Land. Gaz. 26 Oct. 1883.
||Subs. R. bdle. 250. no. 9, Lancs.
Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Ches.), i, 54. By 1241 the four oxgangs of
land in Heaton seem to have become
separated from Barton and held by Richard
son of Christiana de Alreton; Final
Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 88.
||From the later descent it is probable
that the above Richard son of Christiana
was the younger Richard de Hulton, who
was quickly succeeded by his brothers
William and David, the latter continuing
the line. Thus in 1256 David de Hulton
was holding half a plough-land in Heaton,
in which his brother's widow was claiming
dower; Final Conc, i, 122. In 1302
Richard de Hulton son of David was
holding the tenth part of a fee in Heaton
of Thomas Grelley; Inq. and Extents,
i, 314.. In 1324 Richard de Hulton was
returned as holding half a plough-land in
'Davyd Heton' by a thegnage rent of
6s. 8d.; Duchy of Lanc. Rentals and
Surv. 379, m. 13. In the later division
of the Hulton lands this probably went to
the families of Farnworth and Halliwell;
and some part was obtained at a later time
by the Hultons of Over Hulton. Thus
William Hulton of Farnworth was in
1613 in possession of lands in Heaton;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Ches.), i, 266; and Randle Barton of
Smithills, who died in 1611, also had
lands in Heaton; ibid, i, 208.
Inq. and Extents, i, 54. Thomas de
Worthington was holding half a knight's
fee of Robert Grelley in 1212. In 1282
the manor was called Worthington,
Coppull, and the appurtenances; ibid.
250. Later Worthington is called 'half
a fee, except the tenth part,' the tenth part
being Heaton. It is unlikely that there
was only one manor in Heaton and that
it was held in succession by the Hultons
and Heatons; for Richard de Hulton
and John de Heaton are mentioned
together in 1320, when, however, only
the latter is stated to have held the tenth
part of a fee, the former holding by the
rent of a pair of spurs or 2d., and puture
of the serjeants and foresters; Mamecestre
(Chet. Soc), 288, 290.
||The Heaton family were perhaps the
successors in title of Henry de Bolton,
who in 1221 offered himself against
Robert Grelley in a plea concerning the
fixing of boundaries between Henry's
ands in Heaton and Robert's in Horwich; Cur. Reg. R. 79, m. 24. Licence of deafforestation in Heaton was
in 1225 granted by the king to Robert
Grelley for Henry de Bolton; Cal. Pat.
1216–25, p. 576. By fine in 1227
Robert Grelley acknowledged Henry's
right to land within the following boundaries: from Yaresworth Brook up by
Ridley Syke to the middle point between
two brooks falling into the syke towards
the west, and so up between the brooks to
the great road between Halliwell and
Rivington, and to the High Edge, then by
the Edge around Helmshead to the
boundary of Halliwell; Yorks. Feet of F.
file 18, no. 1.
Randle de Bolton was plaintiff in 1246
respecting lands in Heaton; Assize R.
404, m. 10 d.
||In 1278 Adam son of Richard de
Heaton was non-suited in a claim for common of pasture brought against Ellis son
of Randle de Heaton; ibid. 1238, m.
31 d. Ellis de Heaton appears as plaintiff
in 1292, alleging that Randle his father
was disseised of two parts of 4 acres of
wood and 3 acres of pasture in Heaton
by one Roger de Pendlebury, who demised
them to William de Pendlebury, from
whom they appear to have been acquired
by Richard son of David de Hulton; ibid.
408, m. 49. He made a similar claim
against Hugh de Halliwell (ibid.), but
failed in both cases.
In 1301 John son of Ellis de Heaton
was defendant in a claim made by John
del Shaw for reasonable estovers in Heaton, without view of the foresters, for
housebote and heybote; ibid. 1321, m. 9 d.
According to the surveys of 1320 and
1322 John de Heaton owed homage and
fealty for the tenth part of a fee in
Heaton under the Forest, and rendered
yearly for sake fee 8d. and for ward of
Lancaster Castle 12d., and puture of the
serjeants and foresters; Mamecestre, 288,
At that time four oxgangs in Heaton
contributed proportionally to the maintenance of the foresters of Horwich; ibid.
Final Conc. ii, 89. The children of
John son of John de Heaton named in
the remainders are John, Adam, Roger,
Robert, Richard, Joan, and Agnes. The
estate was the 'manor' of Heaton-underHorwich; no other estate there seems to
have been so described.
In 1362 Richard Langtree and Margaret
his wife brought a suit against Henry son
of Adam de Heaton for waste, &c., in
Heaton by Horwich; De Banco R. 411,
m. 217 d.
||Hugh de Worthington and John de
Heaton held of John La Warre half a
knight's fee in Worthington and Heatonunder-Horwich, which William de Worthington formerly held; Feud. Aids, iii, 89.
||There does not seem to be any direct
proof of this marriage, but it agrees with
the descent of the estate.
Thomas son of Roger Banastre of
Wrightington in or before 1361 married
Aline daughter of John de Heaton; John
was a witness to the grant of lands then
made; Piccope's MSS. iii, 2 (communicated by Mr. J. H. Partington).
Dep. Keeper's Rep. xl, App. 523.
Richard de Heaton and Isolda his wife
held a fourth part of Billinge in 1374;
De Banco R. 454, m. 141.
||Raines MSS. xxxvii B, 61. Dispensation granted in 1398.
Final Conc. iii, 81.
||a A petition addressed to the Lord
Chancellor in 1440 seems to refer to this
family. In it Richard Barton of Middleton alleged that he had purchased the
marriage of William son of Richard son
of William Heaton, intending to wed
him to his daughter Agnes. The younger
William, under fourteen years of age, had
been hidden away by Alexander Standish
and his sister Isolda Heaton, who desired
to procure a divorce between him and
Agnes; Early Chan. Proc. bdle. 9, no. 204.
Richard is described as 'the heir of
Heaton' in a document of 1461 relating
to a corrody in the priory of Marrick on
Swale, granted by Richard to his cousins
William and Oliver Entwisle successively,
and then by William son of Richard
Heaton to his uncle Robert Heaton; Ch.
Gds. (Chet. Soc), 29 (from the Weld
Mamecestre, 480. It was held by
'the service of the tenth part of a knight's
fee and puture, and the rent of 8d. a
year, with 12d. for ward of the castle.'
Katherine daughter of William Heaton
married Henry son of Nicholas Blundell
of Little Crosby in 1488–9; Kuerden,
iii, C, 34, no. 580.
Visit. of 1533 (Chet. Soc), p. 194;
the arms seem to be those of Billinge and
In 1530 Richard Heaton of Heaton
gave to feoffees his manor of Billinge
with lands, &c., in Billinge, Birchley,
Rumworth, Lostock, and Ulverston. His
will mentions his son William and Joan
his wife and their children Alice and
Jane; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 151, m. 8.
He died after the Statute of Uses (1536),
and his will was held to be void; Duchy
of Lanc. Dep. xxxiv, G, 1a.
For pleadings regarding the woods in
Horwich, between two of the younger
sons, Richard and Bryan, see Ducky Plead.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 119; ii,
219; the former seems to be wrongly
||Duchy of Lanc. Dep. liv, H, 1;
it was alleged that the feoffees of Richard
Heaton the father of William in 1532
conveyed the manor of Heaton, with mill
and messuages in Heaton and Horwich,
to the use of Richard for life, and then
to the use of William his son and heir for
life, and then of Ralph Heaton and heirs
male. (This feoffment is among the
Anderton D. no. 4.) On behalf of Elizabeth daughter of Sir Richard Aughton,
widow of William Heaton, and before
1549 remarried to John Bold, it was stated
that William was seised in his demesne as
of fee, and therefore she claimed as jointure.
||Ibid. xxxiv, G, 1. Miles Gerard son
and heir of Thomas Gerard of Ince
alleged that by his marriage settlement
it was arranged that if William Heaton
died without male issue one half of all
the manors, &c, in Billinge, Birchley,
Rumworth, Lostock, Horwich, and Ulverston, was to go to the said Jane; and if
Alice, the other daughter of William
Heaton, should die without issue, the
other half should also be Jane's. Heaton
was otherwise settled. The disputes
began before William's death, which took
place on 25 November 1542, for his
answer to some of the pleadings is preserved. His widow Elizabeth immediately
after his death complained that the
Gerards had expelled her from Birchley.
Humphrey Winstanley, who had
married Jane, in 1560 complained that
Christopher Anderton, William Heaton,
and Ralph Heaton had entered his wife's
inheritance. William Heaton claimed as
heir male, under a settlement made in
1540 by William the father of Jane,
apparently on his marriage with Elizabeth
Aughton; Duchy of Lanc. Plead, xlvii,
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 14,
m. 142; and ibid. m. 103. The deforciants in the latter were John Bold and
Elizabeth his wife, William Heaton,
and Lambert Heaton. The fine concerned two messuages, &c., 60 acres of
land, with meadow, pasture, wood, moor,
and moss in Heaton. An annuity of 54s.
for life was granted to Elizabeth Bold,
with ultimate reversion to William
Heaton; the messuages, &c., being given
to Lambert Heaton and Katherine his
wife and their male issue; in default to
Fernando Heaton and Richard, Geoffrey,
Bryan, and Vane Heaton.
||Gibson, Lydiate Hall, 50.
In 1560 Roger Heaton as son and
devisee of Richard Heaton, one of the
younger sons of the Richard Heaton of
1533, claimed the manor of Heaton
against William Heaton and Mary his
wife by virtue of a lease; and later Alice
the mother of Roger, who had married
Thomas Aughton, was joined in the suit;
Duchy of Lanc. Plead. lxiii, H, 9a;
cxvii, H, 16. William Heaton was
plaintiff or defendant in other suits in
the early part of Elizabeth's reign; Ducatus,
ii, 243, 311, 323, 363. Ralph the son
and heir of William Heaton of Birchley
occurs several times from 1568 to 1574;
ibid, ii, 363; iii, 13.
William Heaton, merchant tailor of
London, of the parish of St. Martin
Orgar, acquired an interest, by purchase
or mortgage, from the above William
Heaton, in the lands and manor of
Heaton; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdles.
24, m. 158; 27, m. 145; Duchy of Lanc.
Plead, lxiii, H, 9; Anderton D. no. 20,
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 24,
m. 96; and further in the account of
Lydiate Hall, 55.
As early as 1572 an agreement was
made for the sale of the manors and lands
between Christopher Anderton, William
Heaton of London, and Ralph son and
heir of William Heaton; Pal. of Lanc.
Plea R. 232, m. 5. Two years afterwards
Christopher Anderton procured Heaton
from Humphrey Winstanley and Jane
his wife and William Gerard—probably
only their reversionary rights in it; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 38, m. 80. In
1583 he made a settlement of the manor;
ibid. bdle. 45, m. 25; while in 1589 he
and his sons James and Thurstan seem
to have made a further agreement or new
purchase; ibid. bdle. 51, no. 25.
Christopher Anderton died in 1592,
holding the manor of Heaton under Horwich, &c, of the lord of Manchester;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xvi, no. 41.
The bargain, however, was not even then
secure, for three years later his son and
heir, James Anderton, procured the manor
(or reversionary rights in it), from Richard
the son and heir apparent of Fernando
Heaton, late of London; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 59, m. 17. Besides the
manor the estate embraced eighty messuages, two water-mills, &c.
Katherine widow of Lambert Heaton
and Fernando their son surrendered land
in Heaton in 1581; in 1593 Richard
Heaton son of Fernando, described as 'of
Alone in Westmeath,' sold his claim on
the manors to James Anderton; Anderton
D. no. 43, 67, 68.
||Harland and Wilkinson, Lancs. Legends, 44; some evidence in its favour
is printed in Lydiate Hall, 56.
Lydiate Hall, 134, 135. In Baines'
Dir. of 1825, 'Henry Tempest, coal
proprietor, of Broughton Hall, Yorkshire,'
occurs under Heaton.
||Land Tax Ret. at Preston.
||He was the son of George Heaton,
of London, whose kinship to the parent
stock has not been ascertained. His
mother Joan daughter of Sir Martin
Bowes, lord mayor in 1545, died in giving
him birth, having dedicated him 'to God
and the Reformed Church.' He was
educated at Westminster and Oxford,
held various preferments, and was in 1599
promoted to the see of Ely in order to
make certain alienations of its lands.
He was the 'proud prelate' whom Elizabeth threatened to 'unfrock,' according
to the story. He made the alienations;
see Local Glean. Lancs, and Ches. ii, 171
(from Strype's Annals, iv, 490); Foster,
Alumni; White, Elizabethan Bishops, 401;
Cooper, Athen. Cantab. i, 442.
||a In 1364 Hugh Thirlewinde and
Katherine his wife, daughter of Alice
daughter of Stephen de Cockerham, mortgaged a tenement in Heaton; Starkie of
||b He had it in 1419, when it was
called Rogersted; ibid.
||See Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs,
and Ches.), i, 16, &c. Roger Walmesley died 31 May 1624 holding two
messuages, &c., in Heaton of Christopher
Anderton; Towneley MS. C, 8, 13
(Chet. Lib.), p. 1287.
||Huntroyde D.; Pal. of Lanc. Feet
of F. bdle. 295, m. 89. It descended
with Huntroyde till 1879, when it was
sold to the Bolton Corporation.