However, this is the earliest so far of any form of military action mentioning the local area.
Clayton le Woods and the surrounding area seem to find themselves in the path of hostile feuds between some of the county families and dragging in the wider political conflicts of England, Thomas Plantagenet, Earl of Lancaster, and his cousin King Edward II.
A revolt led by Sir Adam Banaster against the Earl's chief household official, Sir Robert de Holland ended up with a battle lost within an hour at Deepdale, Preston on the edge of Fulwood forest
Clayton le Woods is the scene of an execution of one of the rebels, Roger de Lever who had been caught at Ainsworth after the rebels began to flee.
I wonder where this execution site was?
Mentions of the area?
Whittle-le-Woods. — A parish in Leyland 2 miles N.
of Chorley. In early charters, we find Whithhu, Witul,
Whytehyll (L.P.C.), and in the Assize Rolls (R., vol. xlvii.),
Whithull, Wythull. Whithull in bosco occurs in the
Subsidy Roll of 1332, and Whithull in the Wodes (R.,
vol. 1.) in a Final Concord of 1381. Whitle appears
in 1468 (R., vol. 1.).
The first theme is the Old English ...hwit, white.
During the reign of King Richard II
Richard de Crook is mentioned in various rolls, etc., from 1377 onwards.
In the Patent Rolls of 1387, he is described as the son of
William de Crook of Whithull, and is stated to have served at sea on the King's service in the company of
Richard, Earl of Arundel, admiral of England.
In 1387 he went to Scotland on the king's service in the company of Sir Richard Tempest, knt, one of the wardens of Berwick upon Tweed.
Sir Richard Tempest and Sir Thomas Talbot. chevaliers were appointed wardens of Berwick-on-Tweed from 18 April 1386 to 26 May 1387, receiving £7000 a year, for which they were to keep a garrison of a hundred mounted men at arms, sixty-foot soldiers, 200 mounted archers, and 129-foot archers, all of whom, except 20 men at arms and 20 archers were to be from the South side of the county of Craven and Richmond Sir Richard and Sir Thomas being under the chief command of the chief warden of the East Marches, Lord Neville.
The Patent Rolls 1399 show that Richard de Crook of Whithull, esquire, was retained for life to serve John, Duke of Lancaster, in peace and war, for which he was to receive as his fee 10 marks a year from the issues of the lands of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Henry IV invaded England in June 1399
The Patent Rolls of August 16th, 1403, state that:
Whereas Richard de Crook, esquire, and his sons with certain archers were in the king's company on all the king's journeys and rides after the king landed in England until the late Battle of Shrewsbury on 21 July 1403, where two of his sons were grievously wounded and he himself lost his horses and harness, and he is a collector of the
tenth and fifteenth granted to the king by the laity of the county of Lancaster in the last Parliament: the king because he has had no payment of his fee of 20l. yearly for 21/2 years except for 10 marks, pardons to him 281. 6s. 8d. from the collection of the said tenth and fifteenth, notwithstanding that they are assigned for war.