1359

1359. Manchester
The bailiffs of the Duke of Lancaster having annexed certain inhabitants, commissioners were appointed to inquire whether Roger la Warre held, as he asserted, the town as a borough and market town. The inquiry was held at Preston, when John de Radeclif and twelve others declared on oath that Roger did not hold Manchester as a borough, but that he and his predecessors had held it from a time to which memory goeth not as a market town. The result would he that the town was no longer free from suit to the county and wapentake.(7)