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There are many sources that can be used to trace the history of the Cunliffe family of Great Harwood, each adds to the body of information but none are perfect or complete sources. The parish registers have the potential to be a valuable source, but, as with other sources that depend on the accuracy of the person recording the information and the willingness of individuals to be recorded, are often incomplete; in the case of the Cunliffe family this proved to be the case. The family are recorded in various rental ledgers and surveys, but only the earliest of these gives the names of all the lives associated with the tenancy and their relationships and ages, and only one lists the fields associated with the property. Several wills survive for the Cunliffes of Great Harwood, and these proved to be the best source, being legal documents and concerning money and real estate, they were carefully compiled and list many family members, relationships and property owned or leased.

Of the published sources that mention the family Abram’s ‘History of Blackburn Town and Parish’ gives some detail; he however, it is apparent, was also unable to make firm conclusions about the relationships of the early family members. The Court Rolls of the Honor of Clitheroe provided evidence for the Cunliffe family in Accrington, and again, being the written record of legal proceedings, it is likely they are largely accurate. 


The earliest parish register entries to survive for Great Harwood date from 1547 and people bearing the surname Cunliffe appear in the register from 1551, indicating that they may have lived in the area for some time before this. The name is probably of very local origin, with the National Trust surname profile website showing distribution in 1881 solely in Lancashire, with the greatest being in the Wigan area, but also with dense concentration in the Warrington and Blackburn areas.  Guppy lists the name as a ‘peculiar name’ (defined as a name confined mostly to one county) and elaborates:

“The Cunliffes belong to an ancient and a notable family originally of Cunliffe Hill, but for the last 250 years of Wycoller Hall, in the parish of Whalley. Foster Cunliffe was mayor of Liverpool in 1716, 1729, and 1735; and Robert Cunliffe held the same office in 1758. Beside the seat, there is a Lancashire village of this name.”

 In Bartholomew’s Survey Gazetteer of the British Isles the only place listed for Cunliffe, or anything similar, is: ‘Cunliffe, ham., Lancashire, ½ mile NW. of Rishton’.  Ekwall give examples in Lancashire from 1246 and postulates the theory that it could be from the Old English personal name Cunda, with the second element O.E. ‘clif’, being on a slope. He further speculates that it may come from ‘Cunte’, which is backed up by an article by Keith Briggs, and which may refer to a peculiarity of the landscape. The Oxford Names Companion favours the latter explanation giving:

“habitation name from a place in Lancs., near Rishton, recorded in 1246 as Kunteclive, from OE cunte cunt + clif slope i.e. ‘slope with a slit or crack in it’”.

Another derivation of the name, and one espoused by Abram and repeated by Ainsworth (Ainsworth, 1928), is that the first element is a corruption of the word coney, or rabbit, and the coat of arms of the family do reflect this meaning. However the coat of arms would have been adopted some time after the family name became fixed and the meaning forgotten, but if not it is understandable that an alternative meaning would be preferred.

Abram examines the origins of the Cunliffe family twice in the History of Blackburn, firstly under a heading of ‘Cunliffes of Great Harwood and Blackburn’, where he explores the origins of the Blackburn banking family; secondly within the chapter concerning Billington, under the heading ‘Cunliffes of Cunliffe House’. He gives examples of the surname from 1250, and it would seem that this family had a hereditary surname much earlier than most others in Lancashire.  The poll tax return of 1379 for Lancashire shows that though some surnames were by then hereditary, many very clearly were not, but listed for Wilpshire with Dinckley are ‘Johanne de Cundeclif and Alicia de Cundeclif, for Pleasington ‘Marg. De Cundclif, and for Rishton ‘Henrico de Cundcliff. From charters Abram examined it is clear that the family held land in Billington from at least 1347 until c. 1594 when the estate passed to Sir Thomas Walmsley.  Cunliffe House was located on the A59 between Copster Green and Billington, on the other side of the ridge from Cunliffe in Rishton.


Both Abram and Ainsworth state that the family of Cunliffe who took residence at what later became Hollins House in Accrington were from the family at Billington, who had lost their lands to Sir Thomas Walmsley some time before 15941, when the land was mentioned in a will of John Talbot.   Abram in particular states that the pedigree of the family starts with ‘Robert Cunliffe, a younger son of Cunliffe, of Cunliffe Hall’.2 A search of Clitheroe court rolls shows that Henry Cunliffe was a tenant in Accrington, and a frequent office holder there, from 1519 onwards. It seems he came into the property, thought to be Woodhead, which later became Hollins, through his wife Alice Wood. The following is an entry for 1526:

To that Halmote came Nicholas Tempest, esq. Deputy Steward, and surrendered a messuage and the appurtenances in the Manor of Accryngton called Baxtonden (annual rent, 30s 10d) , which Denis Ryley had delivered to him, to the use of Alice Wodde, now wife of Henry Condclyff. George Hergreves forbade fine, together with Lawrence Holden, for certain covenants between the said Denis Ryley and George Hergreves. Alice Wodde found sureties , Lawrence Holden and Edward Ryley. Admitted, on fine of 30s 10d.

The family can be traced at Accrington throughout the sixteenth century, but the only mention of a possible contender to be the Richard, supposed last resident of the Cunliffe House in Billington is a bequest made to Nicholas Cunliffe in 1541, son of Henry and Alice by Richard Wood. Richard Cunliffe, brother of Nicholas is specifically mentioned as to be provided with food and accommodation, or the means to pay for this, by his brother for his life, so was clearly thought to be unable to manage his own affairs. Was this the Richard in possession of and who lost Cunliffe Hall, reputedly because unable to redeem a mortgage?


The Cunliffe family who, in 1556, purchased Sparth3 in Clayton le Moors (having been tenants there for some years) would be descended from the people who took their name from Cunliffe in Rishton, but Richard Trappes-Lomax was not able to trace their history any further back than Robert Cunliffe, father of Christopher who bought Sparth.  Richard Trappes-Lomax researched this family using a variety of sources, many of which would have been estate papers belonging to his family and he found that the last member of the Cunliffe family who owned Sparth was Jennet, daughter of Robert Cunliffe and wife of John Grimshaw. She had inherited the estate from her brother Richard, who died childless about 1658 and there was litigation concerning Sparth that did not end until 1731, the result of this being that the Brookbanks took over this small part of the estate in 1713. In 1722, according to Trappes-Lomax, Brookbank leased lands at Sparth and Bell Lane to John Cunliffe (titled ‘of Sparth’ so must therefore have been in possession of other lands there) for seven years.


Nicolas Cunliffe, the uncle of Christopher who purchased Sparth in 1556, was stated in the will of the latter, made in 1563, to be ‘of Great Harwood’ and it is possible that the Cunliffes ‘of Banks’ in Great Harwood are descended from this Nicholas, but cannot be proved with certainty. Parish register entries up to about 1600 rarely name residences, and in the case of the Cunliffes not until the baptism of Anne, daughter of John Cunliffe of Banks, in 1599 is it possible to associate any place with particular people. By the end of the sixteenth and in the early years of the seventeenth century John and Richard Cunliffe are recorded as fathers and living at Banks in the baptism registers of the parish church; later in the seventeenth century a Richard and John are also shown living in the same area. In the will of John Cunliffe of Banks, made in 1691, he calls himself a clothier and names his wife Isabel and his sons Richard and Martin. The deaths of both John and his wife are listed in the parish register, but not the births of those sons. John may have had other children, if a child had already ‘received their child’s portion’ (property, money or education) then it is possible they would not be mentioned in a will. A will has survived for Robert Cunliffe of Banks, woollen weaver, written in 1717, but it would seem that Robert and his wife either had no children or they had died while young as the beneficiaries of his will were mainly the children of his brother Richard, all of whom are named, but none of whom appear in the parish register of St. Bartholomew’s, or any local register. In his will he states that he held a lease of Alexander Nowell for Cunliffe Tenement from 1695. A John Cunliffe is listed as a recusant on the returns for 1682 and a Richard Cunliffe, yeoman, registered his property as a recusant in 1717, so it would appear that the Cunliffe family of Banks were recusants, which explains why many of their baptisms are not recorded. The only surviving son of Richard Cunliffe was Robert and no marriage or any baptisms for the family are recorded at St. Bartholomew’s; however, a Robert Cunliffe does appear on the map made for enclosure in 1763. He was a tenant of Alexander Nowell and possessed Lane Field (first enclosed in 1741) and Lower and Higher New Fields (first enclosed in 1748).4

Lane Field

Cunliffe’s Tenement in 1763
The two fields marked Higher and Lower Cunliffe Field and Lane Field were those allotted to Robert Cunliffe
PDF Map showing all Cunliffe leasehold land

It is clear that this branch of the family farmed the lands above for many years, but it seems, as I have not been able to find any mention of them in lease registers after 1763, that this branch of the family died out, at least in the male line in Great Harwood. Robert’s inventory of 1717 shows him to have been a wealthy man; the value was £366 pounds – the largest inventory amount I have found so far for a yeoman in Great Harwood. His brother however, left only £28; this may have been because of the high taxes levied on recusants at that time.

John Cunliffe decided to let his tenancy of Sparth go around 1735 or the new owners, the Brookbanks, preferred another tenant as a John Coward is named by Trappes-Lomax as farming there in 1741.  The uncertainty surrounding Sparth and the opportunity to take good land in Great Harwood may have been the reason for this. From 1735 John Cunliffe was the tenant of part of Dean in Great Harwood, apparently formerly farmed by a family called Tompson, as ‘Tompsons’ was given as the habitation of John in various parish register entries.5  This is the family of Roger Cunliffe, banker of Blackburn. A survey compiled in 1735 of the estates of the late Thomas Hesketh lists John Cunliffe aged 63, with his son John aged 35 and grandson John aged ten as ‘lives’. This branch of the Cunliffe family do not appear until after 1735 in the Great Harwood parish register, but are recorded in the Altham parish registers before then. A fairly detailed family tree can be plotted using the Altham register and the wills that have survived for John and his son John, Thomas son of the latter John and his son Roger of Blackburn. Taking the line back from the first John is problematic, but it is likely that he is from a cadet branch of the Cunliffes of Sparth.

Lower Dean

Dean in 1763
The two buildings in the centre of the plan are Lower Dean
PDF Map showing all Cunliffe leasehold land

The lands leased by John Cunliffe in 1735 are clearly stated and are for Lower Dean (oddly enough on higher ground than Higher Dean) and the same lands continue in the family until the death of the last life John Cunliffe of Blackburn. However, from about 1805 the farm was inhabited by his sister Betty, and her husband John Hoyle (whose family were tenants of adjacent Cowden), he was her first cousin, son of her aunt Jane Cunliffe and James Hoyle. The first John Cunliffe may never have lived at Lower Dean, he owned copyhold land at Northwood in the Forest of Pendle and his son appears to have been the occupier of Lower Dean with his children being baptised at St. Bartholomew’s and recorded as living at Lower Dean or Tompson’s. When the second named John died in 1767 he owned Northwood and the held leases for Moor Grounds and Lower Dean in Great Harwood.


Moor Grounds 1763?
The fields marked on the map as Cunliffe Croft, Cunliffe Meadow and Higher and Lower Cunliffe fields are marked on the enclosure map as ‘anciently enclosed land belonging to Alexander Nowell’.
Was this the land once known as Moor Grounds? This is almost exactly the area now covered by the Edgeside housing estate.
PDF Map showing all Cunliffe leasehold land



Examination of the court rolls does not furnish any other suitable candidate from the family of Hollins who could be the Richard who was the last resident of Cunliffe House in Billington except the Richard so clearly in need of care in 1541. Archives may hold documents that could answer many questions that this short study has posed, and further research may firmly connect the various branches of the Cunliffe families.

Without access to wills for generations before John Cunliffe who died in 1691 it would be impossible to ascertain if there was any direct relationship between the two families who gave their names to fields in Great Harwood. It is possible that the brothers Robert and Richard of Banks may have been sons of John Cunliffe; the fact that Robert was not mentioned in his will does not preclude this.

There could have been a distant relationship between the above family and of John Cunliffe of Lower Dean, but it was probably opportunity and a need for land for his recently married son that provided the impetus to take the lease of Lower Dean rather than any family connections in the area. The names Henry and Nicholas, used frequently by the Hollins family, were also favoured in the mid seventeenth century by families in Clayton, probably including the family of John Cunliffe who first took the lease of Lower Dean and who also named a son Henry. It is possible, but certainly not proven, that the descent of this family was from the family at Hollins.


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1 Ainsworth gives 1574, but the date of the will is 1594.
2 This would probably be a pedigree made during a Herald’s visitation, and which are open to question and unreliable.
3 Further Sparth, rather than the Tudor building known locally as Sparth Manor.
4 There is some confusion with Lane Field; although it is shown on the enclosure map as being assigned to Robert Cunliffe as Nowell land,
it is also shown in the Hesketh apportionment as being assigned to John Dearden and is coloured on the map as Hesketh land.
5 In the majority of parish register entries for John Cunliffe of Tompsons he is listed as a linen weaver.



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Ainsworth, R. (1928). Old Homesteads of Accrington and District. Accrington: Wardleworth.
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Briggs, K. (2009). OE and ME cunte in place-names. Journal of the English Place Name Society , 41.
Ekwall, E. (1922). Place names of Lancashire. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Farrer, W. (1913). Court Rolls of the Honor of Clitheroe. Edinburgh: Ballantyne Press.
Guppy, H. B. (1890). Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. London: Harrison and sons.
Hanks, P. a. (2002). Dictionary of Surnames. In Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Map of Great Harwood 1763. (n.d.).
McKinley, R. (1981). Surnames of Lancashire. London: Leopard's Head Press.
National Trust. (n.d.). Retrieved 2011, from Public Profiler - GB Names:
Reaney, P. H. (1958). Dictionary of British Surnames. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Simpson, J. (2000). Court rolls of the Honor of Clitheroe. Helmshore Local History Society.
Stocks, G. A., & Tait, J. (Eds.). (1921). Dunkenhalgh Deeds. Manchester: Chetham Society.
Survey of the estates of Thomas Hesketh c. 1735. (n.d.). L1/35/5 . Manchester Archives.
The Enclosure of Great Harwood Moor. (1762). Enclosure by agreement . Barbara Youds.
The Inventory of John Cunliffe, Clothier of Great Harwood. (1691).
Trappes-Lomax lease register. (n.d.). DDLX 9/1 . Lancashire Archive.
Trappes-Lomax, R. (1926). History of the Township and Manor of Clayton-le-Moors Co. Lancaster. Manchester: Chetham Society.


APPENDIX 1 – Surveys and rentals

The table below is from the enclosure plan of 1763, which was by agreement, and shows the fields taken from the waste and allotted to either Nowell or Hesketh. It also gives the field names, the year taken from the waste and to whom it was allocated.

Nowell Cunliffe Robert Lane Field 1741
Nowell Cunliffe Robert Lower New Field 1748
Nowell Cunliffe Robert Higher New Field 1748
Hesketh Cunliffe John Whinney Field 1752
Hesketh Cunliffe John Well Field 1752

Entries from lease registers and surveys:

L1/35/5 Survey of estates of Thomas Hesketh c.1735.
Manchester Archives

John Cunliffe aged 64, with himself as first life, son Jon. 35 and grandson Jon. 10 leased 14acres 1 rood and 8 perches of land, rents and boons of £1, value £9 18s comprising:
Barn, orchard and fould
House meadow
Middle field
Further field meadow
Suiley (?) meadow

DDLX 9/1  Lease register c.1774
Lancashire Archive

1763 20th April
John Cunliffe rented part of Dean Farm , 15 acres, 1 rood and 23 perches, value £16 and 6 pence, rent of £1. He was the first life aged 63, son Thomas second life age 32 and Jane, daughter third life age 22

1774 December 8th
Thomas Cunliffe rented the above land on the same terms. His was the first life and he was 43, Jane his sister the second life aged 33 and his son Roger the third life age 8.

1776 May 21st
The same land and terms again, Thomas now 45, his son Roger the second life age 10 and his son John the third life aged 4.

Note to say the last life died 13th May 1836.

DDLX 1/1 Lease register 1817 – 1847
Lancashire Archive

1819 – 1836 Thomas Cunliffe rented Deans for £1 per year leasehold farm
Widow Fielding listed on the same page as renting Deans 1836 – 1837 for £30 per year, 15 acres, 1 rood and 23 perches.
1817 – 1836 Roger Cunliffe of Blackburn rented what was probably the lower town chapel.




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Thomas Cunliffe married, at Great Harwood Church, May 20th, 1577, Elizabeth

Richard Cunliffe married, Aug. 10th 1600, Isabel Dean; and Isabel, late wife of
Richard Cunliffe was buried at Great Harwood, Nov. 24th, 1613.
Richard Cunliffe of Banks, Great Harwood, had a son Robert, born in 1647.
John Cunliffe of Banks died in March 1691. Isabel Cunliffe, widow, of
Harwood Banks died in June, 1 708.


Robert Cunliffe of Harwood Banks, was buried Feb. 17th, 1716-7.
Robert Cunliffe of Harwood, woollen webster, married Aug. 22nd, 1706,
Margaret Horrobin of Whalley (who died Oct. , 1738).
John Cunliffe of Sparth, linen webster and husbandman, married, Jan. 14th, 1722,
Mary Jackson, and had issue, sons, William, bapt. Sep. 12th, 1725; Thomas, bapt.
March 28th, 1731; Henry, born 1732; Edward, born 1733-4; and John, died 1746.
John Cunliffe the father, "of Deans" in 1768, was buried June 18th in that year.
Mary, his widow, died in May, 1770.
Thomas Cunliffe of Deans, Great Harwood, linen webster, had three sons, Henry ;
Roger ; and John ; each noted below ; and daughters, Hannah, born 1769 ; Ann ; a
second Ann; and Jane, born 1777.

Mr. Henry Cunliffe, of Blackburn, son of Thomas, was born in 1764, and died
June 29th, 1825. He was father of Mr. James Cunliffe.
James Cunliffe, Esq., of Blackburn, banker, married May 14th, 1823, Mary,
daughter of John Ostley, Esq., of North Shields, and had issue, sons, Roger, born
April 4th, 1824; John, born Sept. 12th, 1825; Henry, born April 17th, 1827; and
daughters Mary, born 1828; and Ann, born 1832.
Roger Cunliffe, Esq., of Blackburn, banker, second son of Thomas, bapt. at
Great Harwood, Oct. 18th, 1767; died at Blackburn, in 1822, aged 55, buried at
Chapel-street Chapel, Aug. 20th, 1822. By Sarah his wife, married before 1804, he
left no issue.
John Cunliffe, Esq. , of Blackburn, banker, brother of James and Roger, bapt.
Aug. 2nd, 1772; died May 13th, 1836. By Margaret, his wife, who died, aged 70,
April 30th, 1 843, he had no issue, but an adopted daughter, Margaret Cunliffe, became
wife of Mr. Henry Hargreaves, of Beardwood.

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A family of Cunliffes possessed a small freehold estate called Cunliffe, in Billington, deriving thence the family surname. No complete descent can be given of them. Robert de Cundelive occurs A.D. 1250, and another Robert de Cuncleclif is a witness to charters temp. Edw. I. A third Robert de Cundeclif lived temp. Edward III., and about 1347 paid rent to Whalley Monastery for a plot of land he held. Roger de Cundcliff, of the same period, had a daughter Margaret, wife of Adam de Lever. Later, a Robert de Cundecliff occurs in 1396.
In 1478, the Abbey of Whalley received 405. yearly" de terris R. Cundeclyff, viz., Brodmede et Grenehey."
Robert Cunliffe, of Billington, died before 1515. He is described in the escheat, dated 7th Henry VIII., as late of Wilpshire, gent., outlawed for felony upon Margaret Wood, late wife of Elie Wood. His estate was found to consist of one messuage, 30 acres of land, 10 acres of meadow, 10 acres of pasture, 4 acres of woodland, and 30 acres of moor and turbary, in Billington, held of the Abbot of Whalley, value 10s.; and of one messuage, 30 acres of land, 12 acres of meadow, 20 acres of pasture, one acre of woodland, and 40 acres of moor and turbary, in Wilpshire, held of the King in socage, value 40s.
A. D. 1521, Whalley Monastery received 4s. 8d. by the year "pro terris Roberti Cundcliff," then representing this family ; and who, again, in 1538, was found holding freely lands in Billington, paying therefor to the Abbey £1 5s. yearly.
Richard Cunliffe, for his lands in Billington, was assessed to a Subsidy in 1570. Both Robert Cunliffe and Richard Cunliffe were taxed to the Military Levy in 1574. The Cunliffe-house estate passed to Sir Thomas Walmesley, Knt., and was found in his possession at his death. It was leased to John Talbot, gent., of Whalley, who, by his Will, dated 1594, assigns to Elizabeth his wife the farming houses and grounds he had "by lease of Mr. Justice Walmysley in Billington and Wilpshire, laite the inheritance of one Richard Cunliffe;" also," his lease of the tythe corn of Cunliffe.  It remains with the lord of Billington Manor. The Cunliffes migrated to Hollins, in Accrington ; thence, later, to Wycoller, in Trawden. The pedigree of Cunliffe, of Hollins and Wycoller, commences with “Robert Cunliffe, a younger son of Cunliffe, of Cunliffe Hall," in Billington.



Cunliffe, John 1763
(Lancashire Record Office
WCW/1763/Cunliffe, John)

John Cunliffe of Northwood. Made 29 March 1760
Mentions daughter Ann, to whom he leaves Northwood for life, but after to his son
John, to whom he leaves the leasehold in Harwood held of Thomas Hesketh, Esq.
Grandson John Shireburn.
Richard and Margaret Duckworth.
Grandson John Mitchell.
Martha, daughter, wife of John Walmsley and their daughters Margaret, Martha, Hannah and Joyce.

John made his mark.


Cunliffe, John 1768
(Lancashire Record Office
WCW/1768/Cunliffe, John)

John Cunliffe of Great Harwood, yeoman. Made 27 September 1767
Mentions Thomas Cunliffe, son, to whom he leaves copyhold of Northwood in Forest of Pendle and the leasehold of Moor Grounds in Great Harwood and Tompsons in Great Harwood (Lower Dean).
Mentions Anna, daughter, wife of Robert Mercer.
Mary his wife.
Jane, his daughter and wife of James Hoyle of Great Harwood.
Mary Cunliffe daughter of his son Henry.
Grandchildren: John Mercer, Mary Hoyle, Henry Cunliffe.
Thomas, son and Henry Jackson of Tottleworth executors.

John signed


Cunliffe, Richard 1732
(Lancashire Record Office
WCW/Infra/1732/Cunliffe, Richard)

Richard Cunliffe of Great Harwood, Husbandman. Made 4 November 1731
Mentions Mary his wife, Robert his son and ‘daughters’, but only Elizabeth mentioned by name.
Mentions his lease taken out with Alexander Nowell in the 7th year of the reign of William (1695) for the ‘Cunliffe Tenement’ in Harwood Magna, comprising seven acres or thereabouts.

Richard signed

Inventory total £28 – 09 – 03
Mentions the house, ‘one’ room, parlour, buttery, chamber over buttery and the shop.
All items in the shop for husbandry.


Cunliffe, Robert 1717
(Lancashire Record Office
WCW/1717/Cunliffe, Robert)

Robert Cunliffe of Banks in Harwood, Woollen weaver. Made 11 June 1716.
Mentions wife Margaret.
Children of his brother Richard Cunliffe: Robert, Mary, Isabel, Ann and Elizabeth.
Ellen, daughter of his brother Richard Cunliffe and wife of William Roscow.
Niece Grace Walmsley.
Isabel, Margaret and Mary Brown, daughters of the late James Brown.

Robert signed.

Inventory value £366 – 16 – 00
Purse, apparel and debts £150
Husbandry gear £4
Wool, serges, plains and shalloons £130
Check (?) yerds (?) £14
Tenters and looms £15
House goods £53 – 16 – 00


Cunliffe, Roger 1822
(Lancashire Record Office
WCW/1822/Cunliffe, Roger)

Roger Cunliffe of Blackburn, banker. Made 12 August 1822
Mentions wife Sarah, to whom he leaves property in Paradise and France Street ‘or elsewhere in Blackburn’.
Nephew Roger Cunliffe of London.
Nephew James Cunliffe.
Brother John Cunliffe of Blackburn, merchant.
Sister in law Hannah Ainsley.
Brother Henry Cunliffe and Thomas and John sons of Henry.
Elizabeth, sister, wife of John Hoyle.
Rebecca Smalley, cousin, wife of James Smalley.
Nephew Henry Cunliffe.
“Unto my said nephews Roger and James Cunliffe and their brothers, Thomas and John, Thomas and John Procter, Thomas Hoyle, Thomas Haworth and William Apedale”
“Nieces Mary, Ann, Elizabeth, Sarah and Margaret Cunliffe, Ellen, Mary Alice and Ann, daughters of my sister Mary and James Hindle son of Jane Hindle daughter of my sister Mary and Mary, Jane, Betty and Margaret daughters of my sister Ann.
Mary Whittaker, cousin, mentioned in a codicil to the will.


Cunliffe, Thomas 1815
(Lancashire Record Office
WCW/1815/Cunliffe, Thomas)

Thomas Cunliffe of Lower Dean or Thompsons, yeoman. Made 15 May 1810.
Mentions Henry his son to whom he leaves the annuity from Great Hen Moss.

Roger and John, his sons, both of Blackburn, cotton manufacturers, to whom he leaves two dwelling houses in Duke Street, Blackburn and leasehold of Lower Dean (now in possession of himself and his under tenants).
Grandson John Haworth.
Mary, daughter, late wife of Richard Procter, deceased.
Ann, daughter, late wife of John Moor of Great Harwood, cordwainer.
Betty, daughter, wife of John Hoyle.

Thomas signed.


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