Coppull Chapel Case



This document is included in the Hawkshead Talbot collection at Lancashire Record office and is significant for a number of reasons. It sets out a number of facts and then requests a legal opinion.

It shows the efforts to fund a curate at Coppull Chapel, makes an intriguing reference to a "workhouse" in Coppull, shows some conflict which arose not long after John Pearson became Lord of the Manor, and also shows that the wastes of Coppull were enclosed in 1736.

Coppull Chappell Case

 About 35 years ago Richard Kingsley inclosed a small parcel of ground from the waste in Coppull and thereon erects a house said to be done with the consent of the Lord of the Manor and freeholders but nothing appears in writing.

 By deed Richard Kingsley conveys the same to [blank] Kingsley and others for 99 years defeasible on payment of [blank] and interest at a short time there to come.

 Richard Kingsley and the morgagees convey to Ralph Taylor John Haydock and Ralph Low for the remainder of the term in consideration of 20lb being moneys given to severall uses for the poor in Coppull subject to the uses devised in the severall wills whereby the twenty pounds was given.

 Richard Kingsley and the claimers under the conveyance from [time?] continue in possession in the housing and ground [will?] within some few years last past from the first inclosing and building.

 27th September 1736

 By articles previous to a late enclosure of the waste in Coppull made between Mr Pearson Lord of the Manor of Coppull on the first part Richard Clayton Esq Lord of the Manor of Worthington on the second part and Ralph Standish Esq and other freeholders within Coppull on the third part / inter alia / it is mentioned in the words following And further it is agreed by all the said parties hereto that all cottages buildings at any time formerly erected upon the waste and commons within the said Manor of Coppull and all orchards and gardens occupied with the same and therefore inclosed together with one acre of land to be set out by such persons as are herein after mentioned shall be seized by or unto the hands of the said John Pearson his heirs and assigns / the workhouse and garden thereto belonging and that cottage and garden late in the possession of Mr Worthington and such houses and lands as hath at any time been sold by the Lords of the Manor of Coppull for the time being only excepted.

 By Parol agreement the Lord of the Manor of Coppull and severall of the freeholders there agree that Kingsleys Cottage / which is the cottage mentioned in the articles to be in the possession of Mr Worthington / shall go towards obtaining the Queens Bounty and till then the profits applied to the use of the curate officiating at Coppull Chappell.

 18th September 1738

 By bargain and sale between John Pearson clerk Lord of the Manor of Coppull on the one part and Thomas Pilgrim clerk and Richard Clayton Esq of the other part in consideration of 5s and in order to obtaining the bounty of the late Queen Ann for the augmentation of Coppull Chappell the said Pearson bargains and sells Kingsleys Cottage to Pilgrim and Clayton [illeg] to them their heirs and assigns for ever upon trust to be by them conveyed towards obtaining the said bounty for augmentation of the said Chappell when therewith 200 li shall be raised for obtaining the bounty and in the mean time to apply the profits to the curate officiating.

 Note this bargain and sale is acknowledged the same day it bears date before a M[illeg] Extraordinary in chancery but not inrolled.

 Ques can Messrs Clayton and Pilgrim make a good title to a purchaser without the concurrence of John Haydock and Ralph Taylor the surviving assigns from Kingsley and others or what is necessary to be done to make a good title.

                                                                              Chorley 19 June 1739


             The case on the other side waits on you by Mr Hargreaves direction he having contracted for sale of the cottage for sixty guineas and proposes thereby to raise thirty neat money after allowances for building &c. Ralph Taylor makes a noise has published the cottage to be sold and now refuses to produce the deeds / this I had lately seen [illeg] / which is the reason the dates are not mentioned but believe that the facts are truly stated. Mr Hargreaves not only desires your opinion on the case but such direction as you shall think necessary for the interest of the Chappell. Thinks John Haydock might be prevailed on Taylor seems determined to be obstinate. I only saw a copy of the articles for inclosing the wastes Mr Hargreaves will pay your fee desires your thoughts as soon as leisure admits. I am &c