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(Reproduced by kind permission of Lord Newton)

In 1466 Sir Peter Legh detailed his holdings in the Counties of Cheshire, Lancashire and Derbyshire describing them by manor, listing his tenants and their neighbours, itemising their fields and recording the services in money or work required in return for their land. Altogether some 1600 holdings are listed ranging from moated manors to individual strips in a common field and more than 700 persons are identified by name.

In 1993 members of the Liverpool University Latin Palaeography Group produced as a joint venture a complete transcript of the 322-page manuscript formally in the possession of Lord Newton’s family.

This page from the manuscript details the holdings held by a Thomas Singleton at Le Halle Orchard in the County of Chester township of Gropenhall (Grappenhall, Warrington).

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