Badnall / Beadnell/Bednall etc., Armorial 

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Last updated 23/03/2008

Badnall of Ashenhurst

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Arms Bagnall quartering the arms of Hopkins.  Bagnall [of Staffordshire] upper left and lower right Hopkins upper right and lower left.
Crest An antelope sejant, argent, billettee sable, ducally gorged, lined, armed, and tufted or.
Motto Quod Ero Spero
Source Bookplate in a book formerly owned by Richard Badnall junior, of Ashenhurst, Leek, Staffordshire. [Now, 2004, in the possession of a descendant of the Badnall family ]

These arms were adopted by Richard Badnall, junior, of Ashenhurst, Leek, Staffordshire, in about 1825.  He was the son of Richard Badnall of Highfield, Leek (a silk manufacturer) by his first wife Harriet, daughter of the Reverend John William Hopkins M.A, Rector of Upminster, Essex and Vicar of St. Mary's, Westminster. Richard Badnall, junior, was the first in that line to assume that the family traced its descent from the Bagnalls of North Staffs and his direct descendents took this one step further by putting the crest on their silver etc., and giving their houses the name “Bagenhoult”.  

The family is, however, a branch of the Badnall family of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire  whose ancestors seem most likely to be descendants of a family that once held the lordship of Baden Hall in Eccleshall, Staffordshire.  It is possible that Richard Badnall jnr discovered that his great great grandfather’s christening was entered (incorrectly) in the Uttoxeter parish register as Bagnall and thus assumed that this was their family's original name. However, a more detailed examination of the Uttoxeter, Hanbury and Standon records would have proved otherwise.  

This must be treated as a false coat of arms!

Beadnell of Cynhinfa, Montgomeryshire

Beadnell Coat of Arms

Arms Per fesse gules and azure, a man's garter fessewise argent, fimbriated and buckled in the centre or, between in chief a rosary and in base three bells of the last
Crest A greyhound's head erased gules, gorged with a string of beads and pendant thereon a bell argent.
Motto Nec Timide Nec Temere
Source The General Armoury,.  Burke 1871, 1884. Burke's  Landed Gentry, 13th Edition, 1921 

Burke's The Landed Gentry. 1871     
Pager 75

Christopher  Beadnell born 6 October 1729 who married  24 April 1753, Ann daughter of Thomas Thompson esq., of Mount Park, Yorkshire and by her (who died 7 December 1814) he left when he died 24 August 1810, amongst others, a son George Beadnell, esq., born 6 August 1773, who married Maria daughter of the Rev. Roderick Jones, Rector  of Llanmerewig, co. Montgomery, and by her (who died 14 October 1849)  had amongst
1.George, Esq., of Cynhinfa, Montgomery JP born 3 June 1820, who  married Jane Ann Streatfield. 6 Nov 1849.
2.Alfred, lieut.Madras horse artillery, born 6 August 1807, died at Hyderbad, E. Indies, 8 August 1839;
3. Margaret, relict of David Lloyd, esq., of Shepley House, Carshalton, Surrey, who died 18 January 1859;
4. Ann Thompson, married to W, -H.Kolle, esq., and since deceased.
5. Maria-Sarah*, married to the Rev. Henry-Louis Winter, M.A.

*Maria-Sarah Beadnell was Charles Dicken's first love.  In 1830, Maria's Uncle John Beadnell was one time manager of Smith, Payne & Smith's Bank ,1 Lombard Street, London,. He and her father (who  subsequently held the manager's post) lived at no.2 Lombard Street.
Reference: Dicken's Own Story by William Robertson Nicholl,. Kessinger Publishing Co., 2003.


Beadnell of Lemington, Northumberland

Arms of Beadnell of Leamington, Northumberland

Arms Azure, three water bougets sable.
Source History of Northumberland. Edward Bateson. Volume II (Craster Tables 1632). NB A Beadnell pedigree from the Visitation of Northumberland, printed by Sir T. Phillips, Middle Hill 1858; fol 4 The Genealogist i 3d;  Foster's Visitation of Northumberland.. Genealogist's Guide,  George W. Marshall, Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Co. 1968.


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Arms Argent a bend cotised gules between six crosses of the second
Source Berry's Dictionary Of Heraldry Vol. II. William Berry,   "15 years registering clerk to the College of arms, London", published  for the author by Sherwood, Gilbert & Piper.

No record has yet been found (by the author) of the award of these arms. It is possible that they were awarded to a member of the Budenhall family of Cheshire. A Randle de Budenhall occurs in Cheshire in the 1230s. Randle was one of the sons of Thomas de Sandbach, Rector of Sandbach, who was the brother of Richard de Sandbach, Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1230. Randle de Budenhall was Lord of the "Moiety of Budenhall", a small manor near Congleton in Cheshire [1]. In the 14th century a Thomas de Budenhall, Rector of Rostherne and one of the executors of the will of Sir John de Delves, the Black Prince's business manager, is recorded [1360-1397][2-8]. 

Another possible contender is "Thomas de Bodunhal, knt." who held land in or near Coleshill "High Street" in 1369-70. The ancestry of this man is unknown but he may be a member of a Bedenhale family, related to the Barons of Stafford, who took their name from the Manor of Bednall in Cannock, Staffordshire.[9]


  1. History of Sandbach, Holmes Chapel and Wheelock by Earwaker.  

  2. Harleian Manuscript MS 2074 f166 Inquisitions Post Mortem  re Nicholas de Audeley.

  3. Cheshire Record Office, Leigh of West Hall, High Leigh. DLL3/114 - date: 1397 July 15.  

  4. Lichfield Episcopal Registers IV, Sede Vacante Stretton 1358 To 1385, Pages 161 And 170. Collections For A History Of Staffordshire Wm. Salt Archaeological Society. 

  5. Public Record Office, The Black Prince’s Register 1351 To 1365, Page 459. Palatinate Of Chester, Folio 242 D. See Also Folio 233 (15 March 1362).See also Page 467, Palatinate Of Chester, Folio 246; Page 470/1, Palatinate Of Chester, Folio 248: Page 477, Palatinate Of Chester, Folio 251:  

  6. Public Record Office. Calendar Of Ancient Deeds Vol. VI, Chancery, C6709. 

  7. Public Record Office. Calendar Of Inquisitions Post Mortem, Vol. XII, Edward III, Years 39-43,  C. Edw. III. File 208.(15) E. Inq. P. N. File 29.(18)(Lincoln & Salop) Enrolments &c. of  Inq. No. 150. (15.) (Norfolk)

  8. Public Record Office Calendar Of Ancient Deeds, Vol. V, A 10650, 20 November 44 Edward III,  

  9. Warwickshire Record Office MS 3888/A336  Wingfield Digby family of Sherborne Castle, Dorset and Coleshill, the Warwickshire estate papers, 43 Edw III Thursday after S Valentine.

Cruso of Leek




Arms Ermine on a saltire gules a boar¹s head couped or.
Crest A boar passant gules bristled and armed or, charged with a saltire couped of the last.
Motto Shanet a boo.
Source Arms confirmed to Anne, widow of Richard Basset Wilson Esq., of Cliff Hall, Yorkshire, only surviving child and co-heiress of William Fitzgerald, Esq., of Adelphi, County Clare, and arms and crests to the descendants of her grandfather, William Fitzgerald, Esq., of Kilcarragh, County Clare. Record Number: 20056.

NB. Anne was the mother of Maurice Fitzgerald Wilson, civil engineer, who married Florence May Badnall, one of the daughters of the Venerable Hopkins Badnall D.D., Archdeacon of Cape Town and granddaughter of Richard Badnall of Ashenhurst, Leek, Staffordshire.  


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Arms Ermine on a fesse gules a lion passant, guardant, argent a canton of the second charged with a rose or.
Crest An ostrich's head couped ermine, holding in its beak a key azure.
Source Berry's Dictionary Of Heraldry Vol. II. William Berry,   "15 years registering clerk to the College of arms, London", published  for the author by Sherwood, Gilbert & Piper.

Arms granted in 1734 and borne by James Hopkins, Esquire of Arundel, Sussex 1825.  

Phillips of Leek



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