The Shakeshafts

  1. Thomas Shakeshaft is paying 4s 4d per year to Stonyhurst Estate for a life lease of neighbouring small farm Austin House / Dam Side in Leagram. Payment being made to the Stonyhurst Estate. LRO. (DDSt rentals and disbursements).

NB Not known yet when the lease was granted. DDSt uncat. Went out of lease 1790.(DDSt rentals)

Shakeshaft is never named as occupier on the Land Tax. (QDL.B).

Not a local name. A William Shakeshaft was the steward of Hesketh’s Rufford estate in 1803-1833. (LRO Guide, 2nd edition, 1962, pages 223 & 224).

See reference to Shakeshaft in connection with London linen drapers below…!

1774 Stonyhurst Estate Map. (DDX 59/1) shows Austin House / Dam Side.

Land Tax Assesments. 1782 -1792 (samples in this period examined so far at Jan 1990). Kirk Mill not named but identifiable, the occupier paying 3s 11d.

In 1782 & 1784 Richd Dilworth is proprietor: Thos Dilworth is occupier.

Kirk Mill not on Yates map 1786. (M.Rothwell).

(In or about 1785, partnership of Shakeshaft, Stirrup and Salisbury began for the purpose of manufacturing calico, muslins and other cotton goods at Chorley and other places and disposing of them to London). From Bankruptcy Order Books. PRO. B1/80 p8. Also see below. (Notes on bankruptcy records from Chris Aspin).


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