||The Census Rep. 1901 gives 2,013
acres, including 5 of inland water. The
diminution in area is accounted for by
the transfer of the detached part of Little
Carleton (Horseman's Hill), lying within
Bispham, to the latter township in 1877;
Loc. Govt. Bd. Order 6910.
||Thornber, Blackpool, 281.
V.C.H. Lancs, i, 288a. The later
assessment seems to have been three
plough-lands only; perhaps one was added
||Ibid. 357, n. 13.
||Avice daughter of Richard son of
Roger granted 3 oxgangs of land to
Richard son of Robert de Carleton at a
rent of 9s.; Lytham D. at Durham, 3 a,
2 ae, 4 ae, Ebor. no. 7. See also 4 a, 2 ae,
4 ae, Ebor. no. 6.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), i, 154. Quenilda
widow of Roger Gernet died in 1252
holding one plough-land in Carleton of
the heir of Sir William de Lancaster by
knight's service. She received nothing
but 1d. farm at Michaelmas; ibid. 190.
||See the account of Little Carleton.
||Richard son of Roger, with the consent
of his wife Margaret and his heirs, gave
half a plough-land of his demesne in
Carleton in alms; Lytham D. at Durham,
2 a, 4 ae, Ebor. no. 3. Some of the deeds
are in Kuerden MSS. iii, C 1.
Richard Prior of Durham and the
convent gave Henry de Whittington 4
oxgangs of land in Carleton which they
had had from Richard son of Roger, at a
rent of half a mark yearly payable to
Lytham Priory; Dods. MSS. cxlii, fol. 67.
Henry's acknowledgement of liability is
at Durham; Lytham D. Misc. no. 477.
Henry son of William son of Swain
gave his son Michael 4 oxgangs of
land in Carleton which he had received
from the Prior of Lytham; Add. MS.
32106, no. 797. Henry's parentage is
thus shown. The same Henry had had
a grant of the water in the marsh between
Poulton and Little Carleton from John
son of Waldeve of Poulton for the rent
of a pair of white gloves (or 1d.) payable
at Lancaster fair; Dods. MSS. cxlii,
fol. 75. William de Carleton and Thomas
his brother were witnesses.
||William son of Swain gave 4. oxgangs of his land in Carleton in free
alms, reserving the 4 oxgangs he held in
demesne and another 4 in Norcross;
Cockersand Chartul. (Chet. Soc), i, 143.
This was confirmed by Walter his brother
and heir, who added a further piece of
land to endow a light during masses for
the faithful at Cockersand; ibid. 144.
Thomas de Norcross gave an acre in
Norcross near Restinglaw, and his
brother, William de Carleton, added half
an oxgang in the same part of the
township. This gift was confirmed by
Walter son and heir of Sir William, and
was occupied about 1270 by Henry de
Haydock for a rent of 12d.; ibid.
144–6. In 1271 the canons made an
exchange with Walter de Carleten, giving
eleven 'falls' on the Hull (north of
Walter's house) for eleven on the Smithy
flat; ibid. 150.
The half oxgang in Norcross was in
1322 held by Richard Boteler of Marton
by a rent of 12d.; Inq. p.m. 16 Edw. II,
For the rentals 1451 to 1537 see
Chartul. iii, 1266–7.
The Cockersand lands were in 1560
granted by the Crown to Giles Parker, &c.,
to be held of the manor of East Greenwich in socage; Pat. 2 Eliz. pt. iv.
||Richard son of Roger gave an oxgang
of land in alms; Cockersand Chartul. i,
143. William de Millum and Avice his
wife, daughter of Richard son of Roger,
gave an oxgang of land in Little Carleton,
with toft and croft, and with the toft of a
second oxgang lying towards a messuage
formerly the Prior of Lytham's, and they
gave also a piece of land in Hayholme in
Little Carleton, viz. as much as pertained
to 9½ oxgangs of land; ibid, i, 141–2, 326.
Isoud daughter of Henry de Whittington gave 8 acres and 6 acres of her land,
lying together on Langfield in Hayholme, adjoining the other Cockersand
land and abutting towards Bispham
Church; ibid. 145–6. Henry (de
Carleton) son of Henry de Whittington
also gave an acre, extending from
Milanesmur west to the road from Great
Carleton; ibid. 147. He also made
other gifts, from which it appears that his
part (Little Carleton) was nominally two
plough-lands, for the sixteenth part of
Ellercarr meadow pertained to the oxgang
of land given by Richard son of Roger,
and a sixteenth part of the waste; ibid.
147–50. Afterwards, as will be seen, it
was considered to be a plough-land and a
half. A number of place-names occur in
The Abbot of Cockersand made claims
against various persons in Little Carleton
in 1297; De Banco R. 151, m. 159 d.
||Roger the prior and the brethren of
the hospital gave Henry de Whittington
the said oxgang and a half, with the sons
of Maud de Carleton, lately the tenant,
at a rent of 12d. payable at Chester fair.
Should any dispute occur Henry and his
heirs were to maintain the title by
warrant of the charter which the hospital
had had from Hugh de Moreton and
Margaret his wife, daughter of Richard
son of Roger; Dods. MSS. cxlii, fol. 73b.
Henry de Walton and Richard de Meath
were among the witnesses, so that the
date was about 1230.
||Henry de Whittington gave 3 acres
on the south aide of Little Carleton,
while Henry son of Henry de Carleton
gave a meadow called Ellercarr in Little
Carleton. The bounds of this meadow
began at the ditch of Cecily de Layton,
where it went down to Staining ditch,
and extended east to Blacklache and west
to Stockenbridge; Henry reserved the
watercourse for the use of his mill. The
former grant was confirmed by Robert de
Stockport; Whalley Couch. (Chet. Soc),
About 1540 'Whitbent' was occupied
by William Carleton at a rent of 1s. 6d.;
ibid, iv, 1244.
||See the Cockersand grants above
quoted for the pedigree. From them it
appears that this part was assessed as
12 oxgangs of land. William son of
Swain in 1194–5 paid 100s. for the royal
pardon after the rebellion of John Count
of Mortain; Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 90.
||Walter son of Swain in 1202–3
owed 1 mark for licence to withdraw a
plea; ibid. 170. In 1212 he held land
in Great Eccleston; Lancs. Inq. and
Extents, i, 3.
||William de Carleton appears to have
succeeded before 1226, when he obtained
the wardship of his brother Michael's
heir; Excerpta e Rot. Fin. (Rec. Com.), i,
136. He was collector of a subsidy in
1235 and a juror in 1244; Lancs. Inq.
and Extents, i, 142, 160. As shown in
the text he was living in 1256. He is
frequently styled 'knight,' e.g. Whalley
Couch. ii, 444.
||Assize R. 404, m. 5.
Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Ches.), i, 120.
||He is mentioned in 1256; ibid, i,
128. He was a juror in 1257; Lancs.
Inq. and Extents, i, 210.
||He was in that year called to
warrant by John de Shireburne; De
Banco R. 41, m. 21 d. His possessions
seem to have extended over a wide
area, for about 1280 as Walter son of Sir
William de Carleton he gave his son
William the homage and service of Sir
Richard le Boteler for lands in Inskip and
Eccleston, Adam Laumwale in Norbreck,
Richard (son of Sir Richard) le Boteler and
John de Thornton in Marton and Lohonis,
Roger de Warton in Warton, Hugh de
Formby in Formby, Alan le Norreys and
John son of William son of Edwin in
Ravenmeols; Dods. MSS. cxlii, fol. 83.
||Margery widow of William de
Carleton claimed dower in land in
Carleton in 1298 against Walter son of
John de Shireburne and the Abbot of
Cockersand; De Banco R. 122, m. 103.
The lords in 1317 appear to have been
John de Shireburne and Eva his wife and
Randle le Gentyl, for they claimed the
marriage of Richard son of Richard Boteler
(of Marton) as a tenant by knight's service; De Banco R. 218, m. 176.
An oxgang of land in Carleton was in
1340 included in a settlement by Robert
de Washington the elder and Agnes his
wife; Final Conc, ii, 113. Agnes was
daughter and heir of Randle le Gentyl
(note 40). See also Dep. Keeper's Rep.
xxxii, App. 362.
||Robert Lawrence in 1450 held a
moiety of the manor of Carleton of the
king as of his duchy of Lancaster in
socage by 1d. rent; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Chet. Soc), ii, 56. The rent is the same
as that formerly received by Quenilda
Gernet, but her estate appears to have
been Little Carleton. Sir James Lawrence, son of Robert, held similarly;
||Thomas Rigmaiden of Wedacre in
1520 held his lands in Carleton and
Sowerby of the king by the tenth part of
a knight's fee; Duchy of Lanc. Inq,
p.m. x, no. 65.
||The Carleton lands of John Butler
of Rawcliffe were in 1534 said to be held
of the king in socage; ibid, vii, no. 4.
His daughter Eleanor inherited, but in
1557 her lands were found to have been
held by knight's service; ibid, x, no. 19.
||Richard Skillicorne died in 1534
holding eight messuages, &c., in Carleton
of the king as of his duchy by 1d. rent.
His heirs were four daughters—Joan,
who married Thomas Chaddock;
Elizabeth, George Livesey; Anne,
Henry Marsh; and Ellen, Evan Halghton or Haughton; Duchy of Lanc. Inq.
p.m. x, no. 25.
Evan Haughton and Joan his wife,
in conjunction with Joan, Elizabeth and
Anne, daughters and co-heirs of Richard
Skillicorne, granted land in Carleton in
1550 to Henry Halsall of Prescot and
Isabel his wife; Kuerden MSS. ii, fol.
||Carleton is named among the Clifton
lands held by Sir William Molyneux and
Elizabeth his wife in 1532; Pal. of Lanc.
Plea R. 155, m. 8 d.
||Ibid. 163, m. 20, where the descent
of the heirs of Lawrence is set forth.
||Lawrence Livesey of Sutton in
Prescot was son of George and Elizabeth;
Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc), 189.
In 1563 (1573) Elizabeth, as widow of
George Livesey, made a feoffment of the
Skillicorne lands; after her death they
were to descend to her son Lawrence;
Towneley MS. HH, no. 1540. A fourth
part of the estate was in 1569 held by
Thomas Foxe and Elizabeth his wife;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 31, m. 160.
||Shireburne Abstract Bk. at Leagram.
George Hull and eight others appear
to have purchased a number of messuages,
&c., in Great Carleton in 1608; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 73, no. 62.
||Evan Haughton purchased from
Thomas Chaddock and Joan his wife
their fourth part of the manor in 1566;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 28, m. 99.
Evan Haughton of Pennington died in
1608 holding a moiety of eight messuages, &c., in Carleton of the king by
½d. rent; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), i, 125. His son and
heir was the Richard named in the text,
who with his wife enfeoffed Edward,
James and William Stanley of the manor
of Great Carleton, with lands there and
in Warton, Lancaster, &c.; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 85, no. 16.
||a Richard Haughton died in 1630
holding the manor of Great Carleton,
with various lands, of the heirs of George
Carleton by fealty only. The heir was
a son Evan, aged forty. By an indenture
of 1614 the remainders were to Dorothy
and Francis Haughton; Towneley MS.
C 8, 13 (Chet. Lib.), 523.
||He purchased it from Mrs. Dorothy
Shelvock, 'daughter to that Mr. Haughton which lived in Wavertree Lanc';
Irvine, Liverpool in time of Chas. II,
68–9. Among the Moore D. at Liverpool are leases of houses, &c., at Great
Carleton by Richard Haughton of
Wavertree and Margaret his wife; no.
765–6. Alexander Rigby of Burgh
seems to have been tenant in 1649, leasing
Carleton Hall and the demesne lands to
Everill widow of Edmund Fleetwood;
ibid. no. 767.
Sir Cleave Moore and Margaret Moore
spinster held the moiety of the manor of
Great Carleton in 1691; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 226, m. 22.
From the Shireburne abstract book it
appears that Sir N. Shireburne purchased
in 1701–2 some at least of Sir Cleave
Moore's estate; the 'manor' is not named.
||Baines, Lancs, (ed. 1836), iv, 439–
40. The manor of Carleton or Great
Carleton was regularly entered among
the family estates in the 18th century;
e.g. Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 452, m. 7
(1690, Carleton); 544, m. 13 (1737,
Great Carleton); 625, m. 10 d./16.
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 34,
||Baines, Lancs, (ed. 1870), ii, 519.
||From the Cockersand charters
already quoted it appears that Thomas
de Norcross was a son of Walter de
Carleton, son of Swain, and that Norcross was rated as half a plough-land.
||In the year named Christiana widow
of Thomas de Norcross claimed dower in
a messuage and 2½ oxgangs of land in
Norcross against John and Eva; De
Banco R. 43, m. 3. A later note shows
the origin of another part of the Shireburne estate in Great Carleton (1348).
||Robert Shireburne died in 1492
holding lands in Carleton and Norcross
of George Carleton in socage; Duchy
of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no. 92. His son
Sir Richard in 1513 was said to hold
in Carleton of the heirs of George
Carleton and in Norcross of the Abbot
of Dieulacres; ibid, iv, no. 46. This
statement is repeated later. In 1594
Norcross was called a manor, but the
tenure was not recorded; ibid, xvi, no. 3.
A 'manor of Carleton' was said to be
held by Sir Richard Shireburne of Stonyhurst in 1579 (Feet of F.) and 1594 and
by his son Richard in 1628. The
tenure was unknown.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 19; he states
that 'the manorial rights were sold with
||See the notes on the Lytham and
Cockersand holding above; as Walter
was the brother and heir of William,
Henry must have been illegitimate.
Henry de Whittington occurs in 1222–6;
Lancs, Inq. and Extents, i, 131, 134. He
was rector of Whittington—hence his
surname—and is called a clerk; Lytham
D. at Durham, 4 a, 2 ae, 4 ae, Ebor.
||Henry de Carleton—probably there
were two of the name in succession—
occurs from 1258 to 1297; Lancs. Inq.
and Extents, i, 211, 297, &c. Henry de
Carleton the elder and Amabil his wife
in 1283 leased to Henry le Boteler of
Rawcliffe for seven years an oxgang of
land with house formerly tenanted by
Roger the Carpenter, another oxgang
(without a house) occupied by Richard
de Kendal, a third (with house) formerly
held by Robert the man of Gervase,
and other lands, with easements appurtenant in Little Carleton; Dods. MSS.
cxlii, fol. 82a. Walter de Carleton was
||Inq. p.m. 20 Edw. III (2nd nos.),
Henry de Carleton at that time held
land in Great Carleton also, and in 1348
he and his wife Margery complained of
disseisin there by Alice widow of Sir
Robert de Shireburne, Agnes widow of
Robert de Washington, William de Edresford, Adam Anyon and John Beaver. As
to one moiety Alice replied, saying she
held by gift of the Abbot of Cockersand
and of John de Shireburne; as to the
other moiety Agnes said she entered as
heir of her father Randle le Gentyl. The
jurors said that Henry and Margery were
lords of a moiety of the vill, and had
been disseised by the defendants, except
as to the portion held of the Abbot of
Cockersand; Dods. MSS. cxlii, fol. 81a;
Assize R. 1444, m. 7. It appears that
Alice and Agnes were sisters.
The name of Henry de Carleton occurs
1387 to 1408; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet
Soc.), i, 25, 91. One John Carleton and
Alice his wife made a settlement of lands
in Lancashire, &c., in 1408; Shireburne
Abstract Bk. He is probably the John
son of Henry Carleton of another deed;
ibid. In 1420 the king ordered all proceedings to be suspended against the sureties of Henry de Carleton the elder,
Henry the younger, Thomas de Carleton,
and William de Carleton of Norcross,
bastard, who were absent in the king's
service in the parts of Aquitaine; Dep.
Keeper's Rep. xxxiii, App. 18. It appears
that Henry de Carleton had been outlawed for debt; ibid.
One Thomas son of Nicholas of Little
Carleton occurs in 1352; Raines MSS.
(Chet. Lib.), xxxviii, 103.
||Thomas Carleton of Little Carleton
in 1476 granted to feoffees a tenement in Little Carleton, another in
Hayholme in Great Carleton, and a
meadow called Cardales in Norcross;
Add. MS. 32106, no. 791. In 1492 an
agreement was made that George son and
heir-apparent of Thomas Carleton should
marry Elizabeth daughter of Robert Clifton deceased; ibid. no. 800.
A deed of about the same time (1491 ?)
represents John Carleton as holding the
manor of Little Carleton and providing
for the wardship and marriage of his son
and heir George; Anct. D. (P.R.O.),
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no.
||Ibid, iv, no. 71. Joan widow of
Thomas Carleton was still living, as was
Elizabeth wife of George.
Deeds of William Carleton, including
a settlement in 1548 on his son Lawrence's marriage with Margaret daughter
of George Singleton of Staining, with
remainder to Margery sister of Lawrence,
are recited in Fishwick's Poulton, 174,
from the Shireburne D.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. x, no. 15.
He had arranged that William Singleton
(who died before Lawrence) and James
Maesey should succeed him for fifteen
years, with remainder to William son of
In 1557 a settlement of the manor
was made by Lawrence Carleton, Thomas
Anion and Margery his wife; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 17, m. 45. It
thus appears that Anion and Almond
were the same.
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 23,
Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 56. He was son
of John Massey of Rixton. His estates
descended to Veale of Whinney Heys.
||Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 233, m. 16 d.
From the pedigree given it appears that
William son of Hugh Singleton died
without heirs, on which the estate should
go (according to Lawrence Carleton's
disposition) to his cousin Thomas son of
William Singleton (brother of Hugh) and
then to John Singleton, brother of
Thomas, the plaintiff in 1573. See also
Fish wick, op. cit. 175.
John Singleton in 1582 purchased fourteen messuages, &c., in Little Carleton,
Poulton and Norcross from Roger Pendlebury and Anne his wife; Pal. of Lanc.
Feet of F. bdle. 44, m. 65.
The Masseys retained part of the estate, including a windmill; Lancs. Inq.
p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), ii,
||John Singleton of Staining died in
1589 holding the manor of Carleton by
knight's service, except 4 oxgangs of land,
which were held of Thomas Holcroft;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xv, no. 47.
The 4 oxgangs would be the share of
Lytham Priory, its estates having been
purchased by Sir Thomas Holcroft.
The manors of Staining and Carleton
continued to be held in conjunction as
late as 1689; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 224, m. 150. A considerable estate
m the two townships was in 1781 acquired
by John Hankinson; ibid. 405, m. 167.
What became of the manor of Little
Carleton does not appear, but as many of
the Carleton family deeds came into the
hands of the Shireburnes they may have
acquired it about 1690; Shireburne
||Thornber, writing in 1837, says:
'This hall was situated in the field opposite the farm-house called the Gezzerts,
and its ruins are remembered by the
present generation'; Blackpool, 281.
||Robert Clerk of Poulton in 1599 had
a messuage in Carleton also; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. xvii, no. 44.
Land in Carr meadow in Great Carleton
was in 1557–8 claimed by Alice widow
of William Hull, who afterwards married
Thomas Pateson; Ducutus Lanc. (Rec.
Com.), i, 298; ii, 231. Hull family deeds
at Agecroft show that Richard Hull of
Carleton, whose will was dated 1703, had
land called Highfalong from his fatherin-law Richard Rossall, whose family
resided there in the 17th century. The
family and their relatives the Bucks acquired a considerable estate in the district.
John Hull, vicar of Poulton 1835–64,
was son of Dr. John Hull, the botanist,
who was son of John Hull of Carleton
and Poulton, apothecary; Fishwick, op.
||William Bamber, perhaps of this
family, purchased a messuage, &c., at
Norcross and Great Carleton in 1565
from William Butler; Pal. of Lanc. Feet
of F. bdle. 27, m. 15.
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc.), ii, 74.
James Bamber was of the Moor in Carleton, as appears by the registers, but his
lands were in Poulton and Great Bispham.
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.),
i, 221. Richard's will was proved in
1636, his estate descending to his eldest
son Thomas; Fishwick, op. cit. 180.
There is, however, an inquisition after
the death of one Richard Bamber of
Layton and Carleton, in which he is
stated to have died in 1639. The tenure
of his estate in Carleton was not known.
The heir was a son Thomas, aged thirtysix; Towneley MS. C 8, 13 (Chet. Lib.),
War in Lancs. (Chet. Soc), 19, 25.
John Bamber's estate—he is called 'of
Layton'—was in 1652 ordered for sale
by the Parliament; Index of Royalists
(Index Soc.), 42. He had died in the
Isle of Man in 1651, and his son Richard
in 1653 petitioned for the discharge of
the Lower Moor, in which his father, 'a
Papist and delinquent,' had had a life
interest in accordance with the settlement
by Richard Bamber the grandfather in
1636; Royalist Comp. Papers (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), i, 120–4.
Captain Roger Bamber of the Moor
was in 1650 guardian of Edward Bamber,
aged about ten, his kinsman, whom he
was bringing up in the Protestant religion,
the father's estate being sequestered for
recusancy and delinquency; ibid. 124.
Edward was probably a younger son of
John, but in Cal. Com. for Comp. iv, 2644,
he is called son of Edward.
||Challoner, Missionary Priests, no.
184; Gillow, Bibl. Dict, of Engl. Cath. i,
120–2. The cause of his beatification
was allowed to be introduced at Rome in
1886; Pollen, Acts of Martyrs, 382.
The story is inaccurately given by
Challoner, if this be the Edward Bamber
alias Leonard Helmes who was arrested
at Plymouth in 1626 on a ship bound to
Newhaven. He had studied at St. Omers
and Seville, and had been ordained priest;
Cal. S. P. Dom. 1625–6, p. 487. He conformed and was pardoned; ibid. 1627–8,
p. 84. A little later an Edward Bamber
was labouring in Lancashire; Misc. (Cath.
Rec. Soc.), i, 115.
||John Bamber as a 'Papist' registered
his estate in 1717; Estcourt and Payne,
Engl. Cath. Nonjurors, 112. His son
Thomas left his estates to his nephew
Thomas, son of Robert Brownbill of
Liverpool, who became a bankrupt;
Gillow, op. cit. i, 122; Piccope MSS.
(Chet. Lib.), iii, 272, from R. 18 of
Geo. II at Preston, &c.
Lanc. Ch. ii, 428–30. Henry might
maintain a priest at his own expense, but
no injury to the tithes or other rights of
the parish church was to be caused. As
a guarantee he gave a rent-charge of 3s.
on his water-mill in Carleton to the Prior
and monks of Lancaster. Henry his son
made a further agreement with the monks;
||Robert the Chaplain occurs in 1332;
Exch. Lay Subs. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and