||The Census Rep. 1901 gives 2,357
acres; the difference is probably accounted
for by the detached portion within Woodplumpton.
Lancs. and Ches. Antiq. Soc. xx, 174–6.
Some have disappeared; those enumerated
are the churchyard cross (steps remain),
Daniel's Cross and Duxen Dean Cross
on the northern boundary (base of latter remains), Durton Lanc (now destroyed) and
Durton Greea Crosses, and Fernyhalgh.
||Ibid.; near Broughton Church and
V.C.H. Lancs. i, 288a.
||Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 430. Uctred's
'antecessores ' had held Broughton, apparently by the same service. His father
may be Huck the reeve, living 1160–70;
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), i, 47.
Uctred son of Huck also had land in
Stainall; ibid. He is mentioned in the
Pipe Rolls of 1171–7; Farrer, op. cit.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 52.
||Farrer, op. cit. 131;' the increase
of rent from Broughton for the whole
||The story is told Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 192, 226–7. King Henry had
given the manor for life to Master William
the queen's Sauser (Salsarius.) The
manor was not liable to tallage.
In 1194–5 Theobald Walter sued
Richard son of Uctred and Robert his
brother for the whole town of Broughton,
one plough-land, as part of his demesne,
having been held by the king or his
father in demesne. Richard said in reply
that the moiety of the town was of his
own demesne, held of the said Theobald
by certain services which he was ready to
perform. Robert had the other moiety;
Coram Rege R. 5, m. 2 d.
William the Sauser received Broughton
from the king in 1244; he had 8 marks
of silver 'of his farm ' from William de
Singleton in 1261 5 Dods. MSS. cxlix,
Richard and Robert, sons of Uctred,
seem to have succeeded their father as
early as 1185; Farrer, op, cit. 56. In
1205 Richard son of Uctred proffered
5 marks for having his serjeanty (of
Amounderness and Blackburn), which had
been taken into the king's hands; ibid.
204. In 1208 he proffered 10 marks for
the restoration of the plough-land in
Broughton; Abbrev. Plac. (Rec. Com.),
Richard died in or before 1211, when
his son Alan proffered 20 marks for livery
of his father's estates in Singleton and
Broughton, and for confirmation of his
office of bailiff of Amounderness; Farrer,
op. cit. 237–8. In 1212 Alan is found
in possession of his serjeanties of Amounderness and Blackburn; but Broughton
was in the king's hands, rendering 6
marks yearly; Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i,
52, 134. He also held Bilsborrow in
1226, and portions of Freckleton and
Whittingham in 1242; ibid. i, 140, 152.
He died in 1244 holding these offices and
lands, and leaving a son William who
was the heir; ibid. i, 158, 160.
In 1245 Alice widow of Alan de
Singleton came to an agreement with
William de Singleton as to dower; Final
Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 92.
She was marriageable in 1246, and the
king had granted her marriage to William
de Lancaster; Assize R. 404, m. 22.
Alan had perhaps a brother John, for
John son of Richard de Singleton in 1261
eld 2 oxgangs of land; Lancs. Inq. and
Extents, i, 228. Alan had a second son
named Richard, who perhaps became a
canon of Cockersand; Final Conc, i, 103,
150. The family were benefactors of
this house; see Cockersand Chartul. (Chet.
Soc), i, 225–8, 264–5.
Final Conc, i, 119; concerning 40
acres of land.
||Ibid. i, 141. Thirty acres were excepted, and these William warranted to
Thomas de Singleton at the same time.
The plaintiff was Hugh son of Richard
de Stapleford. From other sources it is
known that Alan was the son and heir of
William; probably Thomas was another
son. William son of Alan de Singleton,
with the consent of Alan his heir, gave
land in Bilsborrow to Cockersand Abbey;
Ceckersand Chartul. i, 268.
In 1297 the vill of Broughton rendered
8s. to the Earl of Lancaster, and the
tenants paid a further 10s. for having
common in the forest of Fulwood; Lancs.
Inq. and Extents, i, 289.
||Katherine widow of Alan de Singleton
was in 1292 the wife of Thomas de
Clifton, and claimed dower in lands in
Broughton. One parcel had been granted
to Master Robert de Singleton by William
the father of Alan, and Alan had added
some land in Whittingham; it was
ordered that Master Robert should hold
his land in peace, while Katherine should
have an equivalent from the lands of
Thomas the son of Alan; Assize R. 408,
m. 23. A similar decision in her favour
was given as to land held by Thomas son
of Thomas de Singleton; ibid. In two
other claims also Thomas the son and
heir of Alan warranted the defendants—
Nicholas son of Alan de Singleton and
William de Singleton—and rendered dower
to Katherine from his own land; ibid.
m. 31 d.
At the same time William de Earlsgate
was non-suited in claims against Thomas
de Clifton and Katherine his wife, and
against Nicholas son of Alan de Singleton; ibid. m. 76. This Nicholas again
appears in 1295; De Banco R. 109,
||Compare De Banco R. 127, m.
119 d.; 131, m. 106 d.
Final Conc, i, 201. The descent is
thus recorded in pleadings of 1334:
Alan -s. William -s. Alan -s. Thomas
-sister Joan, who married Thomas Banastre
-s. William -s. Adam; Coram Rege R.
297, m. 27.
William son of Ellen de Broughton in
1308–9 released all actions, &c., to Sir
William Banastre; Dods. MSS, cxlix,
fol. 45 b.
||Adam son of William Banastre in
1324 held the manor of Broughton by
the service of 81., and had pasture in
Fulwood for the cattle of his tenants
(except in time of pannage) by paying
fol.; Dods. MSS. exxxi, fol. 396.
In 1334 it appeared that the king had
demanded a payment of £4. a year from
the men of Broughton; Coram Rege R.
297, Rex m. 19 d. This probably referred
to the right of pasture in Fulwood, for
which 10s. was paid. The men of
Broughton appear to have exceeded their
rights, and in 1336 were fined £13 6s. 8d.
for all transgressions; Whalley Couch.
(Chet. Soc), ii, 373–4.
Thomas son of Adam Banastre held the
town of Broughton, viz. one plough-land,
in 1346, by the tenth part of a knight's
fee and a rent of 10s.; Survey of 1346
(Chet. Soc), 50.
Lands in Dilworth, Broughton, Whittingham, Preston and Goosnargh were
held by Edward Banastre in 1382, and
inherited by his daughter Constance;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc), i, 16.
In 1445–6 Richard de Balderston held
Broughton by the tenth part of a knight's
fee; Duchy of Lanc. Knights' Fees, bdle. 2,
||Broughton was included in the forfeited Harrington lands given to Thomas
Earl of Derby in 1489; Pat. 4 Hen. VII.
In 1513 it was stated that Thomas, late
Earl of Derby, William Knowles, clerk,
and others (apparently trustees) held the
manor of Broughton of the king in socage
by the rent of 8s.; Duchy of Lanc Inq.
p.m. iii, no. 15. On the partition made
in 1564 the manor of Broughton was
assigned to Edward Earl of Derby; Pal.
of Lanc. Plea R. 216, m. 10.
||See the inquisitions of Edmund
Dudley (1509), Thomas Radcliffe of
Winmarleigh (1521) and his successors,
and Alexander Osbaldeston (1544). The
Balderston manors, &c., are grouped
together, without any statement of the
||Adam de Singleton occurs 1254 to
1286; Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 192, 264.
Gilbert de Singleton died in or before
1326 holding lands in Broughton of Adam
son of Sir William Banastre by the service
of a rose and 1d. yearly. There was a
messuage there, 50 acres of arable land
worth 8d. a year each, a horse-mill (fallen
down) worth only 10s. a year, a windmill
(broken) worth the same, a little close
called the Fernyhalgh worth 2s. Tenants
at will held 47 acres of arable land paying
6d. an acre; and 3 acres of meadow rendered is. each. Gilbert had lands also in
Freckleton, Warton and Great Plumpton.
His son and heir Thomas was twenty-tut
years old; Chan. Inq. p.m. 19 Edw. II,
no. 67. Thomas in 1335 claimed the
family manors against John son of Thomas
Banastre as son and heir of Gilbert son of
Alan de Singleton; De Banco R. 301,
Thomas de Singleton was living in
1346, when he was called to warrant John
son of Gilbert de Singleton; De Banco
R. 346, m. 11; 347, m. 148 d. John
seems to have had a son Thomas; ibid.
348, m. 427. Thomas son of Gilbert
de Singleton had licence for his oratory at
Broughton in 1349; Gillow, Haydock
Papers 57. The same Thomas was a
plaintiff in 1351; Duchy of Lanc. Assize
R. 1, m. iiii. d.
Adam de Singleton in 1348 granted to
Robert his son and Joan his wife and
their heirs all the lands which Alice widow
of John de Singleton and mother of the
grantor had allowed Robert and Joan and
a part of Threpmeadow. The remainders
were to Nicholas the brother of Robert,
to Robert and Thomas, grantor's brothers.
Among the witnesses were Thomas son
of Gilbert de Singleton and Richard de
Singleton; Kuerden fol. MS. fol 387.
The seal shows a cheveron between three
roundels, with the legend + sigil. ade de
singlkton. A Thomas son of Nicholas
de Singleton occurs in 1396–7; ibid.
fol. 191. Robert Singleton of Broughton
occurs in 1422; ibid. fol. 383.
Sir Thomas Banastre in 1372 granted
Robert son of Adam de Singleton and
Alice his wife the lands, mills, &c., which
had been held for life by Robert de Singleton the elder in Broughton and Whittingham, with the reversion of certain
other lands held by Pernell the grantor's
mother in dower; Dods. MSS. cxlix,
Nicholas de Singleton the younger in.
1377 secured lands in Broughton from
John son of Adam Singleton of (Light)workhouses; Final Conc, iii, 1.
Nicholas son of Gilbert de Singleton
had restored to him in 1405 various lands
in Dilworth, Bilsborrow, Whittingham,
Broughton and Thornton and part of the
manor of Little Singleton, formerly the
possessions of Sir Alan de Singleton,
Nicholas being his next of kin and heir;
Dods. MSS. cxlix, fol. 38b, 39. Another
Nicholas (son and heir of Thomas) appears
in 1449, being described as ' of Warton';
Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 12, m. 4b.
Nicholas Singleton of Broughton and
Margaret his wife occur in 1454; Kuerden
MSS. iv, B 34.
The Preston Guild Rolls give many
particulars of the families. Thus in 1397
Thomas son of Nicholas de Singleton was
admitted to the freedom, paying 40s.; and
in 1459 Nicholas Singleton of Brockholes
and Richard his brother were among those
enrolled by hereditary right; Preston
Guild R. (Rec, Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), 6,
11. In the latter year James Singleton
of Broughton, William and Brian his
sons and James the son of William were
also enrolled; ibid. 12.
William Singleton of Broughton had
land called Fernyhalgh in 1483; the
remainder was to Robert Singleton; Add.
MS. 32107, no. 765. William Singleton
died in 1490, leaving a son and heir
Robert, aged thirty-eight; Towneley MS.
CC (Chet. Lib.), no. 582. Robert and
John Singleton were in the same year
ordered to give reasonable dower to Agnes
widow of William; Pal. of Lanc. Writs
Proton, file 5 Hen. VII; Plea R. 70,
m. 9. John Singleton was also son of
William, and founder of the Chingle Hall
family; see Whittingham.
Agnes, the widow of William, died in
or before 1519, when her lands were
granted to Thomas Wrightington during
the minority of John Singleton the heir;
Duchy of Lanc. Misc. Bks. xxii, 47 d.
There was another Singleton family
holding lands in Chipping parish and also
in Broughton Row and Ingol, which
descended to Leyland and Tyldesley of
Morleys in the parish of Leigh. In 1564
Thomas Leyland was found to have held
his lands in Broughton and Ingol of the
heirs of Richard Balderaton by 1d. rent,
and in 1587 Edward Tyldesley held them
by the same rent of Henry Earl of Derby;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xi, no. 20;
xiv, no. 10.
||Towneley MS. HH, no. 1524.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no.
59, 63. Lands in Broughton had been
held for life by Margaret widow of Nicholas
Singleton and Agnes widow of William
Singleton. One Thomas Singleton had
land in Fernyhalgh. Joan wife of Robert
was one of the daughters of Edmund
Lawrence; William, Henry and Thomas,
younger sons of Robert and Joan, are
named. The tenure of the manor of
Broughton was (erroneously) said to be
by the twentieth part of a knight's fee of
the king as Earl of Lincoln, a rent of
6s. 8d. being paid. There was probably
a confusion with the tenure of
See Dep. Keeper's Rep. xl, App. 542–3.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iv, no. 70.
There was a younger son Richard. Jane
the widow married Arthur Standish, who
after her death (1513) continued to take
the profits of the manor, &c. This led to
disputes with the heir; see Fishwick,
Preston, 251–3, where the depositions are
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no. 15.
This was a traverse of former inquisitions,
and corrects the tenure previously recorded.
In 1508 a certain Robert Singleton
and Margaret his wife, widow of William
Balderston, had an estate in Broughton;
ibid. iv, no. 13.
||Ibid, v, no. 45. The disposition of
the estates made by John Singleton is
recited in full. It provided for 80 marks
to advance the marriage of his sister
Elizabeth and £20 to be distributed in
deeds of charity. The tenure of the
manor was recorded as the tenth part of
a knight's fee.
||Ibid, xxvi, no. 56. Henry Singleton,
brother of Thomas, was still living, holding a messuage in Sharoe and land in
Durton, given him for life by their father
Robert. Elizabeth widow of Henry
Singleton of Fernyhalgh is named in a
lease of 1594, in which Richard son of
William Singleton of Killinsough is also
named; Piccope MSS. (Chet. Lib.), xiv,
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. x, no. 29.
It recites the provision made for Richard
the son and his wife Joan daughter of
Thomas Cowell; also for Brian brother
of Robert Singleton.
||Ibid, x, no. 16.
William Singleton had an estate in
Broughton and Goosnargh in 1563; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 25, m. 161.
The will of Anne widow of William
Singleton of Broughton (1565) is printed
in Wills (Chet. Soc. newser.), iii, 132.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xi, no. 17.
Edward Singleton granted to Andrew, a
younger son, three messuages in Broughton
for life and one in Lightworkhouses in
Broughton, and made provision for other
sons—William, Richard and George. The
place-name Durton is given 'alias Urton
It is possible that two of the sons
became priests. Dr. William Singleton,
educated at Douay, was sent on the
English mission in 1590, but was arrested
and banished in 1606. He died in 1620
at Liege. Richard Singleton entered the
English College at Rome in 1583, being
then seventeen years old; he became a
Jesuit and died in 1602, having petitioned
to be sent on the English mission. See
Foley, Records S. J. v, 997, 1008. An
undated return of the latter part of
Elizabeth's reign reports ' Mr. Singleton, a Jesuit, at Mr. Singleton's of
the Tower'; Gillow, Haydock Papers,
59, quoting S. P. Dom. Eliz. clxxxv,
Thomas Singleton made a settlement
of the manor of Broughton and lands in
Broughton, Preston and Warton in 1586;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 48, m.
||Fishwick, Preston, 257–8.
||Piccope MSS. xiv, 68. A large
number of deeds relating to the estate
are given ibid. 67–75; they range from
1583 to 1810. Thomas Singleton,
Edward his son and Thomas son of
Edward were burgesses of the Guild of
1602; Preston Guild R. 55.
||Piccope MSS. xiv, 67; a lease by
Edward Singleton of Broughton Tower
to Henry Birches of Cadeley of 4 acres
called Mowbank. From an agreement
of 1598 it appears that Edward married
Grace daughter of Thomas Bradley of
||Named in Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), i, 137. He was son
of Edward; see pedigree in Fishwick, op.
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 86,
m. 46. The deforciants were Thomas
Singleton, esq., Anne his wife, John
Massye, esq., Thomas Singleton of Scales,
Cuthbert, George and Thomas Singleton
and Grace Singleton, widow. The estate
was the manor of Broughton, with messuages, windmill, dovecote, lands, &c., in
Broughton, Urton alias Durton, Fernyhalgh, Fulwood, Haighton and Cadeley,
with certain small tithes.
Among the Roman Catholics killed
while fighting for the king in the Civil
War were Captain George Singleton,
Captain Thomas Singleton (Newbury)and
Lieutenant William Singleton (Marston
Moor); Challoner, quoting Castlemain,
In 1666 William Singleton of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, son and heir of John
Singleton of York (will 1644), and others
told to John Farnworth of Euxton and
Ralph Farnworth of Preston tenements
called Church House in Broughton,
Sharoe House, &c.; Piccope, loc. cit. 69.
||For deeds see ibid.; for pedigree,
Fishwick, op. cit. 258–9. Roger Langton
died in 1644. His son William, Recorder
of Liverpool, was a member of the Presbyterian Classis in 1646, and represented
Preston in Parliament from 1645 to
1653; Baines, Lancs, (ed. Harland), i,
228; Pink and Beaven, Parl. Repre. of
Lancs. 152. Dying in 1659 he was
succeeded by his son William, who in
1664 recorded a short pedigree; Dugdale,
Visit. (Chet. Soc), 173. In 1678, in
conjunction with Elizabeth his wife,
William Langton made provision for his
younger brothers, John, Richard, Roger,
&c. Jane, the father's widow, was living.
A messuage in Sharoe was sold which had
formerly been occupied by Henry Charnley and Elizabeth his wife; Piccope MSS.
William the younger died in 1680 and
his son Roger in 1714. This Roger,
described as of Chester, bequeathed all his
lands in Broughton and Durton to his cousin
William Langton of Liverpool, merchant.
He names his uncles Richard and Thomas,
also William Clayton, his partner in sugar
works; ibid. 74. In 1715 a settlement
of the manor of Broughton, &c., was
made by Richard Langton and William
his son and heir-apparent; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 273.
William Langton in 1732 bequeathed
the manor to his sister Jane, and she in
1733 made a new settlement of it, with
lands also in Broughton and Cheetham near
Manchester, at the same time petitioning
the Lord Chancellor for protection from
the schemes of her niece Mary daughter
of Roger Langton and niece and heir-atlaw of the said William. She stated that
William Langton had in 1732 started for
Scarborough for the benefit of his health,
but died at Ripon, where he made his
will. Mary Langton was waiting till
Jane's death to dispute the will on pretext of unsound mind and defect of
evidence for its validity and to claim the
estate; Piccope MSS. xiv, 71–2. In Mar.
1735 Jane Langton, spinster, acquired a
rent of £10 settled by William Langton
on Mary wife of Stephen Butcher; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 313, m. 35.
||It appears that she was seventy
years of age at her marriage; Fishwick,
op. cit. 260. Lawrence Rawstorne and
Agnes his wife had the manor in 1742;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 326,
||See the account of Hutton.
||Piccope MSS. xiv, 75. Broughton
Tower and 102 acres of land were sold for
£11,500 to James Rothwell, who also
bought the small tithes, a private chapel
belonging to the estate, and the timber.
The rest of the estate was sold to the
school trustees for £14,500.
||Thomas son of Thomas de Ingolhead
granted to three of his children—Edmund,
Helen and Joan — 40 acres each in
Broughton; Harl. MS. 2042, fol. 171.
Cecily widow of Thomas de Ingolhead
in 1310–11 claimed dower in Broughton
against Henry the Marler; De Banco R.
184, m. 107. The heir was Richard son
of Thomas; ibid. 192, m. 89 d.
Thomas de Hale and Maud his wife in
1352 claimed a messuage, &c., in
Broughton against William de Bolron,
Robert son of Adam de Singleton and
others. Maud was daughter of Joan
(daughter of Thomas) de Ingolhead by
her second husband Matthew de Abram;
Duchy of Lanc. Assize R. 2, m. vi.
||Richard Blundell of Preston made a
feoffment of 40 acres in Broughton in
1395–6; Harl. MS. 2042, fol. 171.
The family continued to hold lands in
the township, and in 1546 John son
of Richard Blundell granted William
Blundell a rent of 8s. 8d. from Ingolhead
and Tulketh Bank; Harl. MS. 2112,
||Roger Blundell sold (as stated) his
messuages and lands in Ingolhead occupied
by Thomas Eccleston; Add. MS. 32106,
no. 639. This was confirmed by John
son of William Blundell and cousin and
heir of Roger in 1492; ibid. no. 174.
Lands in Broughton are named in later
Hoghton inquisitions, but the tenure is
not recorded; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
xiv, no. 26, &c.
||Richard Singleton of Ingolhead
occurs in 1380; Final Conc, iii, 7. A
later Richard was burgess in the Guild of
1459, William Singleton and Thomas
his son in that of 1542, Thomas
Singleton and his sons John and Edward
in 1562; Preston Guild R. 11, 19, 27,
John Singleton died in 1588 holding
Ingolhead Hall, &c., of the Earl of Derby
by the rent of a pair of white gloves and
1d.; his heir was his son Thomas, aged
thirteen. His will recited in the inquisition names his wife Ellen (who
survived him), sons Thomas, Robert,
James and Henry; brothers Edward and
William, sister Anne, brother-in-law
James Browne; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. xvi, no. 48.
One Henry Singleton died in 1614
holding lands in Broughton of the king,
partly in socage and partly (Fernyhalgh,
Sharoe and Durton) by the hundredth
part of a knight's fee. John his son and
heir was fourteen years old; Lancs.
Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.),
In the Guild Rolls of 1642 and later
appears a family named Beesley of Ingolhead. See Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
xxviii, no. 62; the tenure it not
||See the account of this family.
After the main portion of the Brockholes
estate had been sold, Bank Hall in
Broughton and some lands in Brockholes,
&c., were retained by the heir male
William son of Thomas Singleton of
Scale, which Thomas was brother of
the Robert who died in 1525. Robert's
estate in Broughton was held of the heir
of Robert Banastre by a rent of 3d.;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi, no. 64.
In 1556 the Bank Hall estate was held by
the same rent of Edward Earl of Derby,
John Osbaldeston and William Radcliffe;
ibid, x, no. 1.
William Singleton of Bank Hall died
in Dec. 1573 holding the capital
messuage and other lands, &c., in
Broughton of the Earl of Derby by a
rent of 5s. His widow Ellen continued
to reside there. The heir was his son
Thomas, two years old. There are also
mentioned Thomas the father of William,
Ellen wife and Richard brother of Thomas
the father. The other estates were in
Brockholes (Littlewoodhey), Whittingham, Ribchester, Newsham, Woodplumpton, Scale and Quemmore; ibid,
xii, no. 34. A later inquisition (xii, no.
30) states the tenure of Bank Hall
differently, viz. of the queen at of her
Duchy of Lancaster by knight's service.
William Singleton adhered to the Roman
Catholic religion and was imprisoned at
Chester under Queen Elizabeth. He
was released in 1570, ordered to conform
and to confine himself to his house at
Brockholes; Fishwick, Preston, 287
(quoting the Bishop of Chester's Liber
Thomas Singleton the son and heir
came of age about 1593, when he inherited land in Whittingham and
Brockholes from a kinsman, Thomas
Singleton; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
xvi, no. 50.
Bank Hall is said to have been sold
about 1625 (Fishwick, op. cit. 318), but
this branch of the Singleton family continued to hold Scale.
||Gillow, Haydock Papers, 60.
Richard Woodcock, who died in 1633,
at Walton-le-Dale, held the moiety of
the Bank Hall in Broughton and lands
there; his son James was twenty-five
years old; Duchy of Lanc Inq. p.m.
xxix, no. 63.
Edward French and Anne his wife in
1651 asked for an examination of their
title to Bank Hall, the estate being
sequestered for the recusancy and
delinquency of Woodcock and Crook.
Anne was daughter of James, eldest son
of Richard Walton, who had married
Elizabeth, eldest daughter of William
Garstang of Broughton, which William
had purchased the estate; Cal. Com. for
Comp. iv, 2909. If true this would carry the
sale of Bank Hall into the 16th century.
||Hugh Crook was living at Bank
Hall in 1632, paying his fines for
recusancy. George Crook, a missionary
priest, succeeded to this, moiety, and
served the mission till his death about
1710; the estate then descended to his
nephew John Crook, the succession being
thus given: John -s. George -s. John
-s. John -s. John, M.D. (d. 1869);
Haydock Papers, 60–2.
George Crook of Broughton, who died
in 1653 or 1654, had two-thirds of his
tenement sequestered for recusancy.
His widow Anne and sons George and
John are named; Royalist Comp. Papers
(Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), ii, 87.
Others of the family, John Crook of
Preston and William Crook of Durton,
also suffered for their religion; ibid. 88–9.
George Crook was of Bank Hall in
Broughton in 1724; in 1732 he married
Janet Blackburne of Westby, she being
daughter and co-heir of Richard Blackburne of Upper Rawcliffe. Her son and
heir in 1771 is named as George Crook;
Piccope MSS. (Chet. Lib.), iii, 286, 246,
390, from rolls at Preston.
||Fishwick, Preston, 318.
||Information of the late Mr. Wilson.
Bank Hall is now a farm-house. The Wilsons in making alterations in the old hall
'discovered a secret chamber adjoining
the room formerly used as a chapel, in
which were a tabernacle, chalice and
other church furniture. These they
handed over to Dr. Crook'; Haydock
||Lawrence Starkie, who has occurred
in the account of Chipping, held lands in
Preston, Broughton and Haighton, and
on his death in 1532 was succeeded by
his daughters, Margaret wife of William
Banastre and Etheldreda wife of Humphrey
Newton; the former died in 1542, leaving a son Wilfrid, under age; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. ix, no. 21. The Newtons
appear to have sold their estate in
Broughton, Sharoe and Urton at various
times; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdles. 12,
m. 123; 20, m. 44; 24, m. 40. See
also Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), ii, 353.
Peter Mason of Lathom in 1612 held
land in Broughton of the king by the
hundredth part of a knight's fee; Lancs.
Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i,
214–15. Robert Bhmdell of Ince in 1615
held land by the two-hundredth part of a
knight's fee; ibid, ii, 28. Richard
Ayrie in 1616 held by a like service;
ibid. 43. George Rogerson of Preston
in 1620 held lands in Sharoe and Ingolhead of Roger Langton as of his manor
of Broughton; ibid. 189. Thomas
Gregory of Woodplumpton in 1622 held
of the king by knight's service; ibid, iii,
The following had lands in Durton or
Urton, but the tenure is not recorded:
Richard Dilworth, 1627 (John, son and
heir); John Robinson of Whittle, 1628;
and Thomas Slater, 1633 (William, son
and heir); Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
xxviii, no. 11; xxvi, no. 20; xxvii, no.
47. William Slater was dead in 1654,
and two-thirds of his lands being under
sequestration for his recusancy, the
guardian of his son and heir Thomas
petitioned for leave to prove title; Cal.
Com. for Comp. v, 3200.
Thomas Shireburne of Heysham held
his land in Broughton of Sir Gilbert
Hoghton; Towneley MS. C 8, 13 (Chet.
||In addition to cases already given are
Robert Adamson's lands were sequestered for recusancy and delinquency. He
held under a lease for three lives from
Thomas Singleton of Broughton Tower,
and the lives having expired in 1651
William Langton claimed possession, as
son and heir of Roger Langton, who
had purchased from Singleton; Royalist
Comp. Papers (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Ches.), i, 10.
Edward Daniel of Durton, recusant, in
1653 petitioned to be allowed to contract
for his sequestered estate; Cal. Com. for
Comp. iv, 3175.
James Hollinhead and George Wilkinson, sequestered recusants, made similar
petitions; ibid, v, 3186, 3179.
Thomas Glave's estate had been
sequestered for a like reason, and in 1651
Margaret and Anne Glave, widows, with
another widow and three fatherless children,
all 'conformable,' in their poverty desired
restoration; ibid, iv, 2910.
John Taylor's estate was also under
sequestration for recusancy. He was
dead, and the leaseholders under his son
Christopher desired to show their title.
The claim was allowed, but 'the debts
due to delinquents and two-thirds of those
due to recusants' were to be paid to the
use of the State; ibid. v, 3207.
||Their names were John Arkwright,
Robert Arkwright, William Arkwright,
William Blakey, Richard Boys of Sharoe,
Richard Cardwell, James Carter of Durton,
John and Thomas Daniell of the same,
Edward Daniell of Catterall, Elizabeth
Gradwell of Fernyhalgh, widow, Thomas
Greenalls, Edward Harrison, Richard
Parkinson and Ellen Walmesley, widow;
Estcourt and Payne, Engl. Cath. Nonjurors,
95–6, 104, 105, 136–8.
For the Daniel family, already mentioned several times, see Gillow, Bibl.
Dict, of Engl. Cath. ii, 11.
||The prior claimed 4 acres, &c., in
1333 against Richard de Myerscough;
De Banco R. 293, m. 322.
||Some early 14th-century fragments
found when the present chancel was erected
are now in the churchyard on the west side
of the tower. This probably indicates a
rebuilding of or alteration to the original
||The plan is on the faculty to rebuild. See next page.
||The inscriptions and arms in these
screens are given in Fishwick, Preston,
||Information from old inhabitants to
present vicar. It is described as having
been similar to Goosnargh Church, only
lower at the eaves.
||On the plan it scales less, but the
plan does not appear to be quite accurate,
the dimensions of the tower not strictly
agreeing with those of the actual building.
||These measurementt are taken from
||Whitaker, Richmondshire, ii, 433–4.
He says 'a few remnants of a more
ancient fabric appear in the walls of the
present fabric, which is evidently a work
of the time of Henry VIII, since when
very little attention seems to have
been paid it, excepting to secure the
handsome tower from felling by strong;
iron bars.' This was in 1822. On the
oak roof of the chancel was the date
||In the 1826 rebuilding they were
placed in the east gable.
||Four of these are illustrated in Fishwick, Preston, 136.
||The architects were Austin &
Paley of Lancaster.
||The shield is difficult to decipher,
but probably bore the Barton arms.
||Found in 1893 in a ditch near the
||The stone was cast aside when
St. Bridget's was pulled down, but was
recovered in 1888 and placed in Broughton
Church by the late Mr. William Langton
||Two of the former bells, which were
used in the catting of the present ring,
bore the dates 1632, and another 1681.
The treble was inscribed 'See. Petre
O P N'. The other bells had 'Jesus be
our spede, 1632'; 'G.W. W.W. I.C. 1681';
Gloria in excelsis Deo, 1632'; Fish wick,
op. cit. 135, but his description is not
||–4 Geoffrey, chaplain of the hermitage
of Broughton, is named in a deed of 1377,
but he may then have been dead;
Kuerden fol. MS. fol. 256.
In 1441 the priest at Broughton was
witness to a local charter; Fishwick,
Preston, 129. In 1460 a sentence of
divorce was read in the church; ibid.
The chapel of Broughton is named in the
1520 lease of Preston tithes quoted in
the account of the church.
||Raines, Chantries (Chet Soc), 277,
||The same curate was there from
1548 to 1565 at least Nothing is known
of the next thirty years.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 140.
Commonw. Ch. Surv. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), 146. In 1651, however, the minister's ' maintenance' did
not exceed 20s. a year, and £50 was
allowed from the tithes of Leyland,
sequestered from James Anderton, 'papist
and delinquent'; Plund. Mins. Accts.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 103,111.
||Gastrell, Notitia Cestr. (Chet. Soc),
ii, 467. Richard Cross had given £100,
and the vicar of Preston had usually paid
£4 a year, but this had been refused by
Vicar Birch. It is now paid by the vicar
||Fishwick, op. cit. 143.
Manch. Dioc. Dir.
Lond. Gaz. 5 Apr. 1878.
||This list is taken mainly from Fishwick, op. cit. 140–4, where many details
of the incumbents will be found.
||Towneley MS. DD, no. 1776,1786.
||In depositions of 1515–16 he is called
'parish priest' of Broughton; ibid. 253.
||Named in a Subsidy Roll, c. 1530;
T. C. Smith, Preston Ch. 20.
||Occurs in the Chester visitation lists
of 1548 and 1562, and in 1565 is named
in the will of Anne Singleton; Wills
(Chet. Soc. new ser.), iii, 133.
||The will of a John Marton, 'curate
of Broughton,' was proved in 1597;
Fishwick, Preston, 141.
||He was 'stipendiary minister,' but
'no preacher'; Hist. MSS. Com. Rep.
xiv, App. iv, 9.
||Visitation lists at Chester.
||Act Bk. at Chester.
||'Commonly called Sir Roger';
Fishwick, op. cit. 141. This is a late use
of the clerical 'sir.' His name heads the
list of ' Protesters' at Broughton in 1641.
||Named in the Ch. Surv., &c., in
||His initials are on the bells of 1681.
His name is in the Bishop of Chester's
visitation list in 1691, as curate and
schoolmaster, showing letters of orders
'ut in 1674.' He is also named in the
will of Roger Langton, 1714; Piccope
MSS. xiv, 74. According to Fishwick
(op. cit. 142) he was deprived of his
curacy in 1678 but reinstated.
||He and his two successors were
nominated by the vicar of Preston.
Charnley had spent some time at Trinity
College, Dublin, before he entered St.
John's, Cambridge, in 1718, being then
twenty-one years of age. He was afterwards vicar of Brayton and Selby, 1727–
48; R. F. Scott, Admissions, iii, 14, 318.
In 1726 the Sacrament was administered four times a year by the vicar of
Preston; Visit, returns. With Charnley
begin the nominations recorded at the
Chester Diocesan Registry.
||He became curate of Pilling. He
and his successors were nominated by the
||Vicar of Ormskirk 1780–1800; retained Broughton.
||Master of Broughton School, 1771.
||a Mr. Collinson has afforded considerable assistance to the editors.
||In 1454. Nicholas Singleton of
Broughton and Margaret his wife had
licence for a chaplain to celebrate divine
service in the chapel of Fernyhalgh and
in the oratory in their manor-house;
Kuerden MSS. iv, B 34.
There is evidence for its use for mass
in the time of Henry VII, but the roof
is stated to have fallen in by 1515;
Fishwick, op. cit. quoting Duchy of Lanc.
Plead. Edw. VI, lxi, R 2; Depositions
Hen. VIII, x, S 5. The chapel had land
On the meaning of the word see N
and Q. (Ser. 4), x, 260.
||Raines, Chantries, 259, &c. The
chapel had one bell, seized by Edward
VI. William Kenyon, who had a grant
of the lands belonging to it in 1553, made
complaints about various tenants; Duchy
of Lanc. Plead. Edw. VI, xxxii, K 2.
||Gastrell, Notitia, ii, 468; End. Char.
Rep. (Preston, 1905), 18.
||William Cowell of Preston about
1590 found Edmond Haworth, priest,
'saying mass after the popish manner in
a loft at the east end of the house of one
Dilworth, a widow, in the village of
Broughton, about 10 o'clock in the morning, attired in massing apparel, wearing a
vestment, alb and stole, and with a mass
book, a super altar, chalice containing
wine and a paten, with other massing
furniture.' The widow, her sons and
daughters and one or two more were
present. The informant, terrified with
cries of 'Strike, strike ! kill, kill ! now
or never !' and bribed by a gift of seven
nobles promised to keep silence, restored
the paten and chalice he had 'partly
taken,' but immediately gave information to the mayor of Preston and others;
T. C. Smith, Preston Ch. 21, from Raines
MSS. xxii, 156–8.
||In 1718 John Crook 'had heard
George Crook, a reputed Romish priest,
say prayers after the Romish way' at
Bank Hall; Payne, Engl. Cath. Rec. 155.
||Christopher Tootell, the priest in
charge about 1700 and later, in an account
written in 1723 gives the legend of the
well. A merchant in distress in a storm
in the Irish Sea promised to do some
work of piety if he escaped, and heard a
voice telling him to seek a place called
Fernyhalgh and build a chapel by the
spring; which, after long search for the
place, he performed. Tootell states:
'The ancient devotion of neighbouring
Catholics did not fail with the old chapel,
but . . . continued in their constant
assembling and praying together at the
well on Sundays and Holy Days and
especially on the feasts of Our Lady, even
in the severest times of persecution.'
This was interrupted at the futile Jacobite
rising of 1715 and the severities which
followed it, the chapel being plundered;
but prayers were resumed in 1717. There
is a notice of Chr. Tootell in Gillow,
Bibl. Diet, of Engl. Cath. v, 548.
||Gillow, Haydock Papers, 58. There
is preserved there an ancient chalice inscribed 'Dosus Maguir Rex Fermanneme
fi. fe. MCCCCC xxix,' supposed to have
belonged to the pre-Reformation chapel.
||When the college was destroyed in
the French Revolution the president was
imprisoned for some time. He returned
to England and was made president of the
new college at Crook Hall, Durham, in
1795, but resigned in order to protect the
interests of the college at Douay, and died
in Paris in 1823. He wrote a short
work on Church history. There are
notices of him in Dict. Nat. Btog. and
Gillow, Bibl. Dict, of Engl. Cath. ii, 13–15.
||Ibid, iii, 145–8. In the first half of
the 18th century it had a noteworthy
teacher—Alice Harrison of Fulwood.
||It was founded in 1787, and large
numbers of Lancashire Roman Catholics
are members. Masses are said for them
at death, and a distribution of the surplus
funds is made each year, each member
giving his share to some poor person.