||The Census Rep. 1901 gives 1,633
acres, including 3 of inland water; there
are also 87 acres of tidal water and 697
acres of foreshore.
V.C.H. Lancs. i, 288a. The later
assessment was three plough-lands only;
possibly one plough-land may have been
added to Ribby. Sometimes Warton
was stated (as will be seen) to have three
plough-lands and a third; but this may
be an error, due to the 'third part of a
knight's fee' being taken to refer to a
fee of ten plough-lands instead of nine.
||Ibid. 335, a. 1. The lords of Penwortham retained part in their own hands
for some time, for about 1154 Richard
Bussel confirmed grants to Evesham
Abbey of two-thirds of the demesne tithes
of Freckleton and Warton; Farrer, Lancs.
Pipe R. 323. This explains the £2
received from the tithes of Kirkham by
the Prior of Penwortham in 1291.
||Lytham Charters at Durham, 1 a,
2 ae, 4 ae, Ebor. no. 46; a confirmation
of the grant of an oxgang of land which
Quenilda's husband Roger had given to
the priory. Roger's grant (no. 47), made
'with the consent of my wife Quenilda
and my heirs,' was attested by 'Stephen
my son, Martin my brother,' and others.
The easements included rights in turbaries, moors, marshes, waters, sands and
fisheries. Quenilda lady of Warton, with
the consent of her heirs, gave to Lytham
the homage of Henry son of Efward;
ibid. no. 11.
A son of Acard (perhaps Hugh) attested
an agreement on behalf of Warine Bussel
of Penwortham c. 1145; Farrer, op. cit.
321. Roger le Boteler attested charters
of the time of Henry II, one at least as
early as 1164; ibid. 375, 409. He paid
half a mark in 1177 for some default;
ibid. 38. In 1184–7 he appears to have
claimed Claughton; ibid. 56. His wife
is sometimes called absolutely ' the lady'
or 'Lady of Warton,' at other times
Me Boteler' or 'de Warton.' She
rendered account in 1200–1 for part of
the scutage due from the fee of Penwortham; ibid. 132. She occurs again
in the Pipe Rolls of 1202–4 (ibid. 170,
178), but seems to have died before
Oct. 1207, when Richard her son was
defendant to the claim by Hugh de
Morton and his -wife; Curia Regis R. 45,
m. 3. As Quenilda daughter of Hugh
she, with the consent of Richard her son
and heir, granted 5 acres in Warton,
with the land between Baunebreck and
the ditch, and between the road called
Highgate and Goschecarr, to the canons
of Cockersand; Chartul. (Chet. Soc),
i, 196. She and her husband had formerly given the canons 3 acres; ibid,
A William le Boteler, their contemporary, was, with Aline his wife, a benefactor of Lytham; Charters, ut sup. no. 5.
The seal shows a man standing, holding
a cup in his right hand. A similar seal
was used by some of the Botelers of
||Richard, Stephen, Thomas and Adam,
as sons of Quenilda, witnessed her Lytham
grant above quoted (no. 46); Roger and
Siegrith are known from other deeds.
Thomas does not occur again.
Stephen le Boteler (or de Warton) gave
to Lytham Priory half an acre in Redcarrfurlong upon Stubbegate, and a perch in
the marsh between Blakcfield and Stubbegate; Lytham Charters, I a, 2 ae, 4 ae,
Ebor. no. 4. About 1240 he gave land
in Wallfurlong and elsewhere; ibid,
no. 42. As Stephen son of Roger he
gave to the same, with the consent of
Ivetta his wife, the house in Warton in
which he lived, with land by the shore
between Oubeck (or Howbeck) and Crowpool; ibid. no. 33. It appears that this
was 'at the Bank' from a further charter
by Stephen made about 1247; no. 36.
Quenilda daughter of Stephen le
Boteler released her right to certain lands
held by Lytham Priory; ibid. 2 a, 2 ae,
4ae, Ebor. no. 5. Adam son of the
priest of Lytham granted to the priory
certain lands purchased from Stephen le
Boteler; ibid. 1 a, 2 ae, 4 ae, Ebor. no. 8.
This benefactor may be the Adam son of
Roger the chaplain of Lytham of another
deed; Dods. MSS. cxlix, fol. 143.
Adam is named in grants to Cockersand
by his brother Richard; he had held
3 oxgangs of land by the gift of Quenilda;
Cockersand Chartul. i, 192. Alice daughter
of Adam son of Roger de Warton, who
gave land to Henry son of William the
Carpenter of Kirkham, may have been
his daughter; Lytham Charters, no. 6.
In 1246 Alice, as daughter and heir of
Adam de Warton, recovered 4 acres in
Warton; Assize R. 404, m. 4 d. Mabel
widow of Adam le Boteler in 1251 claimed
dower against Maud daughter of Richard
de Newton (half an oxgang), John son of
Alice (1 acre), and Robert de Conyers and
Alice his wife (1½ oxgangs); Curia Regis
R. 145, m. 41 d., 43 d. John son of
Alice de Warton was a benefactor of
Lytham, giving land (with house) on the
Bank, between the toft which had belonged to Stephen le Boteler and the
three thorns; Lytham Charters, no. 44.
Avice as widow of John son of Alice de
Warton released her claim in or about
1285; ibid. no. 12. Richard son of this
John had a grant from Roger Collan and
Alice his wife; ibid. no. 14.
To Roger her son Quenilda lady of
Warton gave 2 oxgangs of her land; ibid.
no. 7. Roger with the consent of Eda
his wife gave to Lytham land near
Stubbegate and Blakefield; ibid. no. 38.
Roger son of Roger son of Quenilda gave
the priory a selion called Dreng, lying
between lands of Sir Robert de Conyers
and of Roger son of Haward, and stretching from the ditch of Howbeck to the
butts of Rucditch; ibid. no. 39.
Siegrith de Warton daughter of Roger
le Boteler of Warton, with the good will
of her husband Roger son of Eward, gave
land on Redlinch and in Warton field
upon Stupelgate to St. Cuthbert of Lytham;
ibid. no. 45, 53. Roger and Siegrith
gave a 'land' to Cockersand also; Chartul.
||This is stated in the Lytham charter
already quoted; no. 46.
||Richard le Boteler son of Quenilda de
Warton gave to Lytham, with the consent
of his heirs, the homage of Adam son of
Efward, his free man; Lytham Charters,
no. 27. The seal shows the 'Butler' as
described above. He also gave an oxgang
of land in alms, &c.; ibid. no. 55, 52.
He was a benefactor to Cockersand also,
giving among other parcels land between
Markpool and Warton Pool, 2 acres on
the field of Stubbegate next the ditch
between Warton and Kellamergh, nearer
Flitholm; Cockersand Chartul. i, 192–4.
Eustace the son of Richard le Boteler
of Warton confirmed a gift which his
father had made to Lytham, viz. 3 acres
in 'Cuburch' next the land of Roger
de Freckleton; Lytham Charters, no. 50.
Stephen and Adam le Boteler were witnesses. The seal is like his father's.
Adam son of Richard le Boteler of
Warton, and therefore brother of Eustace,
appears to have succeeded. He granted
to Richard son of his uncle Roger half
an oxgang of land in Warton in return
for 3 marks of silver given him in his
great need, which land had formerly
belonged to the grantor's uncle Robert.
Easements were allowed except on the
lands formerly given in alms and in
2 acres which another uncle (Stephen)
had for peace made between them. The
service to be done to the lord was the
proportion of knight's service pertaining
to half an oxgang where nine plough-lands
made a knight's fee; ibid. no. 31. By
another charter Adam released to the
monks of Lytham the land he held of
them upon the Bank in Warton, they
having given him 17s. in his great
need; ibid. 2 a, 2 ae, 4 ae, Ebor. no. 3. It
was possibly his daughters who put forward a claim to the manor in 1291–2,
but apart from this there is no record of
the permanence of this branch of the
family. The Butlers of Rawcliffe in the
16th century held lands in Warton, but
the tenure is not stated; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. iii, no. 109, &c.
In 1301 Adam de Claughton released
to Thomas de Beetham all right in lands
and rents formerly held by Richard le
Boteler of Warton, his great-grandfather
(proavus); Dods. MSS. cxlix, fol. 144b.
||There was probably some connexion
between Quenilda de Warton and Richard
son of Roger the lord of Woodplumpton,
for one of his daughters was named
Quenilda. At all events, she gave to
another of his daughters, Margaret,
1 oxgang of land in Warton together
with the service of Stephen le Boteler
for the 4 oxgangs he held of her. Margaret was to perform the knight's service
pertaining to 5 oxgangs where nine
plough-lands made a knight's fee; Final
Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 28.
Richard le Boteler, the heir of Quenilda,
assented to this charter, and was in 1207
called upon by Margaret and her husband
Hugh de Morton to warrant the land to
them, and in the following year he did
Margaret's estate probably passed to
her sister Amuria, who married Thomas
de Beetham, but how the lordship of the
rest was transferred is unknown. Perhaps Adam son of Richard sold it in his
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), i, 151. The Prior of
Durham in 1305–6 called upon Thomas
de Beetham to acquit him of the service
demanded by Henry de Lacy; De Banco
R. 160, m. 101; 163, m. 261.
||The name occurs (1200–1300) in
various forms in the Lytham and Cockersand charters—Cuburch, Cuburne, Couburgh—and Richard de Warton described
it as an island; Cockersand Chartul. i,
192. As a surname it appears as Cowburne and Colborne.
||Adam gave to Cockersand Abbey
2 oxgangs of land, one purchased from
Stephen le Boteler and the other from
Roger son of the Lady; ibid, i, 190.
Another oxgang he obtained in 1227
from Adam son of Walter, apparently
claiming by inheritance; Final Conc, i,
52. Alice his daughter and heir married
Robert de Conyers; ibid, i, 107.
||Gilbert de Singleton in 1300 purchased a toft and 40 acres in Warton
from Alice daughter of William de
Conyers; ibid, i, 191. He died in or
before 1326 holding lands, &c., in Warton of Sir Robert de Conyers by fealty
and rendering a pair of white gloves
yearly, also by the service of the twentyfourth part of a knight's fee and paying
4½d. sake fee and 10½d. for castle ward.
There were a capital messuage (worth 2s.
a year), 6 oxgangs of land each of 10
acres (worth 40s.), and the fourth part of
a fishery (6s. 8d.); four free tenants paid
16d. yearly; Inq. p.m. 19 Edw. II, no.
67. Gilbert seems to have had a fourth
part of the manor, though doing only the
eighth part of the knight's service.
Thomas de Singleton and Elizabeth hit
wife in 1425–6 gave the manor of Warton, &c., to Nicholas his son and Margaret his wife; Kuerden fol MS. p. 381.
In the 16th century the Singletont of
Broughton were stated to hold their
manor of Warton of the king as of his
duchy by knight's service; Duchy of
Lanc Inq. p.m. iv, no. 70; v, no. 45, &c.
||The charter is named in the old
catalogue of Lytham charters at Durham,
but is now missing.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, 1, 171. Ralph
died 8 Mar. 1253–4.
||Ibid, i, 195; the value is given as
2s. 4d. Joan's marriage was worth £30.
||Ibid. 203. Robert was of full age.
||Durham catalogue as above.
Whalley Couch. (Chet. Soc), ii,
453–4, The gift was made for the soul
of Robert's deceased wife Maud.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 316;
Thomas de Beetham held the third part
of a knight's fee in Warton of the Earl
In the same year John son of Richard
de Warton claimed a messuage, an oxgang
of land, &c., and a mill in Warton against
Thomas de Beetham and another oxgang
against Gervase Avenel and Emma his
wife; De Banco R. 144, m. 333 d.
Thomas was in possession as early as
1290, when Godith and Avice daughters
of Adam le Boteler claimed against him
2 oxgangs in Warton and two-thirds of
the manor of Cowburgh as their inheritance. Their father was brother and heir
of Richard le Boteler, and the claim was
respited because Thomas de Beetham was
under age; Assize R. 1288, m. 13d.;
407, m. 1. The claim was renewed in
1292, when Thomas, still a minor,
alleged that his father Robert had died in
seisin; ibid. 408, m. 4. This is the
last appearance of the Botelers. A Godith
wife of John Ward occurs in 1300; De
Banco R. 132, m. 193 d. 'The heir of
Beetham' in 1297 was liable for castleward rents of 3s. 4d. in Warton and
2s. 6d. for Kellamergh and Bryning;
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 290.
Sir Thomas de Beetham was in 1311
found to hold lands, &c., in Warton,
Bretherton and Newsham by the service
of a knight's fee, paying 18d. for sake
fee and doing suit to the court; De Lacy
Inq. (Chet. Soc), 22.
||De Banco R. 221, m. 219 d.; 226,
m. 145; 230, m. 105 d. Margaret's
claim was for dower in eighteen messuages
and 12 oxgangs of land in Warton. The
defendants produced a charter of Thomas
de Beetham's granting all his tenement
in Kellamergh, also 1½ oxgangs and
2/3 oxgang in Warton, to William de
Tours and Emma for Emma's life.
There is some error in the extent of
1324, which reads thus: 'Ralph son and
heir of Robert de Conyers holds of Alice
de Lacy the manor of Warton of the fee
of Penwortham by the service of 3s. 4d.
yearly for ward of Lancaster Castle, the
third part of a knight's fee and suit to
the county and wapentake'; Dods. MSS.
cxxxi, fol. 39b. 'Thomas de Beetham'
has perhaps been omitted after son and
heir; thus the double tenancy of the
manor would be recognized for the first
Survey of 1346 (Chet. Soc), 44.
The Singletons may have acquired the
Conyers part of the manor by marriage.
Thomas de Singleton in 1331 complained
that Ralph de Beetham had seized his
cattle at Stainacregrene, a place outside
Ralph's fee. Ralph replied that William
de Conyers had formerly held ten messuages and 12 oxgangs of land of his
grandfather Robert de Beetham by the
service of the fourth part of a knight's
fee and a rent of 2s., and that William's
heirs were his daughters Agnes and Joan;
De Banco R. 287, m. 448 d.
In the aid of 1346–55 Richard Banastre
is joined with Beetham and Singleton as
tenant of Warton; Feud. Aids, iii, 87.
By a charter some years earlier Agnes
widow of Richard Banastre gave to
Richard her son land at Warton, with
Ribble Water; Kuerden MSS. iv, W 5.
||Inq.p.m. 35 Edw. III, pt. i, no. 122.
The yearly value was 33s. 4d.
Sir John de Beetham and Christiana
his wife occur in 1403–4 and Sir John
in 1420; Final Conc. iii, 67, 86. In
1401 Margery de Prees held 2 oxgangs
in Warton of Sir John de Beetham by
knight's service and a rent of 12d.;
Lancs. Ing. p.m. (Chet. Soc), i, 76. The
same was held of the heir of Sir Edward
Beetham in 1479; ibid. ii, 106.
Feud. Aids, iii, 95. Thomas was
the son and heir of Sir John; Final Conc.
iii, 85. He was in possession by 1429;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc.), ii, 23.
||Duchy of Lanc. Knights' Fees, bdle.
2, no. 20. A Roger Beetham occurs in
1450; Final Conc. iii, 117.
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc), ii, 102;
Chan. Inq. p.m. 19 Edw. IV, no. 87.
It appears that Roger left a daughter
Agnes, who married Robert Middleton.
||Duchy of Lanc. Misc. Bks. cxxx.
||Messuages, &c., in Warton, Kellamergh, Bryning and Wrea were held of
the king by fealty and a rent of 2s.;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. ix, no. 11.
George Middleton sold his estate in Cowburn and Warton to William Skillicorne
in 1567; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 29,
m. 74. A settlement of it was made by
William Skillicorne and Nicholas his son
and heir in 1590; ibid. bdle. 52, m. 34.
The tenure of William's estate in Warton
in 1600 was not known.
Richard Skillicorne in 1534 held land
in Warton of the king by 1d. rent;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. x, no. 25.
William Clifton of Kidsnape died in
1517 holding lands in Warton of the
Earl of Derby by fealty only; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. v, no. 21. This may be
an indication that the earl succeeded to
the Beetham estate here for a short time.
It appears, however that an estate in
Warton, Freckleton, &c., was sold by
John Coppull to Sir Thomas Stanley in
the time of Henry VI; Kuerden MSS.
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 60,
m. 55. The deforciants were Thomas
Singleton, Cecily his wife and Edward his
son and heir. The estate included messuages, windmill, lands and moiety of the
manor and a moiety of the view of
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxvii, no.
20. He held four messuages of the king
by the two-hundredth part of a knight's
fee and a free fishery in the Ribble, The
change of lordship appears in other ways.
Thus in 1571 George Hesketh of Poulton
held lands, &c., in Warton of Edward
Singleton of Broughton, while his son
William Hesketh in 1622 held of John
Gerard; ibid, xiii, no. 15; Lancs. Inq.p.m.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), iii, 366.
||At the time of selling the manor the
Singletons also sold two messuages, &c.,
to William Threlfall and Jenet his wife;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 60, m. 51.
They also gave to trustees or mortgagees
another part of their estate—probably the
remainder—and one of the trustees was
John Sharpies; ibid. m. 96.
In a fine of 1617 respecting the manors
of Freckleton and Warton, with messuages,
lands, windmill, &c., there and in Newtonwith-Scales, Stalmine, Preesall, Hambleton, Catterall, Goosnargh and Woodplumpton, and a free fishery in the Ribble,
the deforciants were John Sharpies the
elder, Arthur Sharpies, Alice his wife
and Cuthbert Sharpies; ibid. bdle. 90,
||Ibid. bdle. 150, m. 25; the deforciants were John Sharpies, Dorothy his
wife, John Browne and Isabel his wife.
||This appears from previous notes.
In 1219 Gilbert son of Reinfred gave 2
oxgangs in Warton (formerly belonging to
Robert de Treales) to William son of
Robert in part exchange; Final Conc. i, 42.
William de Bradkirk in 1366 purchased
a messuage and land in Warton from
Ralph son of William de Freckleton and
Isabel his wife; ibid, ii, 170.
John son of Richard Carus and
Katherine his wife had land in 1398;
ibid, iii, 55.
Thomas Hesketh purchased 14 acres,
&c., in Warton in 1514 from John
March and Beatrice his wife; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 11, m. 237. The
tenure was unknown; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. v, no. 16.
||From the Lytham Charters (quoted
above) it would appear that some of the
Wartons were descendants of the younger
sons of Quenilda, while others came from
four sons of Efward or Eward—Henry,
Robert, Adam and Roger.
||Among the Lytham Charters at
Durham are several relating to Roger
Collan and Alice his wife, ranging from
about 1230 to 1280; they had a son
Adam; 1 a, 2 ae, 4 ae, Ebor. no. 14–19.
In 1278 Alice widow of Roger Collan
claimed lands against Adam son of Robert
del Bank, Thomas son of Roger and
several others; De Banco R. 27, m.
Juliana Collan granted Richard son of
John le Spenser a messuage, &c., in the
Bankhouses; Kuerden MSS. iv, W 15.
It may be added that among the other
Warton benefactors of Lytham Priory
were the families of Midhope and Saltweller.
||George Kirkby of Upper Rawcliffe
held his land in Warton of Edward Singleton by 1d. rent; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
xi, no. 8.
Gilbert Latewise (Latus) in 1568 held
of Thomas Singleton in socage by 1d.
rent; ibid, xii, no. 11.
George Allen of Poulton in 1579 held
of Thomas Singleton (a minor) by
knight's service, which Thomas held the
manor of Warton of the queen as of her
duchy by knight's service; ibid. xiv, no. 80.
Evan Haughton in 1608 held land
in Warton of the king by ½d. rent; Lancs.
Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i,
James Bradley of Bryning in 1617 also
held in Warton of the king by the
hundredth part of a knight's fee, a rent of
6d., and suit at Penwortham Court; ibid,
Thomas Worthington of Blainscongh
in 1619 held his land in Warton of the
king by knight's service; ibid, ii, 174.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xvii, no.
89; the estate was held of the queen as
of her duchy. Richard the son and heir
was four years old in 1596, and Elizabeth the widow had married Thomas
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc), ii, 122.
James Browne died in 1619; his land
had belonged to Lytham Priory, for it
was held of Cuthbert Clifton as of his
manor of Lytham by the two-hundredth
part of a knight's fee and 1¼d. rent.
The heir was a brother William, then
aged six years, who died in 1624 holding a
somewhat increased estate, including a
windmill and kiln, &c., in Warton and
Cowburn; Towneley MS. C 8, 13 (Chet.
Lib.), 73. Elizabeth, his daughter and
heir, was thirteen years old.
William Browne of Freckleton also had
land in Warton in 1617, held of the king
by a castle-ward rent of ½d.; Lancs. Inq.
p.m. (Rec. Soc.), ii, 87. Richard Browne
died in 1639 holding an acre of Thomas
Clifton as of his manor of Warton;
Towneley MS. C 8, 13, pp. 79–80.
||He died in 1619 holding land of the
king by 1½d. rent, and leaving as heir a
son James, aged twenty-five; Lancs. Inq.
p.m. (Rec. Soc), ii, 125. Richard Dixon
died in 1638 holding a messuage and land
of Thomas Clifton as of his manor of
Lytham. The heir was his grandson
Richard (son of James son of Richard),
aged ten years; Towneley MS. C 8, 13,
||Ibid. 342. He died in 1639 holding
land of the king. His son Robert was
seventeen years old. He may have been
of Warton in Lonsdale.
||Ibid. 913. Richard Noblett died in
1625 holding two messuages and land of
the king by the two-hundredth part of a
knight's fee. His son and heir Robert
was twenty-six years old.
||Ibid. 1069. He died in 1639, leaving
a son and heir George, aged twenty-six.
His messuage and land were held of
Thomas Clifton as of his manor of
||Nicholas Skillicorne and Margaret his
wife in 1596 sold a messuage, land, &c.,
in Warton to John Thistleton; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 59, m. 258. John
Thistleton died at Warton in 1621 holding of Sir Cuthbert Clifton as of his
manor of Lytham by the two-hundredth
part of a knight's fee and the rent of 6d.
Robert, his son and heir, was twenty-five
years old; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc.),
ii, 249. The Skillicornes had held of
Cal. Com. for Comp. v, 3217.
||Estcourt and Payne, Engl. Cath.
Nonjurors, 89; they were Robert Mercer
and Edward Hardman.
||Thomas Eccleston in 1592 held land
in Warton of Thomas Holcroft as of his
manor of Lytham; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. xvi, no. 38. Inquisitions already
cited show that the Cliftons acquired
lands in Warton together with the manor
of Lytham. Apart from this, however,
the family had long had lands in Warton,
for Cuthbert Clifton in 1512 held them
of the king in socage; ibid, iv, no. 12,
and later inquisitions.
||For their rentals 1451–1537 see
Cotkertand Chartul. iii, 1262–3.
||William Noblett held the Whalley
lands at Bankhouses about 1540, paying
4s. a year; Whalley Couch, iv, 1234.
Plac. dt Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 375.
In the Lytham charters the lands of the
Hospitallers are named. They seem to
have passed into the possession of the
Shireburnes of Stonyhurst with other
parcels of the Stidd estate; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxvi, no. 4.
||Gastrell, Noritia Cestr. (Chet. Soc),
ii, 427. Land called Little Moorhey was
given by Joseph Shaw of Liverpool in
fulfilment of the intention of his brother
William Shaw of Preston; Chester Dioc.
Reg. For description and list of curates
and vicars see Fishwick, Kirkham (Chet.
||By Order in Council 21 Jan.