Name: Henry Holt
Change Date: 21 FEB 2008
Balderstone Hall, Rochdale: It has been assumed by some that a family of the name of Balderstone was settled here in the thirteenth century. This is, to say the least, very doubtful, although one Henry de Balderstone in the fourteenth century [see p. 71] held lands here.
Early in the fifteenth century a house of some pretensions was existing here and occupied by the Holts.
The early history of the connection of this family with Balderstone is given in Inquis. Post Mort. taken at Wigan 29th January, 20 Henry
VIII. [I530], from which it appears that one John Chetham was seised in fee of the moiety of a messuage, sixty acres of land, four acres of
wood and ten acres of pasture, together with the third and fourth parts of other lands and turbary in Castleton, and being so seised he had
granted the same to Alienor the daughter of Elie Buckley for her life, with remainder to James Chetham (who was about to marry Alienor
Buckley) and his heirs. Subsequently at the sessions held at Lancaster in the second week in Lent, 2 Henry VI. , James Brown, chaplain, by the King's writ of Ingressum in le post recovered against James Chetham and Alienor his wife and took possession of the premises, and a charter was granted at the same time to James del Holt to hold to him and his heirs for ever with remainder (in default of issue) to Elizabeth, wife of Elie Buckley, and her heirs male.
James del Holt died without issue, but before his death he had con veyed to Henry Merland, vicar of Rochdale, nine messuages, upwards
or five hundred acres of land, meadow and pasture, and two hundred acres of moor and turbary in Castleton (except certain lands called Ie
Slakes), and he (the vicar) had, by deed dated 6th September, 6 Henry VI. , re-conveyed the same back to James del Holt and Alienor
his wife with remainder, in default of male heirs, to Henry Holt, bastard, who succeeded to the property.
The jurors reported that the lands were held of the King as of the Duchy of Lancaster and were worth twenty pounds a year. Henry Holt died on the Vigil of Easter, II Henry VII  without male issue, and after his death Roger Gartside and Agnes his wife, one of the daughters of the said Henry Holt ; Richard Townley and Elizabeth his wife, another daughter of Henry Holt ; John Townley, son and heir of Richard and Elizabeth Townley ; Ralph Belfield and Alice his wife, third daughter of Henry Holt ; and also Alice, relict of the said Henry Holt, entered upon the premises and took the profits thereof from the death of the said Henry
Holt until the taking of the inquisition.
Elias Buckley was the kinsman and next heir male of Elie and Elizabeth Buckley, viz., son of Richard Buckley, son of
son of the said Elie and Elizabeth, and was aged sixty years and more .
(Froma the History of Rochdale, quoted on www.holtancestry.co.uk)
Father: James Del Holt
- Elizabeth Or Alice Holt