Scarisbrick, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

SCARISBRICK, a township, in the parish and union of Ormskirk, hundred of West Derby, S. division of Lancashire, 2 miles (N. W.) from Ormskirk; containing 1957 inhabitants. In the reign of Edward II. the manor appears to have been in the possession of a family of the local name, with whom it continued until conveyed, about the commencement of the present century, by the heiress of the Scarisbricks, to the Ecclestons, who assumed the name of Scarisbrick. The township includes the hamlets of Bescar and Snape-Green, and parts of Martin Mere; and comprises 7819 acres, whereof 2560 are arable, 5121 pasture, and 138 wood. The Leeds and Liverpool canal passes through. Scarisbrick Hall is said to have been erected in the 11th century: it was inhabited by the family in 1567; and was improved, and re-cased in stone, in 1814. Hurlston Hall, built in the reign of Edward VI., is a lath-andplaster house, originally the abode of the Hurlston family. The tithes have been commuted for £970 payable to an impropriator, and £94 to the rector of Hallsall. In 1814 a Roman Catholic chapel was built at Bescar.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 26-30. URL: Date accessed: 21 July 2010.


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