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Early-attested site in the Parish of Church Lawton

Historical Forms

  • passagium de Lauton, passagium de Lawton 1302 Chamb 1311 ChRR 1365 et freq
  • le Lydeʒate, le lideyate 1353,1356 Indict
  • Lawton Lydeyate 1389 ChRR
  • (passagium de) Lawton-Lydeʒate 1406 ib
  • Lawton-Gate 1621 Orm2


'The toll-gate, the swing-gate, at Lawton', v. hlid-geat, cf. MedLat  passagium 'a passage, passage-money'. This place was the entry to Ch on the routes from Newcastle St to Warrington La, 1 43, 44.