Huncoat

HUNCOAT, a township, in the parochial chapelry of Church-Kirk, parish of Whalley, hundred of Burnley, Higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of Lancashire, 5 miles (W. S. W.) from Burnley; containing 467 inhabitants. This was a royal manor in the reign of the Confessor, who, in the great survey, is recorded to have held two carucates in "Hunnicott." James de Huncote, and John his son, occur in the reign of Edward I.; the Hall was occupied by this family, and afterwards became the seat of the Birdtwisells, Botteswells, and Rigbys, all long extinct. The estate became latterly the property of the Townley family. The township comprises 551 acres; the Leeds and Liverpool canal passes at its northern extremity. There is a Baptist place of worship, erected in 1817–18.

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

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