||1,862 acres, including 18 of inland
water; Census Rep. 1901.
||Subs. R. 250, no. 9.
Penwortham Priory (Chet. Soc.), 3.
The land is described as a plough-land in
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), i, 32, where the grant itself
is ascribed to Richard.
The abbots had in 1313 and 1334 disputes respecting boundaries with their
neighbours of Walton-le-Dale; De Banco
R. 201, m. 126; Coram Rege R. 297,
m. 93. See also Cal. Pat. 1321–4, p. 446.
Complaint was made in 1382 that
the abbot had obstructed a road in
Farington by rebuilding his mill; Q.R.
Memo. R. 159.
Penwortham Priory, 127.
||See the account of Penwortham and
the inquisitions of John Fleetwood (1591)
and his son Richard (1626); Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. xv, no. 34; xxv, no. 22.
There was no separate tenure for the
manors of Farington, Howick and Longton. The manor of Farington with
Howick and a fourth part of the manor
of Longton were held by Edward Fleetwood in 1676, by Charles Stanley and
Jane his wife in 1749, and by John
Aspinall in 1752; Pal. of Lanc. Feet
of F. bdle. 197, m. 66; 343, m. 77;
349, m. 98.
||They are supposed to have been descendants of Warine Bussel son of Robert.
Albert de Farington gave a toft in
Othedis to John son of Siward, and as
Albert son of Warine de Farington he
granted land to Osbert de Leyland;
Piccope MSS. (Chet. Lib.), xiv, p. 49,
from Col. Rawstorne's deeds. Albert
made a grant to Edith daughter of
Geoffrey de Longton and her sons by
Roger the priest, to whom also Richard
de Howick gave 4 acres in Farington;
ibid. 77. Robert de Litherland son of
Edith gave up Albert's land to Evesham
Abbey, viz. the Espes, Elnor, &c., a
rent of 16d. being payable to the heirs of
Albert; Kuerden fol. MS. (Chet. Lib.),
Albert had two daughters—Alice and
Ameria; ibid. p. 132. The latter married
William de Wedacre, and they surrendered
their moiety of the manor to the Abbot of
Evesham in 1242; Final Conc. (Rec.
Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 78. What became of the other moiety is not clear.
Richard de Farington, another son of
Warine, between 1211 and 1232 resigned
to Evesham all his lands and rents, with
homages, services, &c., the monks having
given him 2 marks in his urgent need;
from that time those who had held of
Richard were to pay their rents directly
to the abbey; Penwortham Priory, 12, 13.
See also another in Piccope MSS. xiv, 82.
This may have been the other moiety.
In 1238 the Abbot of Evesham claimed
the moiety of a mill and certain land
against Richard de 'Crophull'; Curia
Regis R. 119, m. 5. John son of
Richard de 'Coppel' claimed the same as
heir in 1292; Assize R. 408, m. 12 d.
William Abbot of Evesham gave land
to Robert son of John de Farington; the
bounds mention Erneshalgh; Piccope
MSS. xiv, 51. To Richard son of Roger
he granted land at a rent of 8s. 3d.; ibid.
78. John Abbot of Evesham gave land
to John son of Thomas de Clayton, who
was to do suit to 'our mill of Farington
and court of Penwortham'; ibid. 50. In
1316 he gave him '4 acres of our waste'
in Farington; ibid. 53.
Richard son of Roger de Garstang
granted to his son John, begotten of
Mabel de Knolhale, part of land given by
the Abbot of Evesham to Roger son of
Richard de Garstang at 12d. rent; the
bounds recited mention Creswallsyke,
Eldesyke and the Lostock; John was to
pay 6d. rent for his part; ibid. 50.
In 1320 the abbot granted land at the
Moshenis to Adam son of Roger de
Farington, suit to be done at the abbey's
court at Howick; and to Henry son of
Roger de Farington he gave a messuage
and land in the Milnefield; ibid. 53–4.
Roger de Farington had in 1313 given
lands to his sons Henry and Adam,
the bounds including Blackpool, Lostock
water and Fairclough; ibid. 53.
Alice widow of Roger de Farington in
1321 claimed dower in 14 acres in
Farington against Richard the son of
Roger; De Banco R. 238, m. 111 d.
Another Alice, as widow of Adam son
of Roger son of Henry de Farington, in
1344 claimed a messuage, &c., against
Henry Straitbarrel and his sons William
and Robert; De Banco R. 338, m. 270.
||This is an inference only; the grant
does not seem to be known; and it will
have been gathered from the preceding
note that the abbots had other tenants in
Farington. William de Meols was perhaps the clerk of that name occurring in
local deeds, &c.; e.g. Penwortham Priory,
12. In 1246 he purchased 16 acres in
Farington from John son of Robert;
Final Conc. i, 102.
Robert Bussel granted to Penwortham
Priory the service of John son of William
de Meols, clerk, for an oxgang of land in
Leyland; Kuerden fol. MS. p. 58.
Geoffrey Bussel of Leyland granted to
John de Farington son of William de
Meols the homage and service of certain
of his tenants in Longton; Harl. MS.
2042, fol. 101b. In the same collection
of charters is a grant to William son of
Hugh de Meols; fol. 101.
||See the account of Leyland. The
descent William de Meols -s. John -s.
William -s. William de Farington is given
in De Banco R. 300, m. 311 (1334).
In 1332 there were three Farington
families in the township — William,
Henry son of Roger, and John; Exch. Lay
Subs. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), 43–4.
||An agreement of 1314 between the
Abbot of Evesham and William (son of
John) de Farington, respecting various
matters in dispute, is printed in Penwortham Priory, 17–20. The abbot
allowed certain approvements from the
waste, and the construction of a watermill by John and William; but the
demesnes, the ancient services (with
12d. increase) and mast-fall for ten
pigs in the wood of Leyland were preserved for the abbot and convent. See
also Assize R. 424, m. 1 d.
||See Penwortham Priory, 18 note.
||Charter R. 143 (22 Edw. III),
m. 30, no. 41.
A John son of Robert de Farington
occurs about this time; Assize R. 430,
m. 1; Coram Rege R. 348, m. 22.
Roger de Farington was knight of the
shire in 1355; Pink and Beaven, Parl.
Repre. of Lancs. 32.
||In 1394 John Serjeant, vicar of
Leyland, released to John son and heir
of William de Farington all the messuages, &c., in Farington and Leyland
of which he had been enfeoffed by John
de Farington the elder; Kuerden fol.
MS. p. 382. Two years later the same
John son and heir of William de Farington gave to feoffees the lands which had
formerly belonged to John son of Robert
de Farington in the same townships;
ibid. p. 134. The lands were in 1406
settled upon Henry de Farington, with
remainders to his brother Nicholas to
Thomas son of John de Farington, to
Nicholas uncle of Henry and to John de
Farington the elder; ibid. p. 130.
Another deed of the same year by the
elder John gave lands in Farington,
Longton and Howick to Master
William de Farington, rector of 'Bekenesfeld,' for Henry de Howick and Alice
his wife, with remainders to their
daughter Joan (wife of Thomas de
Farington) and Margaret (wife of Gilbert
de Sutton); also for Thomas de Farington (son of John) for life, with remainder to William son of John de
Farington the elder; Piccope MSS. xiv,
The writ diem cl. extr. after the
death of John Farington was issued
8 August 1410; Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxvii,
William son and heir of John Farington was in 1411–12 called upon to
assign dower in Farington, Leyland,
Worden, Walton and Clayton to John's
widow, Joan, who had married Thomas
Charnock the younger; Add. MS. 32108,
William Farington made a lease of
lands to Nicholas Boteler in 1438;
Piccope MSS. xiv, 58.
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc.), ii, 61.
Nothing is said as to the tenure of the
lands, which were in Leyland, Farington
It should be noticed that a writ diem
cl. extr. after the death of William
Farington was issued on 19 March
1438–9; Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxiii, App.
38. If this was not an erroneous issue,
there must have been two Williams;
see ibid. xxxvii, App. 175–7 (three writs).
||Piccope MSS. xiv, 58. In 1478 a
general pardon was granted to William
son of William Farington; Add. MS.
32108, no. 1423.
||Metcalfe, Book of Knights, 7.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no.
67. Feoffments made by him in 1497
and 1501 are recited.
Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 114. Henry
Farington was knight of the shire in
1529; Pink and Beaven, op. cit. 57.
L. and P. Hen. VIII, xii (1), 716,
832. There are other references to Sir
Henry in these volumes.
||Metcalfe, op. cit. 65.
||Robert Farington seems at one time
to have been an agent or dependant of
Thomas Cromwell's; L. and P. Hen. VIII,
vii, 852, 1635; x, 85.
||The facts are stated in pleadings in
1543 by Anthony Browne of Abbess
Roding in Essex and Joan his wife,
daughter and heir of William son and
late heir-apparent of Sir Henry Farington,
who was still living. It appeared that
in 1512–13 on the marriage of William
with Isabel daughter and co-heir of
John Clayton of Clayton a rent from a
tenement called the Brex (see Leyland)
was settled upon them, and had descended to Anthony and Joan. This
and more important estates were now
claimed by Robert Farington, gent., third
son of Sir Henry, under forged deeds.
It is mentioned that Thomas Farington,
the second son, had already died without
male issue; he had married Cecily
Radcliffe. (For some letters relating to
this marriage see Hist. MSS. Com. Rep.
xiv, App. iv, 2–4.)
Sir Henry himself deposed that he had
made no estate of any of his manors, &c.,
whereby they should not descend to his
heir-apparent Joan wife of Anthony
Browne, but he had given an annuity of
£4 to his son Robert, who also had a
pension from North Meols rectory.
Thomas Farington also had been at
variance with his father, and had endeavoured to marry his daughter Alice to
Sir Robert Hesketh's son, but Sir Henry
had stopped the match. Robert Farington was described as 'of Samlesbury,'
and forty years of age. A decree was in
1544 made in favour of Anthony and
Joan Browne. See Duchy of Lanc.
Plead. Hen. VIII, xiii, B 18; xiv,
F 10; Decrees and Orders, Hen. VIII,
vii, fol. 327.
Anthony was Joan's second or third
||Sir Henry Farington was deforciant
in a fine of 1543 relating to the manor
of Farington, a moiety of the manor of
Leyland, messuages, two mills, lands, &c.,
in Farington, Leyland, Preston and
Ulnes Walton; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 12, m. 97.
||See the account of Leyland.
||His will was dated 12 December 1549,
and the inventory was taken in 1551;
Raines in Stanley P. (Chet. Soc.), ii,
||For the pedigree see the account of
Becconsall and Burke's Commoners, ii,
585, from which it appears that Sir
Edmund Huddleston succeeded his father
at Sawston in 1557 and died in 1607–8,
leaving a son and heir Henry, who
married Dorothy Dormer.
The heirs of Sir Henry Farington had
numerous suits with other members of
his family. Soon after his father's death
Robert Farington, disregarding the decree
of 1544, put forward his claim to the
'manor of Farington alias Farington Hall,'
and the other estates, so that the tenants
were afraid to pay their rents to Anthony
Browne and Joan; this went on though
Robert was in the Fleet prison for forgery;
Duchy of Lanc. Plead. N.D. xxxi, B 10;
Eliz. lxxi, F 20. A settlement of the
manor, &c., was made by Anthony and
Joan in 1558; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 19, m. 7. Soon after this Robert
Farington died, but his widow Elizabeth
then claimed dower against Anthony
Browne and Joan; Duchy of Lanc. Plead.
N.D. xxxvii, B 26.
Anthony Browne, born about 1510,
became a serjeant-at-law in 1555 and in
1558 was made Chief Justice of the
Common Pleas, being considered 'of profound learning and great eloquence.' He
was a zealous Roman Catholic, and being
a justice in Essex had arrested several
Protestants and sent them to Bishop
Bonner for trial. He was on account of
religion removed from his position by
Elizabeth, but was made a knight in
1566. He died the following year, and
his wife Joan soon afterwards; they had
no children. See Foss, Judges; Foxe,
Acts and Monuments (ed. Cattley), vi, 722.
In 1567 and later Edmund Huddleston
and Dorothy his wife, having succeeded,
were disturbed by the claims of John
Farington, alleging a settlement made by
Sir Henry Farington in favour of Thomas
Farington his son, with remainders to
Robert Thomas's son (? brother), to the
heirs male of Sir Henry, to John son of
William Farington (elder brother of
Henry), to Cecily daughter of Henry and
wife of Robert Charnock, to the elder
daughter of Henry, to Peter Farington, to
Richard Farington of the Grange in
Hutton and Charles his brother (of Little
Wood), to Roger Farington of Leyland
and to Richard Charnock of Leyland;
Duchy of Lanc. Plead. Eliz. lxxi, F 20;
lxxix, F 1, 2. Such a settlement as that
alleged might have been made by Henry
Farington in 1519–20; Pal. of Lanc.
Plea R. 128, m. 2 d.
Edmund Huddleston and Dorothy
made a settlement of the manors of
Farington and Leyland, the fourth part
of the manor of Clayton le Woods, &c.,
in 1570; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle.
32, m. 142. Five years later Edmund
came to an agreement with John Farington; ibid. bdle. 37, m. 209. Later
still, in 1590, Sir Edmund Huddleston
(made a knight in 1579) and Dorothy his
wife agreed with William Farington (of
Worden) and Anne his wife as to the
manor of Farington; ibid. bdle. 42, m.
68. Three years later they made a
feoffment of their manors and lands in
Farington, Leyland, &c.; ibid. bdle. 55,
In 1606 the deforciants in a fine regarding the same manors were Sir Edmund
Huddleston, Dorothy his wife and Henry
their son and heir-apparent, the plaintiffs
being Sir Robert and Sir John Dormer;
ibid. bdle. 70, no. 84.
||Ibid. bdle. 76, no. 59; the deforciants
were Dorothy Huddleston, widow, Henry
Huddleston, esquire, and others.
||The pedigree of the family in Hutchinson's Cumberland, i, 416, shows the
descent—Andrew Huddleston of Hutton
John (in right of his wife Mary Hutton)
-s. Joseph -s. Andrew -s. Andrew,
'the first Protestant of this house, and a
warm friend to the Revolution.' Many
details of the family history may be seen
in the 'Huddleston Obituary' in Misc.
(Cath. Rec. Soc.), i, 123, &c.
The first Andrew (who died at Farington about 1601) was one of the 'schismatics' of the time, conforming to the
established church to avoid the heavy
fines imposed on recusants, but sending
his sons Andrew and Richard (the latter
born at Farington in 1583) to a Roman
Catholic schoolmaster at Grange-overSands, where Richard was reconciled to
the Roman Church, and then to St. Omer's
and Douay. Richard became a Benedictine monk at Monte Cassino, and in
1619 was sent on the English mission,
probably to Farington at first. He died
in 1655. A little treatise by him was
printed in 1688. See Gillow, Bibl. Dict.
of Engl. Catholics, iii, 466–8; Dict. Nat.
Biog.; Foley, Rec. S. J. v, 587–91.
Joseph was the second son, and in 1603
he and his wife, described as of Farington,
were fined for recusancy; he was still
living there in 1634, his elder brother
Andrew being probably at Hutton John.
In 1614 he had a dispute with Richard
Fleetwood as to Farington manor; Exch.
Dep. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), 15;
Lancs. and Ches. Rec. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), ii, 291–2. Joseph's eldest
son Andrew succeeded to Hutton John,
and, zealously espousing the king's side,
had all his estates seized by the Parliament
for 'recusancy and delinquency'; Gillow,
op. cit. iii, 463; Cal. Com. for Comp. iii,
2226; Index of Royalists (Index Soc.), 39.
||Gillow, op. cit. iii, 463–5; Dict.
||According to the Farington pedigree
in the Visit. of 1567 (Chet. Soc. 75),
they descended from Thomas, a younger
son of Sir John de Farington, mentioned
above as husband of Joan de Howick,
thus: Thomas -s. Peter -s. Thomas -s.
Peter. Some of the family deeds, chiefly
referring to Longton, are in Harl. MS.
2042, fol. 104, &c.
Thomas Farington died in 1508, leaving
a son and heir John, about nine years of
age. The estate consisted of a capital
messuage and various parcels of land in
Farington—Oxhey, Crook, Mabotfield,
Green, Kiln field by Baronsgate, &c.—
held of the Abbot of Evesham by a rent
of 4d.; with messuages and lands in
Longton, Howick, &c. These had about
1490 been settled upon Thomas and his
wife Agnes; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
iv, no. 41. From a deed of 1521 it
appears that Thomas had two sons, John
and Peter, and that his widow Agnes
married James Anderton of Euxton;
Piccope MSS. xiv, 60.
Peter Farington in 1567 made a settlement of twenty messuages, water-mill,
lands, &c., in Farington, Longton, Preston
and other places; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 29, m. 116. The eldest daughter
Anne is stated to have married John
Farington, and there are several fines concerning their estate; Pal. of Lanc. Feet
of F. bdle. 39, m. 79; 43, m. 203; 53,
m. 76. John died in 1596 holding a
capital messuage and lands of the queen
as of her priory of Penwortham by a
rent of 6d.; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
xviii, no. 7. Henry, his brother and heir,
a London merchant, was forty-six years
of age, but Little Farington went to Anne
Charnock (daughter of Cecily, another of
Peter's daughters), who had married
Francis Orrell of Wigan. John's widow,
Margaret (wife of Thomas Langton), was
accused of conveying the deeds to Henry
Farington; Duchy of Lanc. Plead. Eliz.
clxxiv, O 1, O 4.
Of the other daughters, Elizabeth married John Kuerden and Alice Richard
Shelton and then (1577) Henry Norris.
In 1580 John Kuerden purchased the
reversion of the Shelton share of three
messuages, water-mill, dovecote, &c.;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 42, m. 29.
Thus when Alice Shelton, widow, died in
1586 this part went to Kuerden; her
heirs at that time were Anne wife of
John Farington, Elizabeth wife of John
Kuerden, Thomas son of Isabel, late wife
of Richard Banastre, William son of
Cecily, late wife of Thomas Charnock,
aged respectively sixty, sixty, twenty-nine
and twenty-nine; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. xv, no. 51. Other references to the
disputes will be found in Ducatus Lanc.
There were other Farington families,
but little can be said of them. Thus
lands of the gift of Henry Farington were
in 1436–7 given to Ralph Farington, with
remainder in default of heirs to Thomas
Farington the elder; Kuerden fol. MS.
p. 130. Protection was granted in 1441
to Geoffrey Farington, going to France on
the king's service; Add. MS. 32108, no.
1668. Henry, as son and heir of Geoffrey
Farington, claimed in 1479 a messuage
and lands in Farington and Leyland
against William Farington, esquire; Final
Conc. iii, 137.
||From Crook deeds in the possession
of W. Farrer it appears that Francis and
Anne Orrell made a settlement of 'the
capital messuage called Little Farington'
in 1601. John Kuerden's lands went to
four co-heirs—Jane wife of Augustine
Wildbore of Lancaster, D.D.; Alice
wife of Richard Burgh of Larbrick; Margaret wife of Edward Smith of Knowsley;
and Cecily wife of James Martin of
Walton-le-Dale and widow of Robert
Taylor (son, John); and some of these
between 1633 and 1650 disposed of their
shares to Richard Orrell, and all or most
was purchased in 1655 by Richard Gardner
Richard Orrell had in 1649 to compound for his estate with the Parliamentary authorities by a fine of £22 10s.
His 'delinquency' was that he had provided a man armed for the king in the
first war; Cal. Com. for Comp. iii, 2057.
Thomas Clayton and Abigail his wife
had lands in Farington in 1754; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 350, m. 8.
||In 1502 William Holland was
ordered to surrender to Henry Farington
of Farington a messuage and lands which
one William Farington had (apparently
about 1400) given to Henry his son (s.p.),
with remainder to Nicholas and John
Farington; and from Nicholas the descent
was -s. Ralph -s. Ralph -s. Thomas.
Henry Farington was claiming as heir of
the said John; Pal. of Lanc. Writs Proton. Aug. 17 Hen. VII. This may
indicate the origin of the Holland of
Clifton holding in Farington and
district. William Holland died in 1521
holding messuages and lands in Farington
of the abbey of Evesham by a rent of 7s.;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v, no. 49.
This estate descended to Elinor Slade in
1613, whose heir was a cousin Thomas
Holland of Clifton; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 285.
Lands in Leyland and Farington occur
again in a Holland settlement in 1637;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 128, no. 19.
See also Cal. Com. for Comp. iv, 2787.
Lands in Farington were held in 1383
by Sir Thomas Banastre of Bretherton,
and these descended like Balderston to
the Earls of Derby; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Chet. Soc.), i, 14, 15; ii, 63; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. iv, no. 13; v, no. 68.
Sir Richard Molyneux (1569) and his
successors held lands in Farington as part
of the Hospitallers' estate in Euxton;
ibid. xiii, no. 35, &c. In 1649 it was
found that a parcel of land and the moiety
of a corn-mill were demised to William
Farington of Worden; Royalist Comp.
Papers (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 287.
Thomas Hesketh of Rufford in 1523
held land in Farington, but the tenure
was not known; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. v, no. 16. Henry Sherdley's land
(1563) was held of John Fleetwood by a
rent of 18s.; ibid. xiii, no. 27. The
tenure of the messuages and land of
Henry Banastre of Bank (1641) was
unknown; ibid. xxix, no. 15.
William de Aykescogh of Farington in
1356 granted lands to his son John;
Thomas de Ayscough was in possession
in 1410; while Robert de Ayscough
made a feoftment in 1450 in favour of
his bastard sons Thomas and Robert;
Piccope MSS. xiv, 54, 55, 58. Thomas
Ayscough and Alice his wife sold a
messuage, &c., in Farington in 1564 to
John Fleetwood; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 26, m. 46.
||Subs. R. 130, no. 126.
||Ibid. 131, no. 210.
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
||Ibid. i, 169; William Pennington,
Richard Sherdley, Anne Orrell, George
Hesketh, — Burrowes, also (together)
Edward Smith, George Rigby, Augustine
Wildbore and Robert Taylor.
For the Sherdleys see Ducatus Lanc.
iii, 178, 228, &c. Richard Sherdley's
messuage in Farington (1639) was found
to be held of John Fleetwood of Penwortham; Towneley MS. C 8, 13 (Chet.
Lib.), p. 1091.
A parcel of the open moss ground or
uninclosed waste (12 acres) was in 1655
conveyed to Richard Orrell by John
Fleetwood of Penwortham, Joseph Pennington of Muncaster, James Anderton of
Clayton, Henry Banastre of the Bank,
William Holland of Clifton, Richard
Gardner of Leyland, Robert Farington of
Farington, James Sherdley and Richard
Cheshire of Farington; Deed in possession
of W. Farrer.
||Land tax returns at Preston.
Lond. Gaz. 8 Nov. 1843.