Name: Henry de WALTON , Overlord of Hale 1
ALIA: Henry /Waleton/, Overlord of Hale
Birth: ABT 1158 in Walton on the Hill, Liverpool North, Lancashire, England
Death: AFT 19 JUL 1227 1
The following article in VCH Lancs on Hale & Halewood, shows that it was Henry's younger brother Richard who was granted Hale & Halewood by King John in 1203. Richard granted the overlordship of Hale to his elder brother Henry. Most of the manor was held of the Waltons by Richard's descendants, although the Waltons held small portions of it.
Manor of Hale & Halewood, Lancashire:
HALE with HALEWOOD formed one of the six berewicks of King Edward's manor of West Derby in 1066. By Roger the Poitevin its tithes were in 1094 granted to the abbey of St. Martin of Séez. The gift was confirmed by John when count of Mortain, and by Henry III in 1227.
The manor remained in the king's hands during the twelfth century. Henry II, after his first coronation, placed part of it—perhaps that afterwards known as Halewood-within the forest, viz. from the Flaxpool to the Quintbridge; but it was disafforested in Henry III's reign, according to the charter of the forest. The assized rent of £4 10s. was increased in 1200 by £2 10s., so that in later years the sheriff of the county answered for £7 to the treasury.
By charter, dated at Rouen, 9 November, 1203, King John granted to Richard de Meath the vill of Hale in its entirety, rendering every Michaelmas for all service the increased rent of £7 above mentioned. The vill was to be held by Richard and his heirs by hereditary right.
The words as to descent by hereditary right led to trouble. Richard de Meath was a clerk and beneficed, having been presented to Swineford church in 1203 and again in 1207, so that he may have been in holy orders. Yet he allied himself with one Cecily de Columbers, and had four sons and two daughters by her. In 1226-7 he granted to Cecily de Columbers and her children begotten by him and their heirs the vill of Hale and its appurtenances, to be held of Richard himself during his life, and after his death of his brother Henry de Walton and his heirs, 'who,' he declared, 'are my heirs.' The remainders were to Cecily's children in turn—Richard, Geoffrey, Adam, Henry, Emma, and Cecily; 'and so to all other children that the said Cecily may have by me.' The holder was to pay annually to Henry de Walton and his heirs the £7 due to the king and 12d., or a pound of pepper, in addition. About the same time (viz. on 19 July, 1227) Henry III confirmed his father's grants to Richard, as well as the latter's charter granting Hale to Henry de Walton and his heirs.
Richard de Meath lived for several years after this charter, dying, it is supposed, about 1235. He was succeeded by Cecily de Columbers, and then in turn by Richard, Geoffrey, Adam, and Henry her sons.
Henry was still living in October, 1260, when William son of Henry de Walton endeavoured to recover the manor of Hale, which, as he asserted, Cecily de Columbers had held of him, and which should have reverted to him as an escheat on her death, as she died without heirs, her children being ignored as illegitimate. Henry's defence was technical but successful; he did not hold the entire manor, as Herbert, rector of Childwall, had a messuage there with 3½ acres of land and the site of a chapel. Henry retained the manor till his death, which occurred soon after, and was succeeded by his sister Cecily, wife of John de Wolfall.
['Townships: Hale', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3 (1907), pp. 140-149. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk]
Father: Gilbert de WALTON b: ABT 1135 in Walton on the Hill, Liverpool North, Lancashire, England
Juliana b: ABT 1160
- Cecily WALTON , heiress of Halewood b: ABT 1181 in Walton on the Hill, Liverpool North, Lancashire, England
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