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The diagonal shaded portions and the white outlines indicate the plan of
The black portions show the work of Sir Richard Ashton in 1524.
The dotted portions represent masonry probably of post-Reformation times.
BY JOHN DEAN.
N a former paper, read before this Society, I said that I had for a considerable time been collecting antiquarian notes relating to Middleton Church. On that occasion I confined myself to an attempt to deal with the work of Cardinal Langley at the beginning of the fifteenth century, and I wish now to take a further step in research.
This building is notable on account of the men who have played great parts in church and state, in peace and war, who either sleep within its walls or have been closely connected with its history, and because it is itself a memorial of one of the greatest crises in the history of this country, when the bowmen of Lancashire, led in person by local men such as Edward Stanley and Richard Ashton,* nobly did their duty and averted a great national danger. It interests the antiquary because it contains in various parts of the interior remains of ancient work and memorials to the departed worthies
*I have adopted this spelling instead of "Assheton" or Asheton." All three forms are found in ancient documents.