Bednall Collection: No.s 751 to 775
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REFERENCE 751 LOCATION Transfer Box 19

PLACES Leek, Staffordshire;


PERSONS Badnall; Lancellot; Rowley; Wedgwood; Lankford; Turner; Trafford; 

DESCRIPTION Hand written notes on the allotment of pews numbers 35 and 36 in St. Edward's Church, Leek, Staffordshire under the Faculty of 18 January 1736. Half of pew number 35 was allocated to William Badnall of Mill Street, Leek, dyer, and half to Richard Lancellot. Pew 36 was allocated to Thomas Rowley in respect of his messuage called Fernyhough. A sketch indicates that 36 was close to the pulpit and 35 adjacent.

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PLACES Leek, Staffordshire; Alcester, Warwickshire; Glasgow; London;


PERSONS Badnall; Wood; Billinge; Shaw; Campbell; Pearsall; Woodley; Longton; White; Grant;

DESCRIPTION Copy Accounts (2 parts) of Richard Badnall, senior, of Leek re estate of the late John Wood. Part (1): 1821 to January 1826. Mentions John Wood, junior, Mrs. Wood, Miss A. Wood, Edwin Wood. The accountant who checked Badnall's accounts in 1821 was James Pearsall of London. Part (2): "Mr. Badnall's Final Account" July 1824 to 7 July 1827. Entries in April 1825 mention the late Mrs. Wood suggesting that she died at or about that time. "Miss Wood at Alcester" also occurs and later Miss Adolpha Woods. Edwin Woods "Apprenticeship Fee" was 231. 



PLACES Leek, Staffordshire;


PERSONS Badnall; Cruso; Challinor; Shaw;

DESCRIPTION Draft bond for securing 200 dated 25 March 1851 from William Beaumont Badnall and Joseph Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire to Francis Cruso of Leek. Badnall and Challinor were bound in the sum of 400 as security for the payment of 200 plus interest at 5% from the 29 September next. Witness Thomas Shaw. Challinor & Co. Leek.



PLACES Leek, Staffordshire; Ashbourne, Derbyshire;


PERSONS Badnall; Challinor; Adams; Cruso; South;

DESCRIPTION Private letter, dated 25 March 1889, from William Beaumont Badnall at Thorpe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire to William Challinor at Leek, Staffs. States that "I do not think that my sister should be applied to make a temporary advance in the event of payment for the Stock and goodwill of Capt. Adam's business being delayed". He suggests a time limit for payment should be fixed with the purchaser and also that the "payment of the second half of the composition ought to be delayed" until the payment was made. He declined being guarantor for the payment. He had already paid 20 into a fund set up by Mrs. Cruso for the benefit of Capt. Adams' son and which then amounted to 175. The contributors were: Mrs. Cruso -175; Miss South 50; W. B. Badnall 20; Joe Challinor (William Challinor's brother) -5. W.B.B. thought his sister would also subscribe. He went on " What the members of Capt. Adams' family are going to do I am not informed, but I have sent round a subscription list for their consideration".

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REFERENCE 755 LOCATION Transfer Box 79

PLACES Leek, Staffordshire; London;


PERSONS Badnall; Cruso; Heywood; Shaw; Wood; Buttermere; Walker; Ellis; Spilsbury; Jennings; Bolton;

DESCRIPTION Letter dated 17th August 1827 from Henry Cruso of 2 Walbrook Buildings, London to his brother John Cruso, junior, at Leek, Staffordshire. Letter deals with the matter of Shaw obtaining a power of attorney to sell stock belonging to Adolpha and John Wood. It appeared (to him) that one power would be sufficient "...Ellis and paid with Barclay & Co. I have seen Jennings & Bolton and so has Shaw and it was thought the best and least expensive way to get it done. Mr. Badnall's assignees being chosen - Joshua Walker & Buttermere of Durants House, I will get their signatures, Badnall's and Grant's assignees and will hand that power over to Guernsey for Grants signature so that he should put us no delay in the way. I should think that the money may be secured for J. Wood in about 3 weeks. I shall direct Jennings & Bolton to receive J.Wood's money and send it down through you to him. I have taken copies of Mr. Badnall's accounts from .....copies from which it appears that J.Wood is entitled to 1000 new four percents being one third of the 3000 new fours set apart for securing the Interest of 150 per annum during Mrs. Wood's life. He is also entitled to 266 -13s-4d 3 per cent Consols being one third of 800 Consols settled during the life of Mrs. Wood on him. He is also entitled to 1/3 of the dividends still due and not received by Mr. Badnall on the 800 Consols and the 1/3rd of the dividends due on the 3000 new fours, set apart for Mrs. Woods account and which have not been received by Mr. Badnall. At the time of Mr. Badnall's bankruptcy there was a balance of money received due from him to the estate of the late Mr. Wood, that is to say to the 3 children of 601-13s-11d which it appears is divisible as follows: J.Wood 116 13s 10d; Adolpha Wood 178 13s 0d; Edwin Wood 396 7s 1d. For their shares they will each have to prove against Mr. Badnall's estate." .., It also mentions John Cruso's account with Badnall, Spilsbury & Cruso and payments via Badnall Ellis & Co. Henry suggests that John makes out his "proof against us against the next meeting -the 31st instant". 1895 was paid by March 1826 to John Cruso and stood to John's debit in Badnall Spilsbury & Co's account. On a personal level he says " Thank God London seems to agree with me very well. I get stronger & walk with greater ease as to my breathing than when I 


REFERENCE 756 LOCATION Filing Cabinet 2 Drawer 1

PLACES Pondicherry, India;


PERSONS Halliwell; Eames; Woodhead; Heywood; Ross;

DESCRIPTION Typed statement, dated 20th October 1919, by the Working Men of the Roving Department at the Rodier Mill of the Anglo French Textile Co. Ltd, Pondicherry, India to the agents and managers. It starts " Long live the Agents and Managers" and expresses the thanks of the men to "all the gentlemen who have evinced great interest in the task of getting our condition bettered especially in a time when our sufferings have reached their climax owing to the rise in prices of foodstuffs and other commodities." With the backing of Mr. A.C.Eames and "our kind and sympathetic master Mr. G. Woodhead and Mr. G. Heywood" they had forwarded their appeal to the Honourable Gordon Fraser at Madras which resulted in a visit by Mr. T. M. Ross. Mr. Ross raised "their drooping spirits" and assured them that things would improve greatly when their manager Mr. Halliwell arrived from England. Due to "the pressing needs" it had been arranged to sell rice to Mill employees at 8 Pondicherry measures per rupee and to advance 5 against the increase of wages to be made shortly. The employers also distributed cloth amongst the workers free. "The emotion produced by such overwhelming kindness being so great that we are unable to find adequate words to give vent to our real feelings of gratitude which will ever be retained and cherished in our memory. May God Almighty grant to all those that took interest on our behalf long life, health, welfare and prosperity".  " The arrival of Mr. S. Halliwell our respected manager is as anxiously awaited as the lotus longs for the advent of the sun and just as parched land with withering crops would welcome rain." The workers hoped that the voyage of Mr. Halliwell and his consort back to India would render him reinforced with fresh vigour and strength both in body and mind to continue to discharge his multifarious and onerous duties and temper his philanthropic zeal with energy sufficient to bestow benefactions on us his poor and humble servants".



PLACES Leek, Staffordshire;


PERSONS Green; Downes; Godwin;

DESCRIPTION Plan on linen of lots 37, 38, 39, 40, 41 and 42 of the sale of the Field and Globe Inn Estates purchased by the Leek UDC when High Street was created. The plan gives dimensions of the plots and shows the line of High Street. Lot 39 is where Pickford's greengrocers shop now stands. Lot 40 was the former silk factory in the Globe Yard which was originally purchased by Mr. Green but at the time the plan was drawn was owned by Mr. Downes. Lots 37, 41 and 42 belonged to a Mr. Godwin. 

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PLACES Salbris, France;


PERSONS Durand;..ville;

DESCRIPTION Letter from the Executive Commissioner for the Loir and Cher Departments of France to the Commissioner of Municipal Administration for the Salbris District , Blois the 9th July l'an (1st or 6th) de la Republique francaise, une et indivisble. The letter which begins "Citoyen"and informs the person addressed that his friend Durand has been sent by the Committee of the Commissariate of the Executive Directorate to Salbris to assist him "should he have need". The letter also invites the Commissioner to "enter into activity as quickly as possible" and send all the papers, relative to his mission and to let the writer know if he lacks anything. The recipient is also exhorted to maintain the greatest possible vigilance to ensure public tranquillity and to pay careful attention to the full execution ..of the law you serve - transmises when you have taken action ...find out about the state of the situation in your canton et vous me le ferrez passe, so that in the end I I may know and subsequently take action. Correspond as often as possible.



PLACES Leek, Staffordshire; Handsworth, Warwickshire; Isle of Man;


PERSONS Badnall; Hand; Phillips; Edensor; Pourice;

DESCRIPTION Draft bond, dated 1851and engrossed on 15 July 1851, by Mrs. Sarah Badnall of Leek, widow and William Beaumont Badnall to the Reverend John Hand of Handsworth Rectory, Clerk, in the sum of  740. It states that Charles Phillips Hand late of Douglas in the Isle of Man died and by his will dated 3 September 1850 bequeathed an annuity of 12 to Elizabeth Edensor of Tissington, Derbyshire, spinster, for life. He also bequeathed an annuity of 15 to Mary Ann Pourice? of Douglas, spinster, for life. To his brother John Hand he bequeathed the sum of 1250 then in the hands of Samuel and William Phillips of Leek as executors of the will of the late Thomas Phillips in trust so that on his decease John Hand should receive the sum and divide the same between himself and his two sisters the said Sarah Badnall and Mary Anne Bowen and pay them the shares they are entitled to subject to the foregoing annuities and the payment of his debts and funeral expenses. The residue of his effects he bequeathed to his brother John Hand to be divided between himself and his two sisters. He appointed his brother John Hand as his executor and he in due course proved the will on 14th October 1850.  After all debts discharged there was a residue of 1110 subject to the two annuities. Sarah Badnall had asked John Hand to pay her share and he agreed subject to the condition which was the subject of the bond. i.e. that Sarah and her son William Beaumont Badnall would pay one third part of the annuities without any deductions.

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PLACES London; Derbyshire; Nottinghamshire; Cambridge;


PERSONS Cruso; Froggatt; Broadhurst; Plaxton; Alderson; Upton; Mason; Story; Walker; Graham;

DESCRIPTION Instructions for answers of the deforciant John Cruso to a bill filed in Chancery by Broadhurst and others. Froggatt, Castle Street. For Mr. Stanley. In 1780 John Cruso lived in London and was there in practice and partnership as a solicitor with William Froggatt of Lisle Street. The case concerned a man William Plaxton with real estate in Nottinghamshire, Cambridge and in King Street, Covent Garden, Middlesex who had married Catherine Bonell a widow with considerable real estate in Derbyshire. Most of Plaxtons estates were settled on his wife for life. Mr. Plaxton was in urgent need of 2400 and approached Froggatt but could provide no security other than on the life of his wife. The defendant Story agreed to advance Plaxton 600 for purchase of an annuity, the defendant Alderson agreed to advance Plaxton 600 towards the purchase of the annuity, the defendant Walker agreed to advance a further 1200 for the same purposes. Plaxton had his attorney ..Mason of Southwark provide abstracts of titles for Cruso & Froggatt to be given as security to Story, Alderson & Walker. The defendant (Cruso) was appointed receiver but did not take possession of the estates or receive the rents and profits until default was made in the payment of the annuities and they became "greatly in arrear". Plaxton did not respond to repeated applications for payment so Cruso & Froggatt gave notice to the tenants forbidding them to pay rents to Plaxton and requiring payment to John Cruso. The tenants refused and Plaxton refused to sign any authority for them to do so. Thus in Easter 1782 Cruso served notices of ejectment on tenants and sued several writs of possession. He then took four writs into Derbyshire and persuaded several occupiers to attorn tenant to him. He has ever since been in receipt of the rents and profits. Cruso stated that he was " a stranger to the Indentures of 17 July 1781 and 24th June 1782 mentioned in the Bill but had heard that William Plaxton had granted the plaintiff Broadhurst some annuities and that these are now in arrear. Broadhurst and another plaintiff Upton had made many applications to him to pay the rents and he had said that he was ready and willing to do so as far as the residue of the rents and profits would extend. However, since he was only authorised to pay the such rents to Plaxton he could not pay Broadhurst and Upton without authority from Plaxton. Cruso received another letter from Plaxton dated 16 June 1783 in which he said he and Broadhurst had settled matters so that if Cruso sent him 60 the remainder in Cruso's hands were to be paid to Broadhurst on condition no proceedings were taken by Broadhurst.- Cruso didn't have 60 of residual rents and told Plaxton to settle with Broadhurst himself. Cruso & Froggatt later tried to get Plaxton to pay their bill and he argued and they subsequently laid it before M r Graham of Lincoln's Inn Fields to decide what should be paid.



PLACES London;


PERSONS Cruso; Froggatt; Plaxton; Edmonson; Chambers; Cormick; Parke;

DESCRIPTION Copy of a letter, dated 27 June 1783, from John Cruso of Cruso & Froggatt, No. 4 Devereux Court, Temple to William Plaxton at Mr. Edmonsons, Tobacconist, Newington Causeway. The letter accompanied a statement of the last rents received together with a general account which showed a balance due to Plaxton of 82- 8s- 7.5d. On the other side was a statement of Froggatt & Cruso's bill  which was "dated to you" 15 January 1782 on which there was an outstanding balance of 67-12s -1d due to F & C which was deducted from the residual rents. The amount paid to Plaxton was therefore only 14 -16s-6.5d.


REFERENCE 762 LOCATION Transfer Box 62

PLACES Macclesfield, Cheshire


PERSONS Berteux; Browne; Lomas; Hale; Birchenough;

DESCRIPTION Extract from the register of the parish church of Prestbury made by the Vicar John Browne. N.139 The year 1805 (Page 177) Jeremiah Berteux of Macclesfield, Silk Weaver, and Jane Lomas of the same place, spinster, were married in this church by Banns this fifteenth day of September in the year, One thousand eight hundred and five, By me John Browne, Vicar. Jeremiah Berteux signed, Jane Lomas made her mark. The witnesses were : John Birchenough and John Hale.

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REFERENCE 763 LOCATION Trunk 1 Box 9 Gaunt Folder 18/3

PLACES Macclesfield, Northwich, Cheshire; Horton, Leek, Staffordshire; Middlesex;


PERSONS Gaunt; Dakeyne; Brocklehurst; Challinor; Fowler; Chorley; Badnall; Gould; Watt; Towgood;

DESCRIPTION Memo, dated 30 November 1850, addressed to John Gaunt of Leek, silk manufacturer; Matthew Gaunt of the Abbey Cottage, Leek, Barrister at Law; Henry Charles Dakeyne of 34 Hamilton Terrace, St. John's Wood, Middlesex; Mary Dakeyne his wife (formerly Mary Gaunt); Josiah Gaunt of Horton Hall, Staffs; William, John and Thomas Brocklehurst, Peter Pownall Brocklehurst and Robert Bagshaw all of Macclesfield, Bankers and Co-partners; and William Challinor of Leek. It states that John Fowler of Leek in his will of 29 April 1818 devised his estates in Horton, Staffs. and those in Cheshire to Matthew Towgood the elder, of London, Stockbroker, and Toft Chorley of Leek for 500 years after his (Fowler's ) death and after the end of that term to Richard Badnall the elder and Joseph Gould for ever upon trust. The trust was to allow Fowler's wife to receive the rents for life and then after her death his daughter Phoebe Elizabeth Hough Fowler (now Phoebe Elizabeth Hough Watt, widow) to receive the rents of the Horton estates for life. After Phoebe's death the property was to remain in trust for Phoebe's children as tenants in common. Failing any such children then in trust for John, Matthew, Mary and Josiah Gaunt. The devise to Towgood and Chorley contained a condition that "if the money to be raised from the sale of his estates in Cheshire should not amount to the sum of 16000 or upwards" should, when the Horton estates had come into his daughter Phoebe's possession (or his wife agreed in writing) mortgage or demise a competent part of the Horton estates for all or part of the 500 year term to raise 2000 with interest and pay the 2000 to the Gaunts mentioned above. Fowler's wife was to decide the proportions to be paid otherwise the shares were to be equal when they reached 21 years of age or, in Mary Gaunt's case, on the day of her marriage. If any of the Gaunts died before coming of age, then their share was to go to Phoebe Elizabeth Hough Fowler. Phoebe E.H.Watt had been informed that the Cheshire estates had been sold in June 1850 for less than 16000; that the trustees of the 500 year term were dead and the legal representative of the surviving trustee is now a lunatic and incompetent to act in the Trusts of the term. Anstey & Blake of Northwich, solicitors acting for Phoebe E.H.Watt gave the Gaunts, Brocklehurst, etc. notice that she wanted to pay the 2000 to persons able to give suitable security, release, indemnity and discharge for the same- the money now lying in the hands of the bankers. The notice asks the Gaunts, etc. to produce mortgages,  indentures of appointment or other deeds or papers by which they are entitled to the sum of 2000.


REFERENCE 764 LOCATION Cabinet 2 Drawer 2

PLACES Leek, Staffordshire;


PERSONS Lowe; Turner; Morris

DESCRIPTION Character reference dated 29 September 1936 from F. Turner a director of F.A. Morris, Ltd, Manufacturers of Knitted Scarves, Ties, etc., Haywood Mill, Leek, Staffs. with reference to Edwin Lowe who had been with them since he left school in January 1931. The firm had taken him on the recommendation of the Headmaster and the reference is a good one. The firm stated that they were willing for him to continue in their employ. 



PLACES Leek, Staffordshire; Newcastle on Tyne;


PERSONS Sugden; Lovatt; Challinor; Shaw; Gwynne; Lukes;

DESCRIPTION (1) Letter, dated 26 June 1900, from Messrs Sugden & Lovatt of Acorn Mills, Leek to Mr. Gwynne at Challinors & Shaw, solicitors, of Leek, concerning debts owed to the firm by "Lukes of Newcastle on Tyne. Lukes had paid 14-17s-6d towards a bill of 29-14s-6d and wanted Sugden & Lovatt to accept it as settlement in full. (2) Letter, dated 31 July 1901, from Messrs Sugden & Lovatt of Acorn Mills, Leek to Mr. Gwynne at Challinors & Shaw, solicitors, of Leek, concerning debts owed to the firm by 6 Scottish accounts. It mentions that five were fresh accounts but "Valentine you had before. She paid 13/6 but we cannot get balance". " Jenkins Mountain Ash has failed to remit as agreed so please press him -paid 1 only".

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PLACES Leek, Staffordshire; Bodmin, Cornwall;


PERSONS Sugden; Lovatt; Challinor; Shaw; Ticksell; Hardinge; Jackson; Couch;

DESCRIPTION High Court Writ dated 4th August 1900 issued by Challinors & Shaw's agent in Hanley Vincent H. Jackson, on behalf of Sugden & Lovatt of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturers against W. G. Ticksell of 42 Fore Street, Bodmin in Cornwall, Tailor, to appear in Court at Stafford. The charge related to a dishonoured bill of exchange for 26-9s-9d, dated 1 May 1900 and payable three months afterwards. Proceedings were to be stayed if the defendant paid the outstanding sum plus interest and expenses within four days.



PLACES Macclesfield, Cheadle, Cheshire;


PERSONS Beard; Mould; May;

DESCRIPTION The will of John Russell Beard of Macclesfield, silk manufacturer, dated 23 January 1889. Will starts by  appointing his wife Margaret and his son Frances Sinclair Beard his executors and trustees. His plate, linen, china, books, pictures, linen, etc. he bequeathed to his wife for life. His real and personal estate were placed in a trust for them to convert into money and invest after paying off debts, expenses, etc. Income from the residuary trust to his wife for life and then to be held in trust for his children until they come of age or (in the case of daughters) married subject to the share of his son Charles. The shares of any children who died were to be divided between any grandchildren of the dead child. Trustees were to retain his son Charles' share in the trust so that the income from it might maintain and support Charles who was in the care of Dr Mould at Cheadle in  Cheshire. If Charles was ever in a state to manage his own affairs he was to be given his share. The trustees were empowered to continue his silk business at Macclesfield and wind it up at any time and to employ all or part of his working capital in it. The document is signed and witnessed.



PLACES Newcastle under Lyme; Leek, Staffordshire;


PERSONS Challinor; Ockelshaw; Emerson; Wooley; Tuffley; Kirkham; Hatfield; Wooley; Sleigh; Challinor;

DESCRIPTION Draft will , dated 30th April 1864, of Charles John Wooley of Leek, silk manufacturer. He appointed John Sleigh of Thornbridge Grange near Bakewell, and his son Richard Wooley and George Hulme of Leek, butcher, his trustees and executors. Part of the trust income was to be paid to his son Charles John Wooley for life and after C.J.W's death to Charles's daughter Arabella and son William. A further payment was to be made to the testator's son Owen Wooley. Some of the income, etc. was to be used maintain educate and advance grand children Arabella and William. Residue of moneys arising from sale, etc. to be equally distributed amongst his other children James, Michael and Harriet Wooley. Engrossed 20 April 1864. Copied in will book April 13th 1865 Challinor & Co. Leek. There is also a hand written note, dated 16 March 1865, re the family of William Ockelshaw of Newcastle, plasterer who died in Newcastle on 6th Feb. 1831. He left a widow, Martha, and children - James, Ann the wife of Mr. Worley, Helen now the wife of Mr. Edmund Tuffley and Mary only then living. There had been another son John who died in 1823 a bachelor. Document states "My Mother Martha died at Newcastle in 1846. My Brother James died at Newcastle a bachelor in 1839. My father left real estate consisting of a house in Newall Street, Newcastle under Lyme subject to a mortgage to Charles Hassells. Mrs. Tuffley says that the house was occupied by her mother until her death and then by Mrs. Tuffley's sister Mary until her death in 1855." Mary had married a plasterer? named Emerson in February 1843 possibly at Keele. The writer of the note was married at Newcastle under Lyme on 22 July 1835. The note carries Joseph Challinor's signature.



PLACES Leek, Staffordshire;


PERSONS Martin; Shaw; Goodman; Challinor; Badnall;

DESCRIPTION Draft will of Joseph Martin of Leek, Silk Twister dated 22 June 1860. He bequeathed everything to his wife and executrix Mary Ann Martin. John Hall of Leek, warehouseman, was appointed an executor.

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PLACES Leek, Staffordshire;


PERSONS Heywood; Barnes; Killmister; Challinor; Fergyson;

DESCRIPTION Copy of the will, dated 21 September 1849, of Benjamin Fanshaw Heywood of Leek, silk manufacturer. Witnesses were W. Challinor of Leek, solicitor and J, G. Fergyson Challinor's clerk. A pencilled footnote states " 29 December 1853 Examined with original, W.C."



PLACES Leek, Staffordshire;


PERSONS Keates; Challinor;

DESCRIPTION Circular to creditors of Thomas Keates a draper of Talbot Street, Leek, Staffordshire issued by Challinor & Co., solicitors on 15 January 1879. Keates had debts of 171 -1s -10d as against assets of 100. The principal asset consisted of small book debts owed by approximately 100 working people which, Challinor's stressed, would be difficult to collect. Keates had only 11 creditors and because he didn't want to waste assets by filing for bankruptcy he proposed to give promissory notes to each creditor for 9 shillings in the pound payable by three instalments at six, twelve and 18 month intervals. Mr. Keates bother, John Keates of Leek, Silk Twister, was said to be willing to stand surety for him. Keates was also willing to assign all his book debts and small stock in trade to a trustee for collection and realisation. An account is given at the foot of the circular.



PLACES Leek, Staffordshire; Manchester;


PERSONS Hammersley; Burton; Challinor; Price; Ball; Alkin; Hacker; Woolirscoft; Smith; Mellor;

DESCRIPTION Draft conveyance, dated 8th December 1857, from Robert Hammersley and others who were trustees of the late William Hammersley to Joseph Burton of Leek. Engrossed 6 November 1857 by J. Price, Challinor & Co., Leek, Staffordshire. The conveyance was between (1) Robert Hammersley of Leek, silk dyer, Charles Ball of Leek, book keeper, William Henry Hammersley of Leek, silk dyer and Eli Alkin of Manchester, dry salter (the trustees of the will of William Hammersley) and (2) Wm. Henry Hammersley, Thomas Hammersley of Leek, silk manufacturer, (3) Joseph Burton of Leek, provision dealer, and (4) William Challinor. In his will dated 7 January 1853 William Hammersley of Leek, silk dyer, bequeathed all his messuages, dyeworks, buildings, closes, lands, etc. in Leek and Leekfrith, Staffordshire and all his freehold and leasehold property to named trustees. He gave the trustees power to sell all or part of the estates subject to the approval in writing of those beneficially interested in the estates the proceeds being applied to the purposes of the trust. William Hammersley died and his will was proven in the consistory court of the Bishop of Chester on 21st May 1853 and in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 25 June 1853. One of the testator's children, Joseph, died on ??? and Frederick Hammersley was not yet 21 years of age. William Henry and Thomas Hammersley were therefore the only two of the testator's children beneficially interested in the estates under the trust. The trustees agreed to sell Joseph Burton the fee simple of 374 square yards of land situated..... gardens, Leek, in the occupation of Samuel Smith, for 21. Burton agreed to keep to covenants on the land contained in an indenture dated 29 May 1849 made between (1) George Woolliscroft (2) William Mellor (3) William Hammersley (4) John Heathcote Hacker.

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REFERENCE 773 LOCATION Cabinet 2 Drawer 4

PLACES Leek, Staffordshire;

FIELD NAMES Linney Meadow; the Sludge Hole;

PERSONS Cruso; Mills; Fowler; Lay; Gaunt; Leigh; Millward; Stafford; Sleigh; Hudson; Bradley; Clulow; Pointing; Trafford; Minton;

DESCRIPTION Draft release, dated 16 November 1841, of a moiety of a house in Stockwell Street and the Linney Meadow at the bottom of Mill Street, Leek, Staffordshire by Michael Daintry Cruso and his wife Mary to Francis Cruso. Engrossed 17 November 1841, Cruso, Leek. John Cruso, father of M.D Cruso and his brother Francis, had died recently and in his will dated 4th November 1837 he devised a house and lands which he had purchased from Thomas Mills and parts of another house in Stockwell Street adjoining the property he purchased from Thomas Mills and which he had purchased from Benjamin Lay which had previously been the estate of Michael Daintry and had been sold by him to Richard Gaunt and by him to Joseph Lay father of Benjamin Lay. This also included the "street, road or way" leading out of Stockwell Street to Cruso's stable yard and was intended to be kept open for a right of way for all purposes. Part of the road was purchased from Benjamin Lay and another part from Miss Phoebe Fowler. Herbert Minton was to hold the properties in trust. Minton was also appointed executor of old John Cruso's will. Cruso also bequeathed the Linney Meadow at the bottom of Mill Street together with the Sludge Hole, tithes etc associated with it to Minton upon trust for benefit of his sons Michael and Francis Cruso. John Cruso the elder published a codicil to his will on 25 August last in which he bequeathed all his personal estate not bequeathed to his son John Cruso and gave Minton the right to use "the small road through the wall dividing the premises first devised to him" and the stable, yard and lands and premises to his sons Francis and Michael Daintry Cruso. John Cruso the elder died on 20th August last past and his will was proven in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 13 November instant. Michael Daintry Cruso agreed to sell his brother Francis his share in the property mentioned for 1200. The premises conveyed were said to have been " late in the possession of Leigh, Joseph Laye, Edward Stafford, Sleigh, Hudson, Joseph Bradley, Thomas Millward, William Clulow, John Pointing and ..ear Trafford



PLACES Leek, Staffordshire; Manchester; London;

FIELD NAMES Ridge Field Flats; Sots Hole;

PERSONS Cruso; Ward; Daintry; Ryle; Otley; Wardle; Shrigley; Nixon; Stockton; Whitney;

DESCRIPTION Draft mortgage, dated 29 January 1827, by appointment and demise of the freehold and assignment of leasehold premises in Manchester to secure 2200 and interest. The indenture was between (1) David Ward of Macclesfield, Silk Manufacturer, (2) Henry Wardle of Macclesfield, Silk Manufacturer, (3) Thomas Ward of Macclesfield, Silk Manufacturer, (Eldest son and heir at law of Gervas Ward late of Hurdesfield, Cheshire, Silk Manufacturer, deceased and also Grandson and heir at law of Thomas Ward the elder of Macclesfield deceased. (4) John Ryle of Park House near Macclesfield (surviving trustee of Thomas Ward the Elder, (5)Ann Ward of Macclesfield, John Smith Daintry of Tavistock Square, St. Pancras, London, the said John Ryle and the said Thomas Ward as executrix and executors of Gervas Ward (6) John Cruso of Leek, one of the surviving trustees of the will of Michael Daintry heretofore of Leek, but afterwards of Byrons, Prestbury, Cheshire, silk merchant who was the surviving trustee of Daniel Nixon of Hurdesfield, deceased . The document mentions an indenture of demise dated 17 March 1711 between Jonathon Stockton, Chapman, and William Shrigley, Merchant, which granted the property to Shrigley for a term of 1000 years at a peppercorn rent. Another indenture of lease was made by Jonathon Stockton on 18th March 1711 with John Lightbourn, gentleman, for a second term of 1000 years at a peppercorn rent. Thomas Ward the younger of Manchester, Fustian Manufacturer acquired seizin on 19 August 1799. This later document was made between (1) Thomas Ward the younger and John Clulow of Macclesfield, gent, (2) Thomas Ward the elder of Macclesfield, Button Merchant and (3) Gervas Ward of Hurdesfield, Merchant. The property in question was two plots of land with houses on them in Manchester. It was described in the will which Thomas Ward the elder made on 12 October 1809 as "four messuages etc. situate at a place called Ridge Field Flags and Sots Hole in Manchester. One of the plots was said to be on the bounded on the North by Back King Street, on the East side by Ridge Field street, on the West side by a passage leading from Back Ridge Field and extending North 42 feet on the East 30 feet on the south 42 feet and on the West 30 feet and amounted to 141 square yards. Thomas Ward the elder's will was proven at Chester on 28 June 1810. Gervas Ward died 29 March 1816. Thomas Ward the younger died 16 April 1818 unmarried. Margaret Ward died 20 August 1821 unmarried and her half share in the property descended to Thomas Ward, Elizabeth wife of Joseph Otley, Ann Ward, James Ward and Daniel Ward the children of Gervas Ward.

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REFERENCE 775 LOCATION Transfer Box 19

PLACES Leek, Staffordshire;


PERSONS Badnall;

DESCRIPTION An account of the quantities of British manufactured hard and soft soap used at the manufactory of Mr. Joseph Badnall from 5th July 1829 to the 5th July 1830. Total quantities received into stock were 3825 lbs of hard soap and 28192 lbs of soft soap. Total quantities used 1402 lbs of hard soap, 14388 lbs of soft soap.