||The Census Rep. of 1901 gives 8,329
acres, including 22 of inland water.
||Of these 983 belonged to Goosnargh
proper and 108 to Newsham. The population of the chapelry was 4,327.
||This seems to have been called the
' burgh.' There is no trace of any borough.
Cf. Euzton Burgh.
||Dr. Leigh about 1700 says of it:
'This springs out of a black bass, which
by calcination I found to contain sulphur.
The water has a very sulphureous smell as
strong as that near Harrogate in Yorkshire, but contains little or no salt'; Nat.
Hist, of Lancs, bk. i, p. 40.
||a Notitia Cestr. (Chet. Soc), ii, 421.
||Loc. Govt. Bd. Order 32199.
||The older government was by a vestry
known as 'the Twenty-four Men' of
Goosnargh and Whittingham. There are
extracts from their books, which commence about 1625, in Col. H. Fishwick's
Goosnargh, 51–85. See also Trans. Hist.
Soc. (new ser.), xiv, 41–64.
||a Statistics from Bd. of Agric. (1905).
||Fishwick, op. cit. 8; Smith, Longridge, 2 20.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 8.
||Taxation of Goosnargh, 1625; ibid.
59–68. Of Whittingham, c. 1640; ibid.
55–6. Heads of families, 1671; ibid.
||For these three see the accounts of
Threlfall and Middleton below.
||For an account of this benefactor and
his family see Fishwick, op. cit. 120–8,
where a pedigree is given. He was grandson of Dr. Seth Bushell, vicar of Preston
1663–82, and of Lancaster 1682–4.
Dict. Nat. Biog. The 'historical'
parts of his books are untrustworthy.
||Smith, op. cit. 243.
V.C.H. Lancs, i, 288a.
||This is an inference from the dates
recorded of his son.
||See the account of Howath in
Barnacre. Robert's wife Hawise and his
son Bernard are named. The brethren
of St. John Baptist of Howath granted to
their ' sister' Hawise, wife of Robert son
of Bernard de CatteralL, land in Howath,
also Threlfall, with appurtenances, and 1
oxgang of land in Hutton; Dods. MSS.
liii, fol. 89b.
In 1194–5 Robert son of Bernard,
who had joined in the rebellion of Count
John, made peace with the king, paying
15 marks; Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 90.
There is another reference to Robert, ibid.
||In that year Hughde Mitton, Oliver
son of Nigel and Richard son of Swain
gave 20 marks and a palfrey to have
12 oxgangs of land in Goosnargh which
had been held by Robert son of Bernard,
they having married his daughters and
heirs; Farrer, op. cit. 203, 209; Towneley
MS. HH, no. 520.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc
Lancs, and Ches.), i, 48; see also
139, for 1226. In 1297 the vill paid
18s. 8d. to the Earl of Lancaster; ibid.
||Richard de Tarnacre gave to Cockersand Abbey a third part of Beesley in
Goosnargh, which he had had from the
Lady Iseult, wife of Richard son of Swain;
Cockersand Chartul. (Chet. Soc), i, 243.
Richard son of Richard son of Swain de
Catterall granted an acre of land; ibid.
||Beatrice daughter of Robert son of
Bernard made various grants to Cockersand, some as 'widow,' and one as Beatrice
de Mitton. The place-names include
Robertshurst, Hurst and Carr, Fulsnape,
Small Brook, Longley, the syke which was
the boundary between Goosnargh and
Barton, where the road descends into
Goosnargh Brook. In one grant land
given by Avice her sister is mentioned;
ibid. 234–8, 243.
As Beatrice de Mitton daughter of
Robert son of Bernard she in her widowhood gave William the Clerk son of
Robert the rector of Garstang the moiety
of certain land in Threlfall. The bounds
began at Pepper Syke, following it to the
old hedge, under the land of Avice daughter
of Robert son of Bernard; then going
across to the old ditch, and along this to
the entry into the great wood; by the
wood to Mill Brook, and following this
brook to the great carr under Huenathurst; thence along the carr, the
boundaries of Adam son of Paulinus and
the aforesaid Avice, to the starting-point;
Add. MS. 32104, no. 958.
||See the account of this family under
Withington, near Manchester.
||Michael de Aslacton (Ellaston) and
Avice his wife gave lands to Cockersand
Abbey; the land which Iseult daughter
of Robert son of Bernard gave William
son of Richard de Kirkham is named.
Avice granted the same as widow; Cockersand Chartul. i, 240–1, where two other
gifts are recorded.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 154. They
were the tenants in Catterall. Goosnargh
is not named in 1242.
||Richard de Catterall in 1244 held
3 oxgangs of land in Goosnargh by
knight's service; he paid 4s. 7¾d.; ibid.
Adam de Catterall granted certain
land (received in exchange from Richard
de Hoghton) to Alexander de Goosnargh
and Maud his wife, with remainders to
Thomas and to Margery de Bradkirk;
Add. MS. 32104, no. 497. The same
Adam gave land on the north side of
Longley to Grimbald son of Diota and
Maud his wife; a rent of 12d. was to be
paid, and 12d. for pannage; Towneley
MS. DD, no. 756.
Robert de Grotton and Agnes his wife
(widow of John de Catterall) in 1318–19
claimed dower against Paulin and Alan
de Catterall, on the ground that John son
and heir of Ralph de Catterall had dowered
Agnes with certain lands in Goosnargh
at the church of Towneley (or Burnley)
in 1287; De Banco R. 223, m. 150; 229,
m. 2; 248, m. 229. John son of John
de Catterall made further claims in 1325
against Joan the widow and Robert the
son (under age) of Paulin de Catterall;
ibid. 258, m. 137.
Ralph son of Richard de Catterall granted
Oakenhead in the vill of Threlfall to Adam
de Hoghton, his mill there being excepted,
at the rent of a pair of white gloves;
Add. MS. 32106, no. 517. He gave his
daughter Christiana 8 acres purchased from
Hugh de Middleton; Dods. MSS. liii, fol.
100b. The same Ralph gave Adam his
son all his lands and demesne in Goosnargh
and Threlfall, together with the homage of
John de Barton, Master Richard de
Hoghton, Walter de Goosnargh, Thomas
de Kirk, and others, in 1294; ibid. fol.
93b. The above-named Christiana, as
widow of Walter de Goosnargh, gave
lands to her son Thomas with remainder
to another son Henry; Kuerden MSS. iv,
G 9. Shr was plaintiff (as widow of
Walter) m 1324; De Banco R. 253, m.
Alan de Catterall in 1322 died holding
a messuage, land and rent of the king in
chief (by the forfeiture of Thomas Earl of
Lancaster), by a rent of 5s.; Lancs. Inq.
and Extents, ii, 141.
Richard de Catterall in 1337 demised
4 acres in Goosnargh newly approved to
Richard son of John del Yate of Bilsborrow and John his son for their lives;
Add. MS. 32104, fol. 116.
||Ralph de Mitton was summoned in
1246 to show why he would not take the
homage and relief of Bernard de Mitton
for 5 oxgangs of land in Goosnargh granted
Bernard by his mother Beatrice daughter
of Robert; Ralph was her grandson and
heir, being son of Robert, elder brother of
Bernard. Ralph said he held nothing of
Beatrice's, but Bernard's land would revert
to him, should he die without issue;
Assize R. 404, m. 2. Bernard son of
Beatrice had in 1241 purchased an oxgang
of land from Bernard son of Richard, he
giving 6 acres north of Foxhole Hurst at a
rent of izd.; Final Conc. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), i, 86. As Bernard son
of Hugh de Mitton he granted 6 acres to
Alan the Forester; Kuerden MSS. iv,
Ranulf de Goosnargh in 1246 defended his title to 20 acres against Bernard
de Mitton; Assize R. 404, m. 2. At the
same time Jordan de Kirkham recovered
30 acres against Bernard de Mitton,
Walter de Barton, Ranulf de Goosnargh,
Benedict de Beesley and Hugh de Middleton; ibid. m. 3 d. Jordan was son of
Richard the rector of Kirkham; Cockersand
Chartul. i, 240.
Margery widow of Ralph de Mitton in
1291 claimed dower against Margery
widow of Ranulf son of Bernard de Goosnargh, Alice daughter of John de Barton
and many others; De Banco R. 90, m.
98 d.; 91, m. 248 d.
||Nigel de Longford in 1248–51 paid
relief (13s. 4d.) on succeeding to 4 oxgangs of land in Goosnargh, being the
estate of Avice daughter of Robert and
grandmother of Nigel; Lancs. Inq. and
Extents, i, 184.
||In 1258 William de Clifton was
found to have held 2 oxgangs of land in
Goosnargh of the heirs of Robert son of
Bernard by a rent of 3s. 1½d.; Lancs. Inq.
and Extents, i, 213. This rent is a sixth
part of 18s. 8d.; the tenure may imply
that the grant had been made by Robert
son of Bernard himself, A later William
de Clifton, 1323, held certain lands of
Richard de Hoghton by 1d. yearly; they
included a 'skalinga' (shieling) with 80
acres from the waste; ibid, ii, 159.
In 1324–5 a messuage and 18 acres
in Goosnargh were part of lands in dispute
between Isabel widow of William de
Clifton and William son of William de
Clifton 5 Assize R, 426, m. 8.
||About 1285 Sir Ralph de Mitton,
for 100 marks, resigned to Edmund Earl
of Lancaster his whole tenement in
Goosnargh and Threlfall, a rent of 2s. 6d.
per annum being due to the Hospitallers
for the Threlfall portion; Great Coucher,
i, fol. 73, no. 53–4.
As will be seen (note 3 2), this part of the
manor was by the earl granted to Adam
de Hoghton, who had already begun to
acquire an estate there. Adam made a
grant of land in Goosnargh to Richard
son of Richard Lussell of Plumpton, at a
rent of 10d., with 6d. for pannage;
Bernard de Mitton was another lord;
Towneley MS. OO, no. 1156.
In 1276 Ralph de Mitton claimed a
messuage, two-thirds of a mill, and 4 oxgangs of land against Adam de Hoghton;
De Banco R. 13, m. 22 d. Two years
later Adam was claiming a mesmage,
mill, oxgang of land, and 141. rent against
William son of Alan de Carleton,
referring to an agreement made with
the said Alan; ibid. 24, m. 75; 49, m
52d. It seems likely that the former
suit refers to the acquisition of the Longford share by Adam de Hoghton, for he
with his sons Adam, Richard and John
were alleged about that time to have
disseised Ralph de Mitton of a messuage,
mill water, &c, .and the third part of
1,000 acres of moor and wood in which
they were wont to common; Assize R.
1235, m. 11 d. About ten years later
Henry dc Clifton claimed common of
pasture in land in Goosnargh against Adam
de Hoghton; Assize R. 1265, m. 21
Adam son of Sir Adam de Hoghton in
1291 released to Earl Edmund all his
right in a pasture called the Heyfield in
Threlfall, bounded by a dyke from the
limit of Blackburnshire as far as the water
of Brock; Duchy of Lanc. Great Coucher,
i, fol. 64, no. 23.
A release of all interest in Wrightington, Goosnargh, Threlfall and Howath
made by Henry de Aslacton to Adam de
Hoghton while Sir Robert de I.athom was
sheriff would complete the transfer of the
Mitton third to the Hoghtons. That they
held the Longford part also seems clear
from a fire of 1306 by which Richard son
of Adam de Hoghton made a settlement
of two-thirds of the manor of Goosnargh
and various lands there; Final Conc. i, 207.
But from a charter in Add. MS. 32106
(no. 705) it may be inferred that the
two-thirde refers to the part in possession,
Agnes widow of Adam the father (brother)
of Richard having the other third, as
Henry son of Adam de Blackburn was
non-suited in 1292 on claiming a tenement in Goosnargh against Adam de
Hoghton; Assize R. 408, m. 58. In
1302 John son of Alexander de Hyde
made a successful claim to 30s. rent
withheld by Master Richard, son and heir
of Adam de Hoghton; the defence was a
technical one—that Agnes de Hoghton
and Ralph de Catterall held the third part,
but were not named; Assize R. 418, m.
13 d. From other pleadings it appears
that Agnes was the widow of Master
Richard's brother Adam; Assize R. 419,
m. 13; 420, m. 10 d.
||William son of Walter de Clifton
about 1230 granted to William son of
Walter de Carleton, in marriage with his
sister Elizabeth, 1 oxgang of land in
Goosnargh and all his estate in Whittle;
Doris. MSS. liii, fol. 90, no. 73. This
moiety of the Clifton part of Goosnargh
seems to have descended to the Botelers,
who made other acquisitions. About
1263 Ranulf de Goosnargh gave Richard
le Boteler 15 acres in Threlfall; ibid,
fol. 89, no. 64. Peter de Catterall also
gave land there; Kuerden MSS. iv, G 9.
Richard le Boteler gave land in Goosnargh and Threlfall to his son Henry;
ibid. Henry son of Sir Richard le Boteler
gave Orm son of Richard de Barton part
of his land between Longley and the
Mickle Brook of Ratonraw; Dods. MSS.
liii, fol. 89, no. 66. He also gave
part of his land in Threlfall to Roger
son of Godith de Hupronchelm; ibid.
no. 69. William son of Alexander de
Goosnargh granted to William son of
Nicholas le Boteler in 1316 an oxgang of
land in Goosnargh which he had had from
Henry, who had it from Richard le Boteler;
ibid. no. 74. Richard son of Thomas
de Threlfall made a similar release about
the same time; Kuerden MSS. iv, G 9.
To Nicholas son and heir of William
le Boteler Agnes widow of John de
Myerscough released land in Threlfall in
Claughton in 1321–2; ibid. Sir Nicholas
Boteler in 1337 gave William de Hoghton,
clerk, land by Falbothgrene; ibid.
Survey of 1346 (Chet. Soc), 56–8.
The plough-land and a half in Goosnargh
were stated to make the third part and the
eighth part of a knight's fee. The old
rent of 12s. and 6s. 8d. for a sor goshawk
was paid. It is stated that Adam de
Hoghton held his third part by the
charter of E(dmund) lately earl.
That the Longford third was occupied
by Adam de Hoghton may be inferred
from the sheriff's compotus of 1348, when
those who paid the 12s. rent were Sir
Adam de Hoghton, Nicholas Boteler,
William de Clifton and Ralph de Cafterall;
Duchy of Lanc. Misc. Bks. xxiii, m.
Later inquisitions attribute third parts of
a knight's fee to Barton and Leyland.
In 1348 Walter Wenne and Margaret
his wife claimed a messuage, &c, against
Richard de Catterall, Alan his son and
William de Singleton; Assize R. 1444,
m. 22. Alan son of Richard de Catterall
sought a messuage, &c, against Richard
son of Margaret de Catterall in 1356;
Duchy of Lanc. Assize R. 5, m. 4 d.
Richard son of William Gest in 1367
claimed three messuages, 40 acres of land,
&c, in Goosnargh against John son of
John de Catterall, alleging a grant from
Ralph de Catterall (temp. Edw. II) to
Paulin de Catterall and Alice his wife.
Their daughter Margaret was plaintiff's
mother; De Banco R. 427, m. 319 d.
John son of John de Catterall made a
feoffment of his.lands in 1366; Towneley
MS. C 8, 13 (Chet. Lib.); C 124. His
estate was by his cousin William son of
Richard the Parker given to John son
and heir of Richard de Towneley in
1380–1 5 ibid. P 43.
Adam de Catterall in 1392–3 gave a
part of his land called the Oakenhead
for life to Thomas del Oakenhead; Add.
MS. 32104, fol. 115. He died in 1397
holding a third part of the manor of the
king in socage; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet.
Soc), i, 66. Richard Catterall in 1440–1
made a feoffment of Fisherplace and
Crosshouse; Towneley MS. DD, no. 755.
Sir Adam de Hoghton in 1376 complained of the depasturing of his grass at
Broadhead; De Banco R. 463, m. 21.
In 1422 Sir Richard Hoghton held
five messuages, &c, in Goosnargh and
Threlfall of the heirs of Nicholas de Hyde
in socage by a rent of 15s.; his manor of
Goosnargh had been given to his son Sir
William Hoghton and Alice his wife;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc), i, 146.
The charter making the grant of the
third part of the manor to William and
Alice (1388–9) is in Kuerden MSS. vi,
||From an extent of 1445–6; Duchy
of Lanc. Knights' Fees, bdle. 2, no. 20.
The proportions were unchanged, Catterall, Hoghton and Longford holding
five-sixths, Clifton and Boteler the other
Ralph Catterall in 1515 was stated to
hold his land in Goosnargh of the king by
the third part of the fifth part of a knight's
fee, but his son John in 1517 was said
to hold in socage; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p m. iv, no. 62, 4. There are numerous
references to the Catterall holding in
Threlfall, Lickhurst, Broadhead, White
Lea, &c, in the Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.).
The Hoghtons also were stated to
hold by knight's service, the proportion
of a fee being differently stated; in 1498
it was called the third of five-sixths of a
knight's fee, in 1524 the third of the
fifth, and in 1559 the third of a fourth
part; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii,
no. 66; v, no. 61; xi, no. 2.
The Longford part does not occur at
all in the inquisitions, by that name.
The Clifton of Clifton estate in
Goosnargh was not treated separately,
the tenure being called socage; e.g.
ibid, iv, no. 12.
Sir John Boteler of Rawcliffe died in
1404 holding his land in Goosnargh of
Richard Catterall by services unknown;
Towneley MS. DD, no. 1460. A later
John was in 1488 said to hold of Ralph
Catterall by 1d. rent, but later still the
tenure was stated as by knight's service;
ibid, iii, no. 45, 109, &c. The main
portion of the estate was sold to Gilbert
Gerard in 1572 by Henry Butler, Anne
his wife, Thomas Standish and Jamea
Anderton; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle.
34, m. 69. The purchaser had also part
of the Balderston estate through Radcliffe
of Winmarleigh, but after his death the
tenure was not recorded; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. xvi, no. 2, and see Latus family
||Thomas Catterall of Little Mitton
made a feoffment of Bulsnape, with court
baron of Goosnargh, in 1570; Towneley
MS. DD, no. 758. Thomas, who died
in 1579, left seven daughters co-heirs:
Anne Townley, Elizabeth Procter,
Katherine (wife of Thomas) Strickland—
these three appear to have divided the
Goosnargh part of the estate—Margaret
Atherton (and Edwards), Marian Grimshaw, Dorothy Shireburne (and Braddyll),
and Jane (unmarried); Fishwick,
Goosnargh, 150. The Stricklands sold
their share to Kighley, Hoghton,
Wilson, Kirk, and Barton; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 49, m. 31; 53,
m. 190; 58, m. 100, &c. See Bulsnape
and White Lea below. Thomas Shireburne
seems to have released his rights to James
Pickering in 1599 (Common Pleas Recov.
R. Easter 41 Eliz. m. 9), yet Dorothy
Whipp (daughter of Thomas Catterall and
formerly wife of Richard Shireburne) in
1620 held a messuage of the king by
the three-hundredth part of a knight's
fee; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc), ii, 229.
Thomas Shireburne of Heysham in 1635
held an acre of Gilbert Hoghton;
Towneley MS. C 8, 13 (Chet. Lib.), 1083.
||Goosnargh is named in a settlement
by Henry Townley and Anne his wife in
1590; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 52,
Lawrence Townley of Barnside died
in 1623 holding a third of a third of the
manor of Goosnargh and a third part of
various messuages, water-mill, &c, including Lickhurst and Broadhurst, all of Sir
Richard Shireburne as of the late priory of
St. John of Jerusalem in socage by
2s. 6½d. rent; Lancs. Inq, p.m. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), iii, 411. A similar
return was made in 1630 after the death
of Richard Townley; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. xxv, no. 19. The third part
of a third part of the manor occurs later,
in 1673, in a feoffment of the estates of
Richard Townley and Anne Townley,
widow; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle.
191, m. 67.
||See preceding notes as to Hoghton;
in a later one (97a) will be found indications that the Bartons of Barton held that
third, perhaps as tenants of Hoghton.
||Richard Hoghton in 1591 purchased two messuages, &c., in Goosnargh
and Bulsnape from the above-named
James (son of Thomas) Strickland and
Katherine his wife; Pal. of Lanc. Feet
of F. bdle. 53, m. 162.
Thomas Hoghton had in 1570 purchased the estate of William Catterall and
Joan his wife in Goosnargh, Whittingham, Cumberhalgh and Dilworth; ibid.
bdle. 32, m. 67, 105. In other deeds the
vendor is described as of New Hall (in
Rathmell) in Craven; Dods. MSS. cxlii,
fol. 70; Add. MS. 32106, no. 780.
In the following year Thomas
Hoghton purchased various lands from
Thomas Singleton of Chingle Hall and
Isabel his wife; they were situated in
Goosnargh, Whittingham, Fishwick,
Lea and Claughton; ibid. no. 774,
no. 199 (fol. 277).
Sir Richard Hoghton and Sir Gilbert
were in possession of Goosnargh (among
other manors) in 1616; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 89, no. 41.
||The inquisitions show the transfer
to have been made between 1626 and
Cal, Com. for Comp. ii, 1102.
William Earl of Derby, James Lord
Strange and Charlotte his wife were in
possession in 1642; Pal. of Lanc. Feet
of F. bdle. 141, no. 31.
||Watson, Earls of Warren, ii, 151.
||Fishwick, Goosnargh, 172. 'Mr.
Justice Warren' was John Warren, one
of the Council of the Welsh Marches,
Judge of Chester, &c., who died in 1706.
For pedigree see Ormerod, Ches. (ed.
Helsby), iii, 686–7; i, 626. The
Warrens had land in Goosnargh as early
as 1667; Pal of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle.
179, m. 24. See also V.C.H. Lancs. vi,
||Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 585, m. 6.
Sir George Warren and Jane his wife
occur in 1761; ibid. 594, m. 6. Thomas
James Viscount Bulkcley and Elizabeth
Harriet his wife were in possession
in 1804; Pal. of Lanc. Lent Assizes,
42 Geo. III, R. 8.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 8.
||Some or all of it appears to have
been given by Robert son of Bernard;
Kuerden MSS. v, fol. 82 (here the name
reads Ywulefell, probably for Thralefell).
Both Goosnargh and Threlfall are mentioned among the Hospitallers' lands in
1292; Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rcc. Com.),
||Richard de Catterall in 1244 and
Adam de Catterall in 1397 held lands of
the Hospitallers; Lancs. Inq. and Extents,
i, 160; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc),
i, 66. Ralph Catterall in 1515 and his
son John in 1517 held of the same by a
rent of 8s.; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
iv, no. 62, 4. In 1579 the whole estate
was recorded to have been held of the
Hospitallers; ibid, xiv, no. 4.
||Lawrence Catterall, clerk, who died
in 1520, had held the manor of Bulsnape
for life by the gift of his father Richard.
The heir was his grand-nephew Ralph
(son of John, son of Ralph, son of
Richard), who was then a minor in ward
to the king; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
v, no. 31. The manor of Bulsnape is
named in Ralph Catterall's inquisition;
ibid, vi, no. 77.
||An agreement between the Townleys, Procters and others seems to have
been made in 1604; Exch. Dep. (Rec.
Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), 11.
||The Procters were a recusant family
and the sequestration of two-thirds of
their land in 1607 (Cal. S. P. Dom. 1603–
10, p. 383) may have contributed to the
need for sale. Feoffments of the manor
of Bulsnape and lands in Goosnargh were
made by Thomas Procter and Elizabeth
his wife in 1581, by Thomas Procter in
1610, and again by him in conjunction
with John Nowell in 1614; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 43, no. 130; 74, no. 19;
85, no. 43. Shortly afterwards, viz. in
1624, John Nowell and Mary his wife
sold the manor to Thomas Edge; ibid,
bdle. 103, no. 10.
The purchaser died the same year
holding the manor of Bulsnape in Threlfall, with mill, &c., of Richard Shireburne
(as of the late Priory of St. John of
Jerusalem) by a rent of 2s. 4d.; Duchy
of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxv, no. 2. The heir
was his son Richard, then ten years old,
and there were other children—George,
Bridget and Ellen.
||The deforciants to the fine were
Richard Edge, Sarah his wife, Samuel
Shatterden and Bridget his wife; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 147, m, 158;
Com. Pleas Recov. R. Easter 1650,
The Fishwick family had long been
connected with the neighbourhood.
Adam de Fishwick in 1383 obtained a
third of a messuage and land in Whittingham from William de Formby and Alice
his wife; Final Conc, iii, 17.
In 1523 a jury of twelve freemen of
the view of frankpledge in Goosnargh
was summoned to inquire whether Adam
Fishwick was seised of messuages, &c.,
in Goosnargh claimed by his nephew John
Fishwick as heir; Pal. of Lanc. Sessional
Papers, 15 Hen. VIII.
Adam Fishwick of Newsham in 1544
agreed to give his younger brother Thomas
(perhaps as trustee) certain lands in
Goosnargh; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 179,
m. 13 d.
||The descent is thus given: James
Fishwick, d. before 1653 -s. Charles,
d. before 1680 -s. James, d. 1736
-s. John, d. 1752 -s. Robert, d. 1788.
See the pedigree in Lt.-Col. Fishwick's
work already quoted (154); its author,
of whose local histories considerable use
has been made in the present work, is
descended from the Rev. James Fishwick
(1711–93), younger son of the James
who died in 1736.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 152, where there
is an illustration.
||In 1570 an agreement was made
between Thomas Catterall of Little
Mitton and Thomas Strickland of Mansergh, who had married Katherine
daughter and heir-apparent of Thomas
Catterall, as to a messuage in Goosnargh
called White Lea (occupied by William
Parkinson) and others held by William
Beesley, &c.; Catterall D. in possession
of W. Farrer.
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 53,
m. 133. Gervase was the son of Thomas
Strickland. The previous year the same
vendors had given a messuage, &c., to
Robert Kighley; ibid. bdle. 52, m. 37.
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs,
and Ches.), ii, 31–3. John seems to
have been half-brother of James and
Robert Kighley; Fishwick, op. cit. 156,
where there is some account of the
family. It is stated that 'the local tradition is that the last Kighley of White
Lea, having joined the rebellion of 1715,
was obliged to quit the country to save
||A small chapel attached to the house
was pulled down about 1830; ibid. 159.
||Ibid.; the descent is thus given:
Charles Gibson, d. 1759 -s. John, d. 1786
-s. Charles, d. 1823 -s. Charles (of
Quernmore), d. 1832.
||For the Barton holding see the
account of Kidsnape.
||Richard son of Thomas de Threlfall
has been mentioned in 1316. Somewhat
earlier (1311) a John de Threlfall was
husband of Alice daughter and co-heir of
Richard son of William de Greenhills;
De Banco R. 187, m. 105. Among
witnesses to charters a John de Threlfall
occurs in 1327 and another in 1392.
In 1442 Robert Barton was claiming
money due from John Threlfall of Goosnargh; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 4, m. 2.
In the time of Edward IV John son of
Edward (? Edmund) Threlfall recovered a
tenement in Goosnargh against John
son of John Threlfall; ibid. 55, m. 12.
Eleanor widow of John son of John
Threlfall recovered dower in Goosnargh
and Rochester in 1488 against John son
of Edmund Threlfall; Pal. of Lanc. Writs
Proton. 3 Hen. VII.
Edmund Threlfall in 1568 purchased
an acre in Threlfall and Goosnargh from
Robert Midgehall; ibid. Feet of F. bdle.
30, m. 47. It wag no doubt the same
Edmund who in 1570 claimed (by descent)
land beside the Chewe in Goosnargh;
Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), ii, 402.
Lancs. Inq. pm. (Rec Soc.), ii, 91;
his land in Threlfall, &c., was held of
Richard Shuttleworth and Barton Fleetwood his wife by the rent of a glove—see
the Barton inquest in note 97a. His
wife (Juliana Hesketh) survived him.
||In 1607; Cal. S. P. Dom. 1603–10,
||John Threlfall died in 1625 holding
his messuage, &c., in Threlfall of Richard
Shuttleworth of Barton, and leaving as
heir his brother William, aged seventeen;
Towneley MS. C 8,13 (Chet. Lib.), 1182.
William Threlfall, using the aliases of
Parkinson or Hoghton, entered the
English College at Rome in 1627, being
twenty years of age. He is identified as
the son of Edmund by his mother's name,
Hesketh. He stated that 'he was born
in the parish of Goosnargh near Preston,
where he was chiefly brought up until
seventeen years of age; he lived afterwards at Burton [? Barton] in the same
county. He made his early studies and
his humanities at St. Omer's College. His
friends on his father's side were chiefly of
the lower class, but those on his mother's
were of good family. He had two
brothers and two sisters, and many relations, nearly all of whom were Catholics
as he himself always was.' He died of
consumption in 1628; Foley, Rec. S. J.
Cal. Com. for Comp. iv, 3094. Nothing
is said about recusancy but for that his
mother Juliana's part of the estate stood
sequestered; ibid. The estate was ordered
for sale; Index of Royalists (Index Soc),
||If any part of the story of the
'Lancashire Plot' is to be believed
Edmund Threlfall took an active part;
Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv, App. iv, 293.
He was buried 24. Aug. 1690; ibid. 315.
||He is frequently mentioned in the
Tyldesley Diary, 22, 107, &c. He was a
||Estcourt and Payne, Engl. Cath. Nonjurors, 144. He was then 'of Bilsborrow.'
||Fishwick, op. cit. 167; 'Ashes
became part of the possessions of the
Parkinsons of Clitheroe, and in or about
1830 it was conveyed to the Rev. James
Radcliffe of Kirkham and Whitechapel
and subsequently to its present 
owner, William Shawe of Preston, esq.
In the same place are given some particulars of another Threlfall family, of
Barton. Another one occurs at Clifton.
||The doorhead is illustrated ibid. 164.
Preston Guard. 22 Feb. 1908.
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.),
i, 232; George Beesley of Hill.
||Gillow, Bibl. Dict, of Engl. Cath. i,
||Ibid.; Challoner, Miss. Priests,
no. 88; Douay Diaries, 238, &c.; Pollen,
Acts of Martyrs, 291, &c. The cause of
his beatification was allowed to be introduced at Rome in 1886. Another brother
was a missionary priest in England.
||Francis Beesley died in 1609 holding
two messuages, &c., of Sir Richard
Hoghton. His heir was his son George,
twenty-three years old; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 138.
||In a deed of 1723 is mention of
James Blackburne of the Hill, son and
heir of James; his mother Bridget was
living; Piccope MSS. (Chet. Lib.), iii,
220, from R. 8 of Geo. I at Preston.
Another deed gives the pedigree thus:
Robert Blackburne -s. John -s. James -s.
James (1723); ibid. 224. The lastnamed James [a priest] died at Lisbon
about 1754 without issue; his co-heirs
were two aunts, Grace Blackburne and
her sister Elizabeth, wife of George Sedgwick; ibid. 286, from R. 31 of Geo, II
at Preston. Thomas Starkie of Preston
seems from this to have purchased the
estate in 1757. See Gillow, op. cit. iii,
It may be noted that Adam son of Adam
de Blackburn gave land in Goosnargh to
his son Henry (Add. MS. 32104, no.
1170), and that John and Robert, sons
of Henry de Blackburn, occur in 1360;
Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxii, App. 342.
||Fishwick, Goosnargh, 159. A pedigree is given, from which it appears that
Cuthbert Hesketh of White Hill was a
son of Gabriel Hesketh of Aughton—
therefore probably descendant of the
Bartholomew Hesketh named under
Kidsnape—and legatee of Sir Thomas
Hesketh of Helsington, whose estate
went to Cuthbert's eldest son, a
younger son Gabriel having White
Hill. A pedigree of the family under
the title of 'Hesketh of Preston' was
recorded in 1664; Dugdale, Visit. (Chet.
Notices of two priests of the family—
Roger Hesketh, D.D., and Bartholomew
Hesketh, O.S.B.—will be found in Gillow,
op. cit. iii, 287–9.
||For recusancy and delinquency; Cal.
Com. for Comp. iv, 2960; Royalist Comp.
Papers (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), iii,
||Gabriel's son Cuthbert, who died in
1702, settled White Hill on his nephew
Gabriel. This Gabriel and his son Cuthbert were both attainted of high treason
in 1716. Under the settlement the heir
was John Sallom, son of Anne, the sister
of Gabriel, and under a Private Act of
1735–6 (9 Geo. II, cap. 36) he obtained
possession; Fishwick, loc. cit. Gabriel
Hesketh and his sons Thomas and Roger
were parties to an agreement as to a recovery of White Hill in 1725–6; Piccope
MSS. (Chet. Lib.), iii, 230, from R. 12
of Geo. I at Preston. The forfeiture may
have been partial only.
||John Sallom sold in 1737 to William
Lucas, who died in 1771. His trustees
sold to Thomas Cardwell, whose son sold
it to Edward Harrison, and after the death
of his son in 1826 it was sold to Robert
Snell. In 1871 it was owned by George
Hargreaves of Leyland. See Fishwick,
loc. cit., quoting the title deeds.
||By a deed passed in the early part of
the 13th century Richard Fitton granted
to Adam de Hoghton (Hoyton) and his
heirs all his right in the land of Loudscales (Ludecholis), which the grantor's
father had of the gift of Avice daughter
of Bernard; Dods. MSS. cxlii, fol. 11b.
Loudscales was owned by Christopher
White in 1657, and by Thomas Knowles
in 1674.; Preston Guard. Loc. Sketches,
no. 629. It now belongs to the Knowles
charity. The forest bounds c. 1230
'ascended the Loud between Chippingdale
and Threlfall'; Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 425.
In 1246 Michael son of Michael de
Thornton claimed 2 oxgangs of land in
Threlfall against Richard son of Michael,
but he was non-suited; Assize R. 404,
Of Crombleholme Fold an account may
be read in Fishwick, op. cit. 175. A sundial bears the inscription RxCxIxCx
Walter Curwen of Caton held lands
in Goosnargh by Fairhurst of Sir Richard
Hoghton in 1457, and Gilbert Curwen
held of Sir Alexander and his partners,
lords of Goosnargh, in 1484; Lancs. Inq.
p.m. (Chet. Soc), ii, 64, 114. Thomas
Curwen and Nicholas his son and heir in
1587 sold a messuage to Robert Walker;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 49, m. 113.
George Curwen died in 1629 holding a
messuage in Threlfall, tenure unrecorded,
and leaving as heir his nephew, the son of
his sister Janet by William Trout5 Duchy
of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxviii, no. 24.
Richard Singleton of Brockholes in
1499 held land in Threlfall by unknown
tenure, but in 1556 William Singleton
held his land (probably the same) of the
Prior of St. John; ibid, iii, no. 52; x,
End. Char. Rep. 44.
Lickhurst, which had formed a part
of the Hospitallers' estate, was held by
the Catteralls. In 1480 Ellen widow of
Robert Beesley was ordered to render to
Richard Catterall the manor of Lickhurst; Pal. of Lanc. Writs of Assize,
20 Edw. IV. It passed to Townley of
Barnside, as already shown.
||Gillow, Bibl. Dict. of Engl. Cath. iv,
464; Liverpool Cath. Annual, 1888;
Pollen, Acts of Martyrs, 66–82. Marsden
acknowledged Elizabeth to be lawful
queen, 'and took himself bound to obey
her majesty, so far as his obedience impeached not his duties to God and to the
Church,' but refused to promise 'not to
deal with any of her Majesty's subjects in
matters of religion.' The introduction of
the cause of his beatification was allowed
at Rome in 1886; ibid. 379.
||George Helme was a freeholder in
1600; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.),
i, 233. For the estate see Fishwick, op.
In the Commonwealth time one Robert
Helme had two-thirds of his estate
sequestered for recusancy, but in 1650–1
Edward Rigby claimed it as part of his
grandfather's estate, the said Helme having
become tenant in 1641; Royalist Comp.
Papers (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), iii,
||Notices of several members of the
family will be found in Gillow, Bibl. Diet.
of Engl. Cath. iii, 261.
||A number of deeds relating to Kirkhouse are catalogued in the Shireburne
abstract book at Leagram. It appears
that in 1662 and later Thomas Helme of
Kirkhouse and William his son mortgaged
the estate; William had succeeded by
1669, and his son, also named William,
sold to Sir N. Shireburne, who arranged
with the mortgagees.
||In 1292 Richard son of Patrick de
Middleton was non-suited in his claim
for a tenement in Goosnargh held by
Hugh son of Patrick; Assize R. 408,
m. 32 d.
Middleton, Greenhills and Coore all
appear in the subsidy roll of 1352; Exch.
Lay Subs. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), 59.
||Geoffrey son of Gilbert de Coore
(Couer) secured four messuages, an oxgang of land, &c, in Goosnargh and Middleton in 1323 from Richard son of
Grimbald de Coore. The remainder!
were to Geoffrey's children—Adam, John,
Christiana and Hilda—and then to his
brother Richard; Final Conc, ii, 53.
Sir Adam de Hoghton was plaintiff in
1367 against John son of Geoffrey de
Coore (Covere) in respect of certain pasture; Duchy of Lanc. Assize R. 5, m. 8.
A messuage, half an oxgang of land, &c.,
were in 1359 recovered by Jane wife of
William de Caton—she being daughter
of Richard son of William de Coore—
against Robert de Middleton; ibid. 7,
m. 1 d.
||This family probably took its surname from a place in Medlar. William
de Greenhills in 1315 obtained a messuage and land in Goosnargh from Richard
son of Adam de Greenhills and Alice hii
wife. It was Alice's right and was to
descend to John son of William; Final
Conc, ii, 22.
In 1393 Alan de Catterall acquired
from William de Greenhills and Christiana his wife three messuages, &c.; ibid,
William and Christiana were concerned
in suits as to land in 1368 and 1371;
De Banco R. 432, m. 449 d.; 444,
A William de Greenhill was outlawed
in 1381; Dtp. Keeper's Rep. xxxii, App.
||The pleadings recited in the text
probably indicate that Alan Singleton had
part but not all the Greenhills-Coore
inheritance. Alan's estate in the main
descended by Anne his daughter and
heiress to her husband Sir William Leyland of Morleys (Visit, of 1533, p. 88),
who died in 1547 holding lands, &c., in
Goosnargh of the king by the third part
of a knight's fee; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. ix, no. 43. The tenure of his heir
Edward Tyldesley in 1621 was not recorded; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc), ii,
||a Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 10, m. 29b;
11, m. 9. Another messuage here with
24 acres of land was in 1449 claimed by
the same Alan Singleton against Alan son
of John Catterall. It was alleged that
Adam de Greenhills and Alice his wife
gave it to John son of William de Greenhills in the time of Edward II, after
which it descended thus: John -s. William -s. William -sister Alice -s. Alan
Singleton the plaintiff. The jury found
for the defendant; ibid. 12, m. 19, 8b.
In 1498 a settlement was made of the
estate in Goosnargh and Middleton of
the daughters and heirs of Alan Carr,
viz. Anne wife of John Lynstede and
Joan wife of John Browne; Final Conc.
Alan Singleton claimed a messuage and
oxgang of land from Joan and Anne in
1469 in right of his descent from Geoffrey
de Coore, and Roger Singleton seems to
have held it; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 36,
m. 5; 86, m. 5.
||Lands in Chaigley, Aighton, Goosnargh and Middleton were in 1508 in the
hands of one Roger Singleton, apparently
as trustee for Alan Singleton deceased,
and he gave them to the chantry trustees;
Fishwick, op. cit. 215–18.
||Ibid. 207–10, where the pleadings
of 1582 are printed. The plaintiffs,
George and Henry Helme, stated that
Edward VI in 1549 granted Middleton
and other chantry lands to William
Eccleston and Anthony Lay ton to hold
as of his manor of Clitheroe, and the
grantees conveyed to Roger Helme, plaintiffs' father. After Roger's death his sons
in 1566 divided the estate. (See Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 28, m. 45, 60.)
Tyldesley claimed as heir of Leyland,
alleging that Middleton had never belonged
to the chantry.
George Helme acquired a messuage,
&c, in Goosnargh from Thomas Eccleston
and Joan his wife in 1573; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 35, m. 80. He probably
Henry Helme died in 1589 holding a
capital messuage called Middleton (by gift
of his father Robert), held of the queen as of
her manor of Clitheroe in socage. Leonard,
his son and heir, was nine years old in
1596; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xvii,
no. 92. Leonard died in 1601 holding
the estate, and leaving a son (? brother)
Thomas, aged seventeen, to inherit it;
ibid, xviii, no. 20.
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc), iii, 456;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxv, no. 31;
xxviii, no. 82, in which Fairhurst, said to
be held of William Hyde of Denton, was
found to have gone to a younger son
Alexander Rigby (the father) was son
of John Rigby of Wigan, whose brother
Alexander was seated at Burgh in Duxbury; see the account of the family in
Pal. Note Bk. iii, 137, &c.
Adam Rigby, rector of Eccleston in
Leyland, was in 1632 said to have held
his land in Cross Ground and Fairhurst
of the same William Hyde by knight's
service and rent. The heir was the
younger Alexander named in the text,
being a nephew; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. xxvii, no. 30; Towneley MS. C 8,
13 (Chet. Lib.), 1009.
||This account is from the Pal. Note
Bk. loc. cit. See also Dict. Nat. Biog.
There is a portrait in Fishwick, op. cit.
||The Royalist view may be gathered
from Peter Barwick: 'One Rigby, a
scoundrel of the very dregs of the Parliament rebels, did at that time expose these
venerable persons [William Beale, Master
of St. John's College, Cambridge, &c]
to sale, and would actually have sold them
for slaves if any one would have bought
them'; Vita J. Barwick, 23.
Pal. Note Bk. iii, 169. Baron Rigby's
lordship of the province of Lygonia in
Maine (New England) is related ibid.
181–7. His son Edward, also a lawyer,
who 'took to crooked ways,' succeeded
him in that estate.
George Rigby, brother of the baron,
settled at Peel in Hulton; his daughter
Alice had some land in Goosnargh; Pal.
of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 160, m. 63.
A pedigree was recorded in 1664;
Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 245.
||Fishwick, loc cit., where there is a
pedigree from which the following outline
of the descent is taken: Alexander Rigby,
d. 1694 -s. Thomas, d. 1709 -s. Alexander, d. 1716 -s. Townley, d. 1777 -s.
Alexander -sister Sarah, d. 1832, m.
William Shawe -da. Sally, m. Joseph
Knowles -s. Towneley Rigby Knowles.
See the account of Fishwick in Preston.
In the Piccope MSS. (Chet. Lib.), iii,
118, 122, may be seen the claim of
Townley Rigby, a Quaker, son and heir
of Alexander Rigby, to a seat in Kirkham
Church, 1726; the covenant on his
marriage with Grace daughter of Sir
Edward Hill, 1730; and the will of
Lieut.-Col. Alexander Rigby, 1792,
settling the descent of the messuage
called Middleton in Goosnargh, lands at
||Margery widow of Ranulf son of
Bernard de Goosnargh was (as above) a
defendant in 1291; De Banco R. 90,
m. 98 d. In the following year in different
pleas respecting lands in Goosnargh
Richard son of Robert de Goosnargh was
plaintiff, Robert de Goosnargh and others,
also Henry son of Ranulf de Goosnargh,
were defendants; Assize R. 408, m.
36 d., 96, 54 d. Three years later John
son of William son of Thomas de
Goosnargh had a dispute as to their inheritance with Richard son of William
de Goosnargh; Assize R. 1306, m. 19 d.
Richard son of William son of Thomas
was called to warrant in 1306; De
Banco R. 161, m. 107.
Isold widow of Richard claimed dower
in 1311 against Walter son of Robert de
Ayrdale and Agnes daughter of Roger de
Cumberhalgh; De Banco R. 187, m
105. Possibly she was the wife of Adam
de Rideleys in 1315; ibid. 209, m.
Walter de Goosnargh seems to have
been a more important man than any of
the above. In 1302 he had a suit with
William son of Robert de Thistleton;
Assize R. 4.18, m. 6a. He was called to
warrant in 1312–14 in a suit between
Roger de Wedacre and William son of
Grimbald de Coore and Alice his wife;
De Banco R. 195, m. 184. d.; 207, m. 148;
212, m. 283 d. John son of Walter de
Goosnargh claimed land against Roger
de Wedacre in 1324; ibid. 251, m. 154.
Hugh son of Ranulf de Goosnargh in
1314–15 gave his land in Whittingham
to his sons Richard and Thomas;
Towneley MS. DD, no. 12.
Robert Goosnargh in 1481 gave his
land in the Snape and Westfield to the
brothers Edmund and Henry Elswick;
Kuerden fol. MS. 153–4.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v,
no. 55. In 1582 one William Waring
was party to a division of lands in
Whittingham and Goosnargh; he took
those in the former township and John
Taylor those in the latter; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 44, m. 139. John
Taylor, Anne his wife, James his son
and Ellen his wife occur in 1593; ibid,
bdle. 55, m. 48.
||John Catterall of Selby, the elder,
attainted in 1461, had the manor of Eaves
Green, with messuages and land in
Goosnargh, Hackinsall, and Dilworth;
Chan. Inq. p.m. 11 Edw. IV, no. 35.
The tenures were not recorded. The
manor with the rest of the estate was in
1472 granted to John Pilkington (Cal.
Pat. 1467–77, pp. 307, 419), who died in
possession in 1478, leaving a son and heir
Edward, twelve years old; Chan. Inq.
p.m. 19 Edw. IV, no. 77. In 1625 the
tenant was Richard Harrison; Fishwick, op. cit. 68.
In 1633 Alexander Rigby made inquiry as to the 'manor' of Eaves Green.
He believed it was the land he owned,
'only a little common . . . before the
inclosure . . . and no manor.' There was,
however, another little common 'near
the burgh' called by the same name;
Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv, App. iv, 52.
||a Gilbert Barton in 1516 held Kidsnape of the heirs of Sir Alexander
Hoghton by 6s. 8d. rent, otherwise
of Henry Kighley and Elizabeth his wife
(in her right). In addition Gilbert
held an oxgang of land there of Ralph
Catterall by a pound of cummin—this
was perhaps the Sandyclough of another
inquisition; other messuages, of tenure
not recorded, and lands, &c, yielding a
rent of 4s. 9½d. and a pair of gloves, held
of the king by the third part of the fifth
part of a knight's fee and 18d. rent;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no. 7;
v, no. 6. Bradcroft is mentioned in the
second inquisition, but the tenure is not
separately stated; in 1572 Richard Barton
was said to have held it of the queen
by the third part of a knight's fee and
18d. rent; ibid, xii, no. 9. At the same
time a place called Spinster House in
Goosnargh, which had been given to John
Barton, younger son of Richard, was
stated to be held of Thomas Hoghton by
Thomas Barton and Anne his wife in
1593 sold various messuages, &c, to James
Gregson; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle.
55, m. 157. In 1603 Thomas Barton
of Barton (nephew of Thomas Barton of
Kidsnape) was stated to have held his
lands in Kidsnape of Sir Richard Hoghton
by 6s. 8d. rent and Thomas Procter by
1d. or a pair of gloves. He also held
some land, newly inclosed, of the king
by knight's service; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Rec. Soc), i, 7–11.
||John son of Adam de Barton and
Alice his wife sold land in Goosnargh to
Richard son of Nicholas de Hiles in 1322;
Final Conc, ii, 47. In the following year
the family had two messuages, &c, in the
township; ibid. 56. The same estate
appears again in 1381; ibid, iii, 10.
In 1292 a Jordan de Kidsnape claimed
land in Goosnargh against Walter son of
Robert de Ayrdale, but was non-suited;
Assize R. 408, m. 46.
||It was no doubt an earlier William
Clifton to whom, in conjunction with
Joan his wife, Thomas Barton and Agnes
his wife in 1444 granted all his land in
Kidsnape, with 5s. a year from Gibbefield, at a rent of 10 marks; Add. MS.
32104, no. 706.
In 1473 Ralph Whitehead granted
Kidsnape to Margaret and Joan, daughters
of Thomas Barton; Kuerden MSS. iv,
G 9. See also the account of Upper
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v, no. 21.
In a previous inquisition (iv, no. 11)
William Clifton's lands 'in Goosnargh'
were said to be held of the king as of his
duchy by the sixth part of a knight's fee.
A minor Clifton family occurs in the
18th century; Lancs, and Ches. Antiq.
Notes, ii, 35.
||John son of Adam de Barton in
1315–16 gave land in Beesley to Richard
son of Nicholas del Hiles; Dods. MSS.
liii, fol. 93, and see note 98.
||To Cockersand Abbey in the first
part of the 13th century Adam son of
Ralph gave land of his demesne next to
land held by Richard de Beesley of the
Lady Beatrice; Cockersand Chartul. (Chet.
Soc.), i, 239. Adam de Goosnargh gave
lands to Thomas de Beesley, Thomas
Travers being then sheriff (1302–6);
Dods. MSS. cxlix, fol. 78b. This deed
was in 1597 in the possession of George
Beesley of Goosnargh.
Gilbert de Beesley and Adam his
brother attested a charter (undated);
Towneley MS. DD, no. 1891. William
son of Gilbert de Beesley was in 1305
defendant in two claims, one for dower
put forward by Agnes widow of Gilbert,
and the other for certain land, by William
son of Richard Russel of Woodplumpton;
De Banco R. 153, m. 256d.; 156,
m. 172 d. William son of Nicholas de
Beesley claimed a messuage, 10 acres of
land, &c., against Ellen widow of William
de Beesley in 1354; Duchy of Lanc
Assize R. 3, m. v. The defendant summoned William son of William de
Beesley to warrant her, he being next of
kin and heir of Iseud de Beesley; ibid.
4, m. 15. Shortly afterwards (1356)
in a cross-suit William son of Nicholas
claimed from Ellen the widow two messuages given by Gilbert de Beesley to
Adam de Beesley and his issue with remainder to Nicholas. Adam (living in
the time of Edward II) died without
issue, and thus Nicholas succeeded, and
his right descended to his son the
plaintiff. William son of William, who
warranted, said the remainder was to
William de Beesley his grandfather;
ibid. 5, m. 19 d.
In 1488 Alexander Ambrose and
Margaret his wife claimed lands in
Goosnargh and other places againit
Thomas Lawrence, Margaret his wife,
Thomas Beesley and Joan his wife;
Pal. of Lanc. Writs Proton. 3 Hen. VIII.
Cecily widow of Robert Beesley was a
plaintiff in 1536; Ducatut Lanc. (Rec.
Com.), i, 155.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xvi,
||Ibid, xxviii, no. 62.
||In 1570 Thomas, base son of
Thomas Hoghton, laid claim to Whinny
Clough; Ducatus Lanc, ii, 392.
||For a full account see Fishwick,
op. cit. 179–81.
||a Information of Mr. Park.
||From a deed quoted in Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. iv, no. 48.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 171. Barker was
said to be in Threlfall in 1626; ibid. 174.
||He was the 'Mr. Justice Warren'
spoken of ibid. 172. The stocks were
placed near this house. It was sold to
John Lucas of Goosnargh about 1760.
||Pat. 26 Chas. II (21 Sept.).
||Their house was called the Lodge.
For the family see Fishwick, Goosnargh,
173–5, where 14th-century deeds are
referred to, and the later pedigree is given
thus: Christopher (1588) -s. James (will
1626) -s. James, d. 1671 -s. Christopher,
d. 1702 -8. James, d. 1759 -s. James, d.
1780 -s. James, d. 1808 -s. James, d.
1838-s. James, d. 1853. See also Mr.
Gillow in Misc. (Cath. Rec. Soc), v, 148.
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.),
||Estcourt and Payne, Engl. Cath. Nonjurors, 95.
||See note 111.
||A family of this surname occurs in
1410; Dods MSS. cxlii, fol. 61b.
||Fishwick, op. cit 168, &c, with
Thomas son of Thomas Goosnargh
was in 1418 enfeoffed by his trustees of
lands in Goosnargh, Barton and Chipping,
with remainder to William son of Robert
Midgehall (Miggehalgh) and Alice his
wife, daughter of Thomas son of Thomas;
Dods. MSS. Ixx, fol. 161.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. x, no. 22.
By the inquisition of 1626 it appears that
Robert Midgehall in 1577 made provision
for his son George on his marriage with
Ellen Parkinson. Robert was living in
1600; Misc. (Rec. Soc), i, 232.
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs,
and Ches.), i, 216–17. The capital
messuage in Goosnargh was stated to be
held of Sir Richard Hoghton by 20d. rent,
and land improved from the waste, of the
king by the two-hundredth part of a
||Ibid, iii, 407.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxvi, no.
39. The capital messuage was held as in
1612, but the other land was held partly
of the king by knight's service and partly
(in Threlfall) of Richard Shireburne in
Index of Royalists (Index Soc), 43;
Cal. Com. for Comp. iv, 3201; Royalist
Comp. Papers (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.),
iv, 138–9. Part of the estate had been
sequestered for the recusancy of Edward's
mother Margaret, who died in 1649; part
also for the recusancy of Alice Midgehall,
also dead. Alice appears to have been the
widow of Edward's elder brother Robert.
For a dispute as to the estate in 1667
see Exch. Dep. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
||Fishwick, ut sup.
||It is also called Longley Hall; ibid.
||Gilbert Latus held Clifton House
in 1556 by bequest of his father-in-law
William Westby of Mowbreck; Richmond
Wills (Surtees Soc), 91. He died in
1568 holding a capital messuage, 60 acres
of land, &c, of Gilbert Gerard by a rent
of 6s., with other lands in Warton,
Thistleton, &c. His son and heir
William was twenty-four years old;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xii, no. 11.
The tenure shows that it had been part
of the Balderston estate, and this again
had probably descended from the Banastres
and Singletons. Portions of this estate
are found from the inquisitions to have
been held by Edmund Dudley (1509),
Thomas Earl of Derby (1521), Thomas
Radcliffe of Winmarleigh and his successors. The tenure is sometimes described as of Osbaldeston, at other times
of the king as duke; ibid, v, no. 3; viii,
no. 26; xi, no. 7. Part of it may have
been augmented by the Hopersfield sold
by William Ward of Ottley and Alice his
wife to Sir James Harrington in 1408;
Dods. MSS. liii, fol. 90.
William Latus died in 1609 holding a
messuage, &c, of Sir Richard Hoghton
by 16d. rent, and leaving as heir a son
Matthew, aged thirty; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Rec. Soc.), i, 137. William Latus was
one of the recusants whose sequestrations
were in 1607 granted to Sir Richard
Coningsby; Cal. S. P. Dom. 1603–10.
||These statements are from Fishwick,
op. cit. 182.
||Richard Parkinson was a tenant
under Catterall in 1520–35 for land in
Threlfall; Duchy of Lanc. Dep. xxxi, P. 1.
Complaint was made of the abduction
of Edmund son and heir of Thomas
Parkinson of Goosnargh in 1540, his
marriage pertaining to Nicholas Turner;
Pal. of Lanc. Writs Proton. 32 Hen.
William Parkinson (of Bilsborrow) held
Hutchenhey in 1592, but the tenure was
not stated; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
xvii, no. 21. His son Edward was in
1617 said to hold the same of Sir Richard
Hoghton and Catch House of Thomas
Catterall by 4s. rent; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Rec. Soc), ii, 215. Roger Parkinson (of
another family) held lands in 1622 of the
Earl of Derby as successor of the Knights
Hospitallers; he left as co-heirs three
young daughters—Alice, Janet and Margaret; ibid, iii, 309–10.
Many references to the families will be
found in the Ducatus Lanc.
||Duchy of Lanc. Anct. D. (P.R.O.),
L 1199; a grant from John son and heir
of John Westfield to Christopher Leeming
of Lancaster, of a messuage, &c, in
||Cockersand Abbey estate has been
recorded; for rentals 1451–1537 see
Chartul. iii, 1270–1. One grant to the
abbey was made by Adam son of Ralph
which concerned Fayles, the bounds
naming (among other points) Selebrook
and Helmer housesteads; ibid, i, 238.
In 1246 Richard son of Robert sought
common of pasture in Goosnargh against
Robert de Faleghs; Assize R. 404, m. 5.
The award in a suit between Lancaster
Priory and Cockersand Abbey about a
grange in 'Trefeld ' is in B.M. Add.
In 1377 John de Elswick made a
feoffment of lands in Goosnargh ana
Whittingham; Kuerden MSS. v, 117,
Lancs. and Ches. Rec. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), i, 94.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi, no.
32. This continued to descend with
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs,
and Ches.), ii, 223. John Wilson, the
son and heir, was fifty years of age.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxx, no.
17. The heir was his son Edward, aged
||William Barnes was son and heir of
John Barnes, who died in 1617 holding
messuages and land.in Goosnargh; Add.
MS. 32108, no. 443a. William died in
1640; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxx,
no. 30. John Barnes, his son and heir,
was fifteen years of age.
||Lambert Stodagh in 1511 held of
'the lords of Goosnargh' in socage;
ibid, iv, no. 1. Ralph Clitheroe in 1556
held of Thomas Whittingham; ibid, x,
no, 26. George Kirkby of Upper Rawcliffe (1561) held of Thomas Hoghton by
2s. 6d. rent; ibid, xi, no. 8. William
Walton of Preston in 1559 held of
Thomas Hoghton by fealty and suit of
court, but the Goosnargh lands had been
given (for life) to Isabel widow of Thomas
Walton, elder brother of William; ibid.
xi, no. 27.
William Pleasington of Dimples in
1621 held of the king in socage; Lancs.
Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc), ii, 240. This estate
appears to have been in the family as
early as 1387, appearing again about
1490; Final Cone, iii, 29; Pal. of Lanc.
Plea R. 63, m. 14.
||These include Sir Richard Shireburne
of Stonyhurst, 1594; Sir John Southworth, 1595; Thomas Osbaldeston (as
heir of John Bradley), 1611; Alexander
Standish of Duxbury, 1622 (perhaps
Catterall, perhaps purchased from Bridget
Stanley, Kuerden MSS. ii, fol. 271);
Sir John Radcliffe of Ordsall, 1627; and
John Crosse of Liverpool, 1640.
||Some have been mentioned already.
Thomas Barnes's lands were sequestered
for delinquency only, and were placed in
the act for sale. He was dead in 1654;
Index of Royalists (Index Soc.), 41; Cal.
Com. for Camp, iv, 3120. The same was
the case of Henry Butler; Index, 42;
Cal. v, 3216.
Janet Cottam (who died in 1652) had
two-thirds of her estate sequestered for
recusancy; Cal. Com. for Comp. iv, 3065.
Robert Cottam in 1558 purchased messuages, &c, in Goosnargh from Nicholas
and William Ambrose, the remainders
being to James Cottam and John and
Thomas his brothers; Pal. of Lanc. Feet
of F. bdle. 18, m. 32.
The land of George Glave was in 1645
sequestered for recusancy; he died in
Scotland in 1648, and his son John,
'never a recusant,' petitioned for restitution, and took the oath of abjuration
in 1652; Royalist Comp. Papers (Rec.
Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), iii, 76.
The lands of Peter Stanley of Aughton
were forfeited and sold; Cal. Com. for
Comp. iv, 2937.
William Topping's land was sequestered
for recusancy, as was that of Francis
Turner (dead in 1654); ibid. 3175;
v, 3225. A brief note on James
Moore of Goosnargh (will 1693) is in
Lancs, and Ches. Hist, and Gen, Notes,
||Besides the estate of James Sidgreaves
already named were those of John Adamson,
Edmund and Edward Barton, Cuthbert
Cardwell, Michael Grayston, William
Moreton of Dovehold, Thomas Parker
and Jane Sturzaker; Estcourt and Payne,
Engl. Cath. Nonjurors, 95, 100, 103,
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), i, 36. Quenilda,
widow of Roger Gernet, held 2 oxgangs
of land in Newsham of the Earl of
Lincoln in 1252 by knight's service;
ibid. 190. A similar estate and tenure
were recorded in 1240 after the death of
Thomas de Beetham, and in 1254, after
that of Ralph de Beetham; ibid. 171,
||Ellen widow of Robert de Stockport
in 1275 claimed dower in a messuage,
100 acres of land, &c, against Adam de
Acton (?Aighton); De Banco R. 10,
m. 71 d. Adam son of Richard de Acton
and Richard son of Adam were concerned
in several suits in 1292; Assize R. 408,
m. 12 d., 17 d. Richard de Aghton claimed
common of pasture in Newsham against
Earl Edmund, but was non-suited; ibid,
m. 10 d. An Adam son of Richard de
Aghton of Newsriam made a claim
against Adam Pigot of Newsham and
Hawise his wife, but did not prosecute it,
in 1332; Assize R. 1411, m. 12.
Lands in Newsham and Hollowforth
are named in a fine of the manor of
Woodplumpton in 1662; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 169, m. 76. Newsham
does not appear to have been considered
a separate manor.
||Richard de Newsham in 1291 complained that he had been disseised of his
common of pasture in 13 acres of moor
in Newsham by Richard de Stockport,
William son of Adam de Redeford, and
others; but the jury decided that the land
was in Woodplumpton; Assize R. 407,
m. 1 d.
In the following year Adam de Newsham and William his son were sureties
in one of the Acton cases above referred
to; Assize R. 408, m. 17 d.
Adam de Newsham occurs in 1332;
Exch. Lay Subs. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Ches.), 70. In 13 39 Richard son of Adam
de Newsham claimed lands against Richard
and Henry, sons of William de Newsham,
and against Godith del Erlesgate; De
Banco R. 318, m. 27 d.; 320, m. 218.
In the latter case he alleged that a measuage and 17 acres in Newsham and
Woodplumpton had been given by Richard
de Newsham to Henry the Harper,
with remainder to plaintiff's father,
Adam son of (the said) Richard de Newsham. The descent is established by a
further plea two years later; ibid. R.
325, m. 56.
Final Conc, ii, 167.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iv, no.
75. It appears that John had two sons,
George and Uctred; the former married
an Alice, and had the son John who inherited, and who was the ward of Henry
Preston of Preston. George was dead in
Visit, of 1567 (Chet. Soc), 51. The
descent was thus given: William Newsham -s. John -s. George -s. John -s.
George -s. Robert.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xiv, no. 88;
Robert, the son and heir of George, was
thirty-two years old.
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.),
||For details see Fishwick, op. cit.
||Duchy of Lane. Inq. p.m. xii,
no. 30, 34.
||See the account of Bulsnape. Adam
Fishwick in 1558 sold messuages in
Newsham, &c, to Ralph Massy and
William Neild; Pal. of Lane. Feet of F.
bdle. 18, m. 16; 19, m. 51.
Final Cone, i, 175; Robert son of
Adam de Holland acquired 2 oxgangs
of land, a mill, &c, in Newsham from
Adam de Newsham. In a pleading of
the same year already referred to Robert
de Holland was joined with Adam de
Acton in defending the right of two
messuages, 80 acres of land, a water-mill,
&c., claimed by Richard son of Adam de
Acton. Both claimed by gift of Adam, but
Richard withdrew, acknowledging Robert's
right; Assize R. 408, m. 17 d. The name
Hollowforth does not appear till much later.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, ii, 162.
||Richard Molyneux died in 1397
holding a plat of land called Hollowforth
in Amounderness; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet.
Soc.), i, 71.
Sir William Molyneux in 1548 held
Hollowforth of Sir Edward Warren in
socage by 2s. rent; Duchy of Lane. Inq.
p.m. ix, no. 2.
||Pal. of Lane. Feet of F. bdle. 20,
m. 95; the estate was described as three
messuages, water-mill, &c.
||The tenure of George Middleton
of Leighton's land in 1600 was not
recorded, but Thomas Middleton's in
1640 was said to be held of the king in
socage in conjunction with Kellamergh;
Duchy of Lane. Inq. p.m. xvii, no. 51;
xxix, no. 64.
Cal. Com. for Comp. ii, 1301; Index
of Royalists, 43.
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lanes, and Ches.),
||Estcourt and Payne, Engl. Cath.
||See the account of Kirkham Church.
||Even an official document like the
Ministers' Accounts in 1549 speaks of
the chantry in the parish church of
Goosnargh; Lanes, and Ches. Recs. (Rec.
Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 88.
||Ormerod, Ches. (ed. Helsby), ii, 167.
||Assize R. 430, m. 20.
||Katherine Radcliffe of York in
1458 left 201. to the fabric of the chapel
of Goosnargh, where she was born; Test.
Ebor. (Surtres Soc), ii, 92.
||Add. MS. 32107, no. 1100.
||Ibid. no. 1012, 1074–5.
||Something has been said of the
founders' family in the account of Middleton. Roger Singleton's deed, apparently
for the appointment of new trustees, is
printed by Fishwick, op. cit. 215–18. In
the Valor Eccl. (Record Com.), v, 263,
the founder is called Roger Singleton, and
6s. 8d. had to be distributed to the poor
on his anniversary (St. Luke's Day). In
1548, however, Anne Singleton (perhaps
the daughter of Alan) was said to have
founded it, but no foundation deed was
known, and the priest used to 'celebrate
there at his pleasure'; Raines, Chantries
(Chet. Soc.), 242–3.
||Ibid. 244. The chantry priest occupied Middleton, out of which a rent
of 6s. was due to the king's bailiff of
Amounderness; 5s. 2d. and 5s. 6d. were
paid to Sir Richard Hoghton and Thomas
Catterall respectively as free rents for
other parts of the endowment.
In addition there was land of the yearly
value of 46s. 8d. devoted to the celebration of obits and the maintenance of
lamps in the church; ibid. 253. Afield
called St. Mary's Croft is supposed to
have been part of it; Fishwick, op. cit. 16.
There were three bells; Raines, op. cit.
Plund. Mins. Accts. (Rec. Soc. Lanes,
and Ches.), i, 8; Gastrell, Notitia Ceitr.
(Chet. Soc), ii, 420.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 28, citing Raines
MSS. (Chet. Lib.), xxii, 86. Cf. Assheton's Journ. (Chet. Soc), 41.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 29. The aleselling is named in the visitation record
Commonw. Ch. Surv. (Rec. Soc.
Lanes, and Ches.), 155. An allowance
of £40 was made out of the sequestered
tithes as early as 1645; this was increased
to, £50, but about 1655 reduced to £20;
Plund. Mins. Accts. i, 8; ii, 88, 210.
Goosnargh, which had what was
thought 'a fair parochial chapel,' was
made an independent parish in 1658–9;
ibid, ii, 265, 272.
||Gastrell, op. cit. ii, 420. There
were two chapel wardens for Goosnargh
and two for Whittingham; a list to 1800
is given by Fishwick, op. cit. 86–102.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 21.
Manch. Dioc. Dir.
||By Order in Council 21 Jan. 1846.
||Glynne, Churches of Lancs. (Chet.
||When this gallery was erected windows were cut through the upper part of
the chancel wall both north and south.
They have since been built up.
||On one of the roof timbers was
painted: 'The Revd. C. Hull, B.D.;
R. Oliverson, Wm. Gornall, Wm. Bailey,
J. Eccles, churchwardens, A.D. 1788.
The expense of repairing this church,
£195 12s. 6d.' Fishwick, op. cit 2s.
||In 1635 the Records of the Sworn
Men mention 'the Middleton Chapel containing all the uppermost arch from the
eastward wall of that aisle into the middle
of the uppermost pillar.' The pew in
the chapel was repaired by Alexander
Rigby. The precise position of every
other pew and the name of the owner
liable for its repair are also given.
||A window formerly in this length of
wall, between the vice of the tower and
the west wall of the aisle, is now built up.
||The tradition is that an old lady,
by the proceeds of her industry at flax
spinning, defrayed the expenses of building
the tower to the height thus indicated;
Fishwick, op. cit. 24.
||The dexter shield has three cheveronels, differenced by a mullet (Singleton),
but the sinister is indecipherable. The
stone is illustrated in Whitaker's Richmondshire, ii, 438, and in Fishwick's
||Fishwick, op. cit 25, says that this
was formerly the 'rood screen,' but it is
not likely that it was ever across the chancel. The upper part of the tower arch is
filled with modern glazed wood tracery.
||All the monumental inscriptions, in
the floor and elsewhere, were retained in
the restoration of 1868–9, and are given
in Fishwick, op. cit. 113–18. Two belong
to the 17th and six to the 18th century;
the rest are modern.
||In 1677 it was ordered that the
ringers should on Sunday ring one bell at
7 a.m., two at 8, and three at 9; also
one bell at 12 noon, two at 1 p.m. and
three at 2; ibid. 76. In 1682 the clerk
was ordered to look after the clock and to
ring the bell at 8 o'clock (daily); Fishwick, op. cit. 77.
||Ormerod, loc. cit. Biographical
notices of the later curates will be found
in Fishwick, op. cit.
||In 1342 Roger son of William de
Whittingham enfeoffed Thomas, parish
chaplain of Goosnargh, of all his lands;
Towneley MS. DD, no. 1800. This is
probably the Thomas de Rawcliffe, chaplain, to whom in 1361 Henry son of
Henry de Whittingham granted all his
lands; ibid. no. 1782.
||Ibid. no. 1776. John de Fumes,
chaplain, occurs in similar feoffments,
1369–70, and was probably in charge of
Goosnargh. Later were William de
Bispham (1384), Thomas de Mawdesley
(1396–9), and Robert Brownall (1413).
They are not formally styled 'chaplains
||He is named in the deed of Roger
Singleton in 1508, and in the Valor Eccl.
||Raines, Chantries, 242. He was
forty-two years of age in 1548, and had
a pension of £4 from the chantry in 1553.
He appeared at the bishop's visitation in
1554—at least his name is in the list—
but not in 1562. He seems to have left
to act as Thomas Leyland's private chaplain, being undoubtedly the Ralph Parkiueon of the story in Foxe's Acts and Monuments (ed. Cattley), viii, 563–4. He was
called his 'servant and executor' in
Leyland's will, and had an annuity of £5;
Piccope, Wills (Chet. Soc), i, 163. He
was buried at Leigh in 1564; Reg.
||His name occurs as 'parish priest'
in the inventory of church goods in 1552;
Chet, Misc. (Chet. Soc, new ser.), i, 5.
He attended the visitations of 1548 and
||He appeared, but did not subscribe,
at the visitation of 1562. He was
ordained acolyte in 1555, but there is
no record that he proceeded further;
Chest. Ordination Bk. (Rec. Soc. Lancs,
and Ches.), 85.
||In the Chester Consistory Court
Records is preserved a letter certifying
that Mr. Arthur Hoghton of Broughton
and Goosnargh had received 'the holy
communion at Easter last in the church
of Goosnargh according to the laws of
this our English Church.' The letter
was addressed to the vicar of Preston
by his 'assured friend and fellow servant
in Christ's affairs ever to command, Sir
John Helme, the under curate of
John Helme, clerk, purchased 3 acres
in Whittingham in 1579; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 41, m. 130.
||In 1605 it wag presented that he
stood excommunicate for anything the
churchwardens knew, and that he was
'nothing diligent in attending the church';
Visit. P. at Chester Dioc. Reg. He was
'no preacher'; Hist. MSS. Com. Rep.
xiv, App. iv, 9.
||He signed the Protestation as curate
of Goosnargh; and was buried in the
chancel 29 May 1645.
||PW. Mins. Accts. i, 265. He
moved to Brindle in 1647; ibid. 46.
The Goosnargh members of the classis
of 1646 were T. Cranage, Alexander
Rigby and Edmund Turner; Baines,
Lancs, (ed. 1868), i, 228.
||'A diligent painful minister' in
1650; he became incumbent of Ribchester in 1656.
||Afterwards vicar of Poulton.
||He was 'conformable' in 1689;
Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv, App. iv, 229.
He appeared at the visitation of 1691,
showing letters of orders 'as in 1677
&c.' He had been appointed schoolmaster in 1686.
||Also rector of Heysham; his son
was the founder of the hospital. The
Goosnargh Church papers in Chester
Diocesan Registry begin at this time.
||In 1743 there were prayers and
sermon every Sunday in the year and
prayers on all holy days; Visit, returns.
In 1755 the families were classified
thus: Protestants 230, Papists 96, and
Protestant Dissenters 2.
||Rector of Heysham.
||a letter of his touching his burial fees
is printed in Gillow's Haydock Papers, 75.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 39; there is a
view of the present building, ibid. 46.
Commonw. Ch. Surv. 155. Roger
Shireburne was the minister at that time,
1650–52; Plund. Mins. Accts. i, 235,
244. An allowance of £40 had been
voted as early as 1646; ibid. 101,42.
||Threlfall was merged in Goosoargn
in 1658, on the formation of an independent parish there; ibid, ii, 265, 272.
||Gastrell, Notitia, ii, 427.
||For details see Fishwick, op. cit.
Manch. Dioc. Dir.
||Sentence of consecration was given
9 July 1818.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 47.
||By Order in Council 21 Jan.
||He was also master of the school.
In 1743 there was service three Sundays
in the month.
||The church papers in the Chester
Dioc. Registry begin with this curate.
||Correspondence in a dispute between
this incumbent and the parishioners is
printed by T. C. Smith, Longridge, 222–8.
He did not reside, and had another curacy
in Yorkshire. In consequence he resigned.
Whitechapel had then an income of
about, £100 a year; it was unconsecrated,
but services were regularly held twice each
Sunday, except four times a year, when
the curate assisted at the Sacrament at
End. Char. Rep. Kirkham, 38;
Bishop Gastrell gives a somewhat different
account; Notitia, loc. cit. Richard Cookson, a native of the place, and schoolmaster for forty years, published Goosnargh
Past and Present, &c.; he died in 1888;
T. C. Smith, op. cit. 244.
End. Char. Rep. Kirkham, 39;
Gastrell, op. cit. ii, 428.
||B. Nightingale, Lancs. Nonconf.
1, 163–5. Preaching began in 1815 or
before. The chapel site was obtained by
a little trick described loc. cit.
Trans. Hist. Soc. (new ser.), xxiv,
177–9. For arrears there compounded
(mostly by conformists), John Adamson (for
John I.awrenson), £1; Nicholas Norris of
Kidsnape (for Grace Morton), £4; Robert
Boyes of Whittingham (for Robert Boyes,
his grandfather), £2; Edward Midgehall
(for George Midgehall his father), £2;
Matthew Latus (for William Latus deceased), £2.
The Thomas Whittingham named in
the text was no doubt the 'Mr.' T. W.
living in Threlfall in 1625; Fishwick,
op. cit. 67.
Trans. Hist. Soc. (new aer.), xviii,
||Challoner, Missionary Priests, no.
186; Whitaker 'was apprehended by a
gang of priest-catchers, armed with clubs
and swords; who, it seems, fell to club
law with their prisoner immediately and
ceased not to beat and abuse him (threatening also to murder him on the spot) till
they had extorted a confession from him
that he was a priest.'
||Thaddeus, Franciscans in England,
186–7. A few years after the Revolution
the station was described as consisting
of 'a chapel and a little dwelling place at
one end. Cuthbert Hesketh gave £200
(yielding £10 a year) for the missioner,
who was bound "to say two masses per
week for the said Mr. Cuthbert and his
wife, to serve the poor Catholics of the
parishes of Goosnargh and Chipping," and
if permitted make his abode and live at
the chapel of White Hill. The chapel
being uncovered by the mob, the walls are
ordered to be taken down, and all the
materials either sold or laid up safe';
||Gillow, Bibl. Dict. of Engl Cath.
iii, 260. The registers at the Hill begin
||The last appointment to the Hill
was Fr. Anselm Millward, 1809–13.
Afterwards the Franciscan at Lee House
seems to have served the Hill also, until
1833. The English Province of the
Order was dying out, ending about 1840.
||Gillow, loc. cit.; Trans. Hist. Soc.
(new ser.), xiii, 168.
||Wrennall was a weaver, in prison
for religion; Challoner, Missionary Priests,
no. 176. The cause of his beatification
was introduced at Rome in 1886; Pollen,
Acts of Martyrs, 382.
||Gillow, Haydock Papers, 67–8. In
1716 Samuel Peploe, the vicar of Preston,
reported to the government that Crow
Hall was devoted to 'superstitious uses';
the estate went in William Shepherd's
name, and the lease was supposed to be
in his name in trust for the priests;
ibid, citing P.R.O. Forfeited Estates,
||Ibid. 69; Gillow, Bibl. Dict, of Engl.
Cath. i, 411. Vicar Peploe denounced
this mission also, but apparently without
success. John Swarbrick, a later priest
in charge, died in 1731, bequeathing his
effects to the building of a chapel at
Midgehall. It was, however, built at
Newhouse in Newsham, Edmund Fishwick of that place being a benefactor.
The mob at the turbulent Preston
election of 1768 marched out to destroy
the chapel, but were persuaded to retreat
by a friendly Protestant.
Haydock Papers, 73.
||An official inquiry into the charities
was made in June 1903, and the account
in the text and notes is taken from the
report published in 1904. This report
includes a reprint of the earlier one,
made in 1824.
||The founder provided that 'no
person, being a Papist, nor any one who
should have received any relief out of the
rates for the poor' should be eligible, and
if any one already in the house 'should
become a Papist, such person should immediately be displaced and turned out'
without further benefit.
||Full particulars of the estates, and
various sales and purchases, are given in the
official report. The gallery in Goosnargh
Church has been taken down, but seats are
reserved for the inmates in the body of
||This scheme was imposed in consequence of various unsatisfactory incidents
in the management of the hospital.
||In 1903 fourteen of the inmates
were from Preston, five from Fulwood,
two from Goosnargh, and one from
||For schools at Goosnargh and
||The capital fund consists of £1,201
consols, with an income of £30 0s. 8d.
By a scheme of the Charity Commissioners in 1893 seven annual pensions of
£3 each were founded for poor persons
resident in Goosnargh or Whittingham,
aged fifty-five or upwards. The residue
of the income is given in school prizes.
||Of this sum £5 is derived from the
benefaction of Henry Colborne, 1655,
of which an account has been given under
Kirkham; it is given in money doles by
the vicar of Goosnargh, £3 10s. 6d.
having been the usual share of Goosnargh,
and £1 9s. 6d. that of Whittingham.
From the estate known as the Dun
Cow Rib in Whittingham 25s. has since
1691 been paid yearly for the poor, 20s.
being given to Whittingham and 5s. to
Goosnargh. This is known as Lund's
charity, because about a century ago the
estate was the property of Anthony Lund,
the priest at Fernyhalgh. It is distributed with Waring's charity.
||The benefactor in 1676 gave a messuage and land in Newsham and Hollowforth for apprenticing poor children, and
further land was purchased in 1814 with
borrowed money. In 1824. it was found
that 'for a long period this charity has
been in fact confined to the children of
Roman Catholics, and it has been left to
the Roman Catholic priest at Goosnargh
to select such objects as he thought fit,'
and the Commissioners expressed their
objection to this. The debts on the
charity were paid off, and there being in
recent times little demand for apprenticing
fees, much of the annual income is allowed
to accumulate. Under a scheme of the
Charity Commissioners in 1880 the
trustees were allowed to use the fund not
only for apprenticing, but to supply an
outfit for qualified children on entering
a trade. The charity owns Boggart
House Farm in Newsham, rented at £65,
and has £453 in consols.
||Lawrence Parkinson in 1719 gave
land and money for the use of 'poor
needy necessitous housekeepers of Goosnargh,' to be distributed 'in corn called
groats'; also for providing 'six good
penny manchets every Sunday' for poor
people attending divine service at Goosnargh Church. He also left money for
books, but this does not seem to have
become operative. The bread distribution
has been kept up, but in 1903 there was
only one recipient. The distribution of
meal (eight or nine loads of 240 lb. each)
had been suspended since 1897, the money
being required for improvements of the
property, which brings in £26 a year.
Thomas Knowles of Sowerby in 1686
charged his estate of Loudscales in Goosnargh with certain sums for the poor,
one-fourth (50s.) being for Goosnargh,
the remainder of the income from it being
left to the trustees. In practice a fourth
part of the net revenue has been devoted
to the poor of Goosnargh. A new scheme
was made by the Charity Commissioners
in 1901, by which the real estate became
vested in the official trustee, and local
trustees were appointed to distribute the
income, the share of Goosnargh being
about £14 a year. Gifts of money or
goods, medical relief, nursing, &c., are
allowed, but the money is in practice
given in doles, this being the least troublesome to the trustees, who stated that
'there were really ho poor in Goosnargh.'
William Waring of Goosnargh in 1728
left his personal estate (about £300) for
the poor of that place. The capital was
spent on a workhouse at Inglewhite Green,
and in 1824 the poor rates were charged
with £12 12s. for the charity, distributed
partly in doles of linen and woollen cloth
and partly in money. The capital was
repaid, and is represented by £316 consols, paying £7 17s. 8d. This is now
distributed, along with Colborne's charity,
in money doles. 'No share of the income
has ever been given to Newsham, probably
because there have been no poor there
John Lancaster in 1866 left the residue
of his estate (£42) for the benefit of the
poor of Goosnargh and Newsham who
might be debarred from other charities
through having had relief from the rates.
The income is £1 1s. yearly. From
1895 onwards no one in the township had
had poor relief, so that the income has
been added to capital.
||Thomas Houghtonin 1613–14 gave
money and land (in the Green Nook) for
the benefit of the poor. The gross rent
is £3 10s.
Jeremiah Waring in 1731 left £40 for
the poor. This gift is now represented
by £207 consols, yielding £5 3s. 8d. a
The above sums, to which are added
the Whittingham shares of Lund's and
William Waring's charities, are distributed
chiefly in money doles, but partly in food,
by the trustees of Houghton's charity and
the vicar of Goosnargh.
||Jane Adamson in 1732 added £40
to a gift of £20 made by her brother
Thomas Adamson for the poor. James
Sidgreaves in 1824 paid £2 14s. as interest,
as heir of his grandfather, who had been
the trustee; but his estate was not legally
charged with it. The amount was paid
till his death about 1840.
Miss Eccles, it was believed, left £40
for the poor. This was spent on the
workhouse, and in 1824 there was a sum
of £1 16s. paid out of the rates and distributed with other charity money. The
workhouse was sold in 1838–9, and
nothing was recovered for this charity.
Grace Shakeshaft in 1740 left £60
(reduced to £40) for the poor. This
with other turns, amounting in all to
£138 10s., had been in the hands of
Thomas Clifton till about 1822, when he
died in very embarrassed circumstances.
Letitia Barrow (née Moore) left £40,
which may have been part of the lastnamed £138. Nothing further is known
of these sums.