September 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.  Where the entries do not deal with Preston Hewitson’s editorial notes are generally followed. For background information about the diary see Introduction and for information about Rawstorne see his biography.

Lawrence Rawstorne’s diary entries for September 1683

1 At home and Aidenfield


Rawstorne’s home at this time was New Hall, near Rawtenstall. See Rawstorne biography.

2 At Holcom [Holcombe]. Heard Mr Rishton 2


In each of his diaries, when Rawstorne adds a ‘2’ as here he means the minister preached two sermons. Hewitson suggests Mr Rishton could be the Rev. John Rishton, vicar of Leyland from July 1677 to December 1684, paying a visit to Holcombe.

3 No entry recorded

4 At Bamford, and my wife wth mee. Fetched the children home that went thither on Saturday before.

5 At home and Aidenfield. Capt parker &’s mother, Dr Halstead &’s sonne, & lawyer Holden dyned wth’s.


Hewitson notes, ‘Captain Parker would probably be connected with the Parker family of Lovely Hall, in Salesbury, or with that at Browsholm Hall, near Clitheroe. Dr Halstead was of Manchester. Lawyer Holden would  most likely be a descendant of Robert Holden, of Holden hall, near Haslingden, whose daughter Katherine married Edward Rawstorne, and thus became the mother of the diarist.’

6 Went to Todhall to dinner. My wife and Peeter wth me.


Hewitson notes, ‘Todd Hall is near Haslingden, and was occupied by a branch of the Holden family. It was a plain strong-looking building, and several years ago was rearranged for small tenement purposes. Peter was the diarist’s young son.’

7 At Blacklane-head. Mr Holden, the lawyer, & I tooke the severall informations of Coz. Holden, Mr Clayton, of litle Harwood, Mr Clayton of Sharrockgreen, Mr Walmsley the curate &c, agt young Mr Livesey &c


Hewitson locates Sharrock-green as Shorrock Green in Mellor. It could also mean Sharoe Green in Fulwood and the Mr Clayton could be the Robert Clayton who was the principal resident of Fulwood at this time. Hewitson suggests Mr Walmsley could be the Rev George Walmsley, later the vicar of Leyland, who was born in Bury.  Young Mr Livesey Hewitson identifies as Ralph Livesey, son of Ralph Livesey of Livesey Hall, near Blackburn.

8 No entry recorded

9 At Aidenfield Chapell. Heard Cousin Warbton 2. Twas thanksgiving day for Ks & Ds deliverance


Hewitson identifies Warburton as the Rev Richard Warburton, rector of Middleton from 1682 to 1701, or ‘some clerical relation of his’. The thanksgiving was for the failure of the Rye House Plot.

10 No entry recorded

11 No entry recorded

12 At Moston – Mr Lightbourn’s house there; invited to dinner.


Hewitson: ‘Moston is a township four miles n.e. of Manchester.’ Mr Lightburn not identified

13 No entry recorded

14 No entry recorded

15 At Aidenfield Chapell. Heard Cos. Warburton 2

16 No entry recorded

17 At home and Aidenfield. Cos. Braddyll & Joshua Nuttall at New Hall


Hewitson: ‘Cos Braddyll would be Thomas Braddyll, of Portfield … Joshua Nuttall, it is very likely, was related to the Nuttalls of Tottington hall or Nuttall Hall, in Holcombe.’

18 At Bury. Dyned at Parsonage. Met the feofees of the schoole, & Capt Hulme and Mr Egerton. Discours’d about the suite with Mr Walmesley. The Capt offered, for peace sake, to give £50, and that Mr Allen Mr Egerton should give £50, & Capt Allen, one of the ffeoffees, said make it £200 and I will consent to accept it, and the Parson replyed, I will never agree to accept any lesse sulne; and all the ffeoffees then prsnt gainsaid it not; but nothing more concluded then


Hewitson: ‘The parson would be the Rev Thomas Gipps, who was the rector of Bury from 1674 to 1712.’

19 No entry recorded

20 At home & a Coursing

21 At home & at Haslingden faire

22 No entry recorded

23 No entry recorded

24 At Hollins and Antley to see Coz. Rishton & returned


Hewitson: ‘Hollins is a large old house near Accrington, on the west side ,,, Lower Antley … at the time of the diarist … was held by Edward Rishton, son of Jeffrey Rishton.’ Geoffrey Rishton was the MP for Preston from 1661 to 1667. Edward Rishton, according to Hewitson, married Lucy, daughter of George Pigot Esq of Preston.

25 A Coursing & after at Holcom

26 No entry recorded

27 No entry recorded

28 Went to Ashworth to visit Mr Holt, who was hurt by’s horse


Hewitson: ‘Ashworth is a chapelry in the parish of Middleton and about three miles from Rochdale.’ Holt not identified.

29 No entry recorded

30 At Aidenfield Chapell. Heard Coz. Warburton 2. This day was the first Christning at the font newly erected by L.R. [the diarist]