Mag Lordship (hamlet)

Mag Lordship was one of the two hamlets within the township of South Crosland.

Situated within the hamlet were the habitations of Armitage Bridge, Magdale, Steps, and most of Netherton.

An explanation for the name by Dr. George Redmonds is given in Magdale and Steps: Life and Industry in a Textile Hamlet (2008) by Alan J. Brooke:

The name Magdale does not occur until the late 1830s, but the element "Mag" in local place names is found as early as the mid 1400s [...] Dr. Redmonds suggests that both the origin of the name Mag and of the lordship comes from Margaret Beaumont of Crosland Hall who, in the period 1356-71, was involved in an inheritance dispute following her husband John's death. This may have led to a division of the manor and the creation of the lordship consequently known, along with the river marking its boundary, by the diminutive of Margaret, Mag.


The boundary of the hamlet of Mag Lordship (compiled from the 1854 Ordnance Survey map) is shown below in green, with the remainder of the township of South Crosland shaded in red.