Parker, Christopher – of Bradkirk Hall

Christopher Parker was born the fourth son of John Parker of Bradkirk Hall, near Wesham, by his second wife, Margaret, in 1628. [1] John Parker leased the Bradkirk estate from the Earl of Derby from some time before 1625, and inherited a Yorkshire estate by his marriage to Margaret. John Parker was a recusant and his estate was sequestered; the Bradkirk estate, which would probably not have formed part of the John Parker’s estate, was amongst those belonging to the Earl of Derby which were forfeited. Christopher Parker bought the Bradkirk estate from Charles Earl of Derby, who had clearly regained the estate, in 1653. [2] Christopher Parker’s son, Anthony, was MP for Clitheroe from 1689 until his death from drink in 1693. [3] Christopher Parker made regular visits to Preston and appears frequently in the Bellingham/Rawstorne diaries.

[1] William Dugdale and F. R. Raines, ‘The Visitation of the County Palatine of Lancaster: Made in the Year 1664-5’, The Chetham Society, OS, 88 (1873): 227.
[2] ‘“Townships: Medlar-with-Wesham,” in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 7, Ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London: Victoria County History, 1912), 153-157’, British History Online, accessed 23 January 2017,
[3] ‘Parker, Anthony (1657-93), of Gray’s Inn and Bradkirk Hall, Kirkham, Lancs. | History of Parliament Online’, accessed 23 January 2017,