Worden Family Association tour of Lancashire and Yorkshire, England,

September 2017


John Schuerman


We invite you to join us on this tour of sites in the Northwest of England associated with Peter Worden I and his medieval ancestors.


Sunday, September 17, 2017: DEPART US TO MANCHESTER

Today you will take a night flight on your own to Manchester


Monday, September 18: ARRIVE MANCHESTER


Upon arrival, transfer to the Crowne Plaza Hotel independently.  Lunch on your own.

This afternoon we will have a guided tour of Manchester.  Manchester is a city of quite spectacular modern architecture alongside medieval structures.  We will visit Chetham’s Library where I have spent many hours looking at manuscripts (pronounced “Cheetham’s” http://chethams.org.uk/).  I will ask Jane Muskett, the archivist, to show us the Isabel (Worthington) Warden manuscript that I wrote about in the August 2016 Wordens Past.  Karl Marx used the reading room here.

Return to hotel.


This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation meeting at the hotel.




Manchester Central Library next to the Town Hall

(Wikimedia, author: Ricardo from Manchester, UK)


Salford Quays, suburb of Manchester

(from Wikimedia, author: Pit-yacker)




Chetham’s Library, Manchester

(from Chetham’s Library website)



Drive to Radcliffe, a northern suburb of Manchester.  Visit Radcliffe Tower Ruins and Radcliffe Parish Church next door.  The Radcliffes were ancestors of Peter Worden.  These Radcliffes were known as “of the Tower.”  They were patrons of the church.  I have been there but I do not remember what evidences of the Radcliffes remain, so we will explore together.


Drive west, where we will visit the region of the Worthingtons and St. Wilfred’s church (Standish, Wigan, https://stwilfrids-standish.org.uk/)  where there are shields of various families, including the Worthingtons (three dung forks!) and maybe the Wordens.  Then we will travel to the places connected to Peter Worden: Clayton, Leyland, Worden Park, and Preston where we will see if we can find the location of Peter Worden’s shop.  Lunch on your own probably in Preston.  (This is a jam packed day so depending on timing, we may have to skip a site or two.)  Then drive east and north stopping at Samlesbury Hall.  The Samlesburys were ancient ancestors of Peter Worden.  Drive on to Hurst Green and our hotel, the Shireburn Arms (http://www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk/).


Preston is on the River Ribble, close to where it runs into the Irish Sea.  The drive up to Hurst Green follows the Ribble.  Two other rivers join the Ribble in this area, the Hodder & the Calder.  This is the area of the Sherburnes, Baileys, Mittons, Talbots, and other ancestors.  The Mittons came first, they morphed into the Sherburnes and were joined by marriage to the Baileys (a male Bailey married a Sherburne and took the Sherburne name).  Down the road from the Shireburn Arms is the Bayley Arms, named for the Baileys.


The site is quite idyllic, on the east looms Pendle Hill, a favorite of walkers and home of the Pendle Hill witches, some years before our Salem witches.  On the west is Long Ridge.  This is also Tolkien country, if you want to skip the tour one day, you can walk the Tolkien Trail (http://www.visitlancashire.com/things-to-do/the-tolkien-trail-in-the-footsteps-of-j-r-r-tolkien-p583810).  This is also the southern end of the Forest of Bowland, a forest with very few trees.


Dinner on your own, perhaps at the Shireburn Arms or Bayley Arms.








Worden Park, Leyland

(From Wikipedia, caption says it is Worden Hall, I’m not sure that is right)




Preston Flag Market, close to the site of Peter Worden’s shop

(Wikimedia, author: Francis Franklin)




Just north of Hurst Green is Stonyhurst, the magnificent manor of the Sherburnes, now a Catholic secondary school.  I am working on organizing a tour of the place by the archivist of the school, David Knight.  Maybe we will find the priest hole, where the Catholic Sherburnes hid their priest after King Henry VIII tried to do away with Catholicism.


Stonyhurst, originally the manor house of the Sherburnes. Below, Stonyhurst Chapel






We will then go down the road to All Hallows Church in Mitton.  This is the parish church of the Sherburnes.  A side chapel holds tombs and effigies of the Sherburnes.  Below, alabaster effigies of Sir Richard Sherburne and his wife Maude Bold. 

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I hope that we will be escorted at All Hallows by our friend Peter Lancaster who was once the warden of the church.


Then on to Whalley (pronounced “Wholley”), the home of Peter Lancaster and his wife, Susan.  We will visit the ruins of Whalley Abbey, which has little to do with our ancestry but is interesting.  We may have lunch at the Abbey on your own.  Then to Bashall Hall, the home of the Talbots (now a private residence, we will only walk around the outside, the inside has been completely modernized).  Then to Waddington, the home of a branch of the Tempest family, where we will visit the church and see if we can find the coat of arms of the Tempests.  We will view Waddington Hall, once home of the Tempests, where a Tempest and Talbot betrayed King Henry VI who was hiding out there from his enemies.  Finally to Clitheroe, the largest town of the area, and Clitheroe Castle, built by Earl Robert de Lacy, a very ancient ancestor of Peter Worden I.


Return to the Shireburn Arms, dinner on your own.








Drive north to Bracewell.  We are now in Yorkshire.  Bracewell is the original home of the Tempests who settled there in the late 11th Century.  Visit St. Michael’s church, find the Tempest arms in one or two of the windows.  Look for the carved mice on the church pews.  Nearby is “Henry’s Parlor,” where the Tempests hid King Henry VI from his pursuers. 




Archway at Bracewell, leading from church yard to Henry’s Parlour


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Then on to Broughton Hall, the current manor house of the Tempests.  The estate around the house has been renovated into a set of high end office buildings for mostly tech oriented firms (https://www.broughtonhall.co.uk/  I highly recommend this website, it is quite spectacular).   This is the south end of the Yorkshire Dales.  In addition to homes and offices, the estate has thousands of acres of sheep pasture.


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Rear of Broughton Hall, home of the Tempests. Below, Broughton Hall Chapel.

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Servant’s call bells, Broughton Hall



We then go a couple of miles east to the town of Skipton where we will tour Skipton Castle and have lunch on your own.   After lunch we will go to Hellifield Peel, a castle-like home that was turned into a B&B a few years ago but has just been sold and is now a private residence.  This was once the home of the Hamertons.  We will view the outside.  


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Hellifield Peel is next to Long Preston where we will visit the church and view the tomb of Lawrence Hamerton and Isabel Tempest.  Isabel is the last of the Tempests who are our ancestors.


Then to the town of Downham  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downham,_Lancashire).  Downham is owned by Lord Clitheroe, of the family of Asshetons.  He lives in a large mansion in town.  I believe that we are related to the Asshetons but I need to do more work to verify that.  We will have a group dinner in Downham, probably at the Assheton Arms.  Downham is on the slopes of Pendle Hill and the view of the Hill is quite wonderful.


Return to the Shireburn Arms for overnight. (Group Dinner included.)




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Downham with Pendle Hill in background






Travel north and west to Cartmel in the county of Cumbria, once a part of Lancashire.  This is the home of the Harringtons, ancestors of Peter Worden.  We will visit the church there with its tomb of the Harringtons. 


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 Cartmell Church 2005, Pat and Rex Warden with Charlotte Schuerman

Note that the church tower is set at a 45 degree angle to the church.



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Cartmell Church, tomb of Sir John Harrington & wife, Joan Dacre


We will then drive south along Morecambe Bay, a desolute expanse of sand on the Irish Sea and the location of the ruins of Cockersand Abbey which was the recipient of various gifts of land from our ancestors.


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Below, Cockersand Abbey Ruins, on Morcambe Bay.



Then on to Lancaster for a guided tour and lunch on your own. (I do not know Lancaster, so we will have a guided tour there.)


From there we will drive back to Manchester and check into the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  Dinner on your own. 


Saturday, Sept. 23: After breakfast, return to the US or go on to other destinations.



Unattributed photos in the foregoing are by John, Charlotte, or Gabrielle Schuerman.




The cost of the tour depends on how many people sign up:


30 full paying: $1635/person, double occupancy

20 full paying: $1810/person, double occupancy

15 full paying: $1990/person, double occupancy


Single room supplement: $575.


The tour includes 5 nights accommodations, 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners, 2 guided city tours, guided tour of Skipton Castle, tour director, and coach service. 


Not included is transportation to Manchester, lunches, 3 dinners, airport transfers, travel insurance, tips and other incidentals.  I will have suggestions for restaurants.


I know most of the sites we plan to visit, so I will be the main tour guide for most of the tour, with the exception of a couple of city tours where we will have a professional local tour guide.  We will have a tour director from CIE to take care of details and help out in other ways.




Join us as we walk in the footsteps of our Worden ancestors.  For further information or to sign up for the tour, please contact me via email at jrs1@uchicago.edu or by phone at 1-603-499-8599.  I will then send you registration forms by either email or regular mail.  Registration is limited so please RESERVE EARLY!


We will not make the tour if there are fewer than 15 people reserving.


The deadline for signing up is December 15. 


I will provide participants with a small book discussing the places we will visit, the connection to Worden ancestors, and family trees.




The places we will visit on the Worden 2017 England Tour