||Loc. Govt Bd. Order 31607. About
192 acres were transferred to Preston.
||Hewitson, Preston, 388. Boilton is
on the north-west boundary of Brockholes, adjoining Ribbleton.
||1,748, including 53 acres of inland
water; Census Rep. 1901.
||In addition the part included in
Preston contained 108 persons.
Lancs. and Ches. Antiq. Soc. xx, 173.
V.C.H. Lancs. i, 288b.
||Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 437.
||So stated in the charter of his grandson William de Heaton cited below.
In 1212 Grimsargh is not separately
named among the Heaton lands; Lancs.
Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), i, 48. Roger had died in 1204,
leaving a son of the same name, who was
||Ibid. 231; thus Roger had nothing
from Grimsargh except relief and wardship. Roger's heir was his son William.
||Kuerden MSS. v, fol. 113.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 289.
The tenant is not named.
||In 1292 Adam de Hoghton held a
messuage and 12 acres in Grimsargh, as
heir of his father, who had purchased
from Richard son of John de Flitchcrofthaw.
The plaintiff, Richard son of Robert son of
John de Goosnargh, said that these Johns
were the same person, but he was nonsuited; Assize R. 408, m. 22.
At the same time William son of
Robert de Elston claimed the sixth part
of a water-mill in Grimsargh against
Richard de Hoghton and Alexander de
Hyde. The plaintiff, who recovered,
stated that his father had purchased the
mill from Thomas de Grimshagh
(? Grimsargh), but Agnes widow of
Thomas had a third part in dower, which
she had granted to plaintiff till he had
received the cost of repairing the mill;
ibid. m. 3 d. Again, Roger de Eccleston
(? Elston) complained that Thomas de
Grimsargh and Richard de Hoghton had
obstructed his right of way; ibid. m.
||The time of purchase does not
appear, but in 1301 Richard de Hoghton
seems to have had a fair estate in
Grimsargh; Final Conc. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 192. Richard son
of Sir Adam de Hoghton granted 9 acres
in Grimsargh to Henry de Eccleshill;
Dods. MSS. lxx, fol. 160b.
In 1325–6 William son of Roger de
Caton granted William de Heaton and
Anilla his wife the service of Sir Richard
de Hoghton for lands in Grimsargh;
quoted in Memo. R. (L.T.R.) 128, m. xv
(37 Edw. III).
An agreement as to arbitration on
various matters in dispute was made in
1334 between William de Grimsargh and
Sir Richard de Hoghton, two neighbours
and a man of the law being chosen by
each to view and decide; Add. MS
32106, no. 318.
The transfer of the manor does not
seem to have been complete until 1362,
when William de Grimsargh granted to
Sir Adam de Hoghton all his messuages,
lands, rents, services, &c., in the vill of
Grimsargh; ibid. no. 520.
Of the Grimsargh family little is
known. A William de Grimsargh
appears between 1242 and 1262, followed
by a John de Grimsargh in 1293; Lancs.
Inq. and Extents, i, 151, 231, 280.
Gilbert son of Thomas de Grimsargh in
1292 claimed common of pasture against
John de Grimsargh and William de
Brockholes, but was non-suited; Assize
R. 408, m. 58. To charters of 1284 John
de Grimsargh and Gilbert his brother
were witnesses; Kuerden fol. MS. fol.
74, 50 (B 5). John de Grimsargh
attested a deed in 1312–13; ibid. fol. 74.
William de Grimsargh contributed to the
subsidy in 1332; Exch. Lay Subs. (Rec.
Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), 58.
||Dods. MSS. cxxxi, fol. 39.
Survey of 1346 (Chet. Soc), 59.
This shows that the deed of 1362 above
cited was only the completion of a sale
that had taken place long before.
||The manor of Grimsargh, as held
by the service of 3s., occurs among
Hoghton properties in inquisitions, fines,
&c., but the family do not seem to have
resided there. See Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet.
Soc), i, 145 (1422); Duchy of Lanc.
Knights' Fees, bdle. 2, no. 20 (1446); Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 89, no. 141
Grimsargh was held by Elizabeth
Kighley at her death in 1524 by 3s. rent,
the reversion being to Sir Richard
Hoghton; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v,
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 387,
||It is stated that the manor was sold
by Sir Henry Philip Hoghton (d. 1835)
to William Cross of Red Scar (Fishwick,
Preston, 93), in which case the apparent
sale to Shawe must have been a mortgage
||For pedigree see Burke, Landed
Gentry. This gives John Cross, d. 1799
–s. William (of Red Scar), d. 1827–s.
William Assheton, d. 1863 -s. William,
||a There is an illustration in Twycross,
Lancs. Mansions, ii, 48.
||In 1212 Richard son of Robert (de
Lathom) held half a plough-land in
Brockholes, part of the Grelley fee, by
the thirteenth part of a knight's fee;
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 54.
The dependence upon Manchester,
though merely nominal, continued to be
recorded down to the 17th century.
In 1322 Robert de Lathom held the
thirteenth part of a fee in Brockholes by
John de Brockholes; Mamecestre (Chet.
Soc), ii, 379. For sake fee 8d. was
paid, also 9d. for castle ward, and puture
of the Serjeants was due; ibid, ii, 288.
In 1473 the wife of Nicholas Singleton
held the lordship of Brockholes by the
Ribble by the same tenure; ibid, iii,
||Award de Brockholes attested a
charter by Henry de Lea; Add. MS.
32106, no. 69.
In the account of Samlesbury has been
mentioned an Edward son of Edward son
of Orm de Brockholes; the first Edward
(living 1227) may be identical with the
Award of the text.
One Ellis de Brockholes appears in
Yorkshire in 1284; Cal. Close, 1279–88,
p. 271. There may have been other
places of the name; Gen. (new ser.), xi, 196.
||In 1246 Roger de Brockholes recovered common of pasture in 4 acres in
Brockholes against Maud de Ribbleton,
Robert and William her sons and Richard
de Ellesley; Assize R. 404, m. 4. The
first of these defendants was perhaps the
Maud daughter of Henry who unsuccessfully claimed 20 acres at the same time
against Roger de Brockholes, Richard de
Lathom and others; ibid. m. 13. Roger
and his wife Christiana acquired land in
Byrewath in Garstang; Add. MS. 32106,
In Dec. 1253 an agreement was made
between Roger de Brockholes and Huard
de Bradshaw as to certain quarrels respecting land in Bradshaw given in free
marriage with Huard's sister Mabel;
Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 65/107. It appears
that Mabel had married Roger, for
William son of Roger de Brockholes
released his claim (derived from Mabel
his mother) to 4 acres in Bradshaw to
Robert son of Henry son of Huctred de
Bradshaw; Kuerden fol. MS. fol. 50 B.
Roger had also a son Richard, who
gave William his brother land in Brockholes and Old Brockholes; ibid. William
son of William de Brockholes in 1284
gave his uncle Richard (son of Roger) his
right in an oxgang of land in Ribbleton
called Hysokecroft; ibid. Another
version of the charter places Hysokecroft
in Brockholes; Add. MS. 32108, fol.
288. In 1341 William son of William
son of Roger de Brockholes claimed 9
acres in Grimsargh against Richard son
of William son of Roger de Brockholes;
De Banco R. 328, m. 524 d.
||In 1280 Adam de Brockholes, as
grandson and heir of Award de Brockholes, claimed a messuage and half an
oxgang of land in Brockholes against
Robert Noel, Agnes his wife, and Cecily
(under age) the sister of Agnes, who held
two-thirds, and Henry de Walton and
Agnes his wife, who had one-third; De
Banco R. 36, m. 70. The claim was
still being prosecuted in 1287 against
Robert son of Adam Nowell of Mearley,
Agnes and Cecily, it being alleged that
Award de Brockholes had demised the
land for a term (then expired) to Uctred
de Brockholes; ibid. 69, m. 75 d.
About 1284 an exchange seems to have
been made, Robert Nowell and the sisters
taking land in Paythorne; Kuerden fol.
MS. fol. 273. Robert Nowell and Agnes
his wife claimed common of pasture in
Brockholes in 1288 against Adam de
Brockholes and William his brother;
Assize R. 1277, m. 31. It may be
added that an Alice daughter of Roger
son of Uctred de Brockholes released
(c. 1285) to her sister Agnes all her
inheritance in Brockholes; Kuerden MSS.
v, fol. 118b. Roger son of Agnes de
Brockholes in 1314–15 gave land in the
township to Thomas son of Roger Hyde;
Towneley MS. HH, no. 1875.
Henry son of Robert de Ribbleton
released to Adam son of Roger de Brockholes half an oxgang of land in Brockholes
held of Adam; Add. MS. 32107, no. 996.
The same Adam and Henry made an
exchange of land called Elondes, the
bounds naming the brook which formed
the division between Brockholes and
Ribbleton; Towneley MS. HH, no. 1877.
Adam gave his brother William a part of
the waste of Brockholes, within certain
bounds; a field called the Hyles is
named; ibid. no. 1888.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 274. Henry
de Haydock and William le Blund were
the executors of the will of Adam de
Brockholes in 1292; Assize R. 408,
m. 100. In the same year John de
Rigmaiden claimed a debt—but was
non-suited—against the executors of
Cecily widow of Adam de Brockholes;
ibid. m. 54 d.
||Maud widow of William de Clifton
claimed a messuage and half an oxgang of
land in Brockholes against Roger son of
Adam de Brockholes, but the trial was
adjourned till Roger should be of age;
Assize R. 408. m. 5 d.
William de Clifton and Maud his wife
gave all their land in Brockholes with a
messuage there to Robert their son, and
this Robert made an exchange with Adam
de Brockholes about 1284; Kuerden fol.
MS. fol. 75, 74.
||About 1290 Adam son of Richard
de Disteshaw granted all his land in
Brockholes to John de Rigmaiden and
Isolda his wife; Towneley MS. HH, no.
1867. In 1308–9 Isolda de Rigmaiden
released to Nichola de Brockholes, her
daughter and heir, all right in the same;
ibid. no. 1868.
In continuation of the last note it may
be added that in 1310–11 Maud widow
of Robert son of William de Clifton
released her dower land to Nichola widow
of Roger de Brockholes, and that Roger
son of Robert de Clifton soon afterwards
granted all his lands in Brockholes to the
same Nichola; Kuerden fol. MS. fol.
||The last note shows that Nichola
was a widow in 1310–11. In 1316–17
John son of Roger de Brockholes released
to Nichola his mother a third part of the
manor of Brockholes, &c., as dower; Kuerden MSS. v, fol. 118b. Nichola afterward's
gave to her son John the rent from the
third part of the manor; HH, no. 1869.
John was still in possession in 1322;
Mamecestre, ii, 379.
A dispute in 1323 between William de
Ribbleton and Roger son of Richard de
Ribbleton concerning 12 acres, &c., in
Brockholes shows that the father had
held of Nichola de Brockholes by knight's
service. John and Adam de Brockholes
and Richard Deuyas and Isolda his wife,
formerly wife of William (?) de Ribbleton,
are named; Assize R. 425, m. 1, 5.
John de Brockholes appeared for Nichola
and the others.
||Nichola widow of Roger de Brockholes in 1319 procured a messuage and
land to be settled on her with remainder
to Adam son of Roger de Brockholes and
Margaret his wife; Final Conc, ii, 35.
Roger son of Agnes de Brockholes,
already named, in 1324–5 made a release
to Adam de Brockholes; HH, no. 1890.
In 1329 Adam son of Roger de Brockholes made a feoffment of a third part of
the manor, &c.; ibid. no. 1874.
||In 1339 Robert du Marreys, clerk,
regranted to Adam son of Roger de
Brockholes and Margaret his wife twothirds of the manor of Brockholes, with
the homage and service of the free tenant
William de Brockholes; with successive
remainders to Nicholas, Adam, John,
Robert and Henry, sons of Adam, and
then to the right heirs of William de
Brockholes; Kuerden fol. MS. fol. 259.
An Adam de Brockholes son of William
was living in 1349; Add. MS. 32108,
In 1341 Roger son of Roger de Elston
exchanged certain land in Brockholes with
Adam son of Roger de Brockholes and
Margaret his wife; the remainders were
to Adam's sons Nicholas and John; HH,
||In 1349 Roger son of Adam de
Brockholes released to his brother
Nicholas all right in the manor of
Brockholes; ibid. no. 1906.
Roger de Singleton of Singleton and
Alice his wife in 1348 granted to
Nicholas de Brockholes all the lands in
Brockholes which had belonged to Adam
de Singleton; J. Harland's note.
||The preceding note shows that
Nicholas was in possession in 1349. In
1355 he granted leave to get turves in
Brockholes; Add. MS. 32108, fol. 289.
In 1358 he received from John de
Preston a release of all the right in
Brockholes which John had had from
Edmund de Brockholes; Kuerden MSS.
v, fol. 118b. Three years later he made
a feoffment of the manor; HH, no.
1884. Another feoffment was made in
1396–7; Kuerden MSS. iii, B 14. The
seal shows a cheveron between three
brocks (?). Nicholas de Brockholes and
Margaret his wife occur in 1402; HH,
Roger son of Nicholas de Brockholes
in 1377–8 quitclaimed to Nicholas his
father and Margaret his wife all right in
Brockholes; ibid. no. 1558. Thomas
de Bredkirk was in 1387 pardoned for
the death of Geoffrey son of Nicholas de
Brockholes, killed at Preston in 1385;
Cal. Pat. 1385–9, p. 284.
In 1378 William del Pole and Margery
his wife had some interest in the Brockholes estate; Final Conc. iii, 5.
||The deeds preserved (those of Elston
of Brockholes) are not clear on this point.
In 1419 (or perhaps 7 Hen. IV) a moiety
of the manor of Brockholes, held for life
by Margaret widow of Nicholas, was
settled on Roger Elston and Margaret
his wife, the heir of Nicholas, with
remainder to their son John, contracted
to marry Agnes daughter of John
Fleetwood; Add. MS. 32107, no. 548.
John Elston had a son William, who
as early as 1428–9 was contracted to
marry Ellen daughter of Thomas
Haighton; Add. MS. 32108, fol. 289b.
According to the pedigree the other
heiress married Thomas Singleton;
Fishwick, Preston, 288.
||John Elston was bound in 1437–8
to Nicholas Singleton for the performance
of an agreement as to lands in Brockholes; Kuerden fol. MS. fol. 115.
From notes by Kuerden (MSS. vi, fol.
74) it seems that a division was made in
1453–4 and an award relating to it in
1478. In 1458–9 William son of John
Elston granted a lease of Old Brockholes;
Another note of agreement between
Nicholas Singleton and Roger Elston
states that the latter was to have Old
Brockholes for life; Add. MS. 32107,
no. 2987. Again in 1445–6 Roger
Elston, whose son John had granted
Nicholas Singleton the reversion of a
moiety of the manor of Brockholes,
released his own life interest in the
same; HH, no. 1901. The moiety of
the manor was the subject of a settlement
in 1453–4, when the elder John, son
and heir-apparent of William Elston, was
contracted to marry Agnes daughter of
Nicholas Singleton of Brockholes; Add.
MS. 32108, fol. 289b. The parties
being near akin a dispensation was
obtained; Kuerden MSS. vi, fol. 74.
William Elston had a younger son also
Robert son and heir-apparent of John
Elston, senior, was in 1483–4 married to
Anne daughter of John Singleton of
Withgill; Add. MS. 32108, fol. 289b.
In 1515 John Elston agreed with
Margaret daughter of Robert Waddington
as to her marriage with his cousin and
heir Ralph Elston (apparently son of
Robert); ibid. Again in 1553–4
William Elston, who had married
Katherine daughter of Evan Browne,
was to have Brockholes; ibid. It
appears that he was the younger son of
Ralph Elston; Richard the elder son
Ralph Elston and Richard his son
were out-burgesses of the guild of 1542;
Preston Guild R. 19. In the same year
two messuages, &c., were settled on
Ralph Elston and Richard his son and
heir-apparent; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 12, m. 81. Ralph Elston occurs as
vendor (or trustee) in 1553; ibid. bdle.
14, m. 48.
In 1538–9 Roger Asshaw and Jane
his wife claimed a 'form or kneeling
place' in Preston Church in right of his
manor of Elston, but Ralph Elston of
Old Brockholes asserted his right to it.
The churchwardens, seeing that 'manslaughter, sedition, and great unquietness
were like to have ensued,' took away
the form till a legal decision could be
given; T. C. Smith, Preston Church,
||Ralph Elston, named above, died
4 Nov. 1556 holding a capital messuage
and lands in Brockholes of the executors
of the will of Lord La Warre in socage
by a rent of 4d. yearly. The kinsman
and heir was Richard Elston, aged five
years; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. x, no.
3. The following field-names, &c., are
given: Grey Bank, Margaret Acre, Boatfield, Holme, Eases, Oldhouse, Brewhouse, &c.
Richard Elston, a minor, made complaint in 1571 as to invasion of his
grandfather's lands by John Shireburne
and Katherine his wife; Duchy of Lanc.
Plead. Eliz. lxxxii, E 1.
From the Preston Guild R. (p. 27) it
would seem that Richard was the son
and heir of Richard (? William) Elston,
deceased. A settlement of Richard
Elston's estate in Brockholes or Over
Brockholes was made in 1574; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 36, m. 73. He
died in 1592 holding the same estate of
John Lacy (as of his manor of Manchester) by the twenty-sixth part of a
knight's fee and a rent of 4d.; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. xv, no. 14. The service
was that due for a moiety of Brockholes.
William the son and heir was thirteen
years of age. He died in 1636 holding
his Brockholes estate of Edward Mosley
of Manchester by the fourth part of a
knight's fee and 4d. rent; Robert his son
and heir was twenty-eight years of age;
ibid, xxix, no. 1. William Elston, a
scholar and a Puritan, was the author of
a history of his family (Harl. MS. 1727,
fol. 336), under the title of Mundana
Mutabilia: Ethelestophylax. Extracts
from it were printed in the Preston
Guardian of 1881, Feb. 5, 19, &c.
||Robert Elston's son William died in
1664 without issue, and Robert's six
daughters in the same year sold the estate
to Paul Moreau of Knowsley, who settled
||The vendor was Paul Moreau,
grandson of the purchaser in 1664. Paul
Moreau, James his son and Paul his
grandson, &c., were out-burgesses of the
guild of 1682; Preston Guild R. 191.
||For pedigree see Fishwick, op. cit.
276. Thomas Winckley was son of
John Winckley, curate of Garstang (1637) and of Broughton (1661); he
was registrar of the duchy Chancery
office. He died in 1710 and was
succeeded by his son John, who died in
1753. John's son Thomas left an only
daughter Frances, who married Sir John
Shelley, sixth baronet (d. 1852).
||Mr. E. H. Petre died in 1902.
||The timber construction shows
externally at the back.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 298.
||Nicholas Singleton, possessor in
the time of Henry VI, has been mentioned. There was an arbitration in
1474 between Alice widow of Nicholas
Singleton and the sons—James (the
heir), John, Lawrence and Roger; HH,
no. 1918. John Singleton of Brockholes
in 1485 granted all his lands to Sir
Alexander Hoghton, apparently as
trustee; ibid. no. 1902. In 1495–6
Robert Singleton, another son of Nicholas,
released all his claim to his brother John;
In 1487–8 James Singleton and
Thomas his son became bound to
Richard Singleton of Broughton, engaging to make no alienation of the
inheritance of Nicholas, father of James,
so that it might descend to Richard the
son of James, except as to lands of 20
marks yearly, the dower of Agnes wife of
James and daughter of Richard Hoghton
of the Lawnd in Bowland. Richard was
to occupy the Bank in Broughton;
Kuerden fol. MS. fol. 389.
Richard Singleton died in 1499, having
been married or betrothed as early as
1458, while his grandfather Nicholas was
living, to Elizabeth his wife, who survived
him. He held the moiety of the manor
of Brockholes of Sir Thomas West Lord
La Warre in socage and other lands in
Bolton-le-Sands, &c. Thomas his son
and heir was twenty-seven years of age;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no. 52.
Thomas Singleton about two years later
made a feoffment of messuages and lands
in Brockholes called Rishmelfield, Gamridding, a water-mill and a fishing, to
fulfil the marriage covenants of his sons
Robert and Henry with Anne and Aline,
daughters of John Singleton of Shingle
Hall; Kuerden fol. MS. fol. 381.
Robert Singleton died in 1525, his wife
Anne having died before him, leaving a
son and heir William, only about two
years old. He held one moiety of the
manor of Brockholes and various lands,
&c., in the other moiety of Lord La
Warre, as of his manor of Manchester,
by knight's service. He also held a
burgage and land in Preston of the heir
of Adam Brockholes by the rent of three
grains of pepper, and other tenements in
Broughton, Barton, Ribchester, Whittingham, Bolton-le-Sands, &c.; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi, no. 64.
||Ibid, x, no. 1, in which his will is
recited as well as various family settlements. To Mary his wife he allowed his
dwelling-house, a close called Gamridding,
with mill and fishing; to Robert his
bastard son he gave certain closes and
his interest in the tithe of Brockholes.
Brockholes was held of Lord La Warre
by the seventeenth part of a knight's
fee and the rent of 4d. The heir was
his uncle Henry Singleton, chaplain,
aged fifty-five. From later depositions it
appears that Henry had been a friar.
For Robert Brockholes see Exch. Dep.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), 2.
Visit. (Chet. Soc), 81.
||An indenture concerning the manor
is enrolled in the Common Pleas, Mich.
3 & 4 Phil, and Mary. An account of
the disputes which followed William
Singleton's death will be found, with
copies of depositions, in Fishwick's
Preston, 94–6, 289–93. It appears that
the above Henry Singleton and his
nephew William son of Thomas Singleton of Bank Hall in Broughton sold the
estate to John Singleton of Ripley, who
in 1565 sold to Sir John Southworth.
John son of Henry Singleton in 1557
gave his life interest in the Eyes in
Brockholes to John Singleton of Ripley;
Kuerden fol. MS. fol. 389, no. 399.
Fines relating to the settlements at the
same time are Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdles. 17, m. 33, 80; 27, m. 171.
After the death of Sir John Southworth
in 1595 his estate in Brockholes, not
called a manor, was said to have been
held of the lord of Manchester by the
three-hundredth part of a knight's fee
and the rent of 4d. A free fishery in
the Ribble was included; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. xvii, no. 3.
By Thomas Southworth (son of Sir
John) Brockholes was mortgaged and
then (1620) sold to Edmund Breres of
Preston, and sold again the next year
to Sir Robert Bindloss of Borwick Hall.
It descended to a grandson Francis and
then to his sister Dorothy wife of Sir
Charles Wheler, who in 1668 sold to
Paul Moreau, owner of Higher Brockholes, and John Walshman of Preston,
who divided the estate; Preston Chron.,
May 1862. Fishwick (op. cit. 96) states
that Lower Brockholes was in 1682
the property of Hugh (John) Walshman,
who died in 1694.
||The Walshman share was sold to
Winckley in 1696 and the Moreau share
in 1698. A full abstract of the title is in
Piccope MSS. (Chet. Lib.), iii, 292–310.
||Lower Brockholes was formerly
reached from Preston by a roadway
known as Brockall Lanc, which now
forms part of the high road from Preston
to Blackburn made in 1824. There was
a direct way between the two towns
previous to that date, but it was a mere
lanc, and there was either no bridge or
a very primitive one across the river at
Lower Brockholes. When the road and
bridge were projected the landowners and
farmers petitioned Parliament to refuse
authority for its construction, their contention being that if the new road were
made it would give Samlesbury farmers
the means of competing with them at
Preston; Preston Guardian, 28 Dec. 1907.
||Ellis de Knoll and Alice his wife
about 1290 granted Edmund Earl of
Lancaster a piece of land in Grimsargh
lying on the east side of his park of
Hyde; Great Coucher, i, fol. 62, no. 13.
Matthew de Huyton (? Heaton) and
Maud his wife in 1323–4 claimed land
in Grimsargh against Alice the widow
and Adam the son of Ellis de Knoll;
Assize R. 4.25, m. 5 d.
In 1351 Roger de Blackburn acquired
a messuage and land in Grimsargh from
John son of Ralph de Freckleton and
Maud his wife; Final Conc. ii, 131.
William Pole and Margery his wife in
1378 held two messuages with land and rent
in Grimsargh, Brockholes and Preston;
ibid, iii, 5. Their tenant Richard de
Smewes was perhaps the Richard who
occurred as defendant in July 1351; Duchy
of Lanc. Assize R. 1, m. 5.
William Pole was in 1398–9 accused
of felling and carrying away certain trees
belonging to Nicholas de Brockholes;
Add. MS. 32107, no. 1020. Later
(1454–5) an agreement was made between
John Pole and John son of Roger Elston
as to the bounds of their lands in Brockholes; Kuerden MSS. vi, fol. 74.
John Singleton in 1530 held land in
Grimsargh of Sir Richard Hoghton in
socage; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi,
no. 32. In 1541 Gabriel Hesketh purchased from another John Singleton lands
in Claughton and Grimsargh; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 12, m. 60. Bartholomew Hesketh of Rufford made a
purchase in 1536–7; Pal. of Lanc. Plea
R. 162, m. 15. George Hesketh of
Poulton died in 1571 holding land in
Grimsargh of Thomas Hoghton by a
rent of 4d.; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
xiii, no. 15. See also Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), iii, 363.
Evan Browne of Ribbleton in 1545
held land in Grimsargh of Richard
Hoghton by a rent of 20d.; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. vii, no. 24. Thomas
Brockholes in 1567 also held land there
of Thomas Hoghton; ibid, xi, no. 6.
The Gerards of Brynn had land in
Grimsargh said to be held of the king in
thegnage by a rent of 2d. in 1537; ibid.
viii, no. 29, 13. William Pemberton in
1575 purchased a messuage and land
there from Sir Thomas Gerard; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 37, m. 154.
Richard Pemberton died in 1619 holding
of Sir Richard Hoghton by a rent of 6d.;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), ii, 224.
Thomas Asshaw in 1564 purchased a
tenement there from the Earl of Derby;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 26, m.
152. This was perhaps the messuage
held in 1627 by Sir John Radcliffe of
Ordsall, the tenure not being stated in
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxv, no. 6.
Thomas Shireburne of Heysham held
land in Grimsargh of Hoghton in 1635;
Towneley MS. C 8,13 (Chet. Lib.), 1083.
Royalist Comp. Papers (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), iii, 301; Index of
Royalists (Index Soc), 42. See also Fishwick, Preston, 361.
Two husbandmen of Grimsargh,
Thomas and John Cosson, being 'suspected of popery, 'were in 1653 summoned
before the committee for compounding.
They did not appear, and the two-thirds
of their estates were sequestered; Cal.
Com. for Comp. i, 656.
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
||Estcourt and Payne, Engl. Cath.
Nonjurors, 95,136–7. Their names were
Paul Charnley, John Coseney, Robert
Hummer, Richard Fishwick, George
Clarkson, James Rogerson, Gilbert Slater
and Thomas Slater.
||Gastrell, Notitia (Chet. Soc), ii,
470. It was consecrated in 1726.
||T. C. Smith, Longridge, 210–14;
notices of curates in charge and vicars are
given, with a view of the church. See also
Hewitson, Our Country Churches, 85–8.
A 'Capellanus de Brockholes' attested
an agreement in 1253, but the placename may be the surname only; Harl.
MS. 2112, fol. 65/107.
Lond. Gaz. 14 May 1875.
||T. C. Smith, Longridge, 216. The
place was formerly known as The Hermitage, the residence of a family named