||Loc. Govt. Bd. Order 31607.
||The Census Report gives as part of
Preston an area of 645 acres (including
9 of inland water), with a population of
936 in 1901. This refers principally to
the part of Ribbleton now in the borough.
||The founder was Mary Cross, the late
Archdeacon Rawstorne contributing. It
depends partly on voluntary contributions.
Lancs. and Ches. Antiq. Soc. xx, 172.
V.C.H. Lancs. i, 288a.
||Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 132. Henry
(de Holland) gave 10 marks for the wardship, undertaking to provide all necessaries for the brother and reasonable
dower for the mother. The daughter's
name is not known.
Robert de Preston and Richard his
brother had offered 100s. for the grant,
and promised 16s. instead of the old 8s.
service for the plough-land in Ribbleton;
Rot. de Oblatis (Rec. Com.), 115, 123,
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 49. Roger de Leicester was seneschal of Amounderness under
Theobald Walter; Farrer, op. cit. 143,169.
Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Ches.), i, 21; an assize of mort d'ancestor
had been summoned between them, but
the descent of the parties is not recorded.
Roger de Leicester had a wife Alice;
ibid, i, 43. In 1224 Maud, described as
'daughter of Henry,' complained that
Roger son of Roger de Leicester had not
kept the agreement made by his father,
and she received 3 oxgangs of land for a
rent of 2s., Roger to warrant her; 011
the other hand she renounced all claim
to the rest of the plough-land; ibid, i, 45.
||Henry de Holland paid the thegnage
rent of 8.s. in 1226; Lancs. Inq. and
Extents, i, 140. In 1297 the vill paid
is. to the earl, the tenants not being
named; ibid, i, 289.
||Dods. MSS. cxxxi, fol. 39. Some
grants to Roger de Elston are recited in
a later note; his estate seems to have
been acquired by a number of separate
||Inq, p.m. 20 Edw. III (2nd nos.),
no. 62. In 1342 the feoffee granted to
William son of Roger de Elston and
Roger his brother various lands in Ribbleton and Brockholes; Harl. MS. 2042,
Surv. of 1346 (Chet. Soc), 48. The
same partners also held a moiety of Ashton at the other side of Preston. In
both cases the right seems to have descended through Haydock, as below. In
1331 Thomas son of Lawrence Travers
had lands in Ribbleton; Kuerden MSS.
iv, G 2b.
||Thomas Travers and Robert Lawrence in 1415 granted Roger Elston the
younger for his life right of way through
a field called Riddings to Roger's field
called Newhey in Ribbleton; Add. MS.
32107, no. 2986. In 1445–6 Thomas
Travers and Robert Lawrence held the
plough-land in Ribbleton, rendering 8s.
yearly; Duchy of Lanc. Knights' Fees,
bdle. 2, no. 20.
||A large number of Ribbleton deeds
(Farington family) are in Piccope MSS.
(Chet. Lib.), iii, 17–29. None are so
early as 1346, and the first relating to
Lawrence is of 1412, as will be seen
||John Travers was in 1362 found to
have held 36 acres in Ribbleton in socage
by a rent of 4s.; Inq. p.m. 36 Edw. III
(2nd nos.), no. 52.
William Travers died in 1524 holding
lands in Ribbleton of the king as duke
by the annual service of 4s.; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. v, no. 62. A similar
record was made in 1559; ibid, xi, no. 68.
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 36,
m. 262. The vendors were Richard
Travers and Grace his wife: the estate
is described as four messuages, &c., in
Ribbleton and Fulwood.
||In 1354 William Lawrence and
Alice his wife made a settlement of their
estate in Thornton, Great and Little
Layton, a moiety of the manor of
Ribbleton and a fourth part of the
manor of Ashton. The remainders, after
their children (John and others), were,
so far as Ashton was concerned, to the
right heirs of Alice; and as to Ribbleton
to Joan daughter of Geoffrey de Cuerdale
for life, and then the same as Ashton;
Final Conc. ii, 141–2. The fine proves
that Lawrence held in right of his wife.
Joan de Cuerdale was then wife of Thomas
de Molyneux, and much of her estate
went to the Osbaldeston family.
John Lawrence died in 1398, having
made a settlement of his estate on his
wife Margaret in 1368. He left a son
William, aged eighteen; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Chet. Soc), i, 72.
Roger de Elston of Ribbleton in 1412
demised to Robert son of John Lawrence
a messuage in Ribbleton for life, and in
1438 John Elston and William his son
and heir granted land in Ribbleton fields
to Robert Lawrence; Piccope MSS. iii,
27. Robert Lawrence, as above recorded,
was a partner in the manor in 1445–6
and Edmund, the son and heir of Robert,
in 1448; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 11, m. 1b.
Robert seems to have been still living in
1459, when John son of Henry Compsty
granted land in Ribbleton to him, while
to Edmund son of Robert Lawrence a
quitclaim was given by William son of
John Compsty in 1475; Piccope MSS.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v, no. 57.
Robert Lawrence is described as 'of
Claughton in Amounderness'; his lands
were in Layton, Ribbleton and Thornton.
A feoffment made in 1513 is recited,
giving the following details: A messuage
in Ribbleton called the Maiden's House,
with closes named the Town Field and
Fishwick Banks, with other closes called
Blackearth, Over and Nether Crooked
Riddings, Oxhey, Wall Banks, Moor
Furlong, Little Furlong, with the orchard,
and the orchard about the hall.
By an award of the same time Isabel
widow of Robert Lawrence and their two
daughters were to pay 26s. 8d. a year to
James Walton of Preston and provide
a man horsed and harnessed for the king's
service; Piccope MSS. iii, 17.
Richard Walton in 1579 released to
Richard Farington all his interest in lands
in Ribbleton; ibid. 21.
Visit. of 1567 (Chet. Soc), 45.
Some notes on this family will be found in
the account of Longton in Penwortham.
An inquisition after the death of
Richard Farington was made in 1596.
He held land in Ribbleton of the queen
in socage by a rent of 10d., and his heir
was his son Hugh, aged thirty-six; Piccope
MSS. iii, 29.
Hugh Farington died in 1637 holding
a messuage and land in Ribbleton of the
king. His heir was his son Charles, aged
thirty-seven; Towneley MS. C 8, 13
(Chet. Lib.), 423–4. A settlement was
made by Hugh Farington and Charles his
son in 1620; Piccope MSS. iii, 23.
Deeds by Richard Farington, the son
of Charles, may be seen in the same collection; he appears to have sold or mortgaged the estate in 1672; ibid. 23, 25,
See also p. 206 for a sale to John
||Printed by the Chetham Soc.: 1567,
p. 45; 1613, p. 103; 1664–5, p. 106.
The descent from Hugh and Margaret is
thus given: -s. Richard -s. Hugh -s.
Charles (d. c. 1650) -s. Richard -da. Jane.
Jane married a Southworth and was
living in 1695; Piccope MSS. iii, 25.
John Farington founded a charity in
1670 for the poor of Elston and Farington,
at the discretion of Richard Farington
of Ribbleton or those who might be owners
of Richard's estate.' In 1824 James
Pedder and Thomas Walmesley were
trustees for the charity, their fathers and
grandfathers having acted before them;
End. Char. Rep.
||About 1550 a division of the Lawrence estates was arranged. By this
Margaret, widow of Hugh Farington, and
Richard their son and heir were to have
a moiety of Ribbleton and all the land in
Goosnargh, while Henry Smith, Agnes
his wife and William their son and heirapparent were to have lands in Ribbleton
and all the estate in Layton and Stainall;
Piccope MSS. iii, 19. William Smith and
Mary Smith, widow, had this estate in
1593; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 55,
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vii, no.
24. Evan Browne probably acquired
Agnes's share by purchase, though the
date in the preceding note causes a difficulty, but he had an estate in Elston by
inheritance. Thus James Browne in
1479 gave land in Ribbleton to the
younger John Elston and his wife on
their daughter's marriage with his son
William Browne; Add. MS. 32108,
fol. 288. (There was a remainder to
William Elston and Catherine his wife,
so that the land may have been part of
the Elston estate.) Then in 1503–4
Ewan or Evan son and heir of William
son and heir of James Browne (living) was
contracted to marry Elizabeth daughter
of John Singleton of Shingle Hall; ibid.
Evan's widow Elizabeth is named in
the inquisition, and seven daughters
Anne, Alice, Jane, Katherine, Laura,
Ellen and Bridget. Laura does not
occur again. Evan Browne had a number
of scattered properties, including two
burgages in Preston and a messuage in
||Evan Browne, Richard and James
his sons were out-burgesses of the guild
of 1542; Preston Guild R. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), 18. Richard was six
years old at his father's death.
||Towneley MS. C 8, 13, S 125. Of
the other daughters, Anne married
Richard Shireburne of Bailey; Alice
(dead in 1559), Hugh Jones; Katherine,
John Shireburne; Ellen, Richard Shireburne the younger; and Bridget, Thomas
In 1559 a settlement of a sixth part of
the manor of Ribbleton, with dovecote,
windmill, &c., was made by John Shireburne and Katherine his wife, the remainder in default of issue being to her
son (by her first husband) Richard Elston;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 21, m. 3.
Hugh Shireburne in 1594 sold messuages and lands in Ribbleton and Haighton to George Talbot; Pal. of Lanc. Feet
of F. bdle. 56, m. 48. This was another
part of the Browne estate, George Talbot
being the son of Anne Shireburne by a
first husband; C. D. Sherborn, Sherborn
||Hewitson, Preston, 388.
||John Shireburne in 1566 purchased
two messuages, &c., in Ribbleton and
Preston from Thomas Whittingham and
Bridget his wife; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of
F. bdle. 28, m. 63. Next year he bought
a messuage and land from William Woodward and Elizabeth his wife; ibid. bdle.
29, m. 99. In 1579 he purchased two
messuages, &c., in Ribbleton and Fulwood
from Thomas Jones and Jane his wife
(presumably the heirs of Hugh and Alice
Jones), and followed this in 1585 by
purchasing further lands from them and
the sixth part of the manor of Ribbleton;
ibid. bdle. 41, m. 99; 47, m. 38.
The estate of Richard Shireburne and
Anne his wife (another co-heir) occurs
in 1572; ibid. bdle. 34, m. 23.
Visit. (Chet. Soc), 109. The descent
is given thus; John (s. of Thomas)
married Katherine Browne –s. Thomas
-s. John (1613) -s. Henry (aged twelve).
Cal. Com. for Comp. v, 3233; John
Shireburne died in 1655, and a claim to
land in Ribbleton put in by Thomas
Parker of Browsholme was allowed.
||C. D. Sherborn, Sherborn Fam. 87–90.
||Hewitson, loc. cit.
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
Richard Whalley in 1574 purchased a
messuage, &c., from John and Katherine
Shireburne; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 36, m. 155. Similar estates were
Bold to Edward Belshaugh, John Ridley
and Richard Tomlinson; ibid. m. 178,
||In 1346 as above. Various Elston
families occur in Brockholes, Ribbleton
and the neighbouring townships. Thus
John de Haighton gave 3 acres in Haighton to Roger son of William de Elston
and Paulin his brother; Kuerden MSS.
iii, H 2. Adam son of Roger del Scales
gave to the same brothers land in the
Scales in Ribbleton; Add. MS. 32107,
no. 2959. Roger de Elston granted
Paulin de Elston land in Haighton and
1 acre in Ribbleton Scales; Kuerden, loc.
cit. John son of William de Haighton
in 1327 gave land in Haighton to William
son of Paulin de Elston; ibid. Richard
son of Henry de Brockholes gave land in
Ribbleton Scales, descending from his
mother Maud, to Roger de Elston;
Kuerden fol. MS. fol. 50 B.
Richard son of William Drury gave
Roger de Elston a release of his claim to
lands in Ribbleton, attested by William
and Paulin de Elston, Henry and Simon
de Ribbleton; Add. MS. 32107, no. 2961.
In 1316–17 Henry de Ribbleton and
Agnes widow of Richard de Brockholes
released to Roger de Elston their rights
in Ribbleton; ibid. no. 2965, 2967.
The date of the former deed may be
fixed approximately by a claim for dower
in 1269 by Amery widow of William
Drury v. Robert son of Richard Drury;
Cur. Regis R. 195, m. 35 d.
William son of Roger de Elston obtained from William de Methop (son of
Robert the Harper) in 1333 a release of
a rent of 2s. 9d. from Ribbleton, and in
the same and later years he obtained
further grants and releases from Adam
son of Henry de Ribbleton (1333),
Gilbert de Knaresborough and Alice his
daughter (1336), Adam de Compsy, Alice
his wife, and Robert de Claughton of
Ribbleton (1342); Add. MS. 32107,
no. 2968, 2970, 2971–2.
||John de Elston the younger in 1369
made a grant to William the Tailor;
ibid. no. 2975. In 1379–80 he obtained
a quitclaim from Robert le Sagher of
Ribbleton; ibid. no. 2977.
||Kuerden MSS. vi, fol. 80; John
Elston gave his manor of Ribbleton to
feoffees. In 1461 William Elston gave
lands in the same place, &c., to feoffees;
ibid. fol. 74. John Elston of Ribbleton
obtained an exemption from jury service
in 1504–5; Dep. Keeper's Rep. xl, App.
||Ralph son of William de Ribbleton
released to Henry son of Robert de
Ribbleton his right in all land in the
Musifield in Ribbleton; Add. MS. 32106,
no. 666. Henry, the grantee, gave all
his land in the same field to John de
Grimsargh and his heirs for the rent of
an arrow; ibid. no. 678.
Robert de Ribbleton granted land in
Ribbleton and Brockholes in 1325–6 to
Henry de Ribbleton and Agnes his wife;
Kuerden MSS. iii, B 14. Thomas
Kendal, cousin and heir of William
Ribbleton, had in 1407 lands in Preston
and Ribbleton; ibid, ii, fol. 224.
Tunnock daughter of Robert son of
Vivian de Ribbleton Scales and Adam her
son granted all her land to the west of a
certain hedge to Master William de
Preston, clerk; Towneley MS. OO,
no. 1095, 1164. In 1303 Robert de
Ribbleton Scales gave land there, received
by the gift of his brother Roger, to Roger
his younger son; Kuerden MSS. ii, fol.
Robert de Ribbleon son of Adam de
Ribblescales in 1313–14 granted his son
Robert the moiety of a messuage in
Preston; ibid, iii, P 7.
||From the fine of 1224 above cited
it appears that Maud de Ribbleton had
3 oxgangs of land. The other 5 oxgangs
seem to have been held about 1280 by
the Haydock family, for in 1285 Joan
widow of John son of Henry de Haydock
claimed dower in messuages and lands in
Ribbleton, &c., afterwards described as
eleven messuages and 5 oxgangs of land;
De Banco R. 59, m. 3; 64, m. 122.
The defendant was Henry de Haydock,
whose widow Alice in 1290 claimed
against the said Joan and her daughters
Alice and Aline; ibid. 86, m. 174. It
seems most probable that the Travers
and Lawrence inheritance descended from
||Forfeited lands of the Yorkist, Sir
James Harrington, probably inherited with
Balderston, were granted to the Earl of
Derby in 1489, but the tenure is not
stated in 1521; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. v, no. 68. Thomas Radcliffe of
Winmarleigh, also through Balderston,
held lands in Ribbleton in 1521, but
the tenure is not separately stated; they
descended to Sir Gilbert Gerard; ibid,
v, no. 3; xvi, no. 2. Edmund Dudley
had another part of the Balderston
inheritance; ibid, iv, no. 13. Sir
Alexander Osbaldeston had another part;
ibid, viii, no. 1.
Sir Thomas Botelerof Bewsey in 1522
held lands in Ribbleton in socage; ibid,
v, no. 13.
John de Elston in 1370 granted 2 acres
in Ribbleton to John de Walton; Add.
MS. 32107, no. 2976. In 1559 William
Walton of Preston died holding a messuage, &c., in Ribbleton of Richard
Browne in socage by 1d. rent, and his
son Richard Walton apparently held the
same in 1593; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. xi, no. 27; xvi, no. 42. But
Richard Walton seems to have mortgaged or sold it to Richard Farington in
1579 and to Hugh Farington in 1589,
so that it probably became incorporated
with the Farington estate; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdles. 41, m. 35; 51, m. 67.
A purchase by John Ridley has been
recorded. He died in 1599 holding a
messuage, &c., in Ribbleton of the queen
in socage, and leaving a son Richard over
fifty years old; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet.
Soc), ii, 162. This son died four years
afterwards, his son and heir John being
twenty-two; ibid, ii, 163. John Ridley
died in 1637 holding the same estate;
his son and heir Richard was twentyfour years old; ibid, ii, 165. He was
perhaps the in-burgess of Preston appearing in 1662 and 1682; Preston Guild R.
Sir Thomas Walmsley of Dunkenhalgh had land in Ribbleton in 1612;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), i, 250.
||Gillow, Bibl. Dict. of Engl. Cath. i,
291, giving notices of two Benedictines,
members of the family.
||John Gregson, Richard Bolton (also
at Catterall), John Ridley, Adam Helme,
Thomas Kellet, Richard Kendal, Edward
Parkinson; Estcourt and Payne, Engl.
Cath. Non-jurors, 91, 138–40.
||It is named among the Hospitallers'
lands in 1292; Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec.
||Kuerden MSS. ii, fol. 132; Duchy
of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxvi, no. 4.
Another part of the Hospitallers' land
was held in 1603 by Thomas Barton of
Barton by 6d. rent; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 10.
||The depositions are printed in Fishwick, Preston, 345–6.
||Stat. 24 & 25 Vict., cap. 1. In
the award a parcel of 5½ acres was granted
to the overseers as a recreation ground;
End. Char. Rep. (Preston 1905), 102.
Land. Gaz. 23 Aug. 1883.