Grant re Tottington (Lancashire)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 RYCH/3409
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d. [late 12th or early 13th cent.]
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 item.

Scope and Content

Grant by Roger (III) de Montbegon to Monk Bretton Priory, Yorkshire, of all the forest of Holecumbe [Holcombe, in Tottington, parish of Bury] and pasture within certain specified bounds.

Roger de Montbegon, who died in 1226, granted to Monk Bretton all his forest called Holcombe. The bounds mention Longshaw Head, Alden Head, Harcles How, Pilgrim's Cross Shaw, Tittleshaw ('Titeles How'), the Robbers' Path, Salter Bridge, and the road by Oskeley. He reserved hunting and falcons. Pasture was allowed within bounds from Caldwell Head and Syke to the Irwell, by this river to Tittleshaw Brook, and up this brook to the road. Three acres of meadow under Harcles How were also granted. The whole was given in free alms for the souls of the donor and his wife, parents, brother John Malherbe, and others; Thomas Dunham Whitaker, An history of the original parish of Whalley (Blackburn, 1801), i, 324. This charter is perhaps an extension or correction of two others (ibid., i, 325), which profess to give the whole of Holcombe and pasture rights; but the boundaries do not agree. Source: William Page (ed.), The Victoria history of the county of Lincoln, vol. 5 (London: 1911), pp. 143-50, note 6.

The details of this long charter were printed in William Dugdale, Monasticon Anglicanum, v. 136, no. viii. A copy was entered in the Monk Bretton Cartulary, now British Library Lansdowne MS 405, f. 43 (see Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Record Series, vol. 66, p. 204).

Acquisition Information

Rylands accession no. R83726. Purchased by the John Rylands Library from Joseph Fowler, esq., of Sherborne, Dorset, son of James Fowler F.S.A., for £1 1s in February 1940.