in more modern times, the same thing happens every two minutes and hardly raises an eyebrow. How standards have fallen!
According to the the Lancashire Evening Post of 23/24/25/29 October 1951 A full set of the newspaper articles can be obtained from the References chapter of this book. , the terms of Nicholas Fazackerley's See The Famous chapter of this book." will, who died in 1767 , created a mystery of estates in Lancashire which could have been unclaimed.
Well, so thought Frank Whitehead of Preston, who, in 1920, persuaded Fazackerley's, that might subsequently be claimants in any estate, to buy shares so that he could employ Solicitors to investigate the matter. The money was not all spent on solicitors (you guessed that!) and Frank was brought to justice in 1951 and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.
In August 1412, Robert de Fazakerley, with one hundred others, came in "warlike array"
to the Manor of Walton and "dispossessed John de Walton his wife and children andtaking away his chatels there".
Under direction from parliament, Sir Thomas Gerrard and others were commissioned to remove Robert from Walton Hall. The Sheriff was directed to inform Robert that he would be fined £100 unless he left John de Walton to live peacefully in his Manor.
The dispute was not fully settled until 1426/7 when Robert was awarded one third of the Walton Manor in lieu of his marriage to Hellin (Ellen) de Walton. Also the modern Coat of Arms was formed by the quartering of the Fazakerley Arms with the Walton Arms.