn. 1) The house called Mansriggs Hall was formerly owned by the Benson family, and carried by an heiress to the Blundells of West Derby. (fn. 2)

In 1734, John Abraham being lord of the manor of Ulverston, there was a complaint of trespass against his deputy James Fell. The 'great waste' called Arrad Common or Mansriggs Common was parcel of the manor, and the tenants had the right to cut and take bracken for fuel, according to by-laws made at the lord's court, held twice a year. The plaintiff, Thomas Kirkby, had transgressed these by-laws, and distraint had been made for the penalty. (fn. 3)


  • 1. See the account of Nevill Hall. In 1378 Mansriggs was held by John de Nevill of the Abbot of Fumess by a rent of 12d. and by knight's service; Lansdowne MS. 559, fol. 41.
  • 2. North Lonsd. Mag. iii, 42.
  • 3. Exch. of Pleas, 7 & 8 Geo. II, Trin. m. 15–17. The plaintiff said his tenement was in the manor of Egton-withNewland, not in Ulverston, and the jury agreeing judgement was given in his favour.