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Reference: DDKE

DDKE/1. Clerkship of the Peace


DDKE/2. Court of Quarter Sessions


DDKE/3. Shrievalty and assizes


DDKE/4. Lieutenancy and militia


DDKE/5. Duchy of Lancaster, including Blackburn hundred markets and fairs, and the Thieveley lead mines


DDKE/6. Parliament


DDKE/7. Recusancy


DDKE/8. Lancashire Jacobite Plot


DDKE/9. Correspondence


DDKE/10. Law-suits


DDKE/11. Accounts, bills and receipts


DDKE/12. Bonds and letters of attorney


DDKE/13. Wills and inventories


DDKE/14. Surveys, rentals and plans


DDKE/15. Accrington


DDKE/16. Ainsworth


DDKE/17. Ashton-under-Lyne, Haughton and Openshaw


DDKE/18. Aspull


DDKE/19. Astley


DDKE/20. Bedford tithes


DDKE/21. Billington


DDKE/22. Bolton-le-Moors


DDKE/23. Burnley church and school


DDKE/24. Bury


DDKE/25. Castleton


DDKE/26. Chorlton


DDKE/27. Clitheroe


DDKE/28. Cuerden, Walton, Clayton and Farington


DDKE/29. Davyhulme and Barton


DDKE/30. Deane parish


DDKE/31. Denton, Heaton, Kenyon and Sharples


DDKE/32. Dinckley


DDKE/33. Droylsden


DDKE/34. Eccles


DDKE/35. Entwistle


DDKE/36. Furness


DDKE/37. Gorton


DDKE/38. Gorton, Droylsden, Openshaw, Salop, Cheshire and London


DDKE/39. Haigh


DDKE/40. Halliwell


DDKE/41. Heaton


DDKE/42. Hulton, Little


DDKE/43. Little Hulton and Tyldesley


DDKE/44. Little Hulton and Worsley


DDKE/45. Hulton, Tyldesley, Worsley and Astley


DDKE/46. Hundersfield, Rochdale and Butterworth


DDKE/47. Ince-in-Makerfield, Aspull, and Hindley


DDKE/48. Irlam


DDKE/49. Great and Little Lever and Middleton


DDKE/50. Manchester


DDKE/51. Oldham, Crompton, Royton and Chadderton


DDKE/52. Pemberton


DDKE/53. Pendleton


DDKE/54. Preston (elections)


DDKE/55. Prestwich


DDKE/56. Royton


DDKE/57. Salford


DDKE/58. Standish-with-Langtree


DDKE/59. Trafford


DDKE/60. Turton


DDKE/61. Tyldesley-with-Shakerley


DDKE/62. Walkden Moor


DDKE/63. Walton-le-Dale


DDKE/64. Warrington


DDKE/65. Whalley


DDKE/66. Wigan - election papers now with Lord Kenyon, 1981.


DDKE/67. Worsley


DDKE/68. Various townships (single documents only)


DDKE/69. Rigby estates in Lancashire and Wales


DDKE/70. Cheshire


DDKE/71. Cumberland


DDKE/72. Derbyshire


DDKE/73. Hertfordshire


DDKE/74. Shropshire


DDKE/75. Cheshire and Flint


DDKE/76. Staffordshire


DDKE/77. Wales


DDKE/78. Westmorland


DDKE/79. Yorkshire


DDKE/80. Isle of Man


DDKE/81. Religion, miscellaneous


DDKE/82. General miscellaneous

Date: 1589 - 1780
Held by: Lancashire Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Extent: 82 SUB FONDS
Administrative History:

Lord Kenyon's ancestors - the Rigbys and Kenyons of Peel Hall in Little Hulton - were in effect hereditary Clerks of the Peace for Lancashire, between 1589 and 1780.


From 1589 to 1663 the Lancashire clerkship of the peace was in the hands of the Rigbys, passing in the latter year to Roger Kenyon of Parkhead in Whalley, who had married Alice, the daughter of George Rigby of Peel in Little Hulton. That property, later known as Kenyon Peel Hall, descended to the present Lord Kenyon. Roger Kenyon was governor of the Isle of Man, M.P. for Clitheroe, and receiver-general of the Duchy of Lancaster. Lloyd Kenyon, Lord Chief Justice, was created Baron Kenyon of Gredington in 1788.


It should be stated that the present collection is additional to that published by the Historical Manuscripts Commission in its 14th Report, Appendix IV.

  • Rigby family of Peel, Little Hulton
  • Lancashire
Creator Names:
  • Kenyon family of Peel Hall, Little Hulton
Immediate Source Of Acquisition:
  • Deposited by the Right Honourable the Lord Kenyon, 5th Baron of Gredington, near Whitchurch, Shropshire, in August 1951.

Related Material:
  • Printed sources:- Historical Manuscripts Commission 14th Report, Appendix, Part IV.


    "Kenyon v. Rigby: The struggle for the Clerkship of the Peace in Lancashire in the seventeenth century", by J.J. Bagley, M.A., Transactions of Historic Society of Lancashire & Cheshire, volume 106.


    The Thieveley Lead Mines 1629-1635, edited by R. Sharpe France, M.A., Lancashire & Cheshire Record Society, volume 102.

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