CATS TAIL HALL
Cat's Tail Hall is shown on the 1840s Ordnance Survey map, at the top end of the field on what is now Lorton Avenue, Moss Bank. It is shown demolished when the 1880s OS map is published.
In early January 2019 I asked for assistance on the St Helens Connect site, hoping someone else may have researched this hall, and could let me know why the name.
I believe I have now exhausted the obvious research areas and must let this lie. To assist anyone in the future the following is a list of my research.
OS maps 1849 and 1888 Yates 1786 map of Lancashire (Kirkby Library) David Rumsey Historical Map dated 1794 (Lancashire Archives)(LA) Gerard family documents in LA DDGE-M 474-486 Land Conveyance at Mss Bank DDGE-M 813-816 18 century list of Windle tenants DDGE-E 466 Gamekeeper appointment 1840 (John Foster) Windle Tithe Maps (1808) & Schedules (LA Ref DRL 1/88) Cats Tail Hall would be on Plot No 663 In 1840 the occupant is Peter Almond (Farmer, living at Black Horse) This land is owned by Sir John Gerard (of Garswood Hall) One response on St Helens Connect thought the name may have been in reference to Feral Cats Maybe the shape of Clinkham Wood is relevant Most likely reason for the name is from Cattail, a sort of bulrush. The area isn’t called Moss Bank for nothing
To the rear of the present property, and viewable from within Clinkham Wood, is a very old single storey building. This could have been for storage but, to me, it looks like a shippon.
I hope my research eases the frustration of anyone who follows.