V.C.H. Lancs. i, 289a.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches), i, 79. Adam de Montbegon died before 1185. A free rent of
3s. 7d. was due; ibid. 261.
||In 1319 Thomas de Wrayton held 2
oxgangs of land in Wennington of Margaret de Nevill of Hornby; ibid, ii, 37.
In 1242 Henry de Wennington and
Henry son of Robert de Wennington were
Hornby jurors; ibid, i, 155.
||Ibid, i, 79, 97; he had an oxgang of
land in Farleton. This does not occur
again in connexion with Wennington.
Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Ches.), i, 12.
Cockersand Chartul. (Chet. Soc), iii,
900. The grant consisted of a toft and
various acres in Aspohuth, Flasks, Hutton,
Ruchecroft and Swanemure. Richard son
of Henry de Wennington was also a
benefactor; ibid. The canons of Cockersand afterwards gave it to their brethren
of Hornby at a rent of 3s., on the understanding that if the former should find
land of the value of 2s. 6d. a year on sale
the Hornby brethren were to secure it for
Cockersand as an exchange; ibid. 901.
In 1247 the abbot and canons obtained
9 acres in Wennington—in Cobbanargh,
Dalslakland, Gale and Longe of Thorolfland—in exchange for some in Whinfell;
ibid. 902; Final Conc. i, 150.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 155.
||John son of Join de Cansfield complained that William son of William de
Wennington had obstructed his right of
way and deprived him of common of pasture in 10 acres of land after the corn was
taken away, in 2 acres of meadow after
the hay was raised, and in an acre of
moss; Assize R. 1306, m. 18.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, ii, 37.
||John de Hornby the younger complained that William the son and Eleanor
the widow of Gilbert de Wennington had
refused him the annual robe with suitable
trimming promised him by Gilbert; Assize
R. 427, m. 2. The claim was prosecuted
in 1332; ibid. 1411, m. 13.
||In 1334 when John de Hornby recovered; Coram Rege R. 297, m. 2d., 58.
||John de Ludington, custodee of the
sisters Clemence and Joan de Wennington, claimed from Simon Waleys and
Eleanor his wife the performance of a
covenant regarding the third part of the
manor; De Banco R. 341, m. 377 d.
Eleanor was probably the widow of
Gilbert de Wennington.
In 1346 Clemence had married William
son of John de Ludington, and an agreement was ratified by which Simon and
Eleanor released dower right to Clemence;
Final Conc, ii, 122.
||Ibid, ii, 166. Simon brother of
William de Morley was in the remainders.
He had lands in Dinckley and Billington
(ibid. 176) which seem to have descended
to the Morleys of Wennington, perhaps
||The Morleys occur earlier at Great
Mearley near Clitheroe, part of which
was acquired by Richard de Morley and
Elizabeth his wife in 1305; Richard's
son was John, no doubt the father of
William, who married the heiress of
Wennington. See the account pf Mearley.
John Morley of Wennington and
William his son occur in 1419; Pal. of
Lanc. Chan. Misc. bdle. 1, file 14, no. 23.
John Morley was knight of the shire in
1431; Pink and Beaven, Parl. Repre. of
Lancs. 53. In 1445–6 Thomas Booth
held the Morley lands in right of his wife
Agnes widow of William Morley; Duchy
of Lanc. Knights' Fees, bdle. 2, no. 20.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no. 51;
he had had lands in Great Mearley, &c,
as early as 1480.
||Ibid, iii, no. 89. This inquisition,
dated 10 Oct. 1502, shows the descent:
John Morley, d. 1487 -s. Robert -s. John
—sister Margaret, aged twenty-two. The
writ of diem cl. extr. after John's death
was issued 8 Feb. 1501–2; Dep. Keeper's
Rep. xl, App. 542. His widow Grace
had dower later in the year and then
licence to marry; ibid, xl, 542–3.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no. 34;
Margaret was wife of Henry Sale. The
heir was sixty years of age.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no. 60;
iv, no. 35. The inquisitions are in part
illegible. Thomas Morley died in December 1508, having made provision for his
daughter Alice and sister Margaret. The
manor of Wennington was held of Sir
Edward Stanley, but the service was
unknown. The heir was of full age.
Anne the widow of Thomas, as Anne
Starkie, died in 1520; ibid, v, no. 25.
Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxix, App. 557;
the wardship was granted to George
Beconsaw. According to Anne Starkie's
inquisition Francis Morley was aged
twenty-nine in 1520.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. viii, no. 2.
By his will dated 1540 he desired to be
buried in the church of St. Wilfrid of
Melling, and left 6s. 8d. for the repair
and adornment of St. Katherine's quire
there, also a vestment of black chamlet,
&c. Thomas his son and heir is mentioned; Richmond Wills (Surt. Soc), 21.
||Ibid, x, no. 23. Thomas had married
Elizabeth daughter of Geoffrey Starkie,
and she survived him; he had younger
sons Lawrence, Robert, Edward and John
and brothers Robert and Edward. His
will is recited in the inquisition.
Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxix, App. 557.
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.),
i, 229. In 1599 he had a dispute with
Richard Smithies as to lands in Old
Wennington; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.),
Visit. of 1613 (Chet. Soc.), 68. The
Thomas who succeeded in 1560 appears
to have had a son Thomas, who lived on
till about 1650 and whose son Francis
heads the 1664 pedigree. For a notice
of the family see Misc. (Cath. Rec. Soc).
Trans. Hist. Soc. (new ser.), xxiv,
||He is called 'gent' and is the Francis
mentioned as heir in note 24. His
story was that, being plundered of all his
goods in the Parliament's quarters, he
took refuge with Sir John Girlington the
Cavalier, remaining with him ten days.
Then he returned to his own house and
furnished three men who served in the
Parliament's army, as shown by a certificate dated 1646. He himself took the
National Covenant before Robert Heblethwaite, vicar of Melling, at the parish
church in 1645 and again in 1647; he
also took the Negative Oath. His father
Thomas was living at the date of the
petition (April 1647); he had sons
Thomas (with a son Francis) and Francis.
His lands were in Old Wennington,
Nether Wennington (including a mill
and cowgates) and Yorkshire; Royalist
Comp. Papers (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.),
iv, 175–7. The will of Francis Morley
of Wennington was proved in 1649.
There is a romantic story that he took
refuge in France, and his wife, supposing
herself a widow, married a Cromwellian
captain. Francis returned in disguise,
found what had happened, and then
returned to France, where he died;
Misc. (Cath. Rec. Soc), v, 255.
||Thomas Morley, styled 'gent.', had
been in arms against the Parliament in
the first and second wars. He had had
no estate till the death of his grandfather
Thomas Morley, who was no delinquent,
and he petitioned in December 1650, his
estate having been sequestered a month
before. His lands were in Wennington
and Raran or Rayron in the parish of
Melling and in Yorkshire; Royalist Comp.
Papers, iv, 193; Cal. Com. for Comp. iv,
2637. His estate was afterwards confiscated and placed in the Act for sale,
1652; Index of Royalists (Index Soc.), 43.
||Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 210.
Francis, the son by the first wife, had died
Administration to the effects of Thomas
Morley of Wennington was granted in
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 192,
||Little is known of this family, who
had the advowson of Gargrave vicarage
from about 1670.
Henry Marsden of Gisburne and his sons
Charles, Henry, Adam and Robert were
burgesses of Preston in 1682; Preston Guild
R. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), 191.
In a fine of 1721 concerning the manor
of Wennington Thomas Benison was
plaintiff and Henry Marsden deforciant;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 288, m.
78. The will of Henry Marsden of
Wennington Hall was proved in 1742
His son Henry (d. 1753) was educated at
St. John's Coll., Camb. In a recovery of
the manor, with appurtenances in Wennington and Wrayton, in 1778 the
vouchee was George Postlethwaite and
the tenant Henry Marsden; Pal. of Lanc.
Plea R. 628, m. 13. Henry son of
Henry Marsden of Melling matriculated
at Oxford (Queen's College) in 1775,
being seventeen years of age; Foster,
Alumni Oxon. He died in 1788 and was
succeeded by his brother John, the vendor.
||Baines, Lancs, (ed. 1836), iv, 607.
The estate was sold in parcels. The
Rev. Anthony Lister was vicar of Gargrave from 1806 till his death in 1852,
aged seventy-five; Whitaker, Craven (ed.
||Foster, Yorks. Peds. (N. and E. Riding), under Morley of Marrick. Colonel
W. A. F. Saunders was high sheriff in
1862 and built the present hall; he died
there in 1879.
||Roger de Tunstall and Maud his
wife in 1227 claimed an oxgang of land
in Wennington; Final Conc, i, 51. John
de Tunstall, Thomas de Tunstall and
Agnes his wife were concerned in a
partition of wood and waste in 1292;
Assize R. 408, m. 17 d.
Richard Tunstall of Thurland, attainted, was in 1465 found to have held
a messuage in Old Wennington and a
close in Nether Wennington; Chan.
Inq. p.m. 5 Edw. IV, no. 45; Cal. Par
1461–7, pp. 445, 461.
William Tunstall died in 1499 holding
the ' eighth part of the manor or vill of
Wennington, called Old Wennington,'
of Sir Edward Stanley as of his castle of
Hornby by knight's service; Duchy of
Lanc. Inq. p.m. iii, no. 37. Brian Tunstall held the same in 1513; ibid, iv,
no. 3. Later the tenure was called
socage; ibid, x, no. 5. The estate was
still retained in 1591; ibid, xv, no. 32.
In 1582 Francis Tunstall purchased two
messuages, &c, in Old Wennington from
Adam Carr, Anne his wife and Thomas
his son and heir; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of
F. bdle. 44, m. 200.
||In 1276 Geoffrey de Nevill and
Margaret his wife claimed from Roger
Lestrange the custody of John son and
heir of Richard (son of John) de Cansfield.
It was stated that John the grandfather
of the heir had held 1½ oxgangs of land
in Wennington of Henry father of Roger
de Croft by knight's service and that
Roger's tenement was then in plaintiffs'
custody, Roger being a minor. Defendant
alleged that the ancestors of Cansfield had
been enfeofted by the ancestors of Roger
son and heir of Roger de Mowbray, a
minor; De Banco R. 14, m. 70, 71.
John de Croft of Claughton complained
in 1370 that various persons had broken
his house at Old Wennington; De Banco
R. 440, m. 260.
||Giles Bateson was plaintiff respecting
land in Old Wennington in 1545;
Ducatus Lanc, i, 178. Francis Bateson
died in 1626 holding a messuage in Old
Wennington, his heir being his son Richard,
aged forty; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
xxv, no. 8.
Brian Baines died about 1628 holding
a messuage, &c, of Lord Morley; his
heir was his son Gabriel; Towneley MS.
C 8, 13 (Chet. Lib.), 65.
Thomas Craven died in 1634, leaving
a son and heir Leonard; ibid. 243.
Gabriel Thompson of Wennington in
1631 paid £10 for having refused knighthood; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and
Ches.), i, 221.
||See preceding notes. The fine of
1227 confirmed the right of Hornby
Priory and in 1292 the Abbot of Croxton
was joined with the Tunstalls and others;
Final Conc, i, 51; Assize R. 408, m. 17 d.
A messuage, &c, in Old Wennington, as
parcel of the Priory lands, was sold to
Lord Mounteagle in 1544; Pat. 36 Hen.
VIII, pt. x.
Trans, Hist. Soc. (new ser.), xxiv,