||658, including 20 of inland water;
Census Rep. 1901.
||Subs. R. Lancs. bdle. 250, no. 9.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 54; Withington has
here been miswritten for Worthington, as
in other cases, and Wrightington also is
sometimes confused with it.
The lord of Worthington paid 3s. 8d.
sake fee and 5s. castle ward; Mamecestre
(Chet. Soc.), ii, 288; iii, 479.
The half-fee also included a portion of
Heaton-under-Horwich in the parish of
Deane; this was held by the Heaton
family as the tenth part of a fee.
Mamecestre, ii, 286.
||The constables of Worthington were
formally summoned to attend the court
leet in 1658 and later; Manch. Ct. Leet
Rec. iv, 235, &c.
Cockersand Chartul. (Chet. Soc.), ii,
512–13. The bounds in one grant started
from the Harestone and went round by
Greenlache, near Hungercroft, Blakelache, the highway to the bridge over the
brook from Langtree, and along the
Langtree boundary to the street. Thomas
de Salghall and Roger his son afterwards
released land to the canons in Worthington and Langtree.
The other grant conferred the land
called Trepcroft on the canons.
Thomas lord of Worthington confirmed
the grant of Perburn in Coppull to Burscough Priory; Burscough Reg. fol. 47b.
Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), i, 47.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 154.
William son of Thomas de Worthington also confirmed the grant of Perburn;
Burscough Reg. loc. cit.
Inq. and Extents, i, 248. William de
Worthington was defendant in a Blainscough suit at Michaelmas 1282 and his
son Hugh in the following Jan.; De
Banco R. 47, m. 63 d.; 48, m. 21.
||He was a juror at an Aughton inquisition in Dec. 1282; Inq. and Extents,
i, 258. In 1288 he was found to render
a pair of spurs annually for having common
in the Ferrers holding in the Standish
district; ibid. 272. Hugh de Worthington and Dionysia his wife occur at Halsall
in 1280; Final Conc. i, 157, and see the
account of Halsall.
Henry son of Henry del Lee in 1290
called Hugh de Worthington to warrant
him respecting a tenement in Worthington
claimed by Adam son of Roger de Thornley.
It had once been held by Thomas de
Turnley, whose sister and heir Isabel had
released to William de Worthington
father of Hugh; Assize R. 1288, m.
There was more than one William de
Worthington in the place in 1292–1302.
Thomas son of Richard de Worthington
was non-suited in a claim for land against
William de Worthington; Assize R. 408,
m. 36d. John de Chisnall established
his right to lands against William son of
William de Worthington, Ralph de
Catterall and others; ibid. m. 74 d. In
1302 William son of Thomas de
Worthington was one defendant to Ellen
de Torbock's claim for common of
pasture; ibid. 418, m. 4 d.
Inq. and Extents, i, 315; the name
is wrongly given as Writington.
William son of Hugh de Worthington,
perhaps acting as trustee, in 1310–11
granted land in Standish to Hugh de
Standish (of Duxbury) and Alice his
wife, with remainder to the right heirs of
Robert de Haydock; Kuerden fol. MS.
96, no. 72.
||A settlement of part of the estate of
William and Alice his wife was made in
1318, by which two messuages with land
and meadow in Turley Moor were to remain to Hugh and John sons of William.
Henry son of William de Worthington
and Henry son of John le Waleys put in
their claims; Final Conc. ii, 29. Two
years later the manor of Worthington,
apart from the portion just referred to,
was settled on William son of William
de Worthington; Henry de Worthington
again put in his claim; ibid. ii, 39.
The position of Henry son of William
de Worthington, who 'put in his claim,'
has not been clearly ascertained. To
Henry his son William son of Hugh de
Worthington granted lands in the township; Kuerden MSS. iii, W 26, s. d.
Hugh was in 1339 called to warrant
Richard son of Hugh de Standish in a
claim for dower by Alice widow of
William de Worthington; De Banco
R. 319, m. 101 d. There are several
notes of charters by Henry son of William
de Worthington from 1318 to 1334, and
by Alan Henry's son in 1344, in the
Kuerden MSS. vi, fol. 96. Mabel widow
of Henry de Worthington is named in
1340 and William son of Henry in 1347;
Alan son of Henry de Worthington in
1343 demised to Matthew son of John
de Derwaltshaw of Wigan land in Worthington between the moor and the long
acre, one head extending to Crawlache
and the other to land held by John de
Worthington of Alice his mother; Standish D. In 1373 Henry son of Alan de
Worthington claimed a messuage and land
in Worthington against William son of
Hugh de Worthington and against Hugh
de Standish (of Duxbury); De Banco R.
452, m. 76. Henry son of Alan de
Worthington in 1407 made a grant of
land in Worthington to William son of
Hugh de Worthington; Kuerden MSS.
iii, C 33.
In the account of Burgh in Duxbury a
notice will be found of Henry de Burgh
son of William de Worthington.
Robert son of William de Worthington
(who may have been a different William)
made grants to Hugh de Haydock, who
in 1299 gave land to William son of
William de Worthington. The lastnamed soon afterwards regranted it to
Hugh de Standish; Kuerden MSS. vi,
fol. 96. This Robert may have been
ancestor of the Worthingtons of Blainscough.
In 1334 William son of William de
Worthington claimed common of pasture
against William son of Hugh de Standish
and others. It appeared that Thomas de
Worthington, lord of the manor in the
time of Henry III, had granted the tenement to Thomas de Wallhull, who was
succeeded by a son Richard. Afterwards
by escheat it returned to the lord of the
manor William de Worthington, father
of the claimant, who made grants both
to Hugh de Standish and to his own son
William; Coram Rege R. 297, m. 115.
Mamecestre, ii, 288.
||The name occurs first in the subsidy
roll of that year; Exch. Lay Subs. (Rec.
Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), 49. On the
other hand Alice widow of William de
Worthington was claiming dower as early
as Michaelmas 1331; De Banco R. 287,
Feud. Aids, iii, 89. Hugh son of
William de Worthington claimed the
custody of Coppull during a minority in
1362; De Banco R. 411, m. 76.
||Kuerden MSS. iii, W 27. Ellen
widow of John de Worthington occurs in
1403; ibid. C 33.
||Ibid. W 27; William son of Hugh de
Worthington granted to Gilbert rector of
Standish and to Thomas de Worthington
the manor of Worthington. The same
William is named in a deed of 1384–5;
||Hugh Worthington was tenant in
1473; Mamecestre, iii, 479. In the same
year Hugh son of William Worthington
agreed with Thomas Norris of Speke that
his son William should marry Elizabeth
daughter of Thomas; Norris D. (B.M.),
no. 950. Hugh occurs also in 1461 and
1483; Kuerden MSS. iii, B 16. He is
probably the Hugh with whom the
recorded pedigree begins. From Blainscough inquisitions it appears that Richard
Worthington was lord of the manor in
1526 and Edward Worthington in 1578
and 1591. Thomas the father of Edward
Worthington died in 1566; Manch. Ct.
Leet Rec. i, 108.
Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 125. The
succession given is: Hugh -s. William
-s. Richard -s. Thomas -s. Edward -s.
Thomas (living) -s. William (aged sixteen).
William Worthington in 1631 paid
£10 on refusing knighthood; Misc. (Rec.
Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 214. The
manor of Worthington and various lands
were in 1635 sold or mortgaged by William
Worthington to James Halsall of Altcar;
Lancs. and Ches. Rec. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), i, 32.
||Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 344.
The last-named William was still living,
and had a son Thomas, aged thirty-four.
Thomas died in 1670, and the heir was a
brother Edward, who sold the manor;
Piccope MS. Ped. (Chet. Lib.), ii, 314.
||A fine was made in 1682 respecting
the manor of Worthington, with messuages, water-mill, lands, &c., in Worthington, Coppull and Charnock Richard,
the deforciants being Edward Worthington, Jane his wife and two others, perhaps
mortgagees; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 208, m. 38. In another fine two
years later the plaintiff was Reginald
Bretland and the deforciants were Edward
Worthington, William Salvin and Dorothy
his wife; ibid. bdle. 212, m. 19. In 1690
the plaintiff was Thomas Clayton and the
deforciants were Edward Worthington and
Jane his wife; ibid. bdle. 225, m. 20.
||See the account of Adlington.
||Land tax return at Preston.
||Many of the references to Worthington appear to belong really to Coppull,
originally a part of it.
Richard de Salfordshire and Cecily his
wife in 1292 claimed land in 'Wrthinton' against Richard Smult, alleging that
Cecily was daughter and heir of Hamo
son and heir of Roger de Ashton. Defendant said that Hamo had an elder
brother William, who granted the disputed
land, but it was alleged that William was
a bastard; Assize R. 408, m. 30. The
same plaintiffs also claimed land against
Robert de Holland in 'Wythington';
William son of Clinkard of Golbourn
in 1356 claimed a messuage and land in
Worthington against Ralph son of Henry
del Burgh; Duchy of Lane. Assize R. 4,
m. 7 d. The defendant called Richard
de Charnock to warrant him; ibid. 5,
m. 4 d. Richard in turn called Henry
del Burgh to warrant, who summoned
John de Euxton; ibid. 7, m. 3 d.
Robert de Prescot and Isabel his wife
claimed common of pasture in Worthington against Clemency widow of Richard
de Standish in 1316, and then against
Hugh son of Richard de Standish; ibid.
7, m. 5; 8, m. 8.
Adam de Dinkedley and Joan his wife
in 1344 claimed dower in a messuage,
&c., in Worthington against Edmund son
of Roger Baret; De Banco R. 338, m.
291 d.; 340, m. 69 d.
||Hugh Adlington in 1525 held lands
in Worthington and Coppull of Richard
Worthington by a rent of 4s.; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi, no. 73.
Thomas Standish of Duxbury in 1599
held lands in Worthington, but the services were unknown; ibid. xvii, no. 54.
Thomas Fleetwood in 1576 held land
in Worthington; ibid. xii, no. 2. Probably it was the Cockersand Abbey estate
or chantry lands.
Edward Standish of Standish in 1611
held lands in Worthington of Edward
Rigby; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), i, 185.
Robert Finch, though described as 'of
Worthington' in 1610, held no lands in
the township; ibid. i, 155.
Royalist Comp. Papers (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), iv, 60. Lands in the
township were held by the family in
1519; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 128, m. 8.
||See the account of Duxbury.
Engl. Cath. Non-jurors, 125.