||The Census Rep. 1901 gives 2,653
acres, including 13 of inland water.
War in Lancs. (Chet. Soc), 42, 50.
V.C.H. Lancs. i, 288a.
||Ormerod, Ches. (ed. Helsby), i, 691;
Dugdale, Mon. Angl. vi, 314.
Whalley Couch. (Chet. Soc), ii, 419.
The benefactor also released the whole
farm of Staining. William the Monk
and Thomas de Beaumont his heir had
given to John Constable of Chester,
probably the grandfather of John de Lacy,
the whole vill of Staining for 15 marks
paid and 30s. rent; ibid. 420. This
grant was attested by Henry the prior
(of Norton), and throws some light on the
intermediate history of the place. In
1208 Philip brother of Geoffrey de
Valoines of Farleton had some estate in
it; Rot. de Oblatis et Fin. (Rec. Com.),
Cecily de Layton allowed the monks a
moiety of the marsh between Marton Mere
and Little Carleton, and William and
Richard le Boteler also made concessions
as to the marsh, which divided Staining
from Layton. Theobald Walter, butler
of Ireland, allowed them to draw water
from Marton Mere for their mill, but they
were not to take any fish; ibid. 421–4;
Cal. Pat. 1225–32, p. 71. The other
charters in the Coucher refer to agreements as to tithes made with the monks
of Sées and Lancaster as rectors of
Poulton; see also Lanc. Ch. (Chet. Soc),
i, 70; ii, 527.
The Abbot of Whalley in 1469 claimed
common of pasture in Staining and Weeton
against John Skillicorne; Pal of Lanc.
Plea R. 36, m. 14. There were later
disputes; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), i,
10; ii, 19, 31.
||a The Abbot of Whalley paid 4s. a year
to the Earl of Lancaster in 1297, and in
1302 held by half a knight's fee; Lancs.
Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), i, 289, 316. The service for
Staining with Hardhorn and Newton was
that of half a knight's fee and 5s. for
castle ward in 1324; Dods. MSS. cxxxi,
fol. 40. Similarly in 1346 the abbot held
five plough-lands in Hardhorn or Newton
or Staining for half a knight's fee, and paid
5s. for castle ward; Survey of 1346 (Chet.
Soc), 54. The five (not six) plough-lands
appear again in 1445–6; Duchy of Lanc.
Knights' Fees, bdle. 2, no. 20.
The tenant about 1540 is not named,
but 6s. was paid for Staining Grange
itself. The principal tenants at that time
were Lawrence Rigson, house and windmill, paying £2; Constance Singleton,
widow, house and 30 acres arable, 33s.;
Lawrence Archer, similar tenement,
30s. 4d.; and Thomas Wilkinson, a messuage and 20 acres, £1; Whalley Couch.
||Chart. R. 143 (22 Edw. III), m. 9,
no. 9; 144 (23 Edw. III), m. 8, no. 7.
Nothing further seems to be known of
them, but the Monday market of Poulton
may have been derived from the second
||Pat. 35 Hen. VIII, pt. iv.
||This is stated in the pedigree of 1664.
||Cf. Constance Singleton above. In
a writ of 1474 there are named John
Singleton of Woodplumpton and Margaret
his wife, George Singleton of Staining
and Richard his son; Pal of Lanc Writs
Proton. 13 Edw. IV.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. br, no. 17.
He had granted certain messuages, &c.,
to George Browne and his heirs and
others to trustees for the use of Alice
wife of his ton William Singleton. He
had also land in Woodplumpton.
A few deeds of the family are preserved
in Dods. MSS. cliii, fol. 73.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. x, no. 30:
the estate included two windmills. The
inquisition names his mother Margaret,
his grandmother Eleanor, late wife of
George Westby, his sons Richard, John
and George. His great - grandfather.
Award Singleton in 1501 had settled a
burgage in Preston and a close in Woodplumpton called 'Mykelleghe' on Eleanor
wife of Lawrence Singleton son of Award.
The descent thus appears: Award -s.
Lawrence -s. George -s. William.
Daughters Helen and Margaret are named
in the next inquisition. It appears that
Lawrence Singleton diedin or about 1518;
Fishwick, Poulton (Chet. Soc.), 69.
An annuity was granted by the Crown
(as guardian) to Alice widow of William
Singleton, together with the custody and
marriage of Thomas the heir, in 1557;
Duchy of Lanc. Misc. Bk. xxiii, 146 d.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xi, no. 43.
Margaret widow of George Singleton had
married William Ambrose and was still
living; Eleanor Westby had died. John,
the brother and heir, was aged thirteen.
Alice the widow of William Singleton
is named as if living at Staining, but her
will, dated 1558, is aaid to have been
proved at Richmond in this year; Fishwick, op. cit. 183.
A grant by the father to James Massey
of Layton and Richard Houghton of
Kirkham, comprising a windmill at
Hardhorn and lands at Staining, was the
subject of dispute soon after Thomas
Singleton's death; Ducatus Lanc. ii, 296.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.xv, no. 47.
In addition to the manors the estate comprised sixty messuages, three windmills,
&c., in Staining, Hardhorn, Newton,
Plumpton, Great and Little Carleton and
Poulton; also a free fishery in Marton
Mere. In 1583 he had settled the manors,
&c., on his wife Thomasine for life, with
remainder to his brother George, making
provision also for his daughters Alice and
Elizabeth, who at their father's death
were aged ten and five years respectively.
The tenure of Staining was recorded as
before, by the third part of a knight's fee.
John Singleton's will (1589) is printed in
Wills (Chet. Soc. new ser.), i, 106.
In 1592 Thomasine was wife of
Thomas Dutton, and in possession of
part of the estate; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of
F. bdle. 54., m. 142.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xvii,
no. 26. George Singleton had married
Margaret Houghton, who survived him.
A family dispute led to the death of
Thomas Hoghton of Lea in 1590; see
the account of Lea in Preston.
The estates were in 1604 in the hands
of Henry Birkheved the younger and
Alice his wife; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F.
bdle. 65, no. 41. Alice was one of the
daughters of John Singleton; Ormerod,
Ches. ii, 368.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 188 (pedigree).
He had a dispute about tithes in 1616;
Exch. Dep. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
||Thomas Singleton in 1632 compounded with the Crown for the twothirds of his estates liable to be sequestered for his recusancy by an annual fine
of £20; Trans. Hist. Soc. (new sen), xxiv,
Lancs. War (Chet. Soc.), 19,25.
||Pedigree of 1664. The estate does
not appear to have been sequestered by
||Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc), 274;
John the eldest son of Captain Thomas
was twenty-nine years old in 1664. He
married Jane Fleetwood and died in 1668,
after which his widow married Thomas
Cole (Fishwick), from whom Thomas
Singleton, brother and heir of John,
recovered the manors of Staining and
Singleton in 1681; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of
F. bdle. 187, m. 29.
A settlement of the manors was made
by George Singleton, Christopher Anderton, Alexander Butler, Dorothy (Singleton) his wife and Anne Singleton in 1686
(ibid. bdle. 216, m. 18); yet Thomas
Cole and Jane his wife were deforciants in
a fine of 1689; ibid. bdle. 224, m. 150.
||As a 'Papist' she registered her
estate in Little Carleton and Newton in
1717; the value was £75 5s. 10d. a
year; Estcourt and Payne, Engl. Cath.
Nonjurors, 133. She also had a house
at Crank in Rainford.
In 1722 Christopher Gradwell, trustee,
conveyed to new trustees the capital
messuage of Staining, late the inheritance
of George Singleton; Piccope MSS.
(Chet. Lib.), iii, 212, from R. 5 (2) of
Geo. I at Preston.
||The story is given in Fishwick, op.
cit. 187–8: Mary Singleton, widow of
John Mayfield, was buried at Poulton,
1694; her son John died without issue,
the estate going to a nephew, William
Blackburn of Great Eccleston, whose son
James, dead in 1784, left as heir a sister
Anne wife of John Fielding. Their son
Gabriel, who married an actress, left the
John Mayfield, 'Papist,' was heir in
1722; Gastrell, Notitia Cestr. ii, 458.
A deed of 1734 recites that Anne
Singleton, late of Singleton, spinster, had
by her will of 1719 directed lands in
Carleton, Staining and elsewhere to be
sold. John Mayfield and Mary his wife had
Staining Hall, with remainder to Mary,
and then to John eldest son of William
Blackburn of Singleton, &c.; Piccope
MSS. iii, 248, from R. 5 (1) of Geo. II.
See ibid. 336, from R. 9 of Geo. II.
By fine in 1781 John Hankinson obtained from John Fielding, Anne his wife,
James Law and Mary his wife various
messuages, lands, &c., in Staining, Hardhorn with Newton, Poulton and Carleton;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 405, m.
||Fishwick, loc. cit. William Henry
Hornby, 1805–84, married Margaret
Susannah daughter and heir of Edward
Birley of Kirkham, and had issue; Burke,
Hist, of Blackpool (written 1837), 38.
He also mentions a tradition that John,
when Count of Mortain, sometimes
visited the place.
||Fishwick, op. cit. 168. It became
part of the Singleton estate of Mr. T. H.
Todderstaffe was at one time tenanted
by the Allens of Rossall, for in 1543 it
was given by George Singleton of Mithop
to Elizabeth widow of George Allen;
Worthington of Blainscough abstract.
Afterwards it reverted to the Singletons
and was part of the Staining estate given
to Dorothy wife of Alexander Butler;
she had a daughter and heir Elizabeth, who
married Robert Worswick; Gillow in
Misc. (Cath. Rec. Soc.), iv, 173. See
also N. and Q. (Ser. 10), v, 468, 517. In
Urswick Church there is a monument
to Dorothy daughter of Alexander and
Dorothy Butler of Todderstaffe, dated
1687; North Lorn. Mag. ii, 160.
By the will of Richard Worswick of
Preston in 1746 land in Great Singleton
and the capital messuage of Todderstaffe
were ordered for sale; Piccope MSS. iii,
350, from R. 20 of Geo. II at Preston.
||So called in 1332; Exch. Lay Subs.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), 59.
Whalley Couch. ii, 428–9.
Hist. MSS. Cam. Rep. xiv, App. iv,