The History of the Parish of Garstang in the County of Lancaster, England



In presenting to the members of the Chetham Society what I may call another Chapter in the History of Amounderness, I have few introductory remarks to make. The parish of Garstang is next to the parish of Kirkham the largest in the hundred, and from its situation, antiquity and surroundings, it was thought that its records could not fail to yield much that would be interesting to the historian and genealogist. In this respect my hopes have been more than realized, as I venture to think the following pages will show. Every available source of information has been consulted, and no effort has been spared to exhaust the subject without printing what would be of little or no value. I am greatly indebted to many owners of land in Garstang and possessors of title-deeds and other manuscripts relating to the parish, whose names will be found in the foot notes of the History; but I am under special obligation to the following gentlemen, and I wish here to record my sense of it, viz : the Rev. Wilson Pedder, M.A., vicar of Garstang ; the Rev. W. Armitstead, of St. Thomas's, Garstang; the Rev. J. D. Banister, late incumbent of Pilling; the Rev. J. W. Waithman,M.A., vicar of Pilling ; Lord Winmarleigh ; James Nicholson, Esq., F.S.A., of Warrington ; Richard Pedder, Esq., of Ulverston ; Richard Veevers, Esq., of Preston, and the Bailiff and Burgesses of the town of Garstang. To my friends J. E. Bailey, Esq., F.S.A., of Stretford; J. P. Earwaker, Esq., F.S.A., of Withington ; Colonel J. L. Chester, LL.D., of London, and William Beamont, Esq., of Orford hall, I also tender my sincere thanks for kindly assistance.


Table of Contents

General History 1-75

Ecclesiastical History 76-98

Ecclesiastical History (continued) 99-124

The Churchwardens and Parish Registers 125-140


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Henry Saville 3o of Barroughby and Lupset, was high sheriff of Yorkshire in 1 568, and from 1556 to 1567 was one of the "Council of the North." He married Jane, daughter and coheiress of William Vernon of Barroughby, and widow of Sir Richard Bozom, Knt., he died in 1 567 and was buried at Barroughby, and by his will dated 1st Jan. 1568 (and proved 16th May following), he left the lease of Garstang manor to his servant William Saville, who, on 2nd April 1574, assigned his interest in the lease to William Holden of Garstang, and gave a bond of 200 marks for performances of certain covenants named in the will. On 16 Oct. 1574, John Rigmayden of Wedacre, Esq., purchased the lease of the manor, and dying in 1587 it descended to his son and heir, Walter Rigmayden, whose administrators, 10 Feb. 1602, sold it to Sir Thomas Gerard of Gerard, Bromley, in the county of Stafford, Knight, who made an agreement with the tenants for the abolition of certain ancient customs of paying fines at the death of the lord or tenant. Sir Thomas Gerard (afterward Lord Gerard) died 6th October 1617, and by a codicil in his will devised all his property not mentioned in the body of the will (Garstang not being so mentioned) to the payment of his debts, &c, and the residue to his younger sons John and William, appointing as his executors Alexander Standish and Richard Green of Garstang, the former of whom dying shortly afterwards, the executorship of the will was left to Richard Green, who, in 1624 (17 Jan.), received from John and William Gerard a full release and discharge.