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History of the Church and Manor of Wigan.

his custody,[1] but he died within a few months of this time, for on 11th January, 1360, his executors were summoned before the Chapter of York to make reparation for the loss of the great bell belonging to the Minster, which had fallen down and was broken through the neglect of de Winwick and his officers.[2]

He founded a chantry, dedicated to the blessed Virgin Mary, in the church of Huyton, in the county of Lancaster,[3] of which the patronage, after his death, was exercised by his nephew, Richard de Winwick.

On vi Id. (10th) of July, 1359, Richard de Langton, clerk, was presented to the parish church of Wigan, then vacant, by Sir Robert Langton, knight, the true patron, and Stephen de Chetaston, Rector of Warrington, was appointed a special commissary for his institution, which took place in the chapel of the said Sir Robert, at Newton, in his presence, and he, the said Richard, made oath that he would pay an annual pension of £20 due to the cathedral of Lichfield by equal portions at Michaelmas and Easter.[4] Richard de Langton was a younger son of Sir Robert de Langton, knight, and is named in an entail of W. fil. H. de Orel, in 1340.[5] His incumbency was of short duration, for on the 4th of September, 1359,

Robert de Lostock, Presbyter, was instituted to the same church, vacant by the resignation of Richard de Langton, the late Rector, on the presentation of Sir Robert de Langton, patron.[6]

On iv Non. (2nd) of January, 1361-2, Sir Robert Lostock resigned the Rectory to the bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, and on the same day

Sir Walter de Campeden was instituted on the presentation of John, Earl of Lancaster, patron for this turn by reason of the

  1. Rym, Fœd., vol. iii. p. 452.
  2. Lancashire Chantries, p.93.
  3. Ibid. p. 95.
  4. Lichfield Dioc. Reg. Lib. iv. fol. 6.
  5. Hill's History of Langton, p. 19.
  6. Lichfield Dioc. Reg. Lib. iv. fol. 6.