Holland, Down

HOLLAND, DOWN, a township, in the parish of Halsall, union of Ormskirk, hundred of West Derby, S. division of Lancashire, 5ΒΌ miles (W.) from Ormskirk; containing 740 inhabitants. Roger de Don Holland held the manor of "Don Holland" of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster; and his descendant Peter Holland was in possession of it in the 5th of Henry VIII. About the 10th of Elizabeth, Henry Halsall died seised of the manor, which was held by Sir Charles Gerard in the reign of Charles I., and subsequently passed by sale to the family of Scarisbrick. Down-Holland Hall, anciently a "a post and patrel" dwelling, contained much massive timber; it is now a farmhouse. The township comprises 3474a. 1r. 24p. of land: there is a kind of freestone, used for building. The Leeds and Liverpool canal flows close to the village. Here are two hamlets, Haskayne, which gave name to a reputable family who resided on the spot; and Barton, where is a remarkable salt-water spring, of which the old geographer, Bowers, says: "this fountain of salt water must proceed from some rock of salt, and not from the sea, because it has been demonstrated that a quart of salt-water will yield but an ounce and a half of salt, whereas the same quantity of this spring produces near half a pound of good white granulated salt."

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

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