Bednall Collection Pt 1: No.s 1151 to 1175

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Last updated 04/05/2004

PLACES:  Leek,  Staffordshire; London;  
PERSONS: Cruso; Graves; Challinor; Badnall; Davenport; Fynney; Goodfellow; Draeske; Barnett; Spilsbury; Ridout; Hammond; Brealey; Shaw; Dawson DESCRIPTION: Copy conveyance of 4 pieces of land in Leek, Staffordshire from John Cruso of Leek, to Messrs Henry and Charles Goodman Graves of Gutter Lane, London, silk merchants, dated 9th July 1853. Challinor, Badnall & Challinor, Leek.  The lands in question were on the west side of and fronting Wellington Street in Leek. Together the four plots occupied 240 feet of the frontage. The land had once been part of Nixhill. The property was John Cruso's for life by virtue of an indenture of release dated 27 March 1838 based on a lease for a year made between (1) Charles Jennings (2) Revd. Richard Ward,  (3) John Cruso, (4) Michael Daintry Cruso, and an indenture of 12 August 1844 endorsed on the previous release and made between (1), (3) and (4) which granted the lands to John Cruso  for life for the use of Michael Daintry Cruso during his life  in trust for John Cruso his heirs and assigns forever.

PLACES:  Leek,  Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Redfern; Fergyson; Prince; Adams; Travis; Mason; Barker; Hambleton; Fogg; Mellor; Goodwin; Smith; Baddeley; Birch;  
DESCRIPTION: Conditions of sale for house sold at the Swan Inn, Leek, Staffordshire on 12 May 1881. Redfern & Son Leek. It includes signed and stamped contracts for the purchase of the various lots.  Lot 1(No.s 28 and 30 Alsop Street) was purchased by Benjamin Prince of leek, provision dealer, for £335 ;  Lot 2 (No.s 32 and 34 Alsop  Street) by Benjamin Prince for £265;  Lot 3(5 houses with  shade and winding room over in Pickwood Road) by James Adams of Leek, Agent, for £600.  Lot 4(No. 92 Ball Haye Green) by Samuel Travis of Leek, watchmaker, for £85.    

PLACES:  Leek,  Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Roylance; Shaw; Mansfield; Spooner; Finney; Robinson; Spilsbury; Gibson; Taylor; Shaw; Moore; Oliver; Buttree; Kent;  
DESCRIPTION: (1) Printed statement of the accounts of Thomas and Arthur Hugh Shaw executors of the will of Mrs Joyce Roylance deceased of Holly Grange, Longsdon near Leek, Staffordshire who died on 6th November 1892. Dated 7th June 1900. It lists details of the will and gives the names and relationship of beneficiaries. (2) Printed note which accompanied the statement of account.  

PLACES: Macclesfield, Cheshire; Bacup, Lancashire;  
PERSONS: Turner; Berry; Clark; Swindells;  
DESCRIPTION: Printed notice of a receiving order made on 21 May 1935, under the Bankruptcy Acts 1914 and 1926 against Henry Turner of 126 Burnley Road, Broadclough, Bacup,  and Walter Berry of 3 Plantation View, Broadclough, Bacup,  trading as Turner & Berry, Cotton Manufacturers, at Old Engine Mill, Broadclough, Bacup. The receiver R. Kynoch Clark addressed the notice to Messrs John Swindells & Co. Royal Depot Mills, Macclesfield. 

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Walmsley; Shaw;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft notice of the dissolution of partnership existing between James Walmsley of 13 Aberdare Park, London and 14 King Street, Cheapside, London, Fringe Manufacturer, John Walmsley of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, and Thomas Walmsley of Little Birchall near Leek, manufacturer, trading as M. Walmsley & Co., silk manufacturers, from the 2nd May 1864. Debts due to and owing by the partnership were to be received and paid by John, Thomas and Hezekiah Walmsley of Leek, silk manufacturers . The business was to be carried on by the latter under the name of J. T and H. Walmsley. The notice is dated 20 May 1864 and was witnessed by Thomas Shaw.  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Thompson; Shaw; Dawson;  
DESCRIPTION: Extract, dated 27 May 1881,  from the will of George Thompson, deceased. Thompson's will was drawn up on 13 April 1847 and it devised Mr Shaw's house to trustees Thomas Wm. Lightfoot and James Brough to pay rents to Thompson's daughter Eliza Dawson for life. When Eliza died half the rents were to go to testator's grand daughter Mary Dawson for life and then for the child or children of Mary. It the went upon trusts in favour of Margaret Dawson.  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Stevenson; Challinor; Henshaw;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft will of Joseph Stevenson of Leek, Staffordshire, Butcher, 30 June 1871.  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Sheldon; Gould;  
DESCRIPTION: 7 bills for goods etc. bought by Sheldon & Co. of the California, Mills, Leek from G. H. Gould of 2 Ball Haye, Road, Leek, and one other bill on Sheldon & Co. headed paper. Dates range from May to August 1896. The items purchased include Bengal raw silk, China organzine, white oil soap, and Lucca oil.  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire; Chester;  
PERSONS: Woolfe; Howard; Bloore; Nunns; Temple;  
DESCRIPTION: Copy of an agreement made between Bitmer Benjamin Woolfe of Leek, ironmonger, and Joseph Howard of Leek, brazier, dated 8 May 1849.  The agreement concerned  two adjoining houses in the Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire, one owned by Woolfe the other by Howard.  The two houses were divided from each other by a party or butty wall and Howard had recently built against this. Woolfe claimed that the new building encroached on his property and that Howard had no right to build it.  Howard claimed that the freehold of the yard behind the two houses belonged to him together with the freehold to the passage leading out of the Market Place to the back of the premises subject to a right of ingress and egress to Woolfe.  Howard also claimed Woolfe had erected a water closet in the ground of the passage way and made a sough out of another of his houses in the Market Place (occupied by William Nunns) through the yard belonging to him ( Howard) and into a sough which also belonged to him. He also claimed that Woolfe  had laid  pipes through the yard to carry water to William Nunn's house.   Woolfe and Howard agreed to accept arbitration by Robert Griffin Temple of Chester, barrister.  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Sutton; Cruso; Atherton; Mills; Jones; Smith; Godwin;  
DESCRIPTION: Old case and paper with Mr Atherton's opinion. Mills, Cruso and Jones, Leek, Staffordshire.  After Mr Atherton gave his opinion the real estates devised in trust to be sold were sold by auction and the whole (except a small garden) purchased by Nathan Sutton one of the children of Nathan Sutton deceased, and one of the residuary  legatees under the will. The property was tithe free "or properly speaking the tithes belong to the owner which is the case of most of the property in the parish of Leek which was a member of the dissolved Abbey of Dieu le Cress but it was doubtful whether the devise of the will is sufficient to comprehend such tithes."  Arthur Godwin, grandson and heir at law of Thomas Godwin survivor of the trustees under the will, has attained the age of 21. The legatees and the payments made to them are listed:  John Hulme who was stated to be the heir at law ... Tailor had a legacy of £10. John Hulme is since dead leaving Charles Hulme (also a legatee under the will) his nephew and heir who has been paid his fourth share of the £60 given to the children of Wm. Hulme. (Edward & ... being dead) and shortly after went abroad and has not been heard of since.   Mr Atherton thought that it was reasonable for Mr John Hulme the testator's heir (and all other legatees) should join in the conveyance to confirm the will. He thought the purchaser would not be safe except through a devise through the Court of Equity.  In view of the difficulty of finding all the legatees and in view of the fact that many of the legatees had been paid Mr Atherton was asked for a further opinion bearing in mind the new facts. The notes concerning legatees state that John Sutton a son of Nathan Sutton, had already assigned the legacy and other shares he was entitled to John the son of Benjamin Sutton " this last  John Sutton is now dead." William Sutton  another of the children of Nathan Sutton who was also entitled to a legacy has been declared a bankrupt and his assignees have been paid his computed share".  

PLACES: Leek, Overton, Staffordshire; Bunny, Nottinghamshire; Pilsbury, Derbyshire;  
PERSONS: Boultbee; Rowley; Macclesfield; Barlow; Bamfield; Prince; Keen; Gould;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft abstract of the title of the executors of Benjamin Barlow to 2 allotments on Leek Moor upon which two houses have been erected. Cruso, Leek. 17 November 1835.  The title starts with an extract from the Act of Parliament 3 January 1811 for inclosing  the commons of Leek, Staffordshire.  Benjamin Barlow purchased a lot situated between lots 62, 63, and 64 on Leek Moor from Joseph Bamfield on 29 September 1808 for £3- 3s 0d. He purchased another lot situated between lots 60, 61, 63 and to the North by the Ashbourne turnpike road from John Prince for £4.  

PLACES: Leek, Upper Hulme, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Brunt; Barton; Cope; Cruso; Sprosson; Farrer;  
DESCRIPTION: Notice of the dissolution of the partnership of Isaac Brunt and Samuel Barton both of Upper Hulme near Leek, Staffordshire, silk dyers trading under the name "Brunt & Barton", dated  9th May 1861 and affidavit re signatures. All debts were to be paid by Samuel Barton and his intended partner Joseph Yates by whom the business was in future intended to be conducted.  Interlined on the affidavit are pencilled changes to the names of the affidavit which state " ... John Sprosson and Thomas Farrer,  both of Leek, Binding and Ribbon Weavers.  

PLACES: Leek, Sheen,  Ipstones, Alstonfield, Yoxall, Staffordshire; Hartington, Derbyshire;  
PERSONS: Gaunt; Brocklehurst; Bagshaw; Challinor; Osborne; Barlow; Cope; Wood;  Ball; Stonehewer; Walwyn; Walker; Astley; Milner; Morley; Moore; Shufflebotham; Abbott; Daniels; De Cordree; Lees; Harrison; Wilson; Bradbury; Ashton; Flint; Turnock; Hudson; Rowland;
DESCRIPTION: Schedule of deeds and documents relating to property  and to mortgage securities belonging to Matthew Gaunt in mortgage to  Messrs Brocklehurst and Bagshaw and to Mr Challinor as security for £3500 and interest. 4 November 1850.  

PLACES: Leek, Sheen,  Ipstones, Alstonefield, Yoxall, Staffordshire; Hartington, Derbyshire;  
PERSONS: Gould; Brittlebank; Salt; Lomas; Bullock; Ward; Vigrass; Armitt;  
DESCRIPTION: Continuation of BC/1163.         4 November 1850.    

PLACES: Leek, Horton; Wetley Rocks, Staffordshire; Macclesfield, Cheshire; Victoria, Australia; West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire;  
PERSONS: Fowler; Gaunt; Dakeyne; Badnall; Holroyd; Wardle; Cave; Emerson;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft confirmation and release by Robert Gaunt of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, William Henry Gaunt of Beechworth in the Colony of Victoria, Australia, police magistrate, Mary Gaunt of leek, spinster, and Mary Dakeyne of West Bridgford, Notts., to Matthew Gaunt of Rudyard Vale, Horton, Staffordshire and Frederick Gaunt of Horton Hall.  Deals with Highfield Hall, Leek and other property left by Mrs Fowler of Highfield Hall in her will dated 6 November 1838. Recites extracts from Mrs Fowler's will etc. Gives some Gaunt genealogical data including date of death of John Gaunt. A listing of Highfield Hall estate giving names and acreages is appended. The document is signed as approved by Hacker & Allen and dated 28 February 1871.

PLACES: Leek,   Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Brough; Redfern; Maule; Mellor; Cooper; Bailey;  
DESCRIPTION: Redfern's account with the estate of the late John Brough 1847. John Brough is described as "an attainted Felon" and the costs which Redfern claimed relate to work carried out on "behalf of Mrs Hannah Brough in making discovery of an assisting in the prosecution of Her Majesty's Right and Title to the freehold property of the late John Brough an attainted felon".  

PLACES: Leek,   Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Clowes; Cruso; Tatton; Lees; Dale; Hammersley; Wardle; Pickford;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft mortgage in fee of houses, etc. in Mill Street, Leek, Staffordshire, to secure £200 and interest at 4.5 percent. Thomas Clowes of Leek, shopkeeper, to John Cruso the younger of Leek, 25 March 1839. It cites deeds of lease and release dated 22 and 23rd March 1839 between (1) John Cruso,   (2) Hannah Lees, widow,  (3) Samuel Tatton, the said Thomas Clowes and Mary his wife, Sarah Wardle, widow, Ann Tatton, spinster, John Hammersley, silk dyer and Alice his wife, and Andrew Dale, gardener, and Susanna his wife, and (4) John Cruso the elder of Leek, which conveyed the property to (4) in trust for specified purposes and for the ultimate benefit of Thomas Clowes and his heirs.   The property is described as  a house and shop with brewhouse and buildings lately built  by Thomas Clowes on the North side of and fronting Mill Street in Leek. The property had previously been two houses " then in the possession of [..] Tatton deceased and Ephraim Pickford his tenant.  It included the pump in front.  

PLACES: Leek,   Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Bermingham;  Brunt; Hammersley; Geston; Bentley; Fynney; Robinson; Challinor; Shaw;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft mortgage by Messrs Birmingham to the Leek & Moorland Building Society of a silk mill, houses and land in Fountain Street, Victoria Street, Cross Street and Well Street in Leek, Staffordshire dated 13 June 1906. Reg. No. 10845 Class A. £250.  

PLACES: Leek,   Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Goodwin; Macclesfield; Allen;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft agreement between the Right Honourable Thomas Augustus Wolstenholme, Earl of Macclesfield and Esther, Stephen Hall and Arthur William Goodwin all of Leek, silk manufacturers, the Trustees of the late Stephen Goodwin for the sale and purchase of plots of land and arrangement as to a new street near Westwood Lane, Leek, Staffordshire. Challinor & Shaw, Leek, 1889.  The Trustees agreed to buy 1019 square yards of  land at or near the North West end of Black Acre Lane in Leek.  A cowhouse on the land was to be removed and rebuilt within 3 months of purchase.  

PLACES: Leek,   Staffordshire; Wallingford, Berkshire;  
PERSONS: Parker; Burton; Henley; Challinor; Shaw; Holcombe; Price; Lawrence; Lloyd; Brealey;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft Conveyance of  freehold building land on Osborne Street, Leek, Staffordshire from the Duke of Westminster and the Honourable Henry Parker to Frederick Lees Burton of leek, confectioner 30 December 1899. Challinor & Shaw, Leek. Plan on linen attached.  

PLACES: Leek,   Staffordshire; Wallingford, Berkshire;  
PERSONS: Roylance; Shaw; Brown; and many others;  
DESCRIPTION: Copy of the will, dated 3 September 1887, of Mrs Joyce Roylance who died at Holly Grange, Leek on 6th November 1892. Her will was proved at the Principal Registry on 20 July 1893 by her executors Thomas Shaw and Arthur Hugh Shaw. Gross value of her personal estate was £776 -13s - 2d. Challinors & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire. Mrs Roylance was the sister of Thomas Shaw. Arthur Hugh Shaw was Thomas's son. The will was witnessed by John Brown , Post Master at Ladderedge and his wife Sarah.  

PLACES: Leek,   Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Challinor;  
DESCRIPTION: William and Joseph Challinor's bill and account with the Leek Commissioners under the Leek Improvement Act 30 October 1879. The bill relates to "Sewer under Tip" and mentions also " Earl Street improvements" and "drains under embankment"  

PLACES: Leek,   Staffordshire; London; Manchester;  
PERSONS: Barker; Birch; Challinor; Madgen; Fallon; Parkinson; Paine; Harrison; George;  Gee;  
DESCRIPTION: Three printed legal forms (Writs) concerning cases in the High Court.  (1) Undated case in the Exchequer Division between William Barker the Elder, of 46 St. Edward Street, Leek, plaintiff, and William Birch the elder and William Birch the younger both of Ball Haye Green, Leek, silk manufacturers, defendants. Barker claimed £50 and interest due on a Bill of Exchange dated 1st August 1877 and payable 4 months after that date for value received, and made out to Mr L. Madgen of 93 Piccadilly, Manchester.     (2) Case in the Kings Bench Division- Hanley Registry, stamped 5th February 1903. The case was between John Fallon of Leek and John Giles Parkinson of St. Edward Street, Leek, Hairdresser the issuer of a promissory note for £50 dated 16 March 1897 payable on 16th March 1898 to the plaintiff. Interest at 4% was also claimed.  (3) Case in the Kings Bench Division, between Hanieh George wife of Thomas George of 51 St. Edward Street, Leek and Charles Edward Gee of the Market Place, Leek for  £73 -13s - 4d the balance of the price of goods sold. Dated 29 June 1908.  

PLACES: Leek,   Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Critchlow; Whittles; Challinor; Shaw; Fawcett;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft notes of a case to be put to a barrister for an opinion. This document is dated 12 October 1907 and concerns the seizure of Mr Critchlow's goods by a landlord. The persons  involved were the unnamed landlord, Mr Whittles who received part of the proceeds of the sale of goods seized. Critchlow had not committed any act of bankruptcy but on the day following the sale he executed a deed of assignment upon which he was afterwards made bankrupt.  Whittles had received £151 -7s  8d which Challinors thought was considerably more than he was entitled to.  Whittles accused Challinors & Shaw of negligence and they wanted the unknown barrister's opinion.   

PLACES: Leek, Burslem, Newcastle under Lyme,  Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: May; Stanier; Challinor; Cruso; Bacon; Thorneville;  
DESCRIPTION: Two documents:   (1) Instructions to Mr Coulson in May and Others to Messrs Bacon and Cruso dated 4th October 1844.  In it Challinor? states that " Mr May's family are anxious to have the fraudulent deeds which in fact are forgeries given up to them to be cancelled and it is apprehended that unless Messrs Bacon & Cruso consent to do so there will be much difficulty".  One of the difficulties concerned a mortgage to Messrs Bacon and Cruso which recited the deeds in question and the letter asks Mr Coulson to alter the draft to avoid this problem.    (2)Draft further affidavit of Mr Charles Bower May of Burslem, Staffordshire, Fire Brick Manufacturer that he "is the son of the deceased and administrator of his estates".  He went on to state that the "deceased did, on 10 May 1843,borrow and receive from  Francis Stanier of Newcastle under Lyme £200 in bills" and that he couldn't find a memo of his father's stating that fact which he had found just after his father's death.    

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