HOWICK, a township, in the parish of Penwortham, union of Preston, hundred of Leyland, N. division of Lancashire, 2¾ miles (W. S. W.) from Preston, on the road to Ormskirk and Liverpool; containing 125 inhabitants. This township belonged to the abbey of Evesham; it appears from the chartulary of that house, that Sir Albert Bussel gave the land of Howick for twenty-eight shillings to four brethren, who transferred it to the abbey. Anterior to the reign of Henry III. the place gave name to a family. The manor seems to have belonged to the Heskeths in Henry VIII.'s reign, and also in that of James I.; Howick Lodge, a mansion in the Elizabethan style, is now the seat and property of Thomas Norris, Esq. The township comprises 749 acres, of which 189 are common or waste. The impropriate tithes have been commuted for £44. 11. 7., and those of the incumbent of Penwortham for £2. 15. A school was built in 1729 by Christopher Walton and others, of which the net income is £29. 5.; it is further aided by the trustees of Hutton's school.