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History of the Church and Manor of Wigan.

their heirs and assigns; and that they should grind at my mill to the extent of twenty measures without payment; and that they should have in my wood sufficient for building and burning, together with quittance of pannage[1] for the nourishment of their own pigs within my wood, to have and to hold of me and my successors, to themselves and their heirs or assigns, freely, and quietly, and honourably, with common of pasture and with all other easements[2] belonging to the said town of Wegan, within and without the town; and that they should have their pleas in porte-mote[3] once in three weeks, and their verdict of twelve men, and amercements by the same; paying therefor annually to me, or my successors, by themselves and their heirs, or assigns, upon each burgage twelve pence, at the four terms, viz. at the feast of St. John the Baptist threepence, at the feast of St. Michael the Archangel threepence, at the Nativity of our Lord threepence, and at Easter threepence, for all secular services, exactions and demands. And I the aforesaid John Maunsell, Rector of the church of Wegan, and my successors, will warrant all the above written to the said burgesses of the town of Wegan, and their heirs or assigns, against all men and women for ever. And that this donation and concession should remain firm and stable, I have set my seal to this writing, to which are witnesses, Thomas Gretlee, William le Butler, Mathew de Redman, at that time Sheriff of Lancaster, Robert Banastre, Robert de Lathome, William de Clifton, John de Lamar, John de Lee, Henry de Torboke, Adam de Molenex, Warren de Walton, Henry de Sefton, at that time Bailiff, and others."

This charter was confirmed by Robert Banastre, Lord of Makersfild, and true patron of the aforesaid church, in the

  1. Pannage was the right of feeding swine free of charge.
  2. Easements; pasturage in, or firewood to be taken from, the lord's woods, or other accommodation allowed to tenants, chiefly in respect of roads, water-courses, timber, fuel, stone quarries, or marl-pits.
  3. Porte-mote; a local court having jurisdiction in matters of trade; hence, probably, the origin of the old Moot-hall lately pulled down in Wigan.