House of Ewood – Great Great Great Grandad Search £50 Reward

House of Ewood

Dear people of Newton-with-Scales, Whittingham & Goosnargh also throughout Lancashire,
Great Great Great Grandad John Brown was born in Whittingham around 1799, a contemporary of Wiliam Turner who was born at Whittingham Hall and became the First Bishop of Salford. Bishop William’s baptism is recorded but Great Great Great Grandad John’s baptism is not recorded so there is a Mystery as to his birth.
The Brownes (with an ‘e’) of Newton-with-Scales who lived at the Highgate had an Ancestor who swapped some land with the Cliftons to gain land in Whittingham in the 15th Century.
We would like to know if there are any Brownes or Browns in Whittingham or Goosnargh who may know of a connection to the Brownes of Newton-with-Scales or if there are Brownes or Browns still in Newton-with Scales.
The House of Ewood Family is so named as 4 Generations lived on Bolton Road, Ewood including the current Generation.
Great Great Great Grandad John Brown (born Whittingham ca. 1799) married in Chipping in 1824 Martha Keighley (born Hothersall) whose first daughter Great Great Grandma Mary Ann Brown (baptised at Lee House) gave birth to Great Grandad John Brown (born Samlesbury) on 2nd December 1869. Great Grandad John married Mary Elizabeth Ainsworth and had a son Grandad Francis (born Samlesbury 1899), the first two Generations to live on Bolton Road, Ewood. Grandad Francis married Elizabeth Jackson who lived across the road on Bolton Road, Ewood and Dad John Leo (born Blackburn 1931) married Mum and they had seven children including myself, Damian John Brown, the only son and we all lived on Bolton Road, Ewood up until 1974. Grandma Elizabeth’s home is currently to let and yet to be enquired about.
Dad passed away in 1999 so as Head of the House of Ewood I am seeking to find roots further back than 1799. Your help would be greatly appreciated and there is a reward of £50 to anyone who can prove with records a link back to the Brownes of Newton-with-Scales and £50 to anyone who can prove with record Great Great Great Grandad John’s birth or baptism so his parents may be detected.
A record of a John Brown baptised in Samlesbury in 1799 has been found but on the Census records Great Great Great Grandad John is denoted as born in Whittingham, Lancashire.
You can contact Damian on mobile 07510 814 357 or by email at or by tweeting @EnglandRovers should you be named Brown or Browne or should you know of any links and records. There was a Church at Duxendean in Whittingham but it was taken down in the 1800s and there don’t seem to be any records.
Yours Faithfully,

Damian John Brown – House of Ewood –
P.S. ‘fede sendoa’ on the Coat of Peace is Basque for ‘Strong Faith’
P.P.S. Great Grandad John ended up Manager-Director of Scotshaw Brook Paper Mill, Branch Road, Ewood after starting as a Paper Maker in a workhouse about age 14 and left over £5,000 (worth about £800,000 in equivalent earnings today) in his will in 1934 after being fatally injured by a tramcar on Bolton Road. The Mill is now up for sale with the current owners looking for offers around £475,000 which would be a good starter for the House of Ewood Portfolio with the help of any finance contributors to create a Bike and Skateboard Park for the people of Lancashire. Also should you know of Land for Sale in Lancashire please get in touch.


Barlow Hall – Barlow – Chorlton-cum-Hardy near Didsbury, Lancashire

The author is closely related to Barlow as it was his Mum’s Maiden name from her Dad James Barlow married to Ellen Walsh.

Barlow Hall is now a Golf House but in the past was a place of a Great Family going back generations.  The Barlows were Catholic Recusants, meaning they practised Catholic Mass when it was banned by various Monarchs.

The Barlow Family were at home in Barlow Hall for 400 years, Margaret Chapman describes them as an eminent family who were intensely conservative; more than one of whose members sacrificed everything, even to life itself, for their faith.

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House of Ewood – Our Royal Tree?

House of Ewood – Our Royal Tree?

A few days ago, as written on 30th November 2014, John Heap, a friend of about a decade, showed online that we are related with common ancestor ‘Elizabeth Charnock’ who is reached in the online Family Tree via Mum’s maiden name, Barlow family.

It just so happens that going further back in time we are connected to Royal Blood according to John Heap’s Online Tree.  This is an attempt to prove this through old-fashioned genealogy with the help of professional genealogist Eric.

Barlow is Mum’s maiden name, her Dad was named James Barlow who’s Dad and Grandad were both named Robert Barlow.

James Barlow, our Maternal Grandad, was married to Nana Ellen Walsh who’s ancestors have been traced back to Tenant Farmers in the North of Ireland who settled in Liverpool first on emigration to England, with descendants settling in Blackburn, Lancashire, one of them being a Tailor who lived near Saint Alban’s Church where our Mum and Dad were married, the very same Church attended by the author.

Mum had a brother, our Uncle Frank, who used to take us on pleasant country drives in his van when we were kids.  Uncle Frank   jokingly told us that Oswaldtwistle, a town close to Blackburn, was named so, as King Oswald turned round there.  Perhaps it is more true that ‘twistle’ is a brook or stream meeting another one.

Mum would have had another older brother but Jimmy passed away due to diptheria as a toddler.

Dad’s tree is impressive too but even Eric the Pro can’t get past 3rd or 4th Great Grandad John Brown who was born in Whittingham, Lancashire around 1799 who would have been a contemporary of William Turner also born in Whittingham in 1799 who became the First Bishop of Salford.

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3rd or 4th Great Grandad John was married to Martha Keighley in 1824 at Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Chipping, Lancashire and on the same day, a William Keighley married Alice Hothersall at the same Church so it looks like there may have been a double wedding or a least a good Family Do.

3rd or 4th Great Grandma Martha was born in Hothersall so it could be that Alice Hothersall was from the ‘de Hothersall’ Family who had lived at Hothersall Hall.

In the 1871 Census, 3rd or 4th Great Grandad John is noted as being the Grandad of Great Grandad John Brown who was born in 1869 to Great Great Grandma Mary Ann Brown.  There is no father listed on the birth certificate of Great Grandad John and Great Great Grandma Mary Ann is not on the same 1871 Census.

Great Grandad John not only has a mystery about his birth like 3rd or 4th Great Grandad John but he suffered a tragic passing away when he was fatally injured being hit by a tramcar on Bolton Road, Ewood near to his home in 1934 when he was Manager-Director of Scotshaw Brook Paper Mill after working in Paper Mills for over 50 years.

There was a featured story in the local paper the ‘Blackburn Times’ when Great Grandad John passed away.  Four generations of our Family lived on Bolton Road, Ewood, Blackburn, all close to Blackburn Rovers’ football ground, Ewood Park.

fedesendoa‘fede sendoa’ is Basque for Strong Faith…

Black & Yellow are the Traditional Away Kit Colours of Blackburn Rovers… The Dove with an Olive Branch represents Peace…

Great Grandad John left over £5,000 in his will to his eldest son Grandad Francis and a workmate which is worth over £800,000 at the 2014 average earnings rate.

Great Grandad John had married Great Grandma Mary Elizabeth Ainsworth in the 1890s.  Grandad Francis was born in 1899 and married Grandma Elizabeth Jackson who lived across the road from him on Bolton Road in the 1920s but Grandma Elizabeth passed away when Dad was just a toddler, less than two years old.  Dad’s Family had a Bentley car before most people had a car.

Mum and Dad married in the 1950s and gave life by the will of God to seven children.  Dad passed away in 1999, missed and loved still, but Mum is an octogenarian yet to be told of her potential Royal Bloodline.  Mum’s local claim to fame, if it could be called that, is that she attended the Wedding of Jack Walker, former owner of Blackburn Rovers,  to her workmate Helena.

Mum is not just a peace loving mother of seven but a Nana to two Grandaughters and Great Nana to two Great Grandaugters and a cheeky Great Grandson.

Of Mum and Dad’s seven children, the author is the only boy, who follows Jesus’ (pbuh) teachings as best he can with due respect to other Faiths and his Elders.  The younger generations being loved and being asked to follow Jesus’ (pbuh) command through God to “Love Thy Neighbour as Thyself.”

The author does not hide the fact that he seeks a Wife whether of Royal Blood or not, who wishes to bear children.

Going further back in the Bloodline of our family, starting with Barlow, the roots are likely from the Barlows of Barlow Hall.

Barlow Hall in Lancashire is now a Golf House but previously since the 13th Century, was home to the Barlow family and more specifically in 1641 a Priest son, Father Ambrose, who was executed for his Faith.

Let each and everyone on Earth know that execution for reason of conflicting views or beliefs is Outlawed by God in this Day and Age.

More stories will come to light in joint research with John Heap, Eric and the author.  You may like to join in by posting comments or asking questions to help to trace your own family links.

The author understands the Power of the Internet to bring Peace and Equity to all deserving.

House of Ewood has  been chosen de jure ‘by right’ as Ewood was the Home to Four Generations of the Brown Family including the author’s generation from the early 20th Century up to 1974.  The author was born in Darwen, Lancashire at Bull Hill Maternity Hospital.

God Bless all Readers, Comment Posters and Referrers to this article of interest created and to be developed accordingly.

Chingle Hall – Goosnargh

Chingle Hall in Goosnargh, a small village in Lancashire, is said to be the Birthplace of Saint John Wall, O.F.M.  Adam de Singleton built Chingle Hall around 1260 but it was 360 years later that Saint John Wall was born.

The massive, studded oak door is the original one that Adam de Singleton installed in 1260 and it has a large and weighty “Y” knocker that is unique as it is the only one known to exist.  Adam used good, seasoned oak for the great corner posts and the interior beams which have a typical  curve to them as they came from old sailing vessels that came into good use from old ships in the Ribble, this being a feature in various coastal districts of England where ancient buildings exist within distance of the older seaports.

The large porch contains an interesting feature in the form of a “signal” window, signifying that here in Penal times existed a Mass-centre.   The window in the South wall would occasionally bear a light to let Roman Catholics in the neighbourhood know that Mass was about to be celebrated.

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Samlesbury Hall

The story of a house through 600 years of changing fortunes it reflects English History itself.  Samlesbury Hall in the 20th Century mainly depended on those who look behind the material brashness of those contemporary times, to things that have endured through centuries of English History and remained as the only solid foundation of the current early 21st Century – love of home, love of beauty, social responsibility, service of God and our neighbour.

Over 600 years ago Gilbert de Southworth had lived with his father-in-law and bride at what is now known as Old Samlesbury Hall.  It was burnt down by marauding Scots so Gilbert decided to build a new Hall 2 miles away among the oak trees.  Gilbert’s father-in-law provided the necessary cash and materials much like for most newlyweds who needed a home.

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Lancashire Halls & Old Families Blog Introduction

Welcome to The Lancashire Halls & Old Families Blog, Blogger Damian here, I became interested in Family Halls in Lancashire a couple of years ago and was lucky to find a book on Lancashire Halls on Terry’s Bookstall on Preston Market.  It happened so funnily, I was perusing his stall not knowing if there was a book on Lancashire Halls and I asked him straight out, “Have you got a book on Lancashire Halls?” and Terry just said, “Yeah, there!” and pointed to a book that would have been right in front of my eyes if I hadn’t have asked.

I also have a book on Lancashire’s Old Families by Jessica Lofthouse which is signed by Jessica, Easter Eve 1980.  Both Jessica and the Lady who wrote the Lancashire Halls book have passed away.  I do not have access to the Lancashire Halls book at the moment as it is under a pile of books in my bedroom but I have Jessica’s book, Lancashire’s Old Families, right with me.

I will cycle to each Hall to take a picture and try my luck at getting to know the current inhabitants.  Jessica Lofthouse drew pictures of the Halls.  I have already seen from outside the gates, Lovely Hall on Lovely Hall Lane, Salesbury, Blackburn and I was taken away by its beauty.  It also had a farm at the back.

I have also visited Shawley Hall which is now a rundown farmhouse occupied by the Booths but once owned by the Walmesleys, who more of in later blogs.  Judge Walmesley  being the most famous having a Public House named after him which is now a Thai Restaurant.

I will be using the Lancashire Record Office in Preston to garner more information on the Halls and the Families who created the true stories behind them.

I hope to see fellow Lancastrians searching out the Halls on Train, Bus, Cycle or Foot and Countrymen from further afield.  I will try and arrange Coach Trips to the few Halls that are open to the Public.  Hopefully too, Tourists from the Continent and further afield from Asia and the Americas will appreciate a breathtaking trip.

Please enjoy this Blog as it should be enjoyed with interest from Persons of all ages, I will enjoy Blogging and enjoy visiting the Halls to photograph them.  Photos will appear on Blogs as if by Magic.