Ince Blundell is different from most settlements in that it was given its name by its new owner. In the surrounding villages the owners became the de Aughtons, the de Scarisbricks and the de Lydiates and so on, whereas Ince became Ince Blundell. The first Blundell to posess lands in Ince was Richard Blundell who was probably a follower of Richard Pincerna who was married to Beatrix de Vilars grand daughter of Paganus de Vilars of the previous page through which he became ancestors to the Botilers or Butlers, Lords of Warrington. A document mentioned in 1595 but no longer existing records that Richard Blundell aquired by marriage or gift the possessions of Roger de Stainesby the original benificary of Paganus de Vilars. This event is also recorded in a deed of another Richard Blundell son of the first in 1259 in which Richard of Yins grants to Henry Sphelton "certain posessions, and amongst them the lands of Richard de Langebac, as came from the hands of Richard Pincerna". If you haven't had enough of all these Richards then please read on!
Richard Blundell is also mentioned in what is believed to be the the oldest of the Ince Blundell deeds as a witness to a charter grant of Alan de Lidhet (Lydiate). Without any definite proof it has been postulated that this grant dates from between 1180 and 1190 so it would seem that at some point prior to 1180 the Blundells arrived in Ince Blundell. This deed also mentions Alfred de Ynes as a beneficiary and what this confirms is the fact that although the Blundells were undoubtedly of Norman origin and held lands in Ince through the favour of a feudal Lord they did not hold all the land. A significant part of the township remained in the hands of the previous Saxon thanes mentioned in the Domesday book and on the previous page. Could Alfred be the descendants of one of the unamed thanes? The Ballards and the Blanchard's both held significant holdings of land in Ince for centuries and in particular, the Ballards often came into dispute with the Blundells. Perhaps Alfred was a member of one of these two families we will never know for certain but what we can know is that one member of the modern village community a Blanchard by birth can probably claim an association with Ince Blundell stretching back over a thousand years. More about them later.
Life in Medieval England for the ordinary people was dominated by a powerful feudal system that held them in bondage to their overlord. In Ince Blundell this system was apparent and a glimpse of it can be seen in a thirteeth century document when William Blundell granted to his son four oxgangs of land and three villeins who occupied them. However, Ince Blundell at odds with the wider culture had a lot of other free tenants. In 1283 eleven free tenants were listed and in a deed of 1344 ten freeholders and ten leaseholders under the manor are mentioned. These records come from tax assessments and what is really interseting is that two people John de Morhouses and Robert Ballardson paid 3 shillings and 4 pence and 3 shillings and 8 pence respectively, while William Blundell Lord of Ynis paid 3 shillings and 0 pence. Robert Flock paid 3 shillings too. What this means is that although William Blundell was Lord of Ince, the village had a very strong and economically influential second level of under tenanants.