||3,106, including 11 of inland water;
Census Rep. 1901.
||The southern one is called Haugh
Hill and the northern Duxon Hill.
||'Over against Swansey house, a little
towards the hill, standeth an ancient
fabric once the manor-house of Brindle,
where hath been a chapel belonging to
the same, and a little above it a spring of
very clear water, rushing straight upward into the midst of a fair fountain,
walled square about in stone and flagged
in the bottom, very transparent to be
seen, and a strong stream issuing out of
the same. This fountain is called St.
Helen's well, to which the vulgar neighbouring people of the Red Letter [Roman
Catholics] do much resort with pretended devotion in each year upon St.
Helen's day, where and when out of a
foolish ceremony they offer or throw into
the well pins which there being left may
be seen a long time after by any visitor
of that fountain'; Kuerden in Baines'
Lancs. (ed. 1836), iii, 497. See also
Lancs. and Ches. Antiq. Soc. xvii, 28,
where there are drawings.
||Ibid. 27, &c.
||Baines, op. cit. iii, 500.
||Gregson, Fragments (ed. Harland),
||Sir Thomas Gerard is stated to have
led many of his tenants and archers from
Brindle to the battle of Flodden in 1513;
H. Weber, Flodden Field, 183.
||In 1651, the Earl of Derby having
left the Isle of Man and arrived at Preston
to raise a force for Charles II, Colonel
Lilburne advanced north from Chester to
meet him, and with his horsemen came
to Brindle on 23 August, where 'they
put their horses to grass in those low
meadows between the church and Preston,' and took their ease. Some Royalists,
'they being all enemies thereabouts,' sent
word to Preston, and a bold attempt was
made to capture the horses. Though
surprised Lilburne's men drove off the
attack, 'the young men' being 'soundly
paid home for their forwardness. None
escaped but either slain or taken, save
one called Newsham, who forsaking his
horse fled into a thick oller tree and
there hid himself in the leaves thereof
and at night went away.' Some companies of foot had been quartered within
Brindle and kept guard in the church.
The fight at Wigan Lane followed. See
War in Lancs. (Chet. Soc.), 73–5.
||'The workhouse, about a mile from
the village, is for the support of the poor
of any township that may choose to contribute towards the support of the house.
There are about eighty townships in
England that send hither their poor. For
many years this was used as a general
receptacle for pauper lunatics and the
idle and refractory poor of other townships were sent here. A severity of discipline was thus introduced which in
consequence of the building of the county
asylum at Lancaster , and the subsequent interference of several magistrates, has been done away'; Baines,
Lancs. Dir. 1825, ii, 644.
||Statistics from Bd. of Agric. (1905).
Dict. Nat. Biog.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 34.
||It is not mentioned after 1473 in
Manchester documents, but the Pen
wortham bailiffs made a claim to lands in
1522; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), i, 130.
Mamecestre (Chet. Soc.), ii, 286.
||Ibid. ii, 374.
||Ibid. iii, 478.
||Peter de Burnhull appears as a witness
about 1190; Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 411.
He occurs also between 1202 and 1206;
ibid. 170, 204.
||Thomas de Burnhull appears in the
survey of 1212 as holding part of Ashtonin-Makerfield and Alston; Lancs. Inq.
and Extents, i, 74, 50. He also took
part in the perambulation of the forest
in 1228; Lancs. Pipe R. 420.
Robert Grelley in 1227 made agreement with Thomas de Burnhull (among
others) as to the suit of court due for
Brindle, and Thomas and the rest agreed
that they would perform suit at the court
of Manchester every three weeks and
fortnightly at pleas to be held by the
king's writ and at the judgement of
thieves; Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), i, 47.
||Peter was the son of Thomas;
Whalley Coucher (Chet. Soc.), iii, 852.
He is described as a knight about 1285;
ibid. 848. Peter de Burnhull succeeded his father before 1246, in which
year he was defendant to a claim made
by Richard son of Thomas de Burnhull,
a minor; Assize R. 404, m. 2 d. At the
same time he claimed Siward son of
Maud as his fugitive 'native'; ibid. m.
6. In the following year he had a dispute with Adam de Pemberton respecting
land as to which a duel had been waged;
ibid. 454, m. 25. Peter de Burnhull was
a juror in 1251, 1254 and 1265; Lancs.
Inq. and Extents, i, 186, &c. He had
disputes with Adam de Hoghton respecting a ditch in Brindle, probably in connexion with the boundary; Assize R.
405, m. 2 d.; 1235, m. 12.
||See the accounts of Windle and
Ashton for the later descents. It seems
that Peter had a second wife Margery,
who hanged herself in a fit of madness.
Her goods were confiscated, but restored
to Peter by the king. The official of the
Archdeacon of Richmond in 1277 made a
claim on the goods, suspended him from
entering church, and excommunicated
him, on which he appealed to the king's
protection; Coram Rege R. 33, m. 5;
39, m. 24. About the same time he
called upon Benedict the Carpenter to
finish the mill in Brindle which he had
contracted to make, and for which he had
been paid in part; De Banco R. 24, m.
18 d. He was dead in 1292, when his
executors were plaintiffs; Assize R. 408,
m. 99 d.
Testimony as to the good character of
Robert de Burnhull, clerk, was given in
1293; Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 280.
Thomas son of William de Burnhull
was plaintiff in 1331; Assize R. 1404,
||During the minority of Peter the
manor was entrusted to Gilbert de Clifton,
who in 1292 was called upon to justify
his position, it being alleged that the king
should have the wardship, as Thomas
Grelley was a minor. It was asserted in
defence that Brindle was not held of
Grelley by knights' service, but by a free
rent of 15s. a year for all services; Plac.
de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 377.
||Margaret widow of Peter son of
Peter de Burnhull claimed her dower in
Brindle, Windle, &c., against Alan son
of Peter de Burnhull in 1298; De Banco
R. 124, m. 9 d.
||William son of William Gerard and
Joan his wife and David de Egerton and
Agnes his wife, Joan and Agnes being
sisters and heirs of Peter de Burnhull,
were parties to a suit in 1339; De Banco
R. 320, m. 544; 325, m. 376 d.
||Sir Thomas Gerard died in 1416
seised of the manor of Brindle and Anderton, and the advowson of the church of
the former place, held of Thomas La
Warr, baron of Manchester, in socage
by the service of 40s. a year; Lancs. Inq.
p.m. (Chet. Soc.), i, 123. The service
due for Brindle was not known to the
jurors in 1447, when inquiry was made
after the death of Sir Peter Gerard
(Towneley MS. DD, no. 1465), but as
stated in the text 15s. was due in 1473.
In 1524 the manor and advowson were
stated to be held of Lord La Warr
in socage; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v,
The manor occurs in Gerard family
arrangements; e.g. Pal. of Lanc. Feet of
F. bdle. 11, m. 246; 35, m. 3; 36, m.
||Ibid. bdle. 44, m. 228. The deforciants were Sir Thomas Gerard, Elizabeth
his wife, Thomas his son and Thomas
his bastard brother. The estate is
described as the manor of Bryndle alias
Brundle alias Brundhill alias Brunhill,
with the advowson of the church, 200
messuages, 100 tofts, two mills, two dovecotes, 200 gardens, 300 acres of land,
100 acres of meadow, 3,000 acres of
pasture, 200 acres of wood, 3,000 acres
of furze and heath, 1,000 acres of moor,
1,000 acres marsh and 40s. rent. The
area of Brindle being a little over 3,000
acres, these figures can only be regarded
as showing the relative proportions of
arable, pasture, &c.
||The succession has been: Sir William
Cavendish, first Earl of Devonshire (1618),
d. 1626 -s. William, second earl, d.
1628 -s. William, third earl, d. 1684 -s.
William, first duke (1694), d. 1707 -s.
William, second duke, d. 1729 -s.
William, third duke, d. 1755 -s. William,
fourth duke, d. 1764 -s. William, fifth
duke, d. 1811 -s. William, sixth duke,
d. 1858 -cos. William (second E. of Burlington), seventh duke, d. 1891 -s.
Spencer Compton, eighth duke, d. 1908—
neph. Victor Christian William, ninth
duke. See G.E.C. Complete Peerage, iii,
In 1608 a settlement of the manor of
Brindle, &c., was made by William Lord
Cavendish; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 73, no. 50. Brindle was noticed in
the Commonwealth sequestrations; Cal.
Com. for Comp. iv, 2831. The Right
Hon. William Cavendish (who was
afterwards fourth duke) was vouchee
in a recovery of the manor and advowson
in 1747; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 567, m.
6. An Act was passed in 1819 confirming the title of the Duke of Devonshire
to the manors of Brindle and Inskip.
||Lord George Cavendish acquired it
in 1819 by an exchange of possessions;
Baines, Lancs. (ed. 1870), ii, 157.
||George Augustus Henry Cavendish,
third son of the fourth Duke of Devonshire,
cr. Earl of Burlington 1831, d. 1834 -s.
William, d.v.p. 1812 -s. William, seventh
duke. The youngest son of the first
earl, Charles Compton Cavendish, was
created Baron Chesham in 1858; d.
1863 -s. William George, second lord,
d. 1882 -s. Charles William Compton,
third lord, d. 1907 -s. John Compton,
fourth lord, b. 1894. See G.E.C. op. cit.
ii, 82, 220.
||Baines op. cit. (ed. 1836), iii, 497.
||John son of Robert de Langton in
1362 granted to William de Chorley,
Margery his wife and Ralph their son all
his land in the town and manor of
Brindle; Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 119.
||A Margery de Berdwrth was a
tenant in 1292; Assize R. 408, m. 8 d.
At the same time Almarica daughter of
Henry de Brereworth unsuccessfully
claimed a messuage and land against
Thomas son of Adam de Hoghton; it
appeared that John son of Henry son of
Roger de Brereworth had granted the
same to Adam de Hoghton; ibid. m. 59.
Adam and Uriel Brereworth occur in 1447;
Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 10, m. 3b. In
1556 James Brereworth made a settlement or sale of his capital messuage in
Brindle, the plaintiffs being William
Gerard of Brindle and Ewan Haydock;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 17, m. 162.
Evan Fish in 1571 purchased land, &c.,
from Francis Haydock and Alice his
wife; ibid. bdle. 33, m. 33.
||Oliver Gerard of Brindle, Oliver his
son and William Gerard of Radburn, all
described as yeomen, were defendants in
1554; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 196, m. 7 d.
Sir Thomas Gerard in 1561 demised to
Oliver Gerard a messuage and lands
called Denham in Brindle, and Oliver,
son of the lessee, was in occupation in
1594; Duchy of Lanc. Plead. Eliz. clxiv,
William Gerard of Radburn, drover,
died in 1622 holding lands in Brindle of
the Earl of Devonshire and others in
Walton-le-Dale and Whittle-le-Woods.
His heir was his daughter Ellen wife of
Richard Walmesley, then twenty-six
years of age, and mother of Gerard
Walmesley and other children; Lancs. Inq.
p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), iii,
311–13. A younger son Thomas succeeded.
||For pedigree see Burke's Commoners,
iii, 229; Abram's Blackburn, 458.
Thomas Walmesley, grandfather of the
above-named Richard, held lands in
Brindle, Whittle-le-Woods and Clayton,
purchased from Robert Swansey in 1572,
and left them to a younger son Edward;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 34, m. 36;
47, m. 48; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
xiv, no. 72.
||Geoffrey de Warburton was defendant in a plea of land in 1331; Assize
R. 1404, m. 17. Sir Geoffrey de Warburton the elder, Robert de Warburton
and others were defendants in 1360, the
plaintiffs being William Gerard and Joan
his wife; Duchy of Lanc. Assize R. 7, m.4.
||In 1338 William Gerard and his
wife granted lands in Brindle to William
de Worthington, Isabel his wife and
Thomas their son; Blainscough Abstract
(in possession of W. Farrer). Thomas
the son of William in 1359 purchased or
further secured 40 acres of pasture from
the Gerards; Final Conc. ii, 161.
The estate, a messuage known as Worthington House and 40 acres, is mentioned
several times in the abstract referred to.
In the 16th century it was stated to be
held of Gerard and Cavendish, but in
1620 of Edward Mosley as of his manor
of Manchester; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. vi, no. 52; xii, no. 18; xv, no. 27;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), ii, 173.
||John Clayton of Brindle and Joan
his wife had land in Euxton in 1418;
Final Conc. iii, 77. The family are
mentioned later; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R.
7, m. 3b; 10, m. 22.
||Agnes widow of Adam de Hoghton
in 1290 claimed dower in a messuage and
three plough-lands in Brindle; De Banco
R. 86, m. 117 d. Thomas Hoghton, who
died in 1589, had a messuage in Brindle,
but the tenure is not stated; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. xv, no. 39.
||Thomas Hesketh of Rufford in 1523
held 30 acres of pasture in Brindle of Sir
Thomas Gerard; ibid. v, no. 16.
Sir John Southworth in 1561 purchased a messuage, &c., from Gabriel
Hesketh; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle.
23, m. 25.
||The lands of William Swansey and
Ellen his wife in Clayton, Brindle and
Whittle are mentioned in 1407; Pal. of
Lanc. Misc. 1/9, m. 20.
Hugh Swansey (see Ducatus Lanc. ii,
95) died in 1566 holding land in Brindle
of Sir Thomas Gerard by a rent of 4s.,
and other lands in Chorley, &c. Robert
his son and heir was thirty-eight years of
age; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xi, no.
29. A sale by Robert Swansey in 1572
has been mentioned in a preceding note.
He and his wife Anne in 1574 made a
settlement of messuage, dovecote, lands,
&c., in Brindle; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 36, m. 243.
Edward Swansey was a freeholder in
1600, and contributed to the subsidy in
1628; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
i, 245, 171.
||Ralph Hulton of Brindle and
Katherine his wife had land in Bolton in
1451; Final Conc. iii, 118. Edward
Hulton contributed to the subsidy of
1525; Subs. R. 130, no. 86. The surname
occurs later (e.g. Pal. of Lanc. Writs of
Assize, bdle. 19, 32 Hen. VIII), and
Hilton's Brow is on the eastern side of
Exch. Lay Subs. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
||These were John Crook, for £2 10s.
a year; Grace Duxon, £2; and Janet
Index of Royalists (Index Soc.), 44;
Cal. Com. for Comp. iv, 3095. The
offence is not stated.
||John Catterall had adhered to the
king's forces; he had a messuage, land
and mill in Brindle; Royalist Comp. Papers
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 16.
Richard Crook petitioned for the restoration of the estate of his deceased brother
William, a recusant, on compounding;
ibid. ii, 88. James Fish had had twothirds of his estate sequestered for recusancy; ibid. ii, 321. Thomas Garstang
was in the same case; ibid. iii, 5. George
Purefoy of Belgrave, Leicestershire, petitioned for the messuage, called Slackhall,
sequestered from John Gerard deceased
for recusancy; ibid. iii, 22. John Hilton
of Leyland had two-thirds of his estate in
Leyland and Brindle sequestered for his
recusancy, and desired to compound;
ibid. iii, 229. A William Sharrock of
Brindle is mentioned also; two-thirds of
his estate had been sequestered for recusancy as far back as 1627; Cal. Com.
for Comp. v, 3196.
||Subs. R. 250, no. 9; the rector's house
had five hearths and Sir Henry Slater's
||Francis Smith of Queniborough,
Leicestershire, in right of his wife
Catherine; Estcourt and Payne, Engl.
Cath. Non-jurors, 97. Also the following: John Gorton, George Topping,
Christopher (son of Robert) Blacklidge,
Robert Higginson, Oliver Gerard, William
Hilton, William Turner, Mary Turner
his sister, Hugh Langtree, John Clayton,
William Proctor, James Gerard, John
Crooke and Evan Fish; ibid. 100, 101.
||Quoted in Baines' Lancs. ut sup. It
is said to have been called Swansey House
previously. There is a date 1666 on it.
Sir Henry Slater was buried at Brindle
14 Nov. 1675, and Dame Rachel 5 Mar.
1697–8. For pedigree see Dugdale,
Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 256.
||The story is told in detail in Gillow's
Bibl. Dict. of Engl. Catholics, iii, 253.
William Heatley was a great benefactor
to Roman Catholic churches and charities,
and left a large part of his fortune to his
conferssor, apparently on trust. The will
caused much disturbance, and further
disputes arose over a seat in St. Joseph's
Church. Mr. Eastwood, failing in his
claims, became a Protestant, and sold the
estate and everything belonging to it.
||Land tax return at Preston. He
paid £46 out of £54 raised. James
Heatley paid £2 10s.
||MS. compiled by Mr. Pegge, in
possession of W. Farrer. The tenants'
names are given.
||The earlier invocation seems to have
been St. Helen. The 'parish church of
St. Helen of Brindle' is mentioned in the
will of Sir Thomas Gerard, 1522. See
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v, no. 52.
||Baines, Lancs. (ed. 1836), iii, 498.
||It resembles that of Leyland, which
was built about the same time and probably by the same 'architect.'
||(1) Azure a double-headed eagle displayed or; (2) Argent, on a bend sable
three covered cups of the first (for
||He died 1606; see entry in
||Transcribed by the Rev. Canon
Jacques and Henry Brierley, vol. xi,
1901. The originals are very defective,
but most of the gaps have been supplied
from the transcripts at Chester. The two
volumes are now bound together.
||Ughtred, rector of Brindle, attested
a charter about that time; Whalley Coucher (Chet. Soc), i, 296. The church
does not occur in the Taxation of Pope
Nicholas in 1291, but in 1292 Gilbert de
Clifton (guardian of the heir) granted that
he would attend at Wigan in September
before Thomas de Burnhull, parson of the
church of Brindle, and Warine de Clayton,
executors of the will of Peter de Burnhull, and account with them; Assize R.
408, m. 99 d. At the same time Thomas
the parson of Brindle complained that
Gilbert de Clifton had obstructed a road
in Brindle; ibid. m. 36 d.
Inq. Nonarum (Rec. Com.), p. 40; it
should pay 20s.
||In 1369 David de Egerton claimed
the advowson against William Gerard and
Joan his wife; De Banco R. 436, m. 317.
Afterwards the whole of the Burnhull
estate came to the Gerards, and the advowson of the church of Brindle was
included; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc.),
||See the account of the manor above.
Valor Eccl. (Rec. Com.), v, 232.
Rents of lands were estimated at 13s. 4d.;
tithes of grain, &c., £10 16s. 8d.; offerings and Easter roll, 53s. 4d. Of the total
20s. was paid to the bailiff and 5s. to the
Commonw. Ch. Surv. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), 104.
Notitia Cestr. (Chet. Soc.), ii, 348;
the glebe produced £5 8s., and the tithes
averaged £40. There were two churchwardens and two assistants.
Manch. Dioc. Dir.
Whalley Coucher, i, 296, as above.
The grantor, Robert, was rector of Rochdale about 1190. Henry, parson of Blackburn, the first witness, was presented as
early as 1160.
||Assize R. 408, m. 36 d., 99 d. as
||This rector was much concerned in
numerous suits respecting lands in Pemberton and elsewhere, either as owner
or trustee. He is described as rector
in pleas in 1355; Duchy of Lanc.
Assize R. 4, m. 17d., 20. He died,
according to the Lichfield registers, on
the Saturday before 29 Aug. 1369.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. iv, fol. 85; he was
a priest. Shortly after institution he obtained leave of absence for a year; ibid.
v, fol. 25. He was still rector in 1407;
L.T.R. Memo. R. 173, j.
||Lich. Epis. Reg. vii, fol. 103b; a
chaplain. The name is spelt Shakerby in
||Ibid. ix, fol. 127b; a priest.
||Ibid. xii, fol. 121; a priest. He
was still rector in 1496; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. v, no. 3.
||This name is doubtful, being taken
from the list in Croston's ed. of Baines'
Lancs. iv, 216, where accounts of the
later rectors may be found.
||He was rector in Sept. 1523; see
a deed in Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. ix,
no. 3. In a list compiled in 1527 it is
stated that Thomas Bulkeley, clerk, had
been rector of Brindle for four years, on
the nomination of Sir Thomas Gerard, kt.,
deceased, and that the benefice was
worth £20 a year; Duchy of Lanc.
Rentals, bdle. 5, no. 15. He had been
Sir Thomas's chaplain; see Duchy Plead.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 216;
ii, 233. The name was also spelt
Buckley; Valor Eccl. (Rec. Com.), v,
||Lich. Epis. Reg. xiii-xiv, fol. 36. In
1548 he had a dispute with the executors
of the late rector (Bulkeley) respecting
the church land at Haugh Moss, tithes,
&c.; Duchy Plead. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), iii, 32. He was buried at Brindle,
7 Jan. 1563–4.
||Visitation list at Chester. The
name is also given as Ruxton (? Rixton).
||The Church Papers at Chester begin
with this rector. He paid his first-fruits
on 19 May 1568; Lancs, and Ches. Rec.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 409,
where later payments of the kind are
||Act Bks. at Chester; the bishop
collated by lapse. B.D. at Oxford 1563;
Foster, Alumni Oxon. First-fruits paid
16 Feb. 1575–6. He was vicar of
Micheldever, Hants, rector of Waverton
near Chester from 1565 to 1576, and
vicar of Leyland from 1570 till his
death; see Ormerod, Cheshire (ed. Helsby),
ii, 789. Buried at Brindle 22 Dec. 1594.
For some particulars of his religious
views see the account of Bury Church.
He was a son of Robert Shireburne of
Wolfhouse in Chipping; C. D. Sherborn,
Fam. of Sherborn, 57. In 1590 the rector
of Brindle was 'infirmed'; S. P. Dom.
Eliz. xxxi, 47.
||First-fruits paid 30 Oct. 1595.
||Act Bks. at Chester. First-fruits
paid 14 June 1603. From the registers
he appears to have resided, as his wife
was buried at Brindle in 1617. He was
'no preacher'; Hist. MSS. Com. Rep.
xiv, App. iv, 11. He was still rector in
1622; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
||Act Bks. at Chester. Bispham was
probably non-resident. He became rector
of Eccleston near Chester in 1636 by
exchange with Alexander Clarke. He
was also rector of Lymme and prebendary
of Chester. See Ormerod's Cheshire (ed.
Helsby), i, 269; ii, 830. While at Brindle
he contributed to the subsidy of 1624
and to the repair of St. Paul's; Misc.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 81, 94.
He was presented twice—by trustees and
by the king on account of the minority
of his ward the Earl of Devonshire. In
Croston's edition of Baines' Lancs. he is
said to have suffered as a Royalist during
the Civil War, but he regained his preferments, and died in 1686, aged eightyeight.
||M.A. of Cambridge; incorporated
at Oxford 1627; Foster, Alumni. Firstfruits paid 7 Feb. 1636–7. From this
point the dates, &c., have been compared
with those in the Institution Books,
P.R.O., printed in Lancs. and Ches. Antiq.
Notes. Alexander Clarke was buried at
Brindle 27 Mar. 1637.
||First-fruits paid 15 May 1637.
'Sam. Bradwell, rector,' signed the
registers in 1638, but nothing further is
known of his connexion with Brindle.
||Act Bks. at Chester. Educated at
Brasenose Coll., Oxf.; M.A. 1636;
Foster, Alumni. First-fruits paid 30 June
1640. He was expelled by the Parliament in 1646, he being 'a delinquent in
arms at Lathom House'; Plund. Mins.
Accts. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
||He was intruded on the sequestration of the benefice; ibid. i, 43, 46. He
signed the 'Harmonious Consent' of
1648 as 'pastor of Brindle.' He was
buried there 7 June 1650.
A Thomas Cranage of St. John's College, Camb., became B.D. at Oxford in
1629; Foster, Alumni.
||He was 'an orthodox, godly preaching minister and conformable unto the
present government, and was presented
to the said place by William, Earl of
Devonshire, patron of the said church (as
is pretended), and had the assent of above
forty of the said inhabitants'; Commonwealth Ch. Surv. 105. Others of the
name were at Manchester and Whalley.
||The name appears in the parish
registers; he is probably the Philip
Bennett, incumbent of Cartmel.
||See the account of the vicars of
Rochdale. He was of Lincoln College,
Oxf. (M.A. 1654), and obtained episcopal ordination during the Commonwealth period. His entry to Brindle in
1651 is noted in the parish registers,
which he signed in 1653.
In 1701 it was presented to the Bishop
of Chester that 'our minister hath another
ecclesiastical benefice (viz. Rochdale) yet
(is) very frequent within and keeps and
maintains a constant curate episcopally
ordained, who lives in the parsonagehouse and constantly preaches every
Lord's day'; Entry in the parish
||He had been curate of Preston;
Abram, Mem. of the Guilds, 81. He was
buried at Brindle 4 Dec. 1742.
||Educated at St. John's Coll., Camb.,
of which he became fellow; M.A. 1729.
He obtained prebends at Lichfield (1757)
and Lincoln (1772), which he held till
his death in 1796. He became vicar of
Godmersham in Kent in 1731 and exchanged it for Brindle in 1751, and this
he resigned for Heath in Derbyshire. He
was also incumbent of Wingerworth. He
published works on English antiquities.
See Dict. Nat. Biog., and Scott, Admissions
St. John's Coll. iii, 349. His son Samuel
||Educated at Brasenose Coll., Oxf.;
M.A. 1757. For pedigree see J. Sleigh,
In his time (1789) a new organ was
erected in the church, the 'Messiah' being
performed at its opening.
||Educated at Emmanuel Coll., Camb.;
||Educated at Trinity Coll., Camb.;
||Educated at St. John's Coll., Camb.,
of which he was elected fellow; M.A.
1831, B.D. 1837. He was rector of
Morton in Derbyshire 1841 to 1864,
and prebendary of Lichfield 1864. He
published mathematical works and sermons.
||Educated at Christ's Coll., Camb.;
M.A. 1861; vicar of Youlgreave 1860 to
1865, and of Buxton 1865 to 1877.
||Educated at Brasenose Coll., Oxf.;
M.A. 1863; vicar of Westhoughton 1869
to 1889; Hon. Canon of Manchester
||Educated at Hertford Coll., Oxf.;
The Rev. H. P. Owen Smith of Douglas
Chapel was nominated to the vacancy in
1908, but died before institution.
||Educated at Brasenose Coll., Oxf.;
M.A. 1878; vicar of St. Peter's, Oldham,
Clergy List (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Sir Thomas Gerard, who died in 1523,
charged his estates at Brindle with £4 a
year for ever, 'to find an honest priest
to say divine service' in the church,
where also he desired to be buried;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v, no. 52.
||Visitation Lists at Chester Dioc.
Reg. The ornaments of the church remaining in 1552 are given in Church
Goods (Chet. Soc.), 131. They included
||Notitia Cestr. ii, 349; Endowed Char.
Rep. 1899. It is now a public elementary
||Baines, Lancs. (ed. 1836), iii,
||A list of recusants in 1628 is printed
in Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i,
183–4. A list of all the families in the
parish, compiled in 1754 by Mr. Pegge,
the rector, is in the possession of W.
Farrer; it shows 'Protestants' (headed
by the Rev. Richard Dewhurst, the
curate), 91; 'Papists,' 69; and 'Nonconformists,' 4. See also Trans. Hist. Soc.
(new ser.), xviii, 217.
||A presentment from Brindle to the
Bishop of Chester in 1669 states: 'No
unlawful meetings except of papists, who
generally meet on Sabbath days and other
holy days at the house of Ellen Shay
spinster and Richard Ridley cowper.
The gentleman who reads mass and
inhabits in the town goes under the name
of John Birkett'; Chester Dioc. Reg.
For the priest named, who died a prisoner
in Lancaster Castle in 1680, see Misc.
(Cath. Rec. Soc.), iv, 431–40.
John (Anselm) Bolton of Brindle, who
became a monk of Dieulouard in 1751,
and afterwards served in England, 'is
connected with one of the very latest, if
not the last, of the trials for high treason
to which Catholic priests were liable till
the end of the 18th century. During
the time he was chaplain and incumbent
at Gilling Castle, Yorkshire (1764–93),
he was, through the ill-will of a discharged bailiff, accused and tried for his
priesthood; but to the credit of the court
was acquitted'; Trans. Hist. Soc. (new
ser.), xiii, 134. He died in 1805.
||Trans. Hist. Soc. (new ser.), xiii, 159–
60. It is stated that in 1783 the communicants numbered 600; in 1784
Bishop M. Gibson confirmed 168 persons. Extracts from the registers, going
back to 1721, are given in Lancs. and
Ches. Antiq. Notes, i, 220. Dom William
Huddleston, in charge from 1717 to 1722,
became a Protestant in 1729; Local
Gleanings Lancs. and Ches. ii, 128.
||Removed from some place in the
neighbourhood; Lancs, and Ches. Antiq.
Soc. xvii, 30.
||A report on the charities was made
in 1826; another official inquiry was
held in 1898, and the report, published
the following year, includes a reprint of
that of 1826.
||The capital stock of £200 was in
1826 invested in a mortgage, and produced £10 a year. It had been given by
several benefactors from 1684 onwards,
and included £20 for books for poor
children left by Edward Blacklidge, a
benefactor of the school, in 1722. The
capital is still intact, but produces only
£6 a year; of this 14s., representing the
Blacklidge gift, is paid for books for the
||This estate was originally given by
William Gradell in 1735. The farm and
other lands were sold in 1868 and 1879
by order of the Charity Commissioners,
and the proceeds invested in consols in
the name of the official trustees. Half
belongs to Brindle and the other half to