Hall i' th' Wood and It's Owners : Extract from 'Transactions of the
Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire', Vol. 55/56, pp1-41.
Notes on the History of Hall i' th' Wood and It's Owners. By William
Fergusson Irvine, read 12th February 1903
Inquisition Post Mortem of Christopher Norris of Bolton, 1640
(Duchy of Lancaster Inqns. p.m. Vol. 30 n. 36)
Inquisition taken at Boulton in le Moores in the said county 6 Oct., 16 Charles I , before Robert Mawdesley, Esq., escheator, after the death of Christopher Norris late of Boulton, gent., by the oath of Roger Sharples etc., etc., jurors, who say that the said Christopher was seised in his demsene as of fee of 3 messuages and 3 gardens in Boulton, and 15 messuages, 7 cottages, 20 gardens, 14 orchards, 1 grain water-mill, 2 fulling mills, 215 a. of land, 105 a. of meadow, 205 a. of pasture, 20 a. of wood, 120 a. of moor, 40 a of moss and 40 a. of turbary and 2s. of free rent in Tonge; and 1 mess., 1 garden, 1 orchard, 12 a. of land. 6 a. of meadow and 12 a. of pasture in Turton; and common of pasture for all beasts at all times of the year in all the wastes and commons of Turton.
Christopher Norris died 22 December last past; Alexander Norris is his son and next heir, and is now aged 35 years.
The premesis in Boulton in le Moores are held of Roger Leaver, gent., in common socage, by fealty and the rent of 5 3/4 d. per ann., and are worth per ann., clear, 40s. The premises in Tonge are held of the heirs of Edward Hilton late of Brindle in socage, viz., by fealty and the yearly rent of 12d., and are worth per ann., clear £5. The premises in Turton are held of Humphrey Cheetham, esq., as of his manor of Turton in socage, viz., by fealty and the yearly rent of 6d., and are worth per ann., clear, 6s. 8d.