November 1683


Anthony Hewitson, who transcribed the diary of Lawrence Rawstorne, published only selected entries and does not specify whether dates not included were omitted by the transcriber or by the diarist himself. The dates for which Hewitson supplies no information are set in roman type. For background information about the diary see Introduction and for information about Rawstorne see his biography.


Lawrence Rawstorne’s diary entries for November 1683

1 At home
If Hewitson includes this, what does not merit being selected?


2 A Coursing in Rossendale & at Good Shaw with Jos. Nuttall, James Hey, Rich. Heaton, & others
Hewitson writes: ‘Goodshaw is a hamlet about three miles n. of Haslingden.’


3 In Oakenhead a Coursing & at Newhaley
Hewitson writes: ‘Oakenhead is near Rawtenstall, and so is New Hall Hey.’


4 At Aidenfield Chapell. Heard Cos. Warbton 2
In an entry for 9 September Hewitson identifies Warburton as the Rev Richard Warburton, rector of Middleton from 1682 to 1701, or ‘some clerical relation of his’.


5 At Haslingden. Heard Mr Duckworth. Dyned there & went to Hollins & return’d home
Hewitson writes: ‘Mr Duckworth was the Rev John Duckworth MA, incumbent of haslingden Church, in which the diarist would hear him preach. This church, which was erected in the reign of Henry VIII, and contained an aisle on the north side of the choir belonging to the Rawstornes of New Hall, was mainly rebuilt between 1773 and 1780, and enlarged in 1828, when the old tower was supplanted by a new one.’


6 No entry recorded


7 At home and Hen. Southworth’s, wth Hen. Rawstorne & a man who came to vew the demeasne Newhall
Hewitson writes: ‘At or about this time there was a Henry Rawsthorne, mercer, at Accrington, and probably this was the Rawstorne mentioned.’


8 No entry recorded


9 At Brndlesome & my wife wth me


10 No entry recorded


11 At Haslingden Curch & heard mr Duckworth [see 5 November] 2


12 No entry recorded


13 At home till afternoon. Sealed the Agreement with James Hey about my mills. Was at hen. Southworth’s wth Coz. Rich. Lomax, and went to Hollins — all night there
Hewitson writes: ‘From a memorandum at the end of the diary it appears that the diarist had two mills at Rossendale, tenanted by James Heys, who died some time prior to November 11th, 1686, at which date his executors were debited with the sum of £88 4s 5d, “for the yeare last past for both mills.” … Coz. Rich. Lomax would be the person referred to in the entry for October 3rd.’


14 At Hollins. Dyned there. Coz. Rishton [see 24 September] & Antley &’s wife with’s. Went after to Read
Hewitson writes: ‘Read is near Whalley, and for many generations — from the time of Edward III to 1772 — Read hall was owned by the Nowell family: at this time the residence of Col Nowell.’


15 At Read. Went to dinner to Portfield and the Coll. and Coz. Banistre stayed supper thre & return’d
Hewitson writes: ‘Portfield, in Whalley, was the residednce of one of the Braddylls, presumably Thomas — Coz. Banistre may have been a son of John Banastre, of Walton, who was related to the Banasters of Banister hall; of he may have been connected with the Banisters of Preston or the Banastres of Bank Hall.’


16 No entry recorded


17 Went from Read to Penwortham
Hewitson writes: ‘The diarist owned the manor of Hutton, with Hutton Hall [Hutton Grange was the demesne property at this time, Hutton Hall was built by a later Rawstorne: see Rawstorne biography], in the parish of Penwortham, and he would either come to this place or to Penwortham Hall, the seat at this time of his intimate friend, Mr Edward Fleetwood.’ Why not say brother-in-law?


18 At Penwortham Church. Heard Mr George Walmsley


19 No entry recorded


20 At Penwortham & Preston. Tho. ffleetwood married to Mrs. Banistre


21 At Hutton Grange a Coursing [with] brother ffleetwood, Mr Lemon & Daniell Chaddock. Came after to Edw. Hollinhurst’s, the boat house


22 No entry recorded


23 Went to Preston & my wife & Children. Sup’d at Mr. Sudall’s


24 No entry recorded


25 At Preston Church. heard the Vicar 2


26 No entry recorded


27 Went to Astley [Hall]


28 No entry recorded


29 No entry recorded


30 At Chorley Hall. Returned to Astley. Went i’ th’ evening to Chorley

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