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Little Mollington, Little Mollington Hall, formerly Mollington Banastre, Lower Mollington

Major Settlement in the Parish of St Mary on the Hill

Historical Forms

  • Molintone 1086 DB
  • Molynton Banastr' 1286 ChFor
  • Mollington or Mollington Banaster 1743 Sheaf
  • Little Mollington or Mollington Banastre 1819 Orm2
  • Parva Molyngton, Parva Molintone 1287,1288 Court
  • Little Mollington 1632 Sheaf 1831 Bry
  • Little Mollington Hall 1842 OS
  • Molynton Inferior 1404 Plea
  • Mollington Lower 1727 Sheaf


'The lesser and lower part of Mollington', v. lȳtel , inferior , cf. Great Mollington 177infra . The suffix Banaster is manorial, from Robert Banastre , a Lancashire man to whom the manor was granted by Edward I, Orm2 ii 573, cf. 'Robert Banastre of Molynton Banastre '1368 Orm2, and saliones Domine Clemencie Banastre l13JRC , 'lady Clemence Banaster's selions' in Little Mollington.