||The Census Rep. of 1901 gives an
area of 3,055 acres, including 13 of inland
water, and a population of 423; but in
these figures Newsham in Goosnargh is
||Loc. Govt. Bd. Order 32199.
||These are called Barton Cross and
Oak Bank Farm Cross; Lancs, and Ches.
Antiq. Soc. xx, 179, 180. In the former
case a new cross has been placed on the
V.C.H. Lancs, i, 288a.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), i, 46, 139.
||So in the inquest of 1324; Dods.
MSS. cxxxi, i, fol. 39b.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 46.
||Walter de Barton occurs in 1244 and
Grimbald de Barton in 1253, both in
Amoundemess; ibid, i, 158,192. Walter
de Barton and William his son attested a
charter copied in Towneley MS. DD
Ralph de Catterall in 1292 claimed
certain land in Barton against John de
Barton, but afterwards said it was in
Goosnargh; Assize R. 408, m. 34 d.
John de Barton appears again in 1297
and 1307; Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 289;
De Banco R. 163, m. 253.
Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Ches.), ii, 56. John Travers the plaintiff
(? trustee) received two-thirds of the
manor, with the reversion of the remainder, then in the possession of Alice
wife of Richard de Bury as her dower.
In 1334 Iseult widow of William son of
John, de Barton (and afterwards wife of
Adam the Spinner) claimed dower in
Goosnargh against William son of Richard
de Bury and against Sir Richard de
Hoghton, the latter holding by demise of
John son of John de Barton, to whom her
second husband had granted the messuage,
&c.,, claimed; De Banco R. 297, m.
230 d.; 300, m. 143 d. Alice widow of
John de Barton made a claim in 1342
against Adam de Waley and Iseult his
wife; ibid. 309, m. 289.
John de Barton was described as a
knight in charters of 1335 and 1348;
MS. C 8, 5 (Chet. Lib.), Edw. III, no. 17;
Kuerden fol. MS. fol. 387.
Sir John de Barton and John his son
were witnesses in 1340; DD, no. 1879.
Katherine daughter of William de
Barton in 1370 claimed the manors of
Barton and Bilsborrow against Richard
de Catterall; De Banco R. 438, m.
Final Conc, iii, 10. The remainder
was to Thomas son of John and Denise.
In 1443 lands of Thomas Barton of
Barton in Amounderness were taken for
debt; Pal. of Lanc. Chan. Misc. 1/7,
Christopher Barton, son and heir of
Gilbert, was in 1485 to wed Margaret
daughter of William Singleton and widow
of—Elston; Kuerden fol. MS. fol. 59.
Christopher Barton was living in 1500;
ibid. fol. 63.
Duchy Plead. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), i, 10.
He was no doubt the Gilbert Barton
the elder who in 1493 made several
grants to his sons and daughters—
Anthony, Lawrence, Richard, Hugh,
Gilbert, Etheldreda and Isabel; Pal. of
Lanc. Plea R. 76, m. 4, 4 d., 5 d., 8.
Holmes, Kirks Place and Stokkolhede in
Barton are named.
This Gilbert died in or before 1508,
for William Ireland, who had married his
widow Clemency, was then claiming her
dower in certain messuages, &c.,, in Barton,
held by Lawrence Barton 5 ibid. 104,
||There are three inquisitions taken
in this order—Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
v, no. 33, iii, no. 7 (both 1520), v, no. 6
(1521). (1) The first of them relates
particularly to lands held by Gilbert's
wife Margaret, who survived her husband
for over two years. It mentions the abovenamed Lawrence, Gilbert, Anthony, Hugh,
Constance, Etheldreda, and Isabel Barton
as still living in 1520; also William,
Thomas and Christopher Barton, younger
sons of Christopher Barton, and Gilbert
son of the Gilbert of the inquisition.
Thomas Barton the heir had been in
the custody of Sir John Warren, and
then of his son Lawrence Warren. See
Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), ii, 24. (2)
The second document relates to the
claim to wardship made shortly afterwards by Sir William Molyneux and
Elizabeth his wife, they alleging that
Barton was held of them by knight's
service, via. by the tenth part of a
knight's fee and the rent of 8s. (3) The
third inquisition reaffirms the socage
tenure of the manor of Barton. It gives
field-names in the demesne, including
Ovall, Tonstedes, Akame, Flethycrokes
and Alpham, and a number of tenants'
Margaret the widow of Gilbert afterwards married Francis Morley, and was
claiming dower in Barton in 1518; Pal.
of Lanc. Plea R. 123, m. 4.
In 1518, i.e. before the above inquisitions, Thomas Barton had summoned
Lawrence Barton to answer for the
waste, sale and destruction of houses and
woods which Gilbert Barton (grandfather
of Thomas, whose heir he was) had
granted to Lawrence for life; Pal. of
Lanc. Writs Proton. 10 Hen. VIII.
The above statements as to the descent
are difficult to harmonize. According to
the recorded pedigree Gilbert was greatgrandfather of Thomas, which would clear
||Duchy of Lanc Inq. p.m. x, no. 50.
He held the manor, also twelve messuages, a water mill, a windmill, &c.,, in
Barton, and lands in Goosnargh, Bilsborrow and Chipping.
Visit, of 1567 (Chet. Soc), 57.
This gives the descent thus: Thomas
Barton –s. Gilbert –s. Christopher s.
Gilbert -s. Thomas -s. Richard -s.
For a settlement by Thomas Barton in
1599 see Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle.
61, no. 198.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xiii, no. 8;
the tenure was unchanged. The inquisition names Richard's uncle Gilbert,
mother Maud, sister Elizabeth, wife
Anne, and children John, Andrew and
Maud. His will is recited in it; his
wife was to hold Barton Hall, the demesne lands, &c.,c., till his son should
attain full age.
For a recovery of the manor in 1573
see Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 233, m. 13 d.
For a claim to the manor of 'Barton
Row' in 1575 see Ducatus Lanc. (Rec.
Com.), iii, 35.
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), i, 7–11.
||See the account of Gawthorpe. The
outline of the descent is: Richard Shuttleworth, d. 1669 –s. Richard, d. 1648 –s.
Sir Richard, d. 1687–s. Richard, d. 1748
–s. James, d. 1773–s. Robert, d. 1816
A local story relates that 'there was a
large forest hereabouts and it contained a
wild boar, which played such havoc in
the neighbourhood that Barton the elder
offered in marriage his daughter, a rich
heiress, to the man who would kill it. A
great hunt followed, and on St. Lawrence's
Day one of the Shuttleworths slew the
animal near the house now known as
the Boar's Head '; Hewitson, Our Country
A settlement of the manor of Barton
was made by Richard Shuttleworth and
Fleetwood his wife in 1617–18; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 92, m. 9. There
were others in 1709 by Richard Shuttleworth, and in 1742 by the same Richard
and James his eldest son and heir; Pal.
of Lanc. Plea R. 490, m. 6; 557, m. 7.
||There is a pedigree in Foster's
||Fish wick, Preston, 91, 315. Barton
Hall was sold to Alderman William Smith
Final Conc. iii, 73. William Charnley was plaintiff and his parents, John
Charnley of Erlesgate and Amery his
wife, were deforciants.
||Robert Singleton of Brockholes
(1525) held land in Barton of the heirs
of Gilbert Barton by the rent of a rose;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi, no. 64.
George Medgeall (Midgehalgh) held
messuages in Barton in 1557 of Richard
Barton by a rent of 2s.; Robert his son
and heir was aged thirty-three; ibid, x,
no. 22. Robert had a son George who
married Ellen Parkinson in 1577 and had
a son Robert; and this Robert left a son
and heir George, a minor, who died in
the king's custody without issue in 1626.
His heir was his uncle Edward Mighall,
brother of Robert; ibid, xxyi, no. 39.
The tenure of Sir Gilbert Gerard's land
in 1593 is not stated separately.
Thomas Cardwell died in 1633 holding
two messuages, &c.,, of Richard Shuttleworth and Fleetwood his wife in socage
by a rent of 11s. 9d. William his son
and heir was sixteen fears of age; ibid.
xxx, no. 59.
Nicholas Cross had land in 14.84; PaL
of Lanc. Plea R. 61, m. 7.
||Estcourt and Payne, Engl. Cath.
Nonjurors, 139, 95. William Cardwell
was a son of Thomas. The other names
are—George Calvert, Richard Arrowsmith
and George Turner.
Among the convicted recusants of the
timeof CharlesII was a goldsmith, Thomas
Kitchin; Misc. (Cath. Rec. Soc), v, 165.
||It is said to be named in 1577;
Raines in Notitia Cestr. ii, 469.
John de Barton in 1348 received
licence from the Archbishop of York to
have services in his oratories within the
deanery of Amounderaess; note by Mr.
Earwaker citing Raines MSS.
Commonw. Ch. Surv. (Rec Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), 146. The inhabitants desired it to be made a parochial
chapel to Broughton. It is not named in
the Plund. Mins. Accts.
||Gastrell, Notitia Cestr. loc. cit.;
'this chapel was built and has been constantly repaired by the family who enjoyed
the estate and lived in the manor-howe,
to which this seems to have been a
An advertisement for a chaplain m
1795 shows that he was to be master also
of Bilsborrow School; Preston Guard.
Sketches, no. 1526.
||Fishwick, Preston, 145–7. A view
of the old building is given. See also
Hewitson, op. cit. 64–70.
||The Bishop of Manchester's right
wae formerly that of the Jacsons.