||921 acres, including 68 of inland
water; Census Rep. of 1901. The apparent
increase is due to dock extensions. There
are also 198 acres of tidal water and 3 of
||Morley Street is about the centre of
the old village.
||A mill is marked on the stream in
Sherriff's map of 1823. To the north of
Bank Hall was Kirkdale Marsh.
||This road is now represented by
Latham Street and Sandhills Lane. On
the north side of it stood Blackfield House.
To the south a small brook ran into the
Mersey, forming the division between this
township and Liverpool; it was called
||In 1823 Springfield Mill stood near
Spellow by the Walton Road. It still
||It was built as a county prison and
sessions house in 1819, transferred to the
borough of Liverpool about 1855, and
demolished in 1895.
||Built in 1843.
||It was opened in 1837.
||Of Christ's Coll. Camb.; M.A. 1866.
His incumbency lasted from 1855 till his
death in 1903, and he was made hon.
canon of Liverpool in 1884.
V.C.H. Lancs. i, 284a.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), 35. Nothing is
known of Norman; he is supposed to be
the father of William son of Norman, to
whom Roger de Kirkdale gave his share
||In this year his widow Godith gave
half a mark to sue for her dower before
the justices at Westminster; Rot. de
Oblatis (Rec. Com.), 128; Farrer, Lancs.
Pipe R. 132.
Inq. and Extents, l. c.
||Ibid. 131. She in her widowhood
granted to Cockersand Abbey the service
of two oxgangs in Kirkdale, held of her
by Henry de Walton; also a place by the
Mersey where the canons could make a
fishery, viz. between the fishery of Thomas
the chaplain and the sea; Cockersand
Cbartul. (Chet. Soc.), ii, 564.
She had two daughters, Ellen and Emma,
who in 1241 made an agreement as to two
oxgangs in Kirkdale, which Emma released to her elder sister; Final Conc.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 84.
Robert, son of Emma, daughter of
Quenilda de Kirkdale, in 1292 quitclaimed to Robert son of Master William
de Kirkdale his right in the quarter of
two oxgangs, and in the quarter of the
demesne of the manor; Moore D. n. 515.
Inq. and Extents, 149.
In a charter made between 1273 and
1284, 'William, son of William formerly
parson of Walton,' granted to his son
Robert the manor of Kirkdale, viz. three
plough-lands with the demesne, homages,
wardships, and reliefs which the grantor
had by the gift of Ellen, his mother, to
hold by rendering a pair of white gloves at
Easter and 8d. yearly to Robert de Sankey
and his heirs for lands in the manor purchased from Henry, brother and heir of
Robert de Sankey; charter in possession
of Mr. J. Hargreaves, of Rock Ferry,
n. 271. This transfer of the manor may
have been made in view of the father's
appointment to Sefton rectory.
Robert, son of Roger de Sankey, brought
a plea of assize of mort d'ancestor in 1270
against Edith, daughter of William, rector
of Walton, touching five oxgangs and an
acre in Kirkdale, of which Henry, brother
of the said Roger, died seised. Edith
called Roger de Sankey to warrant her;
Cur. Reg. R. 200, m. 35d.
In 1288 Roger, son of Robert de
Sankey, sued Master William de Kirkdale, rector of Sefton, and Robert, his son,
for the third part of four oxgangs; and
again in 1290 he claimed two oxgangs,
which Robert, son of Master William,
then held. Robert de Kirkdale, in reply,
stated that Henry, son of Roger de Sankey,
long before his death, had enfeoffed Master
William of the tenements; whereupon
the plaintiff was non-suited. Assize R.
1277, m. 31; R. 408, m. 20 d.
||See the preceding note. A feodary
of Thomas earl of Lancaster made between 1311 and 1318, records only that
the heir of William de Walton held Kirkdale; Duchy of Lanc. Knights' fees, 1/11,
||On 6 May, 1320, a bond for £40
was entrusted to Henry de Lee, rector of
Halsall, as security for the due performance of an agreement made between
Robert de Kirkdale and Robert de Ireland
for the sale of the manor to the latter,
who, for consideration of 10 marks,
was to enfeoff Robert de Kirkdale of the
manor for life; charter in possession of
Another charter of the same date confirmed to Robert de Ireland the whole
manor, save 4 oxgangs of land which
Robert de Kirkdale had received by the
gift of Richard de Fazakerley in free
marriage with Alice his wife; ibid. n. 269.
Final Conc, ii, 43.
||Rentals and Surv. 379, m. 8; 'Robert
de Ireland holds the manor of Kirkdale
and pays yearly 6s.' The later extent of
1324 says more fully: 'Robert de Ireland
holds the manor of Kirkdale for three
plough-lands of Alice, daughter and heir of
the earl of Lincoln, as of the lordship
of Penwortham by the service of 3s. yearly
for ward of Lancaster Castle at the Nativity
of St. John Baptist and 3s. for sake fee';
Dods. MSS. cxxxi, fol. 35.
||Duchy of Lanc. Knights' fees, 1/3.
See also Assize R. 426, m. 1, 7 d.
By his charter Adam de Ireland granted
to Robert his son an oxgang of land in
Kirkdale which he had had from Cecily,
formerly wife of John de Wolfall, with all
the usual easements, including fishery 'in
all salt waters and sweet'; Moore D.
Possibly Adam held the manor for a
time as trustee, for in 1322 he and his
eldest son John were defendants in a plea
of novel disseisin in which Robert, the
younger son, recovered lands in Kirkdale
and Hale described as 12 messuages, an
oxgang and 40 acres of land, an acre of
meadow, a mill, and two-thirds of the
manor of Kirkdale; County Placita,
Chancery Lanc. n. 4.
||Add. MS. 32106, n. 452. Robert,
lord of Kirkdale, in 1309 granted to Alice,
his daughter, a messuage near the Crooked
field and the road from Walton to Kirkdale; note of Mr. R. Gladstone, junr. In
1320 Robert, lord of Kirkdale, granted to
Henry his son a messuage and selion which
William the Fisher formerly held, and
lands in Parsonfold, Oselfield, and Blackmould; Moore D. n. 527. About the
same time Henry quitclaimed to Robert
de Ireland all his right in the lands which
his father was selling; ibid. n. 530 a.
The most important tenants of the
manor about 1330 were Henry, son and
heir of Robert de Kirkdale, William the
Tailor, Adam son of Hayne, Roger de
Sankey, Henry de Acres, and Hugh de
Wiswall; see Moore D. and Exch. Lay
Subs. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), 24.
In 1340 Alice, relict of Robert de Kirkdale, demised a windmill to Robert de
Ireland; Moore D. n. 539.
||The claimants were Adam del Acres,
son of Juliana; Matthew de Kirkdale and
his wife Cecily, daughter of Joan; and
Simon the Carter and Averia his wife,
daughter of Ellen; the said Juliana, Joan,
and Ellen being sisters of Henry de Kirkdale; Duchy of Lanc. Assize R. 4, m.
18 d.; cf. Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxii, App. 342.
Feud. Aids, iii, 86. He is also mentioned in one of the Moore D. of 1355
||Inq. p.m. 35 Edw. III pt. i, n. 122.
||Dods. MSS. cxxxi, fol. 75. In 1366
the lands of an Adam de Ireland are
mentioned in Kirkdale; see Moore D.
||Writ of Dicm clausit extremum issued;
Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxii, App. 354.
||Moore D. n. 560. Early in 1402
Thomas de la Moore, escheator and collector of the aid granted that year,
answered for 6s. 8d. of the heirs of Robert
de Ireland for the manor of Kirkdale;
Duchy of Lanc. Knights' Fees, 1/20, fol. 8.
||He afterwards received the king's
pardon; Add. MS. 32108, n. 1555;
Towneley MS. CC (Chet. Lib.), n. 430;
Kuerden MSS. ii, fol. 175.
Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxii, App. 9.
From a deed quoted in a later note it
seems possible that William was completing a bargain entered into by his
Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxiii, App. 9. In
1400 Thomas Touchet, rector of Malworth, released to Robert de Ireland the
son, lord of Yeldersley in Derbyshire, all
the lands, &c., which he had had in Kirkdale by the feoffment of Robert de Ireland
the father; Moore D. n. 561.
||In 1407 Peter, son of John de Legh,
released to his brother, Robert de Legh,
all his right to lands in Kirkdale which
had belonged to their father; Moore D.
n. 563, 564. Shortly afterwards, Robert
de Legh leased them for two years to
Thomas del Moore, as the dower of Lora
in right of her first marriage to Robert de
Ireland; and in the following year he sold
all his lands in Kirkdale to William de la
Moore, of Liverpool; ibid. n. 565, 567.
||Assize R. 404, m. 16. Accounts of
the Moore D. are given in Trans. Hist. Soc.
(New Ser.), ii, 149, and Hist. MSS. Com.
Rep. x, App. iv; the corporation of Liverpool purchased a large number, which may
be seen in the museum.
||e.g. Final Conc. i, 157–60.
Plac. de quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 381.
See Towneley MS. GG, n. 2484, 2730,
||Pink and Beavan, Parl. Rep. of Lancs.
179. John and Richard de la Moore
attested many charters together; in 1320
they are described as 'then bailiffs' (of
Liverpool); Moore D. n. 334 (74).
||Rentals and Surv. 379, m. 11; he
held 4½ acres in Liverpool for 2s. 3d.,
probably belonging to 2¼ burgages. He
also contributed to the subsidy of 1332;
Exch. Lay Subs. 2.
||Add. MS. 32103, fol. 140b; for
these he paid 8s.
In 1342 it was certified that he possessed 27s. worth of movable goods within
the borough, chargeable to the ninth;
Robert de la Moore, perhaps a brother,
had a similar amount; Exch. Lay Subs.
He is called son of John de la Moore in
Moore D. n. 108.
||Ibid. n. 194.
||He is called cousin and heir of
William, son of Roger de la Moore;
ibid. n. 231; and son of John de la Moore,
n. 237, 238.
||The father may be the William de la
Moore who with Alice his wife had an
indulgence from Burton Lazars in 1340;
Harl. MS. 2042, fol. 53.
John de la Moore had the toll, stallage
of markets and fairs of Liverpool, ferry or
passage boat, one horse-mill and two
water-mills at farm for £20 yearly, and
also held 5¾ burgages in Liverpool for
5s. 1½d.; Add. MS. 32103, fol. 140.
||Moore D. n. 181.
||In 1408 Margery, widow of Thomas
de la Moore, released her claim to dower
to William, the son and heir of Thomas,
and to Robert his brother; Norris D.
(B.M.), n. 109.
Lancs. Inq. p. m. (Chet. Soc.), i, 93;
a month before his death he had made a
feoffment of his lands in Kirkdale, Eccleshill, Liverpool, Walton, West Derby, and
Turton. The lands in Eccleshill and
Turton are said to have been the portion
of his mother Cecily, daughter and heir
of Nicholas de Turton, of Eccleshill;
Visit. of 1567 (Chet. Soc.), 92.
Feud. Aids, iii, 94. He was living
in 1445, when Robert, son of Ralph Wiswall of Kirkdale, released to John, son
and heir of William de la Moore, late of
Liverpool, all right in the lands which his
father had by the feoffment of John's
father; Moore D. n. 575.
||On 12 Feb. 1467–8, John Crosse, of
Liverpool, and Geoffrey Whalley, vicar of
Childwall, re-granted to John Moore, of
Liverpool, and Beatrice, his wife, all the
lands, &c., which they had had in Eccleshill by the grant of the said John Moore;
with remainder to their issue; in default
to Robert, son of Robert Moore, of Bank
Houses, and his heirs male; and in default
to Edmund and William, brothers of
Robert, and then to William Norris;
Moore D. n. 772.
Among the Norris D. (B.M.) are
several of the year 1459, by which John
Moore, son and heir of William Moore,
made arrangements with Robert Moore,
senior, son of Thomas, as to an annuity of
40 marks and the succession to certain
lands in Kirkdale, Liverpool, and Fazakerley. Beatrice, the wife of John, was
joined with him; she is said to have been
a daughter of William Norris, of Speke,
which explains the Norris remainders and
the presence of these deeds among the
Norris muniments; n. 40–8.
||Moore D. n. 556.
||Ibid. n. 566.
||Ibid. n. 570. By this, John del Bank,
of Bank House, senior, gave to Richard
Wilkinson, of Kirkdale, and Joan, the
grantor's daughter, certain land in the
Bank House, between lands of Thomas
del Moore and John del Acres, and
stretching from the common pasture on
one side to the road leading from Liverpool to Bootle on the other. The Bank
Houses are mentioned in 1371 in a grant
by Richard del Bank, of Liverpool, to his
elder brother of the same name; with
remainder to the grantor's son John;
ibid. n. 551. See also n. 554, 655.
Robert del Moore was witness to another
grant to Richard Wilkinson in 1432;
ibid. n. 573.
||Ibid. n. 574; 'all the messuages,
lands, and tenements, with appurtenances
in the Bank House.'
In 1465 Thomas Molyneux, of Sefton,
was the purchaser from Henry Robinson of
messuages and lands in the Bank Houses;
ibid. n. 579.
||Robert Moore was the first witness to
a Kirkdale deed in 1457; ibid. n. 578.
Robert Moore and William Moore attested
one of 1492; ibid. n. 580. For Robert, son
and heir of Robert Moore, of Bank House,
and cousin and heir of John Moore, in
1467, see Towneley MS. GG, n. 2793.
An indenture by Robert Moore, undated,
bears witness that he had enfeoffed John
Hawarden, of Chester, and others of all
his lands; they were to hold them until
his son William arrived at the age of
twenty-four years, duly providing for his
maintenance and for the marriage of
Robert's daughter; Moore D. n. 805.
In a rental of William Moore's Chester
property, made about 1540, is mention of
'a stone place which was some time Roger
Derby, my grandsire's—which was my
mother's father—in Bridge Street, near
St. Bride's.' Rentals of William, son of
Robert Moore, exist among the Moore D.
A pedigree was recorded in 1567; Visit.
(Chet. Soc.), 92.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p. m. viii, n. 12.
The manor of Kirkdale and the lands
there were said to be held of the king as
of his duchy of Lancaster by the twentyfourth part of a knight's fee; there were
8 messuages, 200 acres of land, etc.,
8s. 10d. free rent, and a free fishery. His
will, dated 30 Oct. 1536, and proved
3 Sept. 1541, is printed at length in
Trans. Hist. Soc. (New Ser.), iv, 180.
||Foxe, Acts and Monuments (ed. Cattley),
vii, 43–4. A papal dispensation for the
marriage of John Moore and Anne
Hawarden was granted 27 Sept. 153-;
Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. x, App. iv, 60.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p. m. xii, n. 6.
The annual value of Kirkdale was said to
be £13 6s. 8d.
Lancs. Inq. p. m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), i, 12–14. The date of his death
was wrongly given, viz. 1601 for 1602.
No material change appears in the manors,
In 1590 he was among the 'more usual
comers to church, but not communicants';
Gibson, Lydiate Hall, 245, quoting S. P.
Dom. Eliz. ccxxxv, n. 4.
At a court of the manor of Kirkdale
held in 1582, before William Moore as
lord of the manor, the following orders
were placed on record by the jurors:
i. Every tenant of the manor should put
his hedges and ditches in proper state;
ii. Every tenant putting his beasts or cattle
to pasture in the townfield after 20 March
should pay for each horse, ox, or cow, ½d.,
and for eight sheep ½d., to the use of the
burleymen. iii. Any man taking 'lesowing,' or tethering any beast or cattle in
other men's grass, must pay to the lord
6d. each time; and any not ringing his
swine when warned by the burleymen
must pay 4d.; for not making his fronts
sufficient, 2d.; for making of every gate,
4d.; for cutting wood of another man's, 2d.;
for growing grass, 2d. iv. No man should
feed any manner of cattle or beast in any
of the ways within the townfield until the
field be put abroad, under penalty of 6d.
each time. Two assessors of the lord
called 'henlayers' and two burleymen
('berlimen') were appointed; Moore D.
In 1599, as appears by the inquisition,
William Moore enfeoffed Richard Bold and
others of his manors of Kirkdale and
Bootle and other lands to the use of himself during life, and then to his younger
sons, Edward and Richard, by his second
wife. The reason for passing over the
eldest son is perhaps disclosed in the later
endorsement of an acquittance given in
1586 by John Moore to his father; 'an
acquittance under John Moore's hand,
which was the unthrift who sold £10 per
annum of copyhold land before his father,
William Moore, esquire, died'; Hist.
MSS. Com. Rep. x, App. iv, 61.
||John Moore is said to have died in
the Counter Prison in April, 1604, seven
months before the inquisition already
cited, according to which it might be supposed he was still living. There seems to
have been some difficulty in obtaining
possession, livery having been sued on
behalf of John Moore, and the fine in
May, 1605, being found to be £25 17s. 7d.;
then 'the heir being now dead,' the
direction ran: 'Let Edward Moore sue
livery in the name of John Moore, and
take the oath and covenant as the heir
ought to do, because the land is conveyed
from the heir to Edward Moore'; Moore
D. n. 623.
||On 14 Sept. 1602, Richard Moore, of
Bank House, released to his brother
Edward all interest in the manors of Bootle
and Kirkdale; Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. l.s.c.
||See the story of Sir William Norris in
the account of Speke. Yet Edward Moore
married the daughter of John Hockenhull,
of Prenton, a convicted recusant who died
in prison after many years' confinement.
Edward Moore was sheriff of the county
in 1617; P.R.O. List, 73. He was returned to Parliament as one of the burgesses
for Liverpool in 1625; Pink and Beavan,
op. cit. 186.
Cavalier's Note-book, 211. The certificate taken by Randle Holme in 1638 is
printed in Lancs. Fun. Certs. (Chet. Soc.),
||Many details of his career will be
found in Civil War Tracts (Chet. Soc.).
He sat in the Long Parliament for Liverpool; Pink and Beavan, op. cit. 188.
There is an account of his papers in the
Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. already cited, x,
App. iv, 63–99. Adam Martindale described his household as a 'hell upon
earth'; Autobiog. (Chet. Soc.), 36. His
will is among the Liverpool Corp. muniments.
||He was serving in Ireland as Captain
Edward Moore, but procured leave of
absence to visit England 'to look after his
occasions'; Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. x,
App. iv, 99, where may also be seen
several of his requests for arrears of his
father's pay, and for 'some delinquent's
estate' to repair the losses incurred in the
||Ibid. 110. The Moore manors were
granted to the earl of Meath and Thomas
Gascoigne in 1662; Pat. 14 Chas. II,
pt. xii, n. 9. Edward Moore's wife, like
her family, adhered to the Roman Church
and in her last letter to her husband
desired him to give her church stuff 'to
the church so that her soul might be
prayed for'; she wished that her son
Cleave should not 'go beyond sea';
Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. ut sup. 121; see the
pleading on 123.
An attempt was made to induce the
father to have the two surviving children
brought up in the mother's religion;
T. E. Gibson in Liverpool Cath. Ann.
1887, p. 108. Fenwick Street in Liverpool
||Burke, Extinct Baronetcies.
||For an account of his life and character
see Mr. Fergusson Irvine's Liverpool in
the Reign of Chas. II, xvii-xxix, in which
volume the Rental is printed in full; it
had been partially edited for the Chet. Soc.
in 1846 by Thomas Heywood.
||The will of Edward Moore, made in
1672, left the income of his estates to his
wife Dorothy for life; after her death the
entailed estates to Fenwick Moore, with
remainder to Cleave Moore, his other son;
and then to Robert, son of Robert Moore,
of Liverpool, his uncle; and in default of
heirs male to his daughter Margaret.
He also made provision for his brother
Thomas, for servants, and others; to the
poor of Liverpool he left £10, and of
Bootle and West Derby £20. For his son
Cleave Moore he made provision by a gift
of Finch House in West Derby for his
life; Knowsley D. 471/165.
||A private Act was obtained in 1709
(8 Anne, c. 25), but the scheme was never
carried through. 'Sir Cleave Moore's
waterworks' are mentioned in N. Blundell's Diary, e.g. 76.
||In 1690 Sir Cleave's Lancs. estate
had been mortgaged for £12,650; Hist.
MSS. Com. Rep. x, App. iv, 137; see also
Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 453, m. 12.
In August, 1724, was a recovery of the
manors of Kirkdale and Bootle, Sir Cleave
Moore and John Wallis being called to
vouch; ibid. R. 521, m. 4 d.
Lord Derby bought Bank Hall in
January, 1724–5. The purchase included
the manors of Kirkdale, Bootle, and
Linacre, and all Sir Cleave Moore's estates
in Kirkby, West Derby, Fazakerley,
Litherland, Little Crosby, Ellel, Horsam,
Walton, and Liverpool; Knowsley Muniments. There are references to Lord
Derby at Bank Hall in N. Blundell's
Diary, 219, 222.
||The following is Enfield's description
of it: 'It was a curious model of the
ancient architecture such as prevailed 500
[sic] years ago, and doubtless in those days
was esteemed a very grand structure. The
front of it was moated with water, over
which was a passage by a bridge, between
two obelisks, to the gateway, whereon was
a tower, on which were many shields of
arms carved in stone; of which the most
remarkable was that within the court,
being undoubtedly the achievement of the
founder, viz.: 1st. Ten trefoils, 4, 3, 2, 1.
2nd. Three greyhounds current, in pale;
3rd. A buck's head, caboshed, in front.
4th. A griphon rampant. Crest, a moorcock volant. Date 1282 [?1582]. The
great hall was a curious piece of antiquity,
much ornamented with carvings, busts,
and shields. It had no ceiling, but was
open quite up to the roof, with various
projections of the carved parts, whereon
trophies of war and military habiliments
were formerly suspended. On a wall
between the court and garden was a grand
arrangement of all the armorial acquisitions of the family. The shields were
carved on circular stones, elevated and
placed at equal distances like an embattlement. But this venerable pile has lately
been demolished, and will probably soon
be forgotten'; Liverpool, 113. There is
a view in Gregson, Fragments, 153.
The site of the hall was approximately
the corner of Bankhall Lane and Bankhall
||Sir William Molyneux (Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. ix, n. 2, 1548) held
his lands in Kirkdale partly of the king,
as of his barony of Penwortham by 3/10
of a knight's fee, and partly of the Hospital of St. John, Chester. See also
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), iii, 390.
The deeds at Croxteth show purchases
as follows: By Richard Molyneux from
William Sheppard in 1457; by William
Molyneux from Roger Wiswall in 1501;
and by Sir Richard Molyneux and William
his son and heir in 1565 from Thomas
Green and Randle his son and heir, comprising the inheritance of William Lancelot, tenanted by Ralph Bolton and thirteen
others; Q. i, 1–3.
The earlier deeds, probably transferred
with the lands, include grants from Robert
de Kirkdale to Matthew the Barther in
1304; from Henry, son of Robert lord
of Kirkdale to Alan son of Adam de
Walton, and to Richard son of Henry de
Orrell in 1316; and from Simon de Kirkdale to Matthew son of Richard de
'Lisnetarki' of half an oxgang at a rent
of 1s. 3d. and a pound of cummin; Croxteth, D. Q. ii. 3, 1, 4, 2. This last was
probably the foundation of the claim of a
manor, and no doubt descended to the
Lancelyns of Poulton near Bebington, in
virtue of the marriage of Alice, daughter
and heir of Thomas Ewes, to Roger
Lancelyn, for Roger died in 1526, seised
of lands here held of the king as of his
barony of Penwortham, by the twentieth
part of a knight's fee and a rent of 2s.;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p. m. vi, n. 23;
Moore D. n. 598 b (where the service is
called the fourth part and the twentieth
part). William, the son and heir was then a
minor, and died in 1551, leaving a daughter Elizabeth, only three years of age
(ibid. ix, n. 1), who was at once married
to Randle son of Ralph Green (according
to the pedigree in Helsby's Ormerod, Ches.
ii, 444). The Croxteth D. above quoted,
however, gives Lancelot as the surname,
and Thomas Green as father of Randle.
Land of Robert, son of Simon de Kirkdale is mentioned in 1366; Moore D. n.
||Henry de Riding in 1348 granted
to William, son of Henry son of Robert
de Kirkdale, land in Hongircroft, Turnerfield, Dale-side, and Rye Croft; Croxteth
D. Q. ii, 6.
There appear about 1300 to have been
two contemporaries named Robert de
Kirkdale; William son of Ralph de
Ireland granted to Robert son of Robert
de Kirkdale certain lands, and Robert de
Kirkdale granted others to the same, but
does not call him 'son'; Moore D.
n. 509, 510. Adam son of Robert de
Kirkdale occurs in 1317; ibid. n. 523.
In 1316 Robert de Kirkdale made a
grant to Matthew son of Matthew de
Kirkdale of lands in the Gorsticroft by
the Greengate, in the Breckfield next
lands of Godith de Kirkdale, in the
Ballydfield, and by the Boritte Rake; ibid.
William de Walton in 1307 granted to
Matthew son of Matthew de Kirkdale
and his assigns (except Robert de Kirkdale and Adam de Ireland of Hale), a man
to dig turf in William's turbaries on
Qualebreth (?Warbreck) moor, and another man to help, and leave to carry the
turf away to Kirkdale; Croxteth D. Bb,
Robert de Ireland acquired lands from
Stephen de Kirkdale and Margaret his
wife in 1317, and from Richard son of
William, son of Richard de Kirkdale, in
1325, the latter including a ridge held as
dower by Alice, mother of Richard.
Moore D. n. 521, 534. Robert son of
Richard de Kirkdale granted a halland to
John de Formby in 1329; ibid. n. 535.
William son of Matthew de Kirkdale
made a grant to Alice his daughter in
1339, and Matthew son of Richard de
Kirkdale and Cecily his wife gave land in
the Oldhearth to Richard de Ainsargh in
1355; ibid. n. 541, 546.
||Henry de Walton granted to John the
Goldsmith of Chest. an oxgang of land
in Kirkdale by knight's service where ten
plough-lands made a fee, and by a gift of
spurs; Richard de Meath was a witness;
Moore D. n. 502.
Richard son of Henry de Walton
granted his son William the oxgang which
Stephen Bullock formerly held, and lands
in the Fenny Acres, the Crakefield, &c.,
with easements and liberties belonging to
the vills of Walton and Kirkdale, to be
held as the last grant; ibid. n. 501, also
In 1321 Jordan de Rixton gave lands
bounded in part by the Tothe Syke and
Holdeyr Reyndys to John son of Henry
de Walton; ibid. n. 532.
||Henry de Bootle granted lands to
Henry his son in 1337; and in 1376
Margery, widow of William Masson, gave
lands in Kirkdale and Liverpool to Henry,
son of Henry de Bootle; while John de
Bootle had a release from Alice, widow of
Robert Johnson (i.e. probably Robert son
of John de Bootle), of his lands; Croxteth D. Q. ii, 5, 8–10, 11.
Roger, son of Ellis de Bootle, and
Annota daughter of Adam, son of Robert
de Derby, were in 1376 refeoffed of Roger's
lands in Kirkdale; Henry and John de
Bootle were witnesses; Moore D. n. 552.
An exchange of lands was made by
William Moore and Thomas Bootle in
1507; ibid. n. 583.
||Roger son of Robert de Kirkdale
married Maud daughter of Hugh de Wiswall, and a settlement of his lands was
made in 1348; her father was a witness;
Moore D. n. 548. The same Maud in
1368 received lands from Robert Fox, who
had them in 1366 from John the Cook of
Hale by a charter to which William de
Wiswall was a witness; ibid. n. 550, 549.
Robert son and heir of Ralph de Wiswall
in 1445 released to John del Moore all
his right in the lands sold by his father;
and in 1457 exchanged with John Thompson lands in the Blakefield and Baldfield
for others; ibid. n. 575, 578.
John son of Richard Wiswall occurs in
1492; ibid. n. 580; and William Moore
acquired lands from Roger Wiswall in the
Conery and Chollolfield, in exchange for
others in Efurlong, &c. in 1508, and from
Robert Wiswall in Whitfield and Barrowfield in 1525; ibid. n. 584, 592.
Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Ralph
Wiswall of Kirkdale, married Robert Lee,
and in 1524 sold her lands in Walton,
Fazakerley, and Liverpool, to Edward
Molyneux, rector of Sefton; Croxteth
D. Bb, iii, 1.
||Thomas son of Jordan de Rixton released to Robert de Ireland in 1338 all
his claim to lands in Kirkdale; and two
years later Ellen, widow of Jordan, similarly released her claim in the lands sold
by her son Thomas; Moore D. n. 538,
||The Hulmes of Maghull had lands in
Kirkdale; Edmund Hulme is mentioned
in 1525, ibid. n. 592; and Richard Hulme
died in 1615 seised of a messuage, &c.
held of the king; Lancs. Inq. p. m. (Rec.
Soc.), ii, 19.
Richard Crosse of Liverpool also had
lands here; ibid. ii, 136. Among the
Crosse D. (Trans. Hist. Soc.) is only one
referring to this township, n. 100 (dated
||Norris D. (B. M.).
||Near the present railway station so
named. The family is noticed in the
account of Walton church.
||A district was first assigned in 1844;
Lond. Gaz. 14 Sept.
Lond. Gaz. 15 Sept. 1868.
||Ibid. 5 Feb. 1861; for endowment
28 July, 1863.
||Ibid. 11 Jan. 1881; for endowment
2 June, 1882, 31 March, 1882.
||Nightingale, Lancs. Nonconf. vi, 176,
||The recusant roll of 1626 records only
two names in Kirkdale; Lancs. Lay Subsidies, 131/318.
||Among the church plate is a sixteenth-century chalice formerly owned by
Caryll Lord Molyneux; Trans. Hist. Soc.
(New Ser.), v, 205.
Liverpool Cath. Ann. 1901.