The text of my working draft of the History of Coppull can be found in pdf format here . This is very much a working draft and any comments or questions on this are welcomed (

The site includes a (very) short history of Coppull.

This site has an extensive archive of copies of documents relating to the Coppull in the past. These include copies of almost all surviving wills up to 1800 which have survived.

The work reflects part of an ongoing project to explore the history of Coppull. The link above explains the purpose and future plans for the project.

There are a number of publications relating to the history of Coppull.

The oldest documents date from the thirteenth century (1200s) and were written in Latin. From Tudor times documents written in English survive, such as this one which acknowledges payment of  debt by Edward Rigby, Lord of the Manor, to Thomas Merson in 1592.

A number of transcripts of original documents and lists of inhabitants of the village (censuses etc) are available on the site.

We know a little of the village and its inhabitants during the Medieval period.

The Manor of Coppull was partly a building, partly an estate and partly an administrative body.

The de Coppull family were Lords of the Manor from the earliest recorded times in the early 13th century until the last of the de Coppull lords sold the manor to the Earls of Derby in 1461.

The church at Coppull has been important for centuries. It is now known as the Old Parish Church.

Mining has taken place in Coppull for many hundreds of years.

Public houses have been a feature of life in the village for hundreds of years.

The Crook family were important landowners in the village for mush of the 17th century and they were related to other important families. Here is their family tree. There is also a map showing that Richard Crooke traded in the Midlands in the 1630s.

What did the population of Coppull used to be?

We know a little about what the rich and poor owned in the seventeenth century. Roger Standanought sought relief in 1650. William Millner sought relief in 1662. By 1675 he wanted to travel to find work.

Edward Chisnall, one of many of the name, was an important local notable during the mid 1600s.

James Booth's wife tried to get payment for her husband's work as constable in 1651. William Taylor was constable of Coppull in 1662, but wanted someone else to do the job. William still didn't want the job in 1694. An account of the punishment of Henry Bentham in 1691 helps explain why it was so unpopular.

Sir Edward Chisnall sought arrears of rent against his tenant Edward Holt in 1701.

William Taylor witnessed poaching near Coppull in 1674.

Edward Prescott was allowed to extend his smithy in 1678.

Heskin Fell and Roger Haydock both had religious beliefs that cost them dear in 1675.

Bridget Isherwood had an illegitimate child in 1691, for which provision had to be made.

A meeting of the inhabitants of the village took place in 1735.

There was a dispute about the sale of a cottage intended to pay for a curate for Coppull Chapel in 1738.

John Abbott of Welch Whittle wrote wills and other documents for the villagers in early 18th century Coppull. His will shows the extent of his links with Coppull.

There are a surprising number of sources to allow us to study the economy of Coppull in the seventeenth century.

There was a sale of the Manor of Coppull in 1812. Here is a map of the sale.

Wills can be a useful source of information for the historian. Coppull has a number of surviving wills from the 17th and 18th centuries. The earliest surviving one is that of John Dicconson from 1557.

Coppull has a small number of historic datestones.

In 1843 the tithe, by which everyone had to give the Rector of Standish a tenth of their produce, was commuted, or turned into a money tax.