Here it is from our family latest book.
"William A. Birtwistle states in his book, The Birtwistle Family 1200-1890 A.D., at page 5, that “Bridtwisell was a clearing between two streams, meaning, it has been said, ‘where birds gather’. It was situated adjacent to Hapton and probably referred to the sheltered valley leading to the steep ravine known as the Clough which, in early days, would certainly have been a place where birds and other wildlife could find shelter from the windswept and exposed landscape of the surrounding hillsides.” He goes on to establish that Bridtwisell existed before 1193 AD, since it “was assessed as half-a-plough land and held by the Lord of Honor of Clitheroe at a rent of four shillings” by Robert de Lacy. At his death, Robert de Lacy “granted Bridtwisell to Eudo de Longville at that rent”. The land at Bridtwisell passed from there to the de Lacy family of Cromwell Bottom and then to the family of Gilbert de Legh. The de Legh family held both Bridtwisell and Hapton together and eventually Bridtwisell lost its separate identity."