Heapey

HEAPEY, a township and chapelry, in the parish and hundred of Leyland, union of Chorley, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 2¼ miles (N. N. E.) from Chorley, on the road to Blackburn; the township containing 496 inhabitants. This place was held by the De Ollertons, of whom Ranulph De Ollerton assumed the name of Hepay in the reign of John. Robert de Hepay, in the 28th of Edward I., sold the lordship to one of the Standishes, and the manor or lordship has remained from that time in the Standish family. The township comprises 939 acres, chiefly pasture, and including about 200 acres of moorland. There are an extensive bleaching concern, and a stone-quarry. The Leeds and Liverpool canal passes through. The chapelry contains also the township of Wheelton: the living is a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the Vicar of Leyland; net income, £150, with a house, built in 1845. The chapel was enlarged in 1844, at an expense of £700: near it is a national school, and there is another at White Coppice. In January, 1835, a large number of Roman coins were discovered, chiefly of brass, with some of silver, and many of them in excellent preservation.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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