||Thingwall, in recent times considered
extra-parochial, was formerly part of
Childwall, as appears by the Inquisitio
||The details are: Childwall, 6s. 8d.;
Wavertree, 10s.; Much Woolton, 15s. 8d.;
Little Woolton, 14s. 8d.; Speke, £117s. 4d.;
Garston, £1 1s. 4d.; Allerton, 6s. 9¼d.;
Hale, £2 19s. 4d.; Gregson's Fragments
(ed. Harland), 18.
||Norris D. (B.M.).
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i,
||Gibson, Lydiate Hall, 227, 244, 246,
247, quoting S.P. Dom. Eliz. ccxxxv, n. 4,
clxxv, n. 21.
Trans. Hist. Soc. (New Ser.), x, 184–5.
Local Gleanings, Lancs. and Ches. ii,
||Ches. Consistory Papers. The vicar
also made his complaint, and further
accused this chapelwarden of not presenting that the wife of George Ireland, of
Hale, and Henry Wainwright, of the Hale
Bank, were reputed to live together in
adultery. It appeared that the man had
confessed his fault before the bishop's
chancellor; but the woman denied the fact,
and purged herself by insufficient compurgators, there having been no publication
beforehand in the parish church.
||Norris D. (B.M.).
||The Royalists included James, earl of
Derby, lord of Childwall, Woolton, and
Halewood; Royalist Comp. Papers (Rec.
Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 225, &c.
James Anderton, of Birchley, forfeited the
tithes of Childwall; ibid. i, 75–80.
William Norris, of Speke, and his son
were disaffected, while the late Edward
Norris (eldest son) had fought against
the Parliament; ibid. iv, 219, 227; i, 175.
Edward Norris's lands had been secured
on a lease, though 'at the highest rate,' by
George Ireland, of Hale, who was 'ever
desirous to advance the public benefit';
which lease he in 1653 desired to have
confirmed that he might recoup the heavy
charge he had been subject to, both for
lays and other taxes and for draining and
improving the property, it being 'subject
to the overflowing of salt water,' and
otherwise in decay; ibid. iv, 14.
Humbler people suffered. Richard Rose
and a number of others describing themselves as labourers, living in Hale and
Garston and Speke, complained that their
property had been sequestered, not for their
own fault, but through the 'delinquency'
of others, and they were too poor to take
witnesses to London to prove their titles;
ibid. iv, 47, 53. The editor says: 'Most
of the cases seem to have been disposed of
by a marginal note, "Petitioner to enjoy it
if not a recusant." '
||William Ballard, a leaseholder in
Speke, had had two-thirds of his estate
sequestered for recusancy; Robert Holme,
similarly treated, was supposed to be a
'delinquent' also, but this seems not
to have been proved; ibid. i, 119; iii,
Thomas Molyneux, of Speke, and
Thomas Plumb, of Garston, had less rigid
convictions, for on finding their property
sequestered they took the oath of abjuration, but the officers of the Pipe were
not satisfied even with that; ibid. iv.
174; Cal. of Com. for Comp. v, 3228.
Edward and other children of Robert
Molyneux, of Garston, deceased, 'all of
them conformable,' prayed for the recovery
of a tenement sublet to Anne Chawner,
for whose recusancy it had been sequestered for more than ten years; Royalist
Comp. Papers, ii, 33.
Margaret Harrison, a widow, of Hale,
had had the two-thirds of her estate
sequestered for recusancy, and on her death
her grandson, Thomas (son of William)
Harrison, applied for the removal of the
sequestration; there was evidence that he
was a good Protestant, 'for he was a
constant hearer of the Word of God at the
chapel of Hale'; ibid. iii, 165. Thomas
Harrison, of Oglet, who was a Protestant
and 'ever had been a friend of the Parliament,' prayed for the restitution of the
land of his late mother Elizabeth, widow
of Richard Harrison, sequestered many
years before for her recusancy; ibid. iii,
167. Thomas Lathom of Allerton had
had two-thirds of his leasehold estate
sequestered for recusancy; but as he died
in 1654, and the lease had expired with
him, there was no further cause for the
sequestration; ibid. iv, 70–1. Elizabeth
Fazakerley's estates, similarly sequestered,
were likewise released by her death in
1655; Cal. of Com. for Comp. v, 3238.
In Woolton a mistake seems to have
been made. Cliffe House, in Woolton,
which had been sequestered for recusancy,
was restored on evidence that the petitioners had for the last three years at least
(i.e. 1648–51) been conformable to the
doctrine of the Church of England, attending their parish church on Lord's days and
days of humiliation and thanksgiving, and
had also freely contributed to the Parliament's service; Royalist Comp. Papers
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), iv, 97–100.
Richard Quick, of Much Woolton, was
another delinquent; Index of Royalists
(Index Soc.), 43; Cal. of Com. for Comp.
||Lay Subsidies Lanc. 250/9; for a brief
account of the return of 1662 see Trans.
Hist. Soc. (New Ser.), xiv, 33–5.
||The following are details:—
Speke and Hale 3165
||N. Blundell's Diary, 32, 35.
Trans. Hist. Soc. xxii, 220–8.
Local Gleanings Lancs. and Ches. ii,
||In one of the Norris Deeds (B.M.
n. 189) the final remainder is to the work
(opus) of St. Peter of Childwall. This was
There is a view of the building, drawn
in 1775, in Gregson's Fragments (ed. Harland), 188, and a description in Glynne's
Lancs. Churches (Chet. Soc.), 113.
The list of pewholders in 1609 is
printed in Trans. Hist. Soc. (New Ser.),
||Sir S. Glynne (op. et. loc. cit.) notes
that the chancel has been shortened.
Lancs. Churches, 115.
||Thornely, Brasses, 153.
||In 1389–90 the prior of Upholland
had one oxgang and 10 ac. of glebe in
Childwall, Hale, and Garston, belonging
to the rectory; Kuerden MSS. ii, fol.
||Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 289–93 and
Lanc. Church (Chet. Soc.), i, 119–
Cal. Pat. 1225–32, p. 512. In the
Close Roll of the same year is a royal
mandate to the bishop of Lichfield relating
to the recovered advowson. In 1261
Robert de Lathom as lord of the subordinate manor endeavoured to secure the
advowson of the church from Thomas
Grelley; Cur. Reg. R. 171, m. 9 d., 81 d.
The attempt was renewed in 1302–7
against Thomas, great-grandson of that
Thomas Grelley. Year Book, 32 Edw. I,
4; De Banc. R. 144, m. 184d.; 153, m.
374d.; 163, m. 104 d.
Cal. Pat. 1292–1301, pp. 7, 429; De
Banc. R. 100, m. 2. Before his death in
1262 Thomas Grelley granted the church
of Childwall with the chapels of Hale and
Garston to his son Peter, but the gift was
held to be invalid; Trans. Hist. Soc. (New
Ser.), xvii, 54.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. i, fol. 28.
Cal. Pat. 1307–13, p. 233.
||Ibid.; Cal. Inq. a.q.d. (Rec. Com.),
Mon. Angl. iv, 410–11. Another
pension of £1 6s. 8d. was payable from
Upholland Priory to the Carthusians of
Shene, but nothing is said as to the 20s.
due to the priory of Lancaster, the
possessions of which had in general been
transferred to Sion Monastery.
||Pat. Phil. and Mary, pt. xii, m. 14.
||Duchy of Lanc. Rec. class 12, bdle.
19 (Privy Seals Eliz.). An annual rent
of £11 15s. 5½d. was now asked. The
grant was confirmed by James I in
1608–9; it included Prior's heys in Hale
and Garston Hall; Pat. 6 Jas. I, pt.
xxiii, m. 5.
||In 1556–7 Andrew Vavasor was
farmer of the parsonage of Childwall,
under a grant to John Chatterton from
Henry VIII (1537) for thirty-one years,
and he complained that Sir William
Norris, knt. and others had by force taken
possession of tithe corn in Garston, Oglet
and Siche, and Little Woolton. Sir
William replied that John Chatterton had
demised them to Sir William Leyland,
who in turn granted them to the defendant. Being reminded that there was a
condition attached that £12 a year should
be paid to Chatterton at the font stone in
St. Paul's Church in London, he replied
that his servant Thomas Molyneux waited
at the place on the appointed day from
three o'clock till sunset, but no one ever
came to receive the money. Duchy
Plead. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), iii,
||Norris D. (B.M.).
||Afterwards and down to 1854 they
were leased to the Gerards of Brynn;
Baines, Lancs. (ed. 1870), ii, 258.
||A lease at this rent was granted in
1772 to Alexander Osbaldeston of Osbaldeston, and Nicholas Starkie of Preston.
||There were three tithe barns—at Garston, Lea and Woolton; a house and acre
of glebe at Garston brought in a rent of
13s. 4d., and a close in Hale, called Prior's
heys, 1s. 11d. The vicar had all the
small tithes except such as paid a composition or 'rate tithe,' viz. Mr. Lathom
of Allerton, 10s. for tithe of hemp and
flax of Allerton and Garston; Mr. Norris
of Speke, 16s. for tithe of pig, goose,
hemp and flax in Speke and the Wooltons, and pig and goose in Garston; and
Mr. Ireland of the Hutt, £1 5s. for the
tithe of pig, goose, hemp and flax in Hale
and Halewood (except a few houses),
Childwall and Wavertree, also pig and
goose in Allerton. The profit of the
vicarage was estimated to be about £30 a
year, including the small tithes and Easter
roll. Commonw. Church Surv. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), 194–5.
Pope Nich. Tax. (Rec. Com.), 249. In
1341 the true value of the ninth of the
corn, wool and lambs was found to be
£40, made up thus: Hale £20, Speke
£4 15s., Wavertree £4 13s. 4d., Allerton £1 4s., Woolton £3 6s. 8d., Much
Woolton £2 6s. 8d., Garston £2 10s.,
Childwall 17s. 4d., and Thingwall 7s.;
Nonarum Inq. (Rec. Com.), 40.
Valor Eccl. (Rec. Com.), v, 222.
After the dissolution the value was found
to be £56 16s. 4d. This included the
tithes of four mills: Halewood, Allerton,
Wavertree and Bushel's Mill; Duchy of
Lanc. Rentals, &c. 5/12.
Notitia Cestr. (Chet. Soc.), ii, 164.
A list of benefactions between 1680 and
1705 included a grant of 10s. a year for a
A terrier of 1778 among the church
papers states that the vicar then had the
tithes of cow and calf, &c., 'for every
smoke 1d., for every tradesman 4d.'; 16s.
and 25s. were paid for the demesnes of
Speke and Hale respectively; 10s. came
rom an estate in Widnes, 'Lyon's of the
Fold'; and 10s. from Hancock's New
House in Halewood. The latter rent
charges are still paid; see End. Char.
Rep. (Childwall), 1904.
||'Robert the priest of Childwall' in
1177–8 was fined a mark for some breach
of the forest laws; Lancs. Pipe R. 38.
||De Banco R. 144, m. 184d.; presented in the time of Richard I, according
to the plaintiff.
||At the time of the composition with
the prior of Lancaster 'H. the clerk of
Childwall' was liable for the pension of
20s. and must therefore have been the
rector. Among the witnesses is 'R.
the clerk of Childwall'; Lanc. Church,
Whalley Coucher, 558, 809.
||Herbert is named in 1260 in the
Cur. Reg. R. 171, m. 32d. and is probably the same as the 'Herbert Grelle
quondam rector' of Kuerden; Final Conc.
i, 140n. See also Dep. Keeper's Rep. xliv,
App. 113, for mention of him in 1275.
Herbert, rector of Childwall, was in 1288
guardian of Richard, son and heir of
Geoffrey de Casterton; De Banco R. 73,
m. 13. He seems to have been rector
till about 1290, but 'Richard Chaplain of
Childwall' is witness to charters of that
period; Norris D. (B.M.), n. 711, 725;
also Bold D. Warrington, G. 44.
||John de Droxford (or Drochenesford)
is the most distinguished incumbent of
Childwall. There is an account of him
in Dict. Nat. Biog. He was one of the
king's clerks and keeper of the wardrobe
to Edward I. In 1290 he was presented
by the king to the church of Monewden
(dio. Norwich), and on 15 March, 1293,
to Childwall, with all its chapels and
appurtenances, followed by Kingsclere in
1296; Cal. Pat. The king presented to
Childwall by reason of the minority of
On 27 Sept. 1298, Boniface VIII
granted him at the king's request a dispensation for having while under age
obtained first the church of Childwall,
then successively those of Hemingburgh,
&c., and various canonries and prebends,
with leave to retain all those successively
held—except Childwall and another, which
must be resigned—the cure of souls not
being neglected, and a portion of the fruits
received being applied to the benefices;
Cal. of Pap. Letters, i, 577. The pope at
the same time made him one of his
In accordance with this, Roger de
Droxford, his brother, was appointed to
Childwall by the king in July, 1299, but
for some reason or other the presentation
does not seem to have taken effect. John
remained rector, and on 1 March, 1308,
a further dispensation from Clement V
directed him to resign two of his benefices
and be ordained priest within two years,
he being then only a deacon; ibid: ii, 39.
He therefore retained Childwall, probably
without visiting it, until the day of his
consecration as bishop of Bath and Wells
in 1309. He was bishop of this see for
Roger de Droxford's presentation to
Childwall may have been refused by the
bishop of Lichfield, for in November,
1299, his brother the papal chaplain obtained from Boniface VIII permission for
Roger to hold one benefice in addition to
Freshwater, although he was not a priest,
and between eighteen and twenty-five
years of age; ibid. i, 584.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. i, 57b; he is described
as 'son of Hugh de Preston.' Adam de
Preston forfeited lands by adhering to
Thomas earl of Lancaster, and recovered
them in 1327 on petition to Edward III;
Parl. R. (Rec. Com.), ii, 434. He is
probably the Adam de Preston mentioned
in a Holland family settlement of 1321–2;
ibid. vi, 254.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. i, 59. A Henry de
Leicester was one of the king's clerks in
1307; Cal. Pat. 1307–13, p. 8. The rector
of Childwall was probably the cofferer to
Thomas earl of Lancaster in 1322, whose
misfortune is described in Beamont's
Halton, 38. He seems to have been appointed rector of Almondsbury by the
archbishop of York in 1313, on the deprivation of Boniface di Saluzzo; Cal. of Pap.
Letters, ii, 122, 168. It seems clear that
the last two rectors were presented merely
to hold the rectory until arrangements
could be made for its transference to
||Lich. Epis. Reg. i, 28. Dean of Warrington in 1319; see the account of Melling. In 1336 it was reported to the bishop
that he was old and weak, and therefore
John del Fernes was appointed as his
assistant; ibid. ii, fol. 110b.
||Ibid. fol. 112b.
||Ibid. fol. 123b.
||He was made rector of Heysham;
Lich. Epis. Reg. ii, fol. 131.
||Ibid. fol. 131. Roger de Poghden (or
Pokeden) is frequently mentioned in local
In 1386 the cemetery of Childwall was
suspended at the visitation held at Prescot,
on account of the burial therein of a certain Adam de Mossley; the suspension
was soon afterwards removed by the
assistant bishop of Lichfield on the representation of the Hospitallers, whose privileges were concerned in the matter;
Norris D. (B.M.), n. 966.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. vi, fol. 52b. R. de
Moston's name occurs in various deeds
down to 1413; see Norris D. (B.M.),
Moore charters (n. 742), Kuerden MSS. ii,
||He occurs as vicar in Jan. 1420–1;
Norris D. (B.M.), n. 892.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. ix, fol. 116.
||William Mercer, who had been chaplain at Hale, is named as vicar of Childwall in 1429–30 and in Aug. 1435;
Blundell of Crosby D. K. 168; Norris D.
(B. M.), n. 899, 900.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. ix, fol. 126b. No
reason is assigned for the vacancy.
||Geoffrey Whalley was vicar in 1464;
Norris D. (Rydal Hall), F.a.
||Lich. Epis Reg. xii, fol. 106b. The
registrar has omitted the name of the clerk
presented; probably it was Richard Dey,
the next vicar known.
||Ibid. xii, fol. 230b.
||Ibid. xiii–xiv, fol. 58b.
||Act Books at Chest.; John Porte,
prior, and the convent of Upholland had
in 1531 granted the next presentation to
Robert Brerewood, Richard Johnson, and
Thomas Brerewood (probably of the Chester family), and these in 1540 released
their right to William, John, and Richard
Ainsdale of Wallasey. Ainsdale paid
first-fruits 15 July, 1546; Lancs. and Ches.
Rec. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 408.
||Act Books at Chest. David Catton
was one of the old clergy; ordained priest
in 1542. He remained at Childwall till
his death, being buried there 25 May,
||Act books at Chest.
||Ibid. Thomas Williamson became
vicar of Eccles and fellow of Manch.
||Ibid. Edmund Hopwood, literate,
was licensed to act as 'reader' at Littleborough in June, 1576; he was described
as 'no preacher' in 1590, but had become
one in 1607. He was in 1615 presented
by the earl of Derby to Holy Trinity,
Chester. His will was proved in 1630.
See Pennant's Acct. Book (MS.); Gibson,
Lydiate Hall, 249; Kenyon MSS. (Hist.
MSS. Com.), 12; Ormerod, Ches. (ed.
Helsby), i, 332.
||Raines MSS. (Chet. Lib.), xxii, 74.
See the account of Ormskirk church.
||Act Books at Chest. The institutions from this time are printed in Lancs.
and Ches. Antiq. Notes from the books at
||Hyett was promoted to Croston.
||William Lewis was reported in 1635
to be 'very diligent in his calling'; Contrib. from Clergy (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), 94, 110; but ejected on the outbreak of the Civil War. He was dean of
Warrington in 1640. William Lewis,
minister, residing at Little Woolton, was
buried at Childwall 6 Jan. 1659–60.
In 1640 he had trouble with some of
his parishioners over a question of pews.
He had 'enlarged' the pulpit, which had
before been indecent and unseemly, and
by this improvement the seat of Henry
Ellison and his mother had been removed
altogether. In 1636 the bishop had issued
a commission 'for the uniforming the
seats in the said church and placing the
parishioners therein according to their
rank and estates'; and it was thought
the matter had been settled; Con. Court
Rec. at Chest.
||David Ellison was described by the
Parl. Com. in 1650 as 'a painful godly
preaching minister, observing the Lord's
days, fast days, and days of humiliation
appointed'; Commonwealth Church Surv.
(Rec. Soc.), 67. It was ordered in
Aug. 1645, that £50 should be paid him
out of the profits of the rectory, sequestered from James Anderton, recusant convict and delinquent; Plund. Mins. Accts.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 9, 50, 247.
||John Litherland was admitted on
18 Dec. 1657, to the parish of Childwall
on a presentation from the Lord Protector
Cromwell; the cause of the vacancy is
not stated, but it was probably the death
of the previous incumbent, who does not
occur in later lists; Plund. Mins. Accts.
ii, 209, 300. Litherland was instituted
again on the restoration of episcopacy;
the Act Books at Chest. give 26 Nov.
1661 as the date of collation.
||Inst. Books, P.R.O.
||A Joshua Ambrose was B.A. of
Harvard, New England, and was incorporated at Pembroke Coll. Oxf. 1655, becoming M.A. in the following year. He
is probably the same as this vicar of Childwall, who had before the Restoration been
minister of West Derby; Foster, Alumni
Oxon.; Baines, Lancs. (ed. Croston), v, 42,
quoting Calamy's Nonconf. Memorial, ii, 3.
||Thomas West's promotion is recorded
by Bishop Cartwright: 'The parishioners
of Childwall brought me Mr. Ambrose his
resignation, and I promised to present a
new vicar before Christmas, and wrote
word to my cousin Peter Whalley that I
would give it to my cousin Thomas West,'
who was accordingly instituted and made
a chaplain to the bishop. He resigned
at the Revolution, being reckoned as a
Jacobite. Thomas, son of William West
of Northampton, of Merton College, Oxford, took the M.A. degree in 1684; see
Cartwright's Diary (Camd. Soc.), 16, 33;
Foster's Alumni; Pal. Note Book, ii, 239.
||Ralph Markland, of Jesus Coll.
Camb. (M.A. 1682), was son of Ralph
Markland of Wigan; information of
Dr. Morgan, master of the coll. For his
family see Dugdale's Visit. (Chet. Soc.),
193. He was the father of Jeremiah
||Theophilus Kelsall, previously curate
of St. Helens, was educated at Camb.;
B.A. 1710. He died Feb. 1734–5; monument in church.
||Roger Barnston was the second son
of Roger Barnston of Churton near
Chester. He was educated at Trinity
Coll. Camb. (M.A. 1734), and became
rector of Condover in Shropshire and a
canon of Chester. He was twice married,
but died childless in 1782, and was
buried at Farndon; Ormerod, Ches. (ed.
Helsby), ii, 747.
||William Ward, son of Francis Ward
of Shervill in Devon, was educated at
Exeter Coll. Oxf. but graduated from
Edmund Hall (B.A. 1728); Foster,
||A Robert Whiston of Shropshire was
of Magdalen Hall, Oxf. graduating in
1739; Foster, Alumni.
||Abel Ward was a Staffordshire man.
He entered Queens' Coll. Camb. as a
sizar in 1736, and was elected fellow in
1740 soon after taking his B.A. degree;
M.A. 1744. He held his fellowship during his vicariate, vacating it by his promotion to a prebendal stall at Chester in
1744. He was a Whig and rose rapidly,
resigning Childwall for St. Ann's, Manchester. He died at Neston in 1785. See
inscription in Chest. Cath.; Ormerod, Ches.
i, 296; Note of Rt. Rev. Dr. Chase, lately
President of Queens' Coll.
||Thomas Tonman was the son of
Roger Tonman of New Radnor; educated
at Jesus Coll. Oxf.; he graduated M.A.
in 1744. He was vicar of Little Budworth in Ches. He died 8 March, 1783,
aged 64; there are monuments to him
and his wife Dorothy (daughter of Dr.
Samuel Peploe) in the Lady Chapel in
Chest. Cath.; Foster, Alumni; Ormerod,
Ches. i, 296.
||Matthew Worthington had been
curate of Wood Plumpton near Preston
for forty-two years. With but a scanty
income to supply the wants of a large
family, he at last resolved to write to the
bishop (Beilby Porteous), stating his case,
and asking if his lordship could use any
charitable funds at his disposal for their
assistance. The bishop, struck by the
letter, raised by subscription a sum of
money for the writer, and when Childwall fell vacant promoted him to it.
See the letter in Baines, Lancs. (ed.
Croston), v, 44. Joseph Sharpe, minister
(curate) of Childwall, published sermons
preached there; Local Gleanings, i, 187,
||William Bowe was master of the
grammar school at Scorton, in the North
Riding, and had licence to reside out of
||James Thomas Law, eldest son of the
then bishop, was a fellow of Christ's
Coll. Camb.; M.A. 1815; and became
master of St. John's Hospital, Lichfield, and chancellor of the diocese of
Lichfield. He died 22 Feb. 1876; Dict.
||Henry Law was' another son of the
bishop. He was fellow and tutor of
St. John's Coll. Camb.; M.A. 1823.
Following his father to the diocese of
Bath and Wells, he became canon and
archdeacon there, and was afterwards
(1862) dean of Gloucester, dying in Nov.
1884; Dict. Nat. Biog.
||Augustus Campbell was of Trinity
Coll. Camb.; M.A. 1812. He was
made rector of Wallasey in 1814, and
resigned it for Childwall in 1824. To
this a mediety of the rectory of Liverpool
was added in 1829 (he afterwards became
sole rector); this accounts for the double
institution at Childwall. He held both
preferments till his death at Childwall on
15 May, 1870, in the eighty-fifth year of
his age. There is in the church a monument to his son Major P. Campbell, who
was wounded at the Alma and afterwards
died in the Crimea of fever.
||George Winter Warr had been the
incumbent of St. Saviour's, Liverpool.
He was an honorary canon of Chester
from 1870 to 1880, when he had the
same dignity at Liverpool.
||Peter Sorensen Royston graduated
at Camb. from Trinity Coll.; M.A.
1861, D.D. 1873. He was appointed
bishop of the Mauritius in 1872, and
after his resignation became assistant to
Bishop Ryle of Liverpool, who presented
him to Childwall.
||Richard Montague Ainslie, M.A.
Cambridge (1885, Pembroke Coll.), was
previously incumbent of St. Saviour's,
Clergy List of 1541–2 (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), 16.
||John Ainsdale the vicar, Thomas
Plombe (chantry priest—his occupation
gone), marked 'decrepitus,' and James
Whitford of Hale.
||Norris D. (B.M.). For the ornaments in 1552, after some had disappeared,
see Ch. Goods (Chet. Soc.), 90, 91. In
1517 three new bells were made for the
church by Richard Seliock of Nottingham; the great bell 518 1b., the less
bell 417 1b., and Mr. Norris's bell 41 lb.;
Norris D. (B.M.).
Ordination Book (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
||The above particulars are from the
visitation lists at Chester.
||By charters dated 16 Dec. 1484,
Thomas Norris of Speke and John his
brother gave to Richard Norris and others
lands in Halewood, Much Woolton, and
Garston; the income arising therefrom to
be paid yearly to Humphrey Norris, clerk,
to celebrate in the chapel of St. Thomas
the Martyr of Childwall, and after his
death to the chaplain nominated by
Thomas Norris or his heirs for ever. The
chapel itself was therefore more ancient
than the Norris chantry. In Nov. 1532,
Thomas Plombe, then the chaplain, requested the surviving trustees to make a
new feoffment, and they accordingly did
so; Norris D. (B. M.), n. 219, 223.
'John the chaplain' seems to have
been cantarist in 1499; ibid. n. 29. John
Day was priest in 1494.
Canon Raines gives the names of three
others:—Hulme, Henry Hill (instituted
on 2 May, 1504), and the above-named
Thomas Plombe, who was in charge at
the suppression, being then sixty years of
age. He had a pension of £3 6s. in
1553, which was about the rental (67s. 3d.)
as returned by the commissioners. This
income had been derived from houses and
lands in Great Woolton (26s. 8d.), Garston (16s.), Halewood (22s. 7d.), and
Wavertree (2s.). There was no plate, the
priest celebrating with the ornaments of
the parish church. See Raines, Chantries
(Chet. Soc.), 98.
A lease of the chantry lands for twenty
years was made to Edward Norris in
1582; he paid £12 and was to render
annually £3 7s. 3d. to the crown; and in
1608 Sir William Norris secured a grant
of them made by the king two years before, the same annual rent to be paid;
Pat. 4 Jas. I, pt. xxiii; Norris D. (B.M.).
The inscriptions on the chantry windows are recorded in the Norris Deeds;
the account by Ormerod (in the Parentalia) is imperfect. Three others asked
prayers for Edmund Crosse and his family;
for Thomas Norris of Speke and John his
brother, and also for 'Sir John Lathom,
formerly lord of Aldford,' who built and
founded the chantry; and for William
Norris, vicar of some church unnamed,
who died 18 Aug. 1460, and Richard his
brother. There is an error in the above.
Sir John Stanley was lord of Aldford 2 to
16 Edw. IV; John Lathom was rector
there 1461–84; Ormerod, Ches. (ed.
Helsby), ii, 757, 759.
Pal. Note Book, ii, 279.
Notitia Cestr. ii, 168, 171.
||The following notes are from the
reports of the Char. Com. of 1828 (xx.
83, &c.) and the End. Char. Report for
Childwall issued in 1904. This latter
concerns only that portion of the parish
outside Liverpool in 1903.
||The total sum available in 1903
was £504 a year, but more than half of
this was the endowment of Gateacre
chapel, and £148 of the remainder was
Mrs. Cross's newly-founded charity.
Henry Watmough by will in 1746
left a rent-charge of £2 10s. on a field in
Doe Park for a distribution of bread every
Sunday to the poor of the parish. This
was in force until 1869, when the land
was sold. The purchaser refused to pay,
on the ground that the rent-charge was
void under the Mortmain Act. It is not
known whether the vendors were called
upon to provide for the continuance of
the benefaction. Edward Almond of
Much Woolton about 1836 left a similar
charge, void in law, for the same purpose.
The devisee of the field paid the charge
voluntarily, but his executors refused to
continue. These charities are therefore
extinct. A sum of £20 having been paid
to Rector Campbell in 1848—supposed to
represent moneys given early in the eighteenth century—he purchased with it and
other money partly contributed by himself £120 railway stock, now yielding
£4 16s. 2d. yearly; this is divided according to his instructions, the chief part going
to the poor.
||William Part of Hale by will in
1753 left £100 to found a bread charity
at Hale chapel, and another £100 for
money or clothes for poor housekeepers
and widows. Ellen Halsall by her will
of 1734 left a rent-charge of 20s. on a
house in Tithebarn Street, Liverpool, to
provide 'the most easy, choice, valuable,
authentic, approved, and elaborate treatises' on arithmetic and mathematics to
be given to boys. These charities are
intact, but the bread distribution has been
discontinued and the money is otherwise
employed, under the authority of the
Charity Commissioners. The house in
Tithebarn Street having been pulled down
for town improvements, the 20s. from it is
paid by the corporation of Liverpool,
though books have not been provided out
of it. Mary Leigh by will in 1856
(proved 1872) left £700 for the repairs
of a certain tomb, and then for a distribution to the poor on the anniversary of
her death. In 1828 there was an old
poor's stock of £13, an annual charge
of 13s. being paid from the rates on
account of it. This has long been discontinued.
||Though some benefactions had been
lost to Halewood by 1828 three old donations were and are still existing—a rentcharge of 20s. on John Lyon's estate in
Upton, another rent-charge of 50s. on
Peacock's farm in Halewood, founded by
Jane Hey or William Carter, and 10s.
interest on £20 bequeathed in 1778 by
Thomas Tyldesley. The Rev. Thomas
Chambers, lately rector, left the residue
of his estate (£850) for the maintenance
of the churchyard; and Catherine Henrietta Law French, widow, left £500 for
the church bells and other money for the
||The bequest was by her will of 1894,
proved in 1902. The net residuary estate
was £4,177. The trustees have decided
to purchase a house at Woolton for a
nurses' home, in connexion with the
Convalescent Institution, at a cost of
The Rev. Joseph Lawton, minister of
Gateacre Chapel, left in 1740 a rentcharge of 20s. for a bread charity and
teaching poor children.
||For the township of Childwall, Jane
Hey in 1722 bequeathed a rent of 16s.
charged on the New House in Halewood
—it is now known as Peacock's—to be
distributed to the poor on Good Friday.
In 1828 it was found to be the practice
to add it to the poor rate, but this was
corrected, and it is now given to the poor.
William Carter left sums of money for
the poor, which in 1730 amounted to
£49; all had been lost before 1828. For
a long time down to 1864 a payment of
3s. 4d., of unknown origin, was made by
the owner of Abbey Heys in Little
Woolton and applied to parish purposes.
Nothing is now known of it.
For Garston, sundry donations amounting to £50 for the benefit of poor housekeepers were in 1790 invested in a cottage
and garden, producing a rent of 50s. In
1820 two new cottages were built on the
old site, and out of the rent 50s. continued in 1828 to be given to the poor in
cloth, the remainder of the rent being
devoted to paying the cost and interest
incurred in building the cottages.
For Wavertree, Allerton, and Speke no
special charities are recorded.