Robert Townley-Parker served as M.P. for Preston, Lancashire, 1837-1857, and was High Sheriff of the County in 1817. In 1816, he married Harriet, youngest daughter of Thomas Brooke of Minshall, Cheshire. Upon his death in 1879, the Illustrated London News described Townley-Parker as 'one of the chief proprietors among the landed gentry in the county of Lancaster'. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Thomas. On his death in 1906 the manors, land and chattels passed to his nephew Mr. Reginald Arthur Tatton of Chelford, in Cheshire.
Cuerden Hall, Lancashire, descended from the Cuerdens and Banasters to the Townley-Parker family, and was remodeled by Robert Townley-Parker in 1816-1819. Together with its landscaped park, Cuerden Hall was a significant early contribution to the nineteenth-century Picturesque movement (J. M. Robinson, A Guide to the Country Houses of the North West, 1991, pp. 176 - 177).
Other pieces from the extensive service of plate supplied to celebrate the marriage of Robert Townley-Parker and Harriet Brookes include a toasted cheese dish (M.A. Moss, The Lillian and Morrie Moss Collection of Paul Storr Silver, Miami, 1972, p. 262, no. 196) and a meat dish (Partridge, Christie's New York, 17 May 2006, lot 143), each with the same distinctive border.