Wallbanks in Slaidburn, West Riding of Yorkshire.
The township of Slaidburn is in the Staincliffe Warpentake of the West Riding of Yorkshire. It lies north of the Ribble about 15 miles north of Blackburn. The village of Newton lies within Slaidburm Parish.
I am indebted to Chris Spencer for information on the Slaidburn Wallbanks. Chris is a local historian who has transcribed and compiled court rolls, parish registers and wills of the area. For a list of his publications go here.
Wallbanks in Slaidburn Manor Court Rolls
The following is from Chris Spencer's yet unpublished transcriptions of the Manor of Slaidburn court rolls.
The 1392/93 roll has a Wallbank entry (in Latin) as follows:
3 Feb 1392/93
'John son and heir of John Walbonk complains against William Walbonk in a plea of detinue of land, in that he unjustly detains one messuage and 11 acres of land with the appurtenances in Heghfeld in Sleytburn, of which John, the father of him the plaintiff, died seised, according to custom' [etc ... more follows - appears to say that a proclamation was made 3 times in court, but neither he, the plaintiff, nor anyone else came to make the fine, and so the messuage was demised to him, the defendant.]
Lancashire Record Office ref: DDHCI/Slaidburn /Roll1/1392-93
Chris Spencer summarises:
John Wallbank senior (father) dies and his eldest son, John, should have inherited his copyhold lands of the Manor of Slaidburn, lying in Highfield (still there today), but for some unknown reason, John W junior fails to claim the land by not appearing at the Manorial Court, and so the court awarded the lands to John W senior's second son, William. Perhaps John W junior had been living out of the area? Anyhow, John W junior then tries to get his rightful inheritance, but it's too late, and he is amerced (fined) for a false claim or suit in court.
There are references to Wallbanks in the Newton area from the 1520s.
The following references are from Chris Spencer's three published volumes of the court rolls of Slaidburn from 1703 -1733
Manorial Court held 21 October 1703
Reference to William Walbancke, gentleman of Warrington, Lancashire, England
Source: The Court Rolls of the Manor of Slaidburn, Vol. 3 , 1703-1715 ,pp3-4.
Manorial Court held 5 May 1704
Reference to John Walbanke of Newton and his sons. At courts held in 1692-3 John bequeathed his copyhold land to his two sons, John and Edward . He also surrendered land at Brungillmoore, Youlstone Wood, Acre End, Gate Land, Midlemost Close and Lower Close.
Source: The Court Rolls of the Manor of Slaidburn, Vol. 3 , 1703-1715 ,pp5-7
Manorial Court held 26 April 1705
Elizabeth widow of John Walbancke of Newton and her son Edward and his wife Agnes attended. Some lands occupied by Edward transferred to John Batterby and William Standen.
Source: The Court Rolls of the Manor of Slaidburn, Vol. 3 , 1703-1715 ,pp12-13
Manorial Court held 31 March 1707
6.5 acres of land on Brungill Moor lately in possession of Edward Walbancke transferred to William Birkett.
Source: The Court Rolls of the Manor of Slaidburn, Vol. 3 , 1703-1715 ,p31
Manorial Court held 29 April 1708
Edward Walbancke, Robert Walbancke , sons of the late John Walbancke and Agnes , wife of Edward attended. Transfer of some land to Henry Nowell.
Source: The Court Rolls of the Manor of Slaidburn, Vol. 3 , 1703-1715 ,p36
Transfer of land in tenure or occupation of Edward and Robert Walbancke.
Source: The Court Rolls of the Manor of Slaidburn, Vol. 3 , 1703-1715 ,p40
Surrender of land to John Birkett.
Source: The Court Rolls of the Manor of Slaidburn, Vol. 3 , 1703-1715 ,p44
Maonorial Court held 16 October 1712
William Walbancke of Westminstrer attended. Transferred lands at Brungill Moor and Youlstonewood Moore to William Birkett for payment of £86.
Source: The Court Rolls of the Manor of Slaidburn, Vol. 3 , 1703-1715 ,pp75-76
Manorial Court held 23 April 1730
William Walbancke of Blackburn bought lands and property in West Bradford for the sum of £1000.
Barley Croft, Farr Hey , Over Hey, Little Inge. On Bradford Moor: Walker Fields, Slackbrow, the Rakes, Stone Delfe Field. Land at Owler Riddings, the Two Hills Higher and Lower, the Two Blays Greens Higher and Lower. Stoney Croft, teh Tenter Brow, teh Upper and Lower West Field, the Butts , the Bowland Gate, the Cartgreavebrow, the Great Meadow, the Hey Gate, teh New Hey, the Braddyll Leigh, the Hqancroft, the High Croft, the High Croft Meadow, the Barley Croft, the Barley Croft Meadow, the Kalstead Head, the Hole Meadow, the Hole at Cross and the Rennald Riddings , about 38 acres of bovate land.
In addition, improvements on Bradford Moor: Light Birks, , the Rakes (7 acres). Milne Ing,Simpsons Croft, Mean W est Field, Mean West Field Head ,(4 acres)
The new Hey, the Duckbutts, the fox Hill (Oxen Hey) , the Fowhill Meadow, Waidsparth (11 acres).
Two Riddings, the Lower Long Hey, the Higher Long Hey, (10 acres)
Source: The Court Rolls of the Manor of Slaidburn, Vol. 1 , 1724-1733 ,pp85-86
Wallbank Quakers in Newton
Later in the 17th century Wallbanks appear in the Bolland Quaker Registers (Settle Monthly Meeting). A Wallbank gave a small piece of land for a Quaker burial ground. It is still there today about 50m from the former Quaker meeting rooms.No Wallbank memorials survive.
Photographs of burial ground and former meeting house:
1. Burial Ground 1
2. Burial Ground 2
3. Newton Quaker Meeting House
4. Newton Quaker Meeting House commemorative plaque .
The following extracts from the Quaker registers are courtesy of Chris Spencer. :
Marriage: 9.9.1671 John Walbancke of Newton in Boland & Susana dau of John Feilden of Hartleyroyd in Stansefeilld, at her father's house. One of the witnesses was Robert Walbancke.
died 11.8[?].1683 Robert Walbancke junior, buried 13th at Newton
died 19.9.1685 Robert Walbancke of Newton senior, buried 21st at Newton
died 1.5.1686 Susana wife of John Walbancke, buried 3rd
16.1.1688 or 89[sic] Ellin Walbanke, widdow, buried 20th
5.6.1692 John Wallbancke of Newton, buried 8th
............. John Walbanke of Newton, buried 8.5.1703
16.1.17?? [1708?] Mathew Wallbanke, buried 18th
30.5.1723 Elizabeth Wallbank of Riddin, buried 2.6.1723
9.6.1674 Robert son of John & Susana Walbancke
21.7.1677 John son of John & Susana Walbancke
3.8.1681 Edward son of John & Susana Walbancke of Newton
8.3.1686 Robert son of John & Susana Walbancke