Name: Lucia Hellesby
Birth: in Holls
Death: ABT 1325
Change Date: 15 OCT 2006
In 1332, after Sir William de Trussell?s death, his wife Hawisia gave the Manor of Helsby to their daughter Lucy and her husband, Sir Peter de Thornton.
Sir Peter already possessed an extensive estate on the Wirral, together with his manor of Thornton. The Rent Roll for his property in 1354 showed 30 tenant families living in Helsby.
They occupied an estimated 164 statute acres, which did not include either the land belonging to the Lord of the Manor or the Church.
Clearance of woodland was obviously progressing at an impressive rate, and as more land was cleared so the population of the village grew.
Nevertheless, there were setbacks. During the years 1315 -1318, for instance, famine was widespread in England and Western Europe, caused by bad weather in consecutive growing seasons. In 1315 in particular, there is documentary evidence of a ?great flood? which destroyed crops in Frodsham and Helsby.
In 1349 the Black Death arrived in Cheshire. Its effect on the population of Helsby can only be surmised, but there is good reason to believe that in Frodsham alone, one in five people died.
By the end of the 14th century the Manor of Thornton, with which Helsby was now linked, came into the possession of a young man called William de Venables.
One of 5 coheiresses of their father.
Father: William Hellesby b: ABT 1268
Mother: Alice or Hawise Trusell b: ABT 1270
Peter or Pierce de Thornton b: ABT 1290
in Of Beeston, Cheshire 1
- Eleanor de Thornton
- Elizabeth Thornton
- Matilda Thornton
- Mary Le Roter de Thornton
- Text: IGI