Transcribed below are two separate perambulations of the boundary of the ancient manor of Longton, the first from 1751 and the second from 1758. Those people mentioned in the documents would have walked the boundary to make sure any of the markers mentioned (meer stones, hedges, trees, etc) were still identifiable. The spelling and punctuation of the original documents has been retained. Some of the names given in the boundary are still recognisable today.

 

Perambulation of the boundary of the manor of Longton 1751 (from the family papers of Heathcote of Longton Hall).

 

The Court Baron of Obadiah Lane esquire, Lord of the Manor of Longton, held in and for the said Manor on ffryday the twenty second day of November in the year of our Lord 1751 before John Cantrell steward there.

 

The persons who appeared, and those who were assoyned for, are marked in the suit roll:

 

Mr Michael Nicholls, fforeman, James Bagnall, Richard Holme, William Procter, John Boulton, Joseph Bennett, Thomas Mare, Thomas Higginbotham, [illeg. possibly John Price], Thomas Hallorn, Ra Hammersley, William Smith.

 

We the aforesaid jurors on our Oath do present etc:

 

The jurors Impannelled and sworne at this court having walked the boundary of this Manor do present the Limitts and districts hereafter mentioned to be the right and true Boundary thereof Viz:

 

Beginning at Longton Poole, from there turning over the fforest to Richard Tabernor’s House to an Oaktree in the Backside, from thense, all over the fforest to a Sykamore Tree in Samuel Jervis’s croft, from thense over the Lane to the Meer Stone that parts Caverswall parish and stoke; thense turning along the lane to Gallimores ffarr Millffield, so down the Ditch to the brook, thense down the brook to Two Oak Trees in the Great Meadow Hedge, thense up the Ditch & Watercourse to the further side of Thomas Baggaley’s piece of ground called the Little wood near Mearhay Coppice, thense turning up the Ditch to the Lane that goes to adderley Green, thense up the Ditch to ffenton Sprinck, thense turning Down the Ditch to a slender ashTree in Doodys Dole at the upper End, thense along the Ditch to the ashwood, thense down the Ditch to an Oak Tree in Priors ffelid Hedge, Thense Down Packetts Brook to the Lane that is the Road to Newcastle under Lyme, thense Crossing the Road Down the Brook in the mill ridding, thense down the Brook to the Smithy Greaves Meadow, thense down the Brook to the end of Samuel Procters Clif, thense up the Ditch to the Church ffield Lane, thense up the Ditch to Samuel Procters Low Cop, thense down the ditch to the Road from Longton to Newcastle, thense Cross the Road to the Little Gray Marsh along the Ditch to Thisley Irons joyning the Newstay near Handford, thense up the Ditch to a Birch Tree, from the Birch Tree along a Ditch Bank to the Brook thense turning up the Brook and going up the Broad Meadow Hedge to a Drain there (being about sixty yards from the Brook) over against the mill, and so along the Drain Cross the said meadow, within about thirty yards of the Hedge, following the Drain by a withy Tree to a stake drove down between the said withey Tree and another above the said stake, and so to a third withey Tree, and thense to an old Ash Tree on the side of the meadow next the mill, thense up the Hedge in Cliffs Broad meadow to the Pingle belonging to Goms Mill, to the Gate at the Head thereof then into the Lane and up the old Watercourse to Mr Lane’s Cow Pasture Bridge, thense up the Brook near Mr Procters Mill, thense up the old watercourse to the Meerstone at Woodbrook Lane, thense turning up the Ditch by the messuage House to a Meer Stone in Ffowlers Croft near an Ash Tree in the Hedge, Thense over the Croft to a Birch Tree joyning to the fforest, thense to a stone upon the fforest, about sixty or seventy yards Cross the Road from the said Birch Tree, from which stone (having a Roundish Top, and pretty much Sunck into the Ground) to the first Meer stone, thense to ye second; - to the third – to the fourth; Turning up the fforest to the ffifth and to the sixth near Ann Allens Garden, thense to the seventh in William Chiveries Garden – thense to the Meer stone in Joseph Locketts Croft – thense to a meer stone in that part of Alice Brammers Croft (which was inclosed out of the Common since the Court held in 1723 and laid to the other part of the Croft), thense to an Ash Tree in the same Croft , thense to a Meer stone upon the fforest near Alice Brammers Croft, thense to an Ash Tree in the same Croft Hedge – Thense to a Meer stone in William ffallows Croft, thense to a Meer Stone in ffallow’s Backside – Thense up the Watercourse turning by a Withey Bush to the Whorestone in Websters Croft Thense from the said stone straight aCross to Longton Pool, where this perambulation began.

 

The asseerers of this court are Mr Michael Nicholls who were sworn asseerers

John Boulton

John Cantrell steward there

 

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Longton from Park Hall Hills

Copy of the Jury’s verdict when they walked the bounds of the manor of Longton 1758 (from the family papers of Heathcote of Longton Hall).

 

The Court Baron of the Reverend Obadiah Lane Clerk, Lord of the Manor of Longton, held in and for the said Manor at the House of William Nicholls known by the name of the Anchor on ffryday the twenty second day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and ffifty eight before.

John Cantrell steward there.

 

The Homage vizt. William Nicholls Sworne fforeman, James Bagnall, Joseph Bennett, Thomas Higginbotham, Henry Meir, William Procter, Thomas Ward, Thomas Mare, William Pye, Thomas Hallorn, Thomas Johnson, Richard Hulme.

 

At this Court the Jury were Informed That the Boundarys of this said manor, were in many Parts very obscure and Defective through the Decay of the Meere or marks heretofore fixed and set for the Better Describing the Boundarys and Limitts of the said Manor; and therefore the Jury, were required to walk the Boundary of the said Manor, and where they found any such Defects as aforesaid, they were Directed to order & fix New mere or other marks for the better Ascertaining the said Limitts of the said manor for the future according to the best of their Skill and knowledge

 

The Jury having walked the Boundary of the manor Gave their verdict as follows vizt:

 

We have walked the Bounds of the Manor or Lordshipp of Longton, beginning at Longton Pool, from thense turning over the fforest by the meerstones lately set up by Mr Thomas Tibbetts, which are agreed to be Boundary betwixt the manors of Longton & trentham, and from thense over the Lane to the merestone that parts the Parishes of Caverswall and Stoke, thense turning along the lane to Gallimores ffar Millfield, so down the Ditch to the Brook, thense down the Brook to Two Oak Trees in the Great Meadow Hedge, thense up the Ditch & Watercourse to the further side of Thomas Baggaley’s piece of ground called the Littlewood near Mear Hay Coppice, thense turning up the Ditch to the Lane that goes to Adderley Green, thense up the Ditch to ffenton Sprinck, thense turning Down the Ditch to a slender ashTree in Doody’s Doles at the upper End, thense along the Ashwood, thense down the Ditch to an Oak Tree in Priors ffelid Hedge, thense down Packetts Brook, to the Lane, that is the Road to Newcastle under Lyme, thense Crossing the Road Down the Brook to the Mill Ridding, thense down the Brook to the Smithy Greaves Meadow, thense down the Brook to the end of Samuel Procters Cliff, thense up the Ditch to the Church ffield Lane, thense up the Ditch to Samuel Procters Low Copp, thense down the ditch to the Road from Longton to Newcastle, thense Cross the Road to the Little Gray Marsh along the Ditch to Thisley Irons joyning the NewStay near Handford, thense up the Ditch to a Birch Tree, from the Birch Tree along a Ditch Bank to the Brook thense turning up the Brook to the Broad Meadow by Longton Mill, thense leaving the Brook and going up Broad Meadow Hedge to a Drain there (being about sixty yards from the Brook) over against the mill, and so along the Drain Cross the said meadow, within about thirty yards of the Hedge, following the Drain by a Wythey Tree to a stake drove down between the said Wythey Tree and another above the said stake, and so to a third Wythey Tree, and then to an old Ash Tree, on the side of the meadow next the mill, thense up the Hedge in Cliffs Broad Meadow to the Pringle belonging to Goms Mill to the Gate at the Head thereof, then into the Lane, and up the old Watercourse to Mr Lane’s Cow Pasture Bridge, Thense up the Brook near Mr Procters Mill, thense up the old watercourse to the Meerstone at Woodbrook Lane, thense turning up the Ditch by the messuage House to a Meer Stone in Ffowlers Croft, near an Ash Tree in the Hedge, thense over the Croft to a Birch Tree joyning to the fforest, thense to a stone upon the fforest about sixty or seventy yards Cross the Road from the said Birch Tree, from which stone (having a Roundish Top, and pretty much Sunck into the Ground) to the first Meerstone, thense to the second, to the third, to the fourth, turning up the fforest to the ffifth, and to the sixth near Ann Allen’s Garden, thense to the seventh in William Chiveries Garden, thense to the Meer stone in Joseph Locketts Croft, thense to the Meerstone in that part of Alice Brammers Croft (which was inclosed out of the Common since the Court held 1723, and laid to the other part of the Croft), thense to an Ash Tree in the same Croft, thense to the Meer stone upon ye fforest near Alice Brammers Croft, thense to an Ash Tree in the same Croft Hedge, thense to a Meerstone in William ffallows Croft, thense to a Meerstone in ffallow’s Backside, thense up the Watercourse turning at a Meerstoneagreed to be set down Mr Lane and Mr Bill to the Whorestone in Websters Croft, thense from the said stone strait aCross to Longton Pool, where we first began, which said Limitts and bounds above set forth we present to be the Boundary of the manor of Longton.

 

William Nicholls, Henry Meir his X mark, Thomas Ward, Thomas Mare, Thomas Hulme his X mark, William Procter, James Bagnall, Thomas Hickinbotham, Richard Horne, Joseph Bennett his X mark, John Jackson, William Pye.                   

 

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Longton from Meir Hay