||The Census Rep. 1901 gives 1,445
acres, including 4 of inland water; there
are also 24 acres of tidal water and 128
||The bridge is supported by thirty-two
iron pillars. There was previously a ferry
called Shard Ferry; and at Aldwath
(see Poulton) there was a ford in more
Nat. Hist. of Lancs. bk. i, pp. 22,137.
V.C.H. Lancs. i, 288b.
||The adjacent Stalmine was reduced
from four to three plough-lands.
||Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 35. The
sheriff answered for 17s., the tallage of
Hambleton in 1206; ibid. 202.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 51; the heading is
Rot. Lit. Claus. (Rec. Com.), i, 136.
The gift was to hold good during the
king's pleasure, but in 1227 Henry III,
for the profit of the souls of King John
his father and others, confirmed the grant
to William de Colmore for the period of
his life; Cal. Pat. 1225–32, p. 112.
Cal. Close, 1227–31, p. 159; Chart.
R. 22, m. 11; 23, m. 8.
||See the account of Preesall with
In 1263 Geoffrey de Hackinsall demised the vill of Hambleton with 4
oxgangs of land to John de Hoole for
eighteen years, as a marriage gift for his
son Geoffrey, who was to marry John's
daughter Mary; Dods. MSS. liii, fol. 83b.
John de Hackinsall in 1261 held three
plough-lands of the king in Hambleton
by the yearly service of 40s.; the value
was £5 16s.; Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i,
229. The vill of Hambleton paid 40s.
yearly to the Earl of Lancaster in 1297;
Richard de Hackinsall held Hambleton
by the 40s. service in. 1292 and 1324;
Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 377;
Dods. MSS. cxxxi, fol. 40b.
Though Richard was the brother and
heir of John de Hackinsall, the latter had
a son Roger, to whom his father, when on
his death-bed, gave a messuage and twothirds of 2 oxgangs of land in Hambleton. Richard in 1292 appears to have
disputed the gift, but the verdict was in
Roger's favour; Assize R. 408, m. 34 d.
Roger de Hackinsall held two-thirds in
1306, Cecily wife of Thomas Travers
having the remainder (of Roger's inheritance), but it was claimed by the three
nieces of John son of Simon de Hambleton; Assize R. 420, m. 8, 10 d. Roger
summoned Richard de Hackinsall to
warrant. Geoffrey de Hackinsall was
plaintiff in 1352 and John son of Thomas
de Hackinsall in 1354, with respect to
property in Hambleton; Duchy of Lanc.
Assize R. 1, m. vij; 3, m. 1; Dep.
Keeper's Rep. xxxii, App. 331.
John de Hackinsall had some land in
the township in 1362; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Chet. Soc), i, 82.
||The manor of Hambleton was in
1321–2 granted to Robert de Shireburne,
with remainders to his sons William and
Robert, by Richard de Hackinsall; Kuerden MSS. ii, fol. 260. The charters
referred to below show that this was a
final release. The Hackinsall lordship
does not seem to have been recognized
||Kuerden MSS. v, fol. 112.
In the claim for dower by Eva widow
of Geoffrey Arbalaster in 1246 it was
agreed that she should have 6s. yearly
from the tenement of Robert de Shireburne in Hambleton; Final Conc. (Rec.
Soc Lancs. and Ches.), i, 96.
||Kuerden MSS. loc. cit.; Robert's
wife was named Maud.
||Ibid. In 1262 an agreement as to
the 3 oxgangs of land was made between
William son of Robert de Shireburne and
John; the latter's right was acknowledged,
and he was to pay William 1d. at Easter
and do the service to the chief lords;
Final Conc. i, 136. At this time the
father must have been dead; nevertheless
a Robert de Shireburne was juror in
1265; Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 234.
||This seems the necessary inference
from the descent of the manor. John
de Shireburne was living in 1297; ibid.
John son of Robert de 'Chireburne'
granted 2 oxgangs of land to William son
of Alexander de Hambleton; Raines MSS.
(Chet. Lib.), xxxviii, 377.
||See the account of Aighton.
Robert son of John de Shireburne in
1292 complained that John de Shireburne
(apparently his father), Adam Pakok of
Singleton, Roger de Hackinsall and others
had disseised him of 3 oxgangs of land,
&c. John had demised them to Adam for
ten years, and then had given them to
Robert, who entered at the end of the ten
years. Meantime John had extended
Adam's term to thirty-three years, to
Robert's loss. Adam, however, resigned
his right to Robert, reserving only the
crops of that year's harvest; Assize R.
408, m. 6.
The Prior of St. Mary's, Lancaster,
claimed a messuage and 2 oxgangs of land
against 'John son of Robert de Shireburne,' but failed, as it should have been
'Robert son of John'; ibid. m. 59 d.
John de Shireburne was in 1294 summoned to answer Adam Pacock respecting
a convention as to 3 oxgangs of land in
Hambleton; De Banco R. 103, m. 24.
||In 1346 William de Shireburne held
three plough-lands in Hambleton in
socage, paying 40s. a year; Survey of
1346 (Chet. Soc.), 52.
Richard Shireburne died in 1445 holding the manor of Hambleton with its
appurtenances of the king in socage, its
value being £10 clear; Lancs. Rec. Inq.
p.m. no. 30, 31. His grandson Robert
was tenant in the following year, by the
old service of 40s.; Duchy of Lanc.
Knights' Fees, bdle. 2, no. 20.
The manor is regularly named among
the family estates. Robert Shireburne
(1492) was said to hold by knight's service, but the tenure in socage with 40s.
rent was rightly given in 1528 after the
death of Hugh Shireburne; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no. 92; vi, no. 65.
It occurs in 1777 among the manors of
Thomas Weld; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 625,
m. 10 d (16).
||Joseph Weld of Lulworth, brother of
the Cardinal, was the lord of the manor
in 1836; Baines, Lancs. (ed. 1), iv,
404; Hewitson, Our Country Churches,
||Baines, op. cit. (ed. 1870), ii, 496.
||Shireburne Abstract Bk.
||In 1246 Simon de Hambleton was
a tenant; Final Conc. i, 96. In the same
year one William de Hambleton acknowledged that he was the native of John de
Hackinsall; Assize R. 404, m. 4.
Alice widow of William de Hambleton
in 1292 recovered dower against Robert
de Singleton alias Broughton; ibid. 408,
m. 1, 74. She also complained that
Robert had encroached on her right in
the common pasture, but the jury found
that he had approved with the assent of
Geoffrey son of John de Hackinsall,
chief lord of Hambleton, and others;
ibid. m. 67 d.
In a suit already mentioned Maud
wife of Thomas (son of Thomas) de
Hambleton, with her sisters Agnes and
Alice, nieces and heirs of John son of
Simon de Hambleton, claimed land in
1305–13; Assize R. 420, m. 8, 10 d.;
424, m. 6.
Maud widow of William son of Richard
de Hambleton claimed dower in the township in 1330 against Nicholas de Oxcliffe;
De Banco R. 283, m. 247 d.
||Richard le Boteler about 1280 gave
to his son Geoffrey all the land of
Hambleton which he had from John son
of Adam Beaufront; Dods. MSS. liii, fol.
91. William son of Sir Richard confirmed
the same to his brother Geoffrey; ibid,
fol. 84. In 1294 Richard le Boteler gave
two-thirds of an oxgang of land to Richard
son of Robert the Cook of Hambleton;
ibid. fol. 91. Richard son of William the
Cook gave land to Thomas son of Richard
de Stainall in 1315–16; ibid. The same
Richard also gave land to John Lawrence
and Elizabeth his wife; Duchy of Lanc.
Anct. D. (P.R.O.), L 1029.
Richard le Boteler of Marton in 1322
held a messuage and land in Hambleton
of Richard de Hackinsall in socage;
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, ii, 146. There
are charters in Raines MSS. xxxviii,
Nicholas le Boteler of Rawcliffe had
land in Hambleton in 1331; De Banco
R. 287, m. 307 d. In 1405 the family's
lands here were stated to be held of the
king as duke in socage; Towneley MS.
DD, no. 1460. Nothing more definite
is stated in the later inquisitions, down to
William Butler in 1639.
||This may be inferred from land in
Hambleton being held by Sir Thomas
Banastre in 1379, and by the heirs, &c.,
of Balderston later—e.g. Dudley, the Earl
of Derby, and Radcliffe of Winmarleigh,
as appears by the inquisitions, &c. See
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc), i, 15. Land
in Hambleton, part of the Balderston
inheritance, was included in the grant to
the first Earl of Derby in 1489, and after
the death of the second earl the 1522
rental (at Lathom) shows that lands there
paid 30s. 7d. yearly.
Robert de Singleton has been named as
a landholder in 1292. It may have been
his estate which descended to Sir William
Leyland of Morleys, who died in 1547
holding lands in Hambleton of the king
as of his duchy by the tenth part of a
knight's fee and a rent of 14s. 8d.;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. ix, no. 43.
The same tenure is recorded in later
inquisitions, e.g. Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec.
Soc), ii, 262.
In 1596 Robert Bickerstaffe purchased
a messuage, &c., from George Singleton,
Mary his wife, Thomas Gudlaw the
younger, Richard Wilkinson and Margaret
his wife; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle.
59, m. 142.
||Henry Butler of Rawcliffe died in
1621 holding six messuages, four saltcotes, lands, moor, marsh, fishery, &c., and
a ferry boat on Wyre; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq, p.m. xxvi, no. 36; xxx, no. 18.
||In 1323 John de Lancaster purchased
a messuage and an oxgang and two-thirds
from Richard son of Robert de Inskip and
Alice his wife; Final Conc. ii, 57. This
may have been the estate of John de
Hambleton already referred to.
Alice widow of Robert Hesketh in
1490–1 left lands in Hambleton to her
sons Hugh and Richard; Towneley
MS. C8, 13 (Chet. Lib.), H 300. The
tenure of Thomas Hesketh's lands was
not known in 1523; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. v, no. 16. Sir Richard Shireburne seems to have purchased them in
1556; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 16,
The lands of Thomas Boteler of
Warrington (1522) and Alexander Goosnargh (1524) were held as parts of an
estate in Stainall in socage; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. v, no. 13, 55.
George Allen in 1567 purchased a
messuage, &c., from Nicholas Sumner,
Alice his wife, Thomas Wilkinson, Ellen
his wife, Anthony Garstang and Elizabeth
his wife; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle.
29, m. 81. Other parts of the same
estate ware sold to Sir Richard Shireburne
and Henry Thompson; ibid, bdles. 34,
m. 59; 35, m. 152. George Allen's
tenement was in 1579 found to be held
of Sir Richard Shireburne in socage;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xiv, no. 80.
Robert Finch of Mawdesley (1610) had
land, but the tenure was not stated;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc), i, 156.
||Simon son of Henry de Hambleton
gave to Cockersand, together with the
body of his wife Alice, half an acre in
Sandirland field, having land of Robert de
Shireburne on the south side; Cockersand
Chartul. (Chet. Soc), i, 141.
For rental see ibid, iii, 1268–9; and
for grants of the Cockersand lands see
Pat. 21 Eliz. pt. xi; 42 Eliz. pt. xvi.
||John son of Geoffrey Arbalaster gave
to the priory 2 oxgangs of land, one of
which had been held by Richard Colmore
and another by Richard son of Siward,
but reserved a part of the appurtenances,
viz. in a field called Thornhole and in the
Wyre fishery; Lanc. Ch. (Chet. Soc.),
ii, 378. This was confirmed by his son
Geoffrey de Hackinsall; ibid. 377.
It was perhaps this land which was
held by Thomas Fleetwood of the queen
in 1576; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xii,
||Estcourt and Payne, Engl. Cath.
Nonjurors, 93, 116, 134. The names
were: John Lickfold, London, in right
of his wife Dorothy (widow of Richard
Sharples), Mabel Hodgkinson, and John
Mary Holland of Wigan in 1757
bequeathed to Mrs. Winifred Eccleston
of St. Helens a messuage in Hambleton
which she had had from her aunt Anne
Hesketh; Piccope MSS. (Chet. Lib.),
iii, 288, from R. 31 of Geo. II at Preston.
||Raines MSS. (Chet. Lib.), xxii,
||In 1567 the inhabitants petitioned
that their chapel 'commonly called Our
Ladie Chapel)' might be 'consecrated'
for divine service and administration of
the sacraments by fit chaplains as curates,
approved by the vicar of Kirkham, and
for the burial of the bodies of their dead;
Reg. Bk. at Chester, i, fol. 403b. The
Bishop of Chester gave 'licence' accordingly, ordering that the chapel wardens
should take his permission once every
three years to the parish church, where it
was to be read through, after the Gospel,
on Whit Monday; ibid, ii, fol. 231.
Thus an old chapel was not 'consecrated,' but licensed for use. It seems
likely that the vicar of Kirkham had
objected, but as the place was 7 miles
from the parish church its use was
convenient for baptism and burial.
In 1601 an agreement as to the chapel
was made by Richard Shireburne on one
part and John and Thomas Carter on
the other; Shireburne Abstract Bk.
Gabriel Tyldesley was curate in
1611–22; Visit. P. at Chester Dioc. Reg.
||Gastrell, Notitia Cestr. (Chet. Soc),
ii, 423. In 1705 the curate certified
that the only revenue was £5 a year and
that there was 'preaching there one
afternoon in three Sundays'; ibid. 422.
This shows that there was a curate in
1705; there does not seem to have been
one in 1689 and 1691.
||This is mentioned in the time of
James I; Lancs. and Ches. Rec. (Rec.
Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 268. The
amount points to a pre-Reformation
||About 1717 there was £8 15s. rent
of land and £2 10s. interest of £50;
Gastrell, loc. cit. The rent-charge of
£5 appears to be paid still.
Commonw. Ch. Surv. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), 156. The £5 paid by
the lord of the manor is named.
The minister in 1651–2 was Robert
(Noble) Cunningham, and in 1654 Roger
Sherburn; Plund. Mini. Accts. (Rec. Soc
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 239, 246, 142.
The latter had an increased allowance of
||Fishwick, Kirkham, 59–62.
||By Order in Council 21 Jan. 1846.
||From the Diocesan Registry, Chester.
||William Bushell of Goosnargh wrote
to the Bishop of Chester, 18 Sept. 1706:
'The bearer Richard Crombleholme has
been educated as a Presbyterian and
intended to hare been a dissenting
||Son of Robert Whitehead, clerk, one
of the masters of Kirkham School;
Admissions to St. John's Coll. ii, 201.
||Nightingale, Lancs. Nonconf. i, 135,
||Hewitson, op. cit. 508.