Heaton, with Oxcliffe

HEATON, with Oxcliffe, a township, in the parish of Lancaster, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands, N. division of Lancashire, 3 miles (W. by S.) from Lancaster; containing 149 inhabitants. In the reign of Edward I., Heaton was held under the earls of Lincoln, and Oxcliffe under the earls of Lancaster. In the 47th of Edward III., the lord of Heaton cum Oxcliffe paid a reasonable aid of 10s. towards the marriage of the eldest daughter of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster; and in the 51st of the same reign, William de Heton, descended from very early benefactors of the abbey of Furness, made grants of land in "Heton." The manor passed at a subsequent period to the Catterels, and from them to the De Brockholes. The principal proprietors now are, Thomas Fitzherbert Brockholes, Esq., of Claughton Hall, and Mrs. John Ford, of Ellel Hall. The township is situated on the banks of the Lune, and comprises 1972 acres, whereof 279 are marsh land. The tithes have been commuted for £245. 10. payable to the impropriator, and £122. 15. to the incumbent of Overton.

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

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