Kenyon

KENYON, a township, in the parish of Newchurch, union of Leigh, hundred of West Derby, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 1 mile (E. N. E.) from Newton-in-Makerfield; containing 323 inhabitants. Early mention is made of a family of the local name, and also of the Lauton family, of whom Jordan de Lauton, in the reign of Edward I., assumed the name of Kenyon. The manor was subsequently held by the Hollands, whose heiress marrying Sir John Egerton, the third baronet, it came by descent from him to the Earl of Wilton, the now principal landowner. Kenyon Hall, the original residence of the Kenyons, was rebuilt in the 17th century, and is the property of the earl. The township comprises 1598 acres, of which 1141 are meadow and pasture, 340 arable, 3 woodland, and 114 acres roads and waste; the surface is slightly undulated, and the soil half a clayey, and half a sandy, loam.

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

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