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Some additional information to that contained in the "History of the Parish" booklet:



The Critchlows of Euxton (family named in the 1632 List of Recusants)

The stories of the three brothers Critchlow of Euxton, as told by themselves on entering the English College at Rome in 1627–9, are of much interest.

William Critchlow, aged about twenty seven at his entry in 1627, said he was the 'son of Ralph Critchlow, senior, and Catherine Tootell his wife. Born in the parish of Leyland, Lancashire, he was brought up and lived there for the greater part of his life. His parents belonged to the middle class of society and were in moderate circumstances. He had three brothers and two sisters; all his relations, except one, were Catholic. After beginning his education, until thirteen, he then took to mercantile pursuits for ten years, when he again returned to his studies. He was always a Catholic, and left England 17 June 1626. He had suffered a little for his faith, having been seized and sent to the Tower of London, from which he effected his escape by means of a bribe, which cost him £20. He was at length sent into exile to Belgium, and there applied himself to study under the fathers of the Society. At college he showed himself 'a pious man and an example of all good'; he was ordained priest and sent to England in 1634.

Oliver Critchlow, his brother, aged about twenty-one at his admission in 1628, had been arrested between London and Dover when on his way to Douay about 1624, but had escaped by a bribe. He was 'of remarkable virtue, distinguished for humility'; was ordained and sent on the English mission in 1635. He died at Clayton Hall August 1671.

Richard Critchlow, a third brother, aged nineteen on his admission in 1629, stated that 'he studied at home until he was fourteen years of age; then when on his way in company with others to prosecute his studies in Lower Germany he was captured on the River Thames and taken back to London, and was detained there in gaol for some time by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who examined him. Some months after, having obtained his liberty, he was compelled to return home. In the following year he went again to London, seeking an opportunity of embarking, but the plague raged there, and he was compelled a second time to return home. He made his humanities at St. Omer's College for three years'. He also was ordained and was sent on the English mission in 1636.


Extracted from The Victoria County History of Lancaster, published 1911



Anniversary Masses

Monies were bequeathed in a variety of ways to support the Priest and Mission, with the saying of Masses and Prayers being the most common obligation placed on the Priest. The surviving Parish Records contain a number of lists of “Anniversary Masses” resulting from bequests – one of these lists is reproduced here…. there is no explanation of the dates, but it might be assumed that they are the dates of death of the named individuals.


List of Anniversary Masses (1846)


Jan 15        Thomas Hornby                      1818

Jan 20        Mary Blundell

Jan 22        Frances Rothwell

Feb 7          Rev John White

Feb 12        Elizabeth Hornby                    1818

Feb 15        John Martin                           1808

Feb 20        Hon Mary Anderton

April 19       Elizabeth Daniel                     1728

April 20       Margaret Jenkinson

May 7          Ellen Holland

May 12        Mary Holland

May 18        Robert Daniel jnr                   1778

May 23        Gilbert Lancaster

May 24        Rev Luke White

May 25        John White

May 26        Alice White

July 1          Jenny Daniel                          1780

July 6          Margaret Walker                    1815

July 25        Rev William Daniel                 1777

Aug 4          Thomas Welsh

Aug 5          William Blundell

Aug 13        Mary Towneley

Aug 25        Rev Thomas Daniel                 1770

Sept 1         Frances & Ann Lancaster

Sept 1         The Whole of the Daniel Family

Oct 16         William Anderton of Euxton    1744

                    (grandfather of the present)

Oct 24         Ellen Daniel                            1727

Nov 28         Mrs Sefton & friends

Dec 7           Anne Lancaster

Dec 16         Thomas Clifton

Dec 17         Robert Daniel snr                   1731

Dec 25         Mrs Welsh



Church Inventories

At least until Fr Worthy’s time at the Parish, the household furniture and effects of the Priests House were largely the personal property of the individual priest. Inventory lists record the contents of the House at the end of the tenures of Rev Higginson and Rev Gillow, and the surviving Parish Records contain a series of receipts for payments from Fr Worthy to Fr Gillow between 1852 and 1854 for furniture and effects.


The Parish Records also contain a full inventory of “Church Property belonging to Euxton Mission” produced by Fr Worthy in 1860, primarily listing artefacts associated with the Church, rather than the House. The only “Church-owned” items in the Priests House were a silver tea service and an “indefinite quantity and quality of books left by Rev Thomas Anderton (1740) to be kept as heirlooms….” (some of the book titles are listed) - unfortunately none of these artefacts have survived to the present day.


Referring to the “Church Inventory”: of local interest might be the inclusion of 10 boys Surplices,  Cassocks, and Slippers, when linked to a separate document in the surviving Records (of the late 1850’s) containing the following list of Acolytes:

Richard Winstanley

Edward Blakeledge

Richard Rosbottom

Michael Aspinall

John Banks

James Moore

Thomas Barlow

Edward Banks

James Swarbreck

All these boys had been Baptised at St Mary’s during the 1840s, and this list of Altar Boys is the only surviving record of Parish volunteers of any sort.