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Subject: [CHESHIRE-L] Bishop's Visit 1671/Wirral
Date: Thu, 01 Jul 1999 17:21:27 +0100
Extracts from Transactions Of Lancs & Chesh Antiquarian Soc.
Vol. LXIV 1911
by Fergusson Irvine
Church Discipline after the Restoration
1671.-.Deanery of Worrall.
BACKFORD.-The Bishop against Mris. JOAN BIRKENHED, widow, Mris.
ELIZABETH GLAZIOUR, Mris. ASHTON, widow, and GEORGE HATCH, Popish
Recusants. Against ELLIS HAYES, webster, ROBERT SOTHERNE, webster, and
JOHN BARNES, wright, all of Backford, for standing excommunicate.
Against HUGH KEY [later: Abiit], schoolmaster at Chorlton, not licenced
and non-communicant. Against Mris. MARY POOLE of Poole Hall, widow, for
that she bath the tyeths of this parish and allowes nothing to the
BEBBINGTON.-Against JOHN LUNT and WILLIAM CHANTRELL [later: Mort.] and
his wife, excommunicated.
BIDSTON.-Against JANE PEMBERTON of Moreton, Popish Recusant. Against
WILLIAM LAY and THOMAS LAY of Moreton, and JOHN PEMBERTON of the same,
for not coming to Church. Against [blank] BURCHES, clerk, curate there,
for not appearing at the Visitation. Exhibited and was dismissed.
Against THOMAS LAY of Moreton, schoolmaster, not licenced.
BURTON.-Against EDWARD MASSEY of Puddington, Esquire, and [blank], his
wife, RICHARD MASSEY, gentleman, WILLIAM LATHOM, gentleman, JOHN
PLASEINGTON, WILLIAM PAILISER, JOHN GREGSON, RICHARD JONES, ANNE MASON,
WILLIAM KELLEY and BRIDGET his wife, and ALICE PARKER, Popish
Recusants. Against the abovesaid EDWARD MASSEY, Esquire, for keeping
the abovesaid Mr. JOHN PLASEINGTON in house to teach his children.
EASTHAM.-Against JOHN TOTTY, old sidesman, for not appearing at the
Visitation. Afterwards he took the oath and was dismissed. Against
THOMAS LEADBETTER [later: Abiit], schoolmaster, for not entering at
Visitation. Against THOMAS CHOLMONDELEY of Vale Royall, Esquire, for
that the chancell is not in good repair. Against Mris. MARY POOLE,
widow, THOMAS MORE, ELLEN MARSH, ROBERT WATT, [blank] SHURLAKER, widow,
JOHN SHAW and his wife' JOHN ORRETT, RICHARD GREENOUGH, ANNE LUCAS,
RICHARD HILL and his wife, ELLEN BOSTOCK, ELIZABETH CHESTER, ALEXANDER
GRIMSHALL, ROBERT ADAMS, ANNE DAVIES, HENRY STANLEY and his wife,
Papists. ADAMS appeared by JOHN WHITEHEAD, and is to attend Church and
to certify by next Visitation. 2s.6d. 17 January 1671-2: The same as to
the said STANLEY and his wife. 2s.6d. Against ROWLAND HUNTINGTON, for
working upon Sundays and hollidayes. Appeared and promised reformation;
admonished and dismissed . 2s.6d. Against THOMAS HALLWOOD and Joan
DICKENSON, widow, for not paying the Church lays Of 2s.9d. betwixt
them. 2s.6d. Both dismissed by the Bishop.
Attached to the page is a letter addressed, "For his loveing friend,
Mr. WILL: WILSON, Register, present," as follows:
" SR,-Wee presented THOMAS HALLWOOD and Widd. DICCASON jointly, and it
seemes THOMAS HALLWOOD hath for some small fees gott himselfe off, and
this poor Widdow must lye altogether under the lashes of your Cort. Wee
had well considered with our selves before the presentment was drawen,
and therefore thought it necessarye to present them both, and if the
Court knew better whether is in the right before the cause bee heard,
it is better that noe presentment shall be drawen than to have such
irregular proceedings which her friends are resolved to petition
against.-Yors to serve you, GEO. BECKETT.
Eastham, March 2, 70."
A second letter is as follows:
Wee, the Churchwardens of Eastham, doe hereby certifie under our hands
that the Presentment made against RICHARD YATES of Eastham, for working
upon a Holy daye is not true. for being at a distance wee were mistaken
in the person, neither did wee see him worke upon any such day or any
person by his command and authoritye, and therefore doe desire that the
Citation may bee of noe force against him. Given under our hands, this
second day of March, Annoque domini 1670.
Eastham."JOHN FAIKCLIFFE Wardens."
HESWALL.-Against WILLIAM ROBINSON and ROBERT TOTTIE, wardens, for.that
they want a booke of Canons and a booke of Homilies, and a black Heirse
cloth. They appeared, and were admonished to provide them before the
Feast of St. Michael next. 2s.6d. 1672.
Neston. Against Mris. ANNE SAVAGE, widow [later: Mort'], Mris. JANE
SAVAGE, ROBERT KNOWLES and ANNE his wife, and JAMES GREEN, Papists.
Against ANNE KNOWLES of Neston for profaning of the Lord's Day by
carrying water and doing other worke. AGAINST RANDLE MAYSON, MOSES [?]
DENSON, and EDWARD DEAN, sidesmen, for not appearing at the Visitation.
Appeared and took oath, &C. 2S.
OVERCHURCH.-Against PETER BENNETT, one of the wardens, for not
appearing at the Visitation. Excused.
SHOTWICKE.-Against THOMAS TURNER, popish Recusant. Against ROBERT BALL
and GEORGE WEBSTER, old sidesmen [gard' veterum.assistantes], non-
appearance. Appeared, &c.
STOKE.-Against JOHN JANION, the same. Excom. Against HUGH BROWNETT and
GEORGE WOODHEAD of Stoke, and MARGARET LOW of Widby, for new Recusants.
Against ROGER STODARD [later: Abiit], clerk, Minister there. The Lord
Bishop on the day of Visitation inhibited the said STODARD on account
of his contempt and contumacy in not submitting to the jurisdiction of
the Lord Bishop and attending the Visitation, &c.
THURSTASTON.-Against JOHN GROOME, clerk, minister there, for that the
Chancell is not in good repaire and for keepinge the Register booke and
not suffering the Churchwardens to have a transcript to returne into
the Bishop's Registry. And some buildings belonging to the Parsonage
House is out of repaire. He preacheth at Brombrough one Sunday in a
moneth, and then neglects his own Church.
" Attached isa letter, as follows:
"Jan. the 26th, 1671.-These are to certifye all, persons whom it may
concerne (especially the R'd. Father in God, John, by Divine.
Providence Lord Bishop in Chester) That our Minister, Mr. JOHN GROOM'S,
hath repayred the Chancell belonging to our Church of Thurstington,
together with all his other Buildings belonizinl, to his Parsonage; and
wee alsoe have the Parish Register . together with the plate and the
Church-cloth's at our' disposing when necessary; and as for the goeinge
to Bromborough onct a month to the number of six Sabboth-days, and noe
more, according to the best of our knowledge, it was by the Consent of
his Parishioners as wee by these lines under our Hands doe testifye.
THOMAS YOUNGE, his marke.
" JOHN JOHNSON, his mark.
"This is a true certificate, given under our hands by us the Church-
wardens of Thurstington."
Against LIDIA WARTON for fornication with a certain THOMAS JENKINSON, 7
Sept.1672. The said THOMAS appeared by ROBT. DAWSON, apparitor, and
confessed, &c.; to do penance in Thurstaston and Neston, and to certify
beffore next Court, &c. 5s.
23Nov.1672 : They said he was prest to serve in the navye at the sea.
Against ROBERT FILPOTT and MARY his wife for standing excommunicate.
Against PETER BENNETT of Greasby for not paying his Churchlay these two
years, being 6d. per annum. Dismissed.
WALLASEY.-Nil. Against HENRY ROBINSON, schoolmaster, for nonappearance.
WEST KIRKBY.-Against JOHN LITLER, one of the old wardens,
and ROBERT MADDOCK and WILLIAM COVENTRYE, old sidesmen, for non-
appearance. Appeared, and dismissed, &c. Against JOHN CHAMBERLAINE,
schoolmaster, for not exhibiting his licence. 13 January 1672-3 :
Because it appeared by the cession [?] of the said CHAMBERLAINE and the
admission of the last schoolmaster in this school, &c., so dismissed.
Against JOHN LITLER and JOHN MOLLINEUX, the new wardens, for that the
bells were out of order, and they want a biere and a blacke heirse
cloth. Appeared, and were admonished, &c. 2s.6d.
WOODCHURCH.-Against WILLIAM ANDERTON, clerk, rector there, for pulling
down the fence betwixt the Churchyarde and his Gleab, soe that his
swine get in and roote up the graves, &c. And for not paying his
bordland tyeths to the Dean and Chapter, being xx li. per annum, and
been always paid. Let the Minister and Churchwardens appear before the
Bishop. Against ROBERT CHANTRELL and MARY, his wife, Papists.
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