||The area of Heywood in 1901 was
3,660 acres, including 51 of inland water,
according to the Census Rep.
||Here was the old district or hamlet
of Lumhalghs or Lomax.
||For the mill at this place, stopped in
1861 through disputes in the Fenton
family, see Heywood N. and Q. (ed.
J. A. Green), i, 37. This publication
gathers up a number of notes about persons and places in the district.
Lancs, and Ches. Antiq. Soc. ix, 166.
||Subsidy R. bdle. 250, no. 9 Lancs.
||Under the Divided Parishes Act, 1882,
Diggles was transferred from Heap to
Birtle-cum-Bamford. The final change
was made in 1894 by Local Govt. Bd.
Order 31671; Heap is now divided between Heywood, Bury, Birtle-with-Bamford, and Unsworth.
||Heap as a surname occurs, but the
connexion of the family with the place is
||In 1278 William son of William del
Bridge successfully claimed a messuage
and an oxgang of land in Bury against
Adam de Bury, Henry son of Cecily de
Heap, and others. Roger de Bolton was
the plaintiffs predecessor in title; Assize
R. 1238, m. 31. It is not clear whether
or not this was the Bridge family already
noticed in Bury proper.
||Some deeds of the family may be seen
in Raines MSS. (Chet. Lib.), xxxi, fol.
In 1445–6 John Holt of the Bridge,
who also had Stake Hill in Thornham,
agreed with John Clegg of the Mill-house
concerning the marriage of his son Henry
with Margery daughter of John Clegg.
The deed mentions lands formerly held by
Henry Holt and Margery his wife in Bury
and Middleton; ibid. 181.
Roger Holt of Bury, son of Henry Holt
of Bridge, occurs in 1490; Pal. of Lanc.
Writs Proton, file 5 Hen. VII.
Roger Holt died 5 Sept. 1594, holding
the capital messuage called Bridge Hall, a
water-mill adjoining, and messuages, &c.,
in Heap, of the Earl of Derby in socage,
by a rent of 2s. a year. He also had lands at
Stake Hill in Middleton, Feilden in Hunddersfield, and Whittaker in Clegg. His
son Richard having died before him, the
heir was Richard's son Roger, eleven years
of age; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xvi, no.
6. The will of Richard Holt is given in
Raines, op. cit. 281; it appears that
his mother's name was Anne, and he had
brothers, Roger, Henry, Edward, and
Francis. Roger Holt of Bridge Hall was
buried 5 Feb. 1616–17; Bury Reg.
Peter Holt, the next to succeed, was,
according to the pedigree, a son of Roger.
He took sides with the Parliament and is
described as captain, being no doubt the
Captain Holt of Bury who helped to defend Bolton against Lord Derby; Civil
War Tracts (Chet. Soc), 81. In 1643
he married Elizabeth, widow of Henry
Kelly of Manchester, his mother Mary
and son and heir Roger being named.
From the Bury Registers it appears that
Elizabeth, 'an ancient professor,' was
buried 21 Nov. 1646. At this time Peter
was a member of the Bury Classis. He
married again in 1649, Jane Gregory
being his wife, and died 10 Aug. 1651;
Bury Reg. She afterwards married Robert
Gregge of Chester, and had a son Edward
Gregge of Hapsford; Raines, op. cit. 282,
283, where Peter's will is given. A son,
Peter Holt, M.A., 'a youth of the best
hope,' died in 1644; Bury Reg.
Roger, the heir, married Jane Greenhalgh of Chamber in 1644–5; ibid. He
recorded a pedigree in 1664–5, when
forty-four years of age; Dugdale, Visit.
(Chet. Soc), 149. He died 29 May
1682; Bury Reg. Bridge Hall appears
to have gone to his brother John, who in
1697 sold it to a cousin Nathaniel Gaskell of Manchester and Clifton; Raines,
op. cit. 282–5. In 1736 Hugh Lord
Sempill and Sarah his wife and the other
heirs sold Bridge Hall to Robert Nuttall;
A dispute concerning Bridge Hall and
the corn mill in 1595 is recorded in Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), iii, 412. The
defendant, Thomas Shaw, was guardian of
Roger Holt, and appeared as plaintiff in
1601 respecting the mill; ibid, iii, 427.
On the other hand the lessee of the Earl
of Derby's mill at Bury complained that
various inhabitants of Heap and Whittle
were withdrawing suit; ibid, iii, 373,
||Several deeds relating to Bridge Hall
after it came into the possession of the
Nuttalls are given in Raines MSS. xxxi,
290–313. Robert Nuttall had in 1718
sons Thomas and John; Thomas married
Richmal daughter of Richard Kay of
Newhouse in 1727. Thomas Nuttall
appears in 1744, and a later Robert Nuttall's will was made in 1776, when his
son and heir John was a minor. John
came of age in 1790, and married Elizabeth Haworth. He mortgaged (or sold)
Bridge Hall in 1807, and made his will in
1813. Robert Nuttall of Bridge Hall in
1819 married Susan Anne daughter of
Randal Andrews, vicar of Ormskirk, and
Richmal his wife. He was afterwards of
Kempsey, Worcestershire, and on his
death in 1857 left a daughter and heir
Susan Eliza, who married Albert Hudson
Royds of Falinge, near Rochdale.
||Bamford appears to have been divided, one half being merged in Heap, and
the other forming part of the township
of Birtle-with-Bamford in the parish of
Middleton. There were, it is probable,
two Bamford families, but it is difficult to
||Raines MSS. (Chet. Lib.), xi, fol.
114. The rent was payable on St. Oswald's Day. The seal shows a fesse engrailed.
In 1282 Richard son of Hugh de
Gooden (Gulden) obtained a messuage, an
oxgang of land, and the eighth part of a
mill in Bamford, against Adam son of
Hugh de Gooden and Eve his wife, the
estate to be held of the heirs of Eve;
Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.),
i, 157. In this case also the rent of 12d.
was payable at the feast of St. Oswald.
||The following notes may be of use.
From early Ashworth deeds it appears
that Robert de Ashworth was a son of
Alexander de Bamford; among the witnesses to deeds are Henry de Bamford,
William de Bamford, Thomas de Bamford,
and Adam his brother (Raines MSS.[Chet.
Lib.], xi, fol. 253); also Thomas de Bamford, Alexander, Henry, and Andrew his
sons (ibid. 258). Henry de Bamford was
a witness in 1287; ibid. 259.
In 1311 Richard son of Thomas de
Bamford was concerned in a Spotland
suit; De Banco R. 189, m. 9 d. In 1332
Richard de Bamford contributed to the
subsidy in Spotland; Exch. Lay Subs. (Rec.
Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), 33.
Thomas son of Adam de Bamford in
1321 slew Robert de Middleton and Alexander de Wardle at Rochdale; Coram
Rege R. 254, m. 48.
Hugh son of Hugh de Atherton in
1330 claimed a messuage and lands against
Ellis de Bamford; De Banco R. 283, m.
In 1339 Hugh de Atherton claimed
lands in Bamford against Adam son of
Adam de Bamford, against Nicholas son
of Ellis de Bamford, and against Henry
de Bamford; in each case 15 acres was in
dispute; De Banco R. 320, m. 498 d.
Avice daughter of Thomas daughter of
Richard de Bamford was nonsuited in
1353 in a claim for lands in Spotland;
De Banco R. 435, m. 17, 28.
In 1371 Thomas son of Thomas de
Bamford was concerned in a Spotland suit;
ibid. R. 441, m. 57.
A little later Nicholas de Bamford and
hia son Nicholas occur; ibid. R. 452,
m. 185 d, &c.
Maud widow of Adam de Bamford
complained in 1360 that she had been
unlawfully detained in Tottington; Assize R. 451, m. 3.
||Lancs. Rec. Inq. p.m. no. 3. The
plaintiffs in the suit were Robert son of
Geoffrey del Holt and James del Holt,
executors of the will of John del Holt the
elder. Henry de Scholefield had occupied
the estate for two years preceding the
inquisition in 1393.
Thus the outlawed Henry may be identified with a Henry de Bamford who
with Ellen his wife claimed lands in
Mawdesley and Croston in 1398 against
Henry de Scholefield. The remainders
were to Richard son of Henry and Ellen,
and his heirs by Rose daughter of Thomas
de Ainsworth; then to Thomas and John,
brothers of Richard; to John son of
Henry de Scholefield; to Henry son of
John de Scholefield; to Thomas de Mawdesley, and to Thomas his son; lastly to
the heirs of Ellen wife of Henry de Bamford. Margery then wife of Richard de
Warburton had part of the lands as dower;
Final Conc, iii, 54. Nicholas and Henry
de Bamford attested a Holt charter in
1398; Raines MSS. (Chet. Lib.), xi, fol.
262. Hugh son of Nicholas de Bamford
was a defendant in 1402; Add. MS.
32108, no. 1629.
Thomas Bamford and Adam his son
were summoned for debt in 1524; Pal. of
Lanc. Writs Prot. Lent, 15 Hen. VIII.
A pedigree was recorded in 1613 beginning with an Adam Bamford, probably
the father of the Thomas last mentioned;
Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc), 34.
William Bamford and Joan his wife
made a settlement of the manor of Bamford and various messuages and lands in
Bamford, Mawdesley, Wolstenholme, and
Bury in 1584; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 46, m. 123. William Bamford was
a freeholder in 1600; Misc. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), i, 247. One of the
name was buried 10 Nov. 1607, and his
widow Janet 1 Feb. 1616–17; Bury Reg.
The will of William Bamford, dated 1604,
is given in Raines MSS. (Chet. Lib.), vi,
fol. 258; his wife Joan and son and heir
William are named; he left 13s. 4d. to
the repair of Bury Church. William son
of William Bamford recorded a pedigree in
1613, as above quoted, his son William
being then seventeen years of age. William Bamford of Bamford was buried 26
July 1624 (Bury Reg.), but Samuel Bamford contributed to the subsidy of 1622;
Misc. (ut sup.), i, 161.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxviii, no.
35; in it is recited a settlement made by
Samuel Bamford a fortnight before his
death, the remainders being to William
son of Edward Bamford of Mawdesley, and
to Edward son of Samuel Bamford of
William Bamford declined knighthood,
paying in 1631 a composition of £10;
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 216.
'Mr. Bamford of Bamford' died 10 Aug.
1649; Bury Reg.
||Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 22.
William Bamford died 28 Mar. 1673;
||Raines MSS. (Chet. Lib.), vi, fol.
299. The remainder of this account of
Bamford is from Canon Raines's note in
Notitia Cestr. ii, 29, except where other
references are given.
||A settlement was made in 1735, the
deforciants in the fine being William Bamford and Margaret his wife, George Bamford and Margaret his wife, and Anne and
Susan Bamford; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 315, m. 69. The estate is not described as a manor, but as messuages and
lands in Bamford, Spotland, and Wolstenholme.
||P.R.O. List, 74.
||Burke, Commoners, iv, 524. For the
Fentons see Burke, Landed Gentry, Fenton of Dutton Hall.
||Information of Mr. Massey, who
died in Dec. 1909.
||In consequence of disputes about it
between Richard Ashton of Middleton and
Robert Langley of Agecroft an arbitration
was arranged in 1524, and it was decided
that the former ought to pay the latter a
free rent of 6d.; Agecroft D. 101.
||For Gristlehurst see the account of
Birtle in Middleton.
||Hawise de Whittle (Quitul), Adam
of the same, and his brothers John and
Roger, in 1292 sought to prove their freedom against Adam de Bury; Assize R.
408, m. 33 d.
A family named Langley resided in the
17th century at Whittle; William Langley was summoned by the heralds in 1664;
Dugdale, Visit, p. v.
||Manchester Free Library D. no. 100;
the field names given include Warriner
Wood, Reyne Cloughs, and Pingle. The
Bury registers contain some entries referring to the family.
||Monk Bretton Chartul. fol. 43, 44;
and Lansdowne MS. 405, fol. 49. The
'land' called 'Lummehalenges' within
the bounds of Heap touched Gooden
(Guledene) and the water of Roch (Rached). A claim made in 1445 by the
Prior of Monk Bretton against Sir John
de Pilkington may refer to this land;
Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 7, m. 3b.
||See the account of Pilsworth. The
Bury registers mention Lomax of Castle
Hill, Lomax of Redivales, Lomax of
Croichley, Lomax of Bent, &c.
||Robert de Radcliffe held a tenement
called 'Lomhalle' of Henry de Bury in
1351; Duchy of Lanc. Assize R. 1, m. 2 d.
Richard son of John de Radcliffe seems to
have held the same estate in 1368; De
Banco R. 431, m. 351; and Sir Alexander
Radcliffe in 1546; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of
F. bdle. 12, m. 253.
||Richard Smethurst died 5 June 1597
holding lands in Bury of the Earl of Derby
in socage, by a rent of 6½d., also a messuage in Middleton of the queen as of her
manor of Stanton Lacy in Shropshire.
Richard his son and heir was twenty-six
years of age; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
xvii, no. 74. Richard Smethurst contributed to the subsidy of 1622; Misc.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 161.
These seem to have been the Smethursts
of Broad Oak, whose estate was afterwards
acquired by the Nuttalls; Raines MSS.
(Chet. Lib.), xxxi, fol. 272, 273.
Arthur Smethurst the elder made a
settlement of three messuages and lands in
Bury, &c., in 1568; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of
F. bdle. 30, m. 117. Arthur Smethurst of
Heap married Margaret Kay on 24 Feb.
1611–12; Bury Reg. The same or another Arthur was a member of the Bury
Classis in 1646.
Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), iii, 34.
||Land tax returns at Preston.
||There are pedigrees in the Iter Lanc.
(Chet. Soc.), 22; and in Lancs, and Ches.
Antiq. Soc. ix, 144.
Iter Lanc. 23; O. Heywood, Diaries,
i, 124. The bounds began at Gooden
(Golden) in Hopwood, descended to the
Roch, ascended this to Heyden (Heedene),
and this to the boundary of the lands of
Adam de Bury and Roger de Middleton.
The date is about 1270.
In 1246 Peter son of Robert de Heywood had recovered 2 acres of land in
Heywood against Gervase de Halliwell,
Hawise his wife, Hugh the son of Gervase, and Wimark his wife; Assize R.
404, m. 3. In 1292 William son of Hugh
de Gooden complained that he had been disseised of his common of pasture in 2 acres
of moor within Bury, Peter de Heywood
and his sons Henry, Richard, Robert, and
Gilbert being the principal offenders;
but he was nonsuited; Assize R. 408,
William de Heywood in 1344 granted
all his land in Bury to his brother Richard
for life, at a rent of 26s. a year; Dods.
MSS. cxvii, fol. 163. Richard de Heywood
appears in 1357; Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxii,
App. 336. Nicholas de Heywood in 1366
enfeoffed John de Radcliffe of Chadderton
of all his lands in Bury and Middleton;
Dods. MSS. loc. cit. In 1375 Nicholas
complained of a trespass at Heywood; De
Banco R. 460, m. 261.
A Hugh de Heywood went to Portugal
on the king's service in 1385; Dep.
Keeper's Rep. xl, App. 524.
Robert son of Nicholas de Heywood
made a feoffment of his lands in Heywood
in 1417; Dods. MSS. cxvii, fol. 163b.
Two years later the feoffees granted Robert's lands in the hamlet of Heap in the
vill of Bury and in Middleton to his brother
Geoffrey; ibid. Geoffrey de Heywood in
1429–30 agreed not to alienate the lands
of his father Nicholas, in view of the
marriage of his son Peter with Margaret
daughter of Robert Tunnicliffe; ibid.
Geoffrey de Heywood survived his son,
and in 1455–6 a settlement of his lands
was made, by which they were to descend
successively to Robert, Nicholas, Geoffrey,
and James, the sons of Peter, and heirs
male; in default to Nicholas, another son
of Geoffrey the elder; ibid. fol. 165.
Geoffrey had another son James, to whom
a moiety of Hurtilcroft in Bury was granted
for life at the same time, with remainder
to Robert son and heir of Peter de Heywood; ibid.
In 1501 an agreement was made between James Holt of Gristlehurst, Ralph
his son and heir, and their partners, on one
side, and Robert Heywood of Heywood,
Peter his son and heir, and their partners,
on the other: ibid.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vii, no. 29.
This recites the settlement of 1455–6,
and traces the descent to Robert Heywood,
who was the son and heir of the Peter last
mentioned. Peter Heywood had given
Leonard's Croft and other lands to trustees
for the use of Elizabeth daughter of Charles
Radcliffe, on her marriage with Robert his
son. A settlement was made in 1539
(see Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 12, m.
7), whereby the lands in Heywood, Heap,
Bury, and Middleton, were, after the death
of Peter, to go to his son Robert, and in
default of male issue, to a younger son
James. The lands in Middleton were held
of Robert Langley in socage, by a rent of 6d.
James Heywood in 1559 made a settlement of his estates in Heywood and elsewhere, the remainders being to his sons
Peter, heir apparent, and Robert; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 21, m. 65. Peter
Heywood succeeded before 1569, when he
made a settlement; ibid. bdle. 31, m. 17.
Peter Heywood was returned as a freeholder in 1600; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), i, 247. He was buried 14 Feb.
1599–1600; Bury Reg. According to the
pedigrees the Peter Heywood who assisted
at the arrest of Guy Fawkes in 1605 was
a younger son. The heir was the elder
son Robert, who rebuilt Heywood Hall in
1611, and is described by Oliver Heywood
as 'a pious, reverend old gentleman and an
excellent poet'; Iter Lanc. 17; O. Heywood'a Diaries, i, 17. His Observations has
been printed by the Chetham Society (vol.
The pedigree of 1664–5 begins with
Robert Heywood, who paid £10 on refusing
knighthood in 1631; Misc. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), i, 216. He was buried
19 Jan. 1646–7; Bury Reg. By his will,
dated 8 Oct. 1646, he devised his estate
to the use of his son Peter, reserving
dower for Margaret his wife and portions
for his daughters and a younger son
John; then to his grandson Robert and
heirs male; in default to his said son
John, &c.; 'provided that the trustees
should stand seised of two houses in Rochdale to the use of his son John, upon
his submission to Parliament, until he
came to some ecclesiastical preferment
in the Church of England of £50 a year.'
This son was made rector of Walton at
the Restoration. There was a further
provision that if his son Peter should
submit to the Parliament the trustees
were 'to stand seised of the premises unto
the said Peter Heywood, his heirs and
assigns, for ever'; Roy. Comp. Papers
(Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), iii, 222, 223.
It thus appears that while the father was
a Parliamentarian and a member of the
Bury Classis, his sons were Royalists.
John was living 'at Oxford as a scholar'
Civil War Tracts, 230. He not only
'held intelligence with the enemy 'while
a Parliamentary officer, but after he had
joined the king's army 'he offered,' says
Colonel Rosworm,' in the behalf of Prince
Rupert, that I should have a very great
sum of money paid me in my hand before
my delivery of the town, that I should have
great preferment under Prince Rupert,' &c.
Roy. Comp. Papers, ut sup. His fine
was £351. He also desired to compound
for the dower of his wife in lands in Rochdale and Stidd, the inheritance of her
former husband, Theophilus Holt. Peter
Heywood died 4 Jan. 1657–8; Bury Reg.
||Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc), 139.
Robert was then Clerk of the Green Wax
for the county palatine; his son Peter was
two years of age. Robert Heywood and
Mary his wife, one of the sisters and coheirs of John Haslam of Rochdale, who
was son and heir of Ellis Haslam, sold
land in 1671; Raines MSS. (Chet. Lib.),
xxxi, fol. 67. Robert Heywood and Peter
his son were burgesses at the Preston
Gild of 1682; Guild Rolls (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), 189.
||Robert Heywood, son and heir of
Peter, son and heir of Robert, sold the
Heywood estates together with the
manor of Spotland in Rochdale for
£1,841 8s. 6d. The capital messuage of
Heywood Hall, with water corn-mill,
lands in Heap, Middleton, and Bamford,
and the site and advowson of the chapel
of Heywood, are mentioned, and many
field names (including Coal pit field) are
given; Raines MSS. (Chet. Lib.), xvi,
fol. 111. See also Pal. of Lanc. Feet of
F. bdle. 279, m. 86. From another deed
given by Canon Raines it appears that the
vendor died before 1742.
||Extracts from the diary of John
Starky of Heywood are given in Raines
MSS. viii, fol. 343.
In 1749 an agreement was made for the
marriage of John son and heir apparent of
John Starky with Esther Whalley of
Blackburn. James Starky in 1786 married
Elizabeth daughter of Edward Gregge
Hopwood. See Raines MSS. xvi, fol. 111;
and Notitia Cestr. ii, 29. James Starky
also owned Tonge Hall near Middleton;
he was sheriff in 1791–2; P.R.O. List, 74.
In a statement of the Starky title to the
advowson of Heywood in 1834, it is stated
that John Starky purchased from Heywood, was succeeded by his only surviving
son John, and he by his son James, seventytwo years old in 1834.; Church P. at
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
||Add. Chart. 7180 (B.M.).
||In a lecture by Mr. J. A. Green in
1899, it is stated that James Kershaw of
Wrigley Brook Mill purchased cotton in
1777; three other mills were also in existence, and Makin Mill was built by Peel,
Yates & Co., about 1780.
||An account of the progress of the
cotton manufacture is given in Barton,
Bury, 276–7, from which volume are extracted several other particulars in the text.
Lond. Gaz. 8 Mar. 1864., for Heap
||30 & 31 Vict. cap. 64.; 38 & 39
Vict. cap. 76; and 42 & 43 Vict. cap. 76.
||The date of the charter is 18 Feb. 1881.
||The portion of Castleton was added
in 1900; Loc. Govt. Bd. Order P, 1640.
||Ibid. Order 31671.
||A full description of the boundaries is
given in the Year Bk. of the borough, lent
to the editors by the town clerk, Mr. George
||It was the old park of Heywood Hall,
and was purchased out of moneys which
devolved to Her Majesty in right of the
duchy from the estate of Charles Martin
Newhouse, deceased; Year Bk.
||There were formerly two covered
markets, but both have long since been
converted to other uses; Information of
Rev. B. Hughes, vicar.
||The Year Bk. quoted gives particulars
of other municipal undertakings, as the
baths, technical school and classes, electric
lighting station, sewage disposal works,
||The first newspaper was the Observer,
in 1844; Heywood N. and Q. i, 17.
Cb. Goods (Chet. Soc), 46. The
chapel was purchased by the inhabitants;
Raines, Chant. (Chet. Soc), ii, 277. It
is marked in Saxton's map, 1577; and
Agnes Radcliffe of Marland left 2s. to
Heywood Chapel; Raines in Notitia
Cestr. ii, 34.
||Gastrell, ibid.; it was 'never consecrated; the designed endowment of
the founder was lost, and the estate
Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv, App. iv,
12. Mr. Buckley was 'lecturer' at Heywood in 1622, and Giles Clayton 'curate,'
1634–6; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Ches.), i, 66, 95. Robert Towne,
curate in 1640, averred that he did not
hold the opinions of the Grindletonians,
as had been alleged; Raines MSS. (Chet.
Lib.), xxii, fol. 306.
Jonathan Scholefield was curate from
1647 or earlier until 1659, when he
moved to Douglas chapel. He signed the
'Harmonious Consent' in 1648. In
1647 he had some dispute with his congregation, but it seems to have been adjusted; Shaw's Bury Classis (Chet. Soc),
i, 22, 40, 123; ii, 253. In 1650 he
was reported to be 'orthodox for divinity,
well qualified for life and conversation';
Commonwealth Ch. Surv. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), 42. George Thomason
is said to have been ejected from Heywood
in 1662; Calamy, Nonconf. Mem. (ed.
Palmer), ii, 94.
Commonwealth Ch. Surv. 42.
||Gastrell, Notitia Cestr. ii, 33–5.
Richard Whitehead of Pilsworth in 1671
gave money for the use of the minister
at Heywood; and Richard Haworth of
Heap in 1704 made a bequest 'for the
sole use and benefit of such curate, minister, or preacher, as shall from time to
time be appointed to officiate and serve
at the chapel of Heywood, and as shall
be conformable to the liturgy and service
of the Church of England as by law now
established, and not otherwise. And if
any curate or minister shall be imposed
on the said chapel or shall officiate there
who shall not be conformable as aforesaid,
then my said trustees shall dispose of all
the said rents and profits as they shall
think fit'; ibid.
||There was a dial on the east side of
the chapel, bearing the date 1686, and the
initials of Robert Heywood; also A.B.
1807. The column of the dial was
recently found; Information of the Rev.
B. Hughes. A sundial was placed in the
churchyard in 1845.
Lond. Gaz. 8 Jan. 1864. The
tithes of the township of Heap were in
1857 annexed to the chapelry, and the
incumbents have usually been styled
rectors, but it appears, by a ruling of the
Ecclesiastical Commissioners, that this is
||The list is taken from the Church
P. at Chester, and Raines MSS. ix, fol.
8, 9. Few curates occur in the fifty
years following the Restoration; but
Ichabod Furness was there in 1671; John
Battersby in 1677–9; Abraham Butterworth, B.A., in 1684; Church P. at
Chester, and Mr. Earwaker's notes.
||The regular Church P. begin with
||Objection was made to him in
||Also at Holeombe.
||William Bamford and John Starky
gave £100 to the endowment in 1719 on
condition that Nathan Stock be appointed;
Gastrell, Notitia, ii, 35.
||An excellent ornithologist; Raines.
||A grave and devout clergyman of the
old school; Raines.
||Afterwards Dean of Kilmacduagh;
||Immoral, resigned; Raines.
||He was long suspended by the bishop,
and died in an obscure beer-house where
he had taken shelter from the weather.
He was very poor, and left a widow and
||Afterwards vicar of Healey, Rochdale; he died in 1884.
||Afterwards rector of Washington,
||Resigned in 1872.
||Vicar of South Banbury, 1878;
vicar of Farley, 1883.
||Exchanged the vicarage of South
Banbury with his predecessor; became
vicar of Havenstreet, Ryde, I.W., in
||Previously vicar of Cholsey, Berks.
||To Mr. Hughes are due several of
the particulars in this account of Heywood.
||a Previously vicar of St. Paul, Peel.
||For endowments see Lond. Gaz.
8 Aug. 1865, and 10 Sept. 1844.
||Full details, with names of the ministers, are given in Nightingale, Lancs. Nonconformity, iii, 263–8. Mrs. Fenton of
Bamford Hall guaranteed the expense of a
preaching-room in 1821.
||Ibid, iii, 255–62; the Fentons of
Bamford Hall, whose mills at Hooley
Bridge brought a great increase of population, were members of the congregation
and liberal benefactors. Sir James KayShuttleworth, bart., a native of Bamford,
was also connected with it.
||The mission was begun in 1854;
Kelly, Engl. Cath. Missions, 213.
||Gastrell, Notitia, ii, 35.