LevelCollection
Reference numberDDPt
TitlePetre of Dunkenhalgh
Datec1230-1907
DescriptionManorial: Billington: court-books 1542-46, 1558-66, 1578-1640, 1652-60, 1816-32, 1842-44, 1848; call-books 1815-30, 1835-44
Church: court-books 1816-32,1842,1843,1847; call-books 1785-98, 1815-26,1835-39
Rishton: court-books 1581-1683, 1713-16, 1718-31, 1734, 1738, 1739, 1746, 1784, 1785, 1816-32, 1842, 1843, 1845,1849; court-papers 1666-83; call-books 1719-31, 1734-38, 1746, 1815-20, 1835-49
Paythorn-in-Craven, co. York: call-books 1786-94 Billington, Paythorn and Rishton: court-books 1702-12 Wakefield, co. York: court roll 1427
Selby, Brayton, Cowthorpe, Monkfryston and Hillom, Thorpe-Willoughby, Wilsthorpe, and Tockwith, co. York: court-book 1702-09

Title Deeds (including leases): Accrington 1608-1715; Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley 1422-1827; Aldcliffe. 1600; Alston-with-Hothersall 1608-73; Anderton 1387; Ashton-with-Stodday 1401; Ashton on Ribble 1348; Billington c. 1260-1839, Ryleys estate 1652-1713, Hacking c.1290-1663, Cunliffe House 1571-99, leases 1557-1798; Blackburn 1236-1845; the Blackburne estate in Chipping 1618, Goosnargh 1427-1723, Little Crosby 1549-1705; Dutton 1587-1761; Great Eccleston 1356, 1611; Ince Blundell 1626-85; Pilling Hall 1642 and Upholland 1634-58; Bolton-le-Sands c.1280-1314; Briercliffe 1446; Catterall 1395-1517; Chipping 1445; Church c.1250-1790, Pouthalgh 1578-1659, leases 1683-1873; Clayton-le-Moors c.1250-1488, Dunkenhalgh 1556-84; Clitheroe 1326-1761; Lower Darwen 1672-1852; Dutton 1662,1761; Elston 1370-1616; Flixton 1752; Fulwood 1765; Grimsargh 1451; Haighton and Whittingham 1609; Great Harwood 1579, 1838; Hapton 1398; Heath Charnock 1577; Howick 1350,1439; Huncoat 1413; Ightenhill 1554; Lancaster c.1270-1589; Livesey 1435, 1518; Longton c.1290-1435; Lytham 1712; Manchester 1292; Mellor c.1280-1524; Oxcliffe 1333; Oswaldtwistle 1376, 1512; Padiham 1423, 1595; Parbold 1432; Pendleton 1382; Penwortham 1439; Pleasington 1404; Preston c.1260-1789, leases 1659-1784; Rawcliffe c.1290-1581; Read 1556; Ribbleton 1603-1777; Ribchester c.1280-1788, Boys House 1586-96; Rishton1230-1889, Cowell 1654-1771, Tottleworth 1792-1853, leases 1556-1807; Salesbury c.1270-1602, leases 1607-1774; Samlesbury, Lower Hall 1568-1696; Scotforth c. 1290-1562; Simonstone c. 1290-1613; Tatham, Robert Hall 1704; Tockholes 1528-86; Torrisholme 1451; Tottington 1404; Treales 1643, 1653; Wigan 1334; Wilpshire c.1230-1612, Carr Hall 1423-1708, leases 1568-1795; Worsthorne 1389

Other counties: Cheshire: Barnton 1409, Legh 1347; Denbighshire: Dyffrincloyt 1302; Durham: Hurworth 1578; Hampshire: Odiham 1907; Kent: Hadlow 1372-1587; Lincolnshire:
Armeston 1597; London, 1352, 1537; Surrey: Burstow 1318, 1568, East Cheam c.1300,1609; Warwickshire: Studley c.1260-1556, Chilvers Coton 1643, Nuneaton 1660, Whitley 1453, Wolverdington 1397; Worcestershire: Feckenham 1383; Yorkshire: Barnoldswick 1548-1672, Bashall Eaves 1581, Bowthorpe 1603, 1609, Carleton 1700-21, Cowthorpe 1587, 1654, Eastby 1342, Gisburn 1584, Kildwick 1576-1653, Paythorn 1350-1753, Pickering 1711, Selby 1612-87, Slingsby 1564, Little Sutton 1387, Waddington 1591-1636, Wilsthorpe 1697
Family Papers: Settlements 1423-1853; wills 1387-1815; bonds 1331-1727; recusancy papers 1610-27; general pardons: Ralph Rishton 1423, Henry Rishton 1460,1479, Sir Thomas Walmesley 1603, John Dewhurst 1604, Lady Anne Walmesley 1626;

Inventories: Richard Walmesley 1679, Bartholomew Walmesley 1702. Appointments: Thomas Walmesley, master-forester of Wyresdale and Quernmore 1597, chief justice of Lancashire 1603; Richard Walmesley studmaster to James, Duke of York 1665; Sir George Glyn Petre, envoy extraordinary to Portugal 1891; Judge Walmesley's commonplace book c.1599 with additions to 1702; contract with Isaac James of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Middlesex, for Judge Walmesley's tomb 1613; ratification of marriage of Henry of Shuttleworth to Agnes of Hacking 1373; certificate of no record of divorce of Ralph Rishton and Ellen Towneley 1573; inspeximus (1582) of divorce of the same 1546; absolution to William Rishton for clandestine marriage to Dorothy Anderton 1637; grants of wardship of Richard Walmesley 1637, 1639, 1640; inquisition post mortem of Thomas Walmesley 1642; licence for Richard Walmesley to leave the realm 1678; list of persons residing at Dunkenhalgh, including those in the hospital and on charity 1706; passports to George Petre 1814, 1817
Estate Papers (leases are included with title-deeds): Lease books and registers 1694-96, 1719-50, 1788, 1793; "A true account of such additions as have accrued to the house and family of Dunkenhalgh" 1642-79; specification of rebuilding gatehouse at Dunkenhalgh 1830

Enclosure: Henfield common 1576, 1786-91; Rishton moor 1785;
Clayton moor 1797; Billington, Wilpshire and Dinckley 1788-93; Ribbleton and Fulwood moors 1811-25

Surveys: general estate 1593, 1639, 1657-88, 1713, 1735, 1786;
Aighton and Dinckley 1826; Goosnargh and Preston (surveyor's notes and sketches) 1787; Billington 1554, 1824; Brindle glebe 1800; Church 1712,1824; Ribchester c.1750; Paythorn co. York 1803

Correspondence: The affairs of Ann Lacon 1638-41; to Catherine, Lady Petre, 1713-40

Legal Papers: Depositions concerning way 'between Huncoat and Accrington 1660-64; Walmesley v. Assheton (Chew mill) 1686; Rishton and Great Harwood boundaries 1583-98; pardon for outlawry, John of Gaunt to John Shuttleworth 1366; warrant for arrest of Thomas Colteman of Lancaster for affray 1415; exemplification (1439) of trial of Gilbert of Rishton for murder 1256; award of abbot of Whalley between Richard Rishton and William Starkey 1455; writ of habeas corpus for William Rishton 1585

Business Papers: Whitebirk colliery papers 1887-93; statements of coal got from Darwen colliery 1819-25; Leeds and Liverpool canal minutes and papers 1773-94, 1796-1851

Official Papers: Book of rates for Lancashire 1622

Ecclesiastical Papers: Blackburn parish tithes, papers and agreements 1599, 1793-1851; agreement between abbot of Whalley and the parishioners of Whalley concerning tithes 1334; commission to convey "criminous clerks" from Lancaster assizes to the archbishop of York's gaol at York 1470; ordination and other appointments of William Hewertson (Leek, Poulton, Marton, Blackburn) 1758-72
Plans: Clayton-le-Moors c.1680, 1780, 1785, 1796; Rishton 1785; Church 1780, 1785, 1808, 1833; Dunkenhalgh park 1785; Henfield common 1786; Accrington and Oswaldtwistle 1833
Rentals: General estate 1596, 1690-97, 1703-31, 1736-49, 1754-56, 1758, 1759, 1775, 1781, 1783-85, 1787, 1792-1826, 1832-51; Billington 1620-96, Church 1653-63, Pouthalgh 1657-58, Preston 1671, 1696, 1712, 1713, Rishton 1658-61

Accounts: Stewards' accounts 1612-40, 1657-70, 1666-75, 1680-1758, 1781, 1782, 1784, 1788-1826; Thomas Walmesley's funeral accounts 1612; Thomas Walmesley's accounts 1585-1610; accounts for quartering soldiers 1648; grain account 1695-96; Bartholomew Walmesley's executors' accounts 1701-12, almoners' accounts 1704-12; account of timber and estates sold 1793-1800; park and timber accounts 1807-26; building accounts 1829-34; stable accounts 1829-52; journals 1816-24, 1834-57; account of Bell House estate, Essex 1797-1818

Miscellaneous: Agreement of Peter de la Holte to serve the earl of Warwick 1378; inspeximus of charters of John and Henry III and private individuals to Cockersand abbey 1385; letters of confraternity, prior of Rochester to Nicholas Rixton, rector of Bishops Cleeve 1412; mandate of dean of Blackburn to warn adversaries of Henry Rishton that they risk excommunication 1414; inquisition post mortem, Robert Cunliffe 1551; proceedings at the Justice Seat held for the Forest of Dean at Gloucester 1634
Related materialSee also DDX 1386
Background InformationThe estate of Dunkenhalgh in Clayton-le-Moors first appears in the late thirteenth century. In 1332 it came to the Rishtons who held it until it was bought by Thomas Walmesley in 1571. Walmesley -who had acquired the Shuttleworth estate of Hacking in Billington by marriage-later became a judge of the Common Pleas and built up a great estate in Lancashire and Yorkshire which passed to the Petres by marriage in 1712. (See Dunkenhalgh Deeds, ed. Stocks & Tait, Chetham Society, N.S. 80, 1921)
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