The petition of William Manchester of Radcliffe, Lancashire, Easter 1653

To your most Worshipfull Gentle Men & Justices of the peace of the County of the Lanc[ashire] & Hundred of Salford all health and happines

The humble request of me William Manchester of Radcliffe who at this present is become a poore petitioner vnto your Worships for helpe & some reliffe in this my distresse: I your humble petitioner being a poore man liuing one my handy labor & our trade in time of wars being altogether downe I tooke vp Armes for the Parliament of England and at our going against Wigan at the very first time, I sustained a hurt vppon my brest which could neuer be cured cleane whole to this day – yet indeed it pleased God to moue in the herts of those in the state Pub[l]ique that I haue receiued at twise either time a small p[ar]cell of money & for ought I can heare I must neuer haue more. And for my relife w[i]thin my owne p[ar]ish wherein it is well knowne how now I am become a widdower my wife lying long sicke one a languishing disease deceased and left me mighty poore in great distrese & vnable to maintaine my selfe yet she left me 2 small Children – and that which is laid for me & mine in our poore booke I haue kept from me by our Church wardens – and now therfore I being driuen into so great distresse that I am forced now to Complaine to your Worshipe for some helpe in this my miserable Condition & your poore petitioner will daily pray for your health & happy successe:

Ch[urchwardens] & Ou[er]seers vntill {illegible}

Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

William Manchester

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Manchester (Manchester Parish), Lancashire

Outcome of petition

  • Successful
  • Gratuity £0.0s.0d.
    Pension £0.0s.0d.
    Frequency Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Assault on Wigan, 1 April 1643

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

  • There are no known people

Archive information


Lancashire Archives

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