||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.
||Subs. R. bdle. 250, no. 9. Robert
Walker's house had seven hearths. No
other house had more than three.
||Booker, op. cit. 201.
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.
||This is clear from the inquisitions,
&c., quoted later.
||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.
||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.
||Assize R. 424, m. 5.
||Dods. MSS. cxxxi, fol. 38b.
||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.
||Add. MS. 32103, fol. 146b.
||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.
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc.), i, 80.
||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.
||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.
||Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 150/186; Ellen
the mother of Richard was still living.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v, 48.
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,
||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.
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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
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.
||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.
||Ibid. 211, where there is an illustration of the hall.
||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.
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.
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
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.
||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.
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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||Booker, op. cit. 219, 220.
||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.
||Ibid. 225; 'Hulme Hall alias
Broadstone' occurs in 1632.
||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.
||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.
||'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,
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.),
||Ibid. i, 152.
||Land tax returns at Preston.
||Booker, op. cit. 201.