Bednall Collection Pt 1: No.s 1326 to 1350

The Bednall Archive 

Last updated 04/05/2004

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire; Nottingham;  
PERSONS: Challinor; Pickford; Cruso; Hollins; Daintry; Ryle; Leigh; Billing; Hallowes;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft affidavit of too little duty having been paid Challinor & Co., Leek, Staffordshire. Document was originally drafted with regard to Jabez Pickford deceased in March 1867 but was subsequently over written in red ink with respect to the estate of Henry Cruso of Leek, Staffordshire who died on 25 January 1829. Letters of administration were granted to Martha now wife of George Leigh of Arnold near Nottingham in the Consistory Court of Lichfield on 2nd March 1887 when the deceased effects were sworn under £20. At the time Martha was not aware that her dead husband Henry Cruso had a vested interest in money settled on the marriage of his mother and had only recently discovered this. Henry was entitled to one twelfth of £2000 settled under an indenture dated 26 December 1786 and made between Michael Daintry and Catherine Daintry on the one part and John Cruso of the second part and John Ryle and Samuel Hollins of the third part. This amounted to £166 -13s-4d.  The survivor of the tenants for life under this settlement died on 29 August 1841. Interest on the above sum from the latter date until 29 August 1869 amounted to £186 -13s-4d. Henry Cruso's effects were declared therefore   to exceed £20 but not £450.

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Bermingham; Carr; Challinor; Wardle; Goodwin;  
DESCRIPTION: Two documents, dated  1868, re the firm of James & Henry Bermingham, Leek, Staffordshire. (1) A letter dated January 1868 from Challinor & Co. to Henry Bermingham stating his brothers offer to buy him out but also opening up the possibility of a continuation of the partnership.  (20 An agreement as to the drawing of cheques etc. and not using money for private purposes as James Bermingham had previously been doing. The latter document states that "certain moneys belonging to the firm had contrary to the directions of the Inspectors been applied by Mr James Bermingham in payment of his private debts".  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft letter, unsigned, dated 2nd January 1842 in answer to a letter which " seems to impute a want of faith on my part which I never  ?? I conceived that so long as we acted strictly and ….nally up to our agreement neither party was  …. Or expected to do more. You are aware that that agreement was drawn up between you and us as strangers to one another nothing was left to the caprice of either but you required and we granted quite as much as was intended between us.  You know that we are anxious you should agree to leave the Town at the end of the four years …."…."at that time I intended to be a barrister and did not think it likely I should ever be compelled to exercise this option"  ……."after the first year business fell off and 6 or 8 months ago matters assumed such an aspect that I felt I now had no other resource than to return to Leek".  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Allen; Heaton; Nicholson; Hall; Milner; Fynney; Miller; Kirkham; Goldstraw; Warrington;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft conveyance of a silk mill and premises in Leek, Staffordshire from Messrs William Allen and G.H.Heaton of Endon, Land Agent, to the Leek Liberal Club Company Limited 29 September 1897 Challinors & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire. The indenture between the above parties also included Arthur Nicholson of Leek, John Hall of Leek and Robert Scholefield Milner of Leek, silk manufacturer who purchased the property on behalf of the Leek Liberal Club for £2710.  The mill known as "Fynney's Mill" stood on the West side of Market Street, Leek and had a frontage 0f 62 ft 10 inches, an archway opening onto Market Street, an engine and boiler house and two large warehouses one of which was used as a printing office by Matthew Henry Miller  the publisher of the Leek Post and Times newspaper. The property also included a mill at the back of Fynney's Mill which was used as a printing house and warehouse and occupied by Charles Kirkham. Includes a scale plan of the site giving owners/occupiers of adjacent premises.  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Challinor; Goodwin; Tatton; Barratt;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft agreement between Messrs Stephen Goodwin and Tatton Limited of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturers, and Mr Robert Mead Barratt of 6 Princes Square, London, to act as representative and agent for a term of three years from 1st January 1902. . March 1902. The salary was £200 per annum and the representative was entitled to a 3.75% commission on annual sales in excess of £5000. Barratt held £350 of shares in the Company.  A note on the front states Mr Tatton brought back this draft and also another draft based on this one but written by Mr Barratt and requested us to copy the latter draft for signature. This was done a typed copy being made and sent to Messrs S.G & T Ltd on 19 March 02 it being stated that Mr Barratt & the Company would execute it on that day as Mr Barratt was in Leek. The enclosed type written agreement is a copy of the … sent by us to Messrs SG & T Ltd..  

PLACES: Leek, Hanley, Staffordshire; Manchester;  
PERSONS: Sugden; Lovatt; Challinor; Shaw; Robshaw; Gwynne; Woodhouse;  
DESCRIPTION: Thirty three items relating to the case brought by Messrs Sugden and Lovatt, silk manufacturers, of Acorn Mills, Leek, Staffordshire against H. Robshaw, commission agent, of Booth Street, Piccadilly, Manchester dating between 1894 and 1903.  

PLACES: Macclesfield, Cheshire; London;  
PERSONS: Fountain; May; Wain; Barnsby; Jones; Lallemand; Rawlinson; Smyth; Parks;  Wakefield; Mellor; Head; Ellis; Pryce; Davies; Peacock; Barber; Cooper; Pennington; Wadsworth; Harper; Street; Statham; Slack; Lomas; Morton; Davy; Larrop; Welsh; Dunkley; Neill; Greenwood; Brown; Roberts; Bradley; Hyatt; Huckle;  
DESCRIPTION: Abstract of the title of the trustees of the will of George Fountain to a house and premises in King Edward Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire May & Wain, solicitors, Macclesfield 1928. Includes a plan which shows the houses to be numbers20, 24, 26, 28, and 30 St. Edward Street and the land stretching through behind them to Chestergate and including numbers 43, 45, 47 and 49 Chestergate, Macclesfield.  

PLACES: Macclesfield, Cheshire;  
PERSONS: Scovell; Gee; Burgess; Mottram; Acton; Birtles;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft sub-lease of 34 Acton Place, Broken Cross, Macclesfield by Mrs Ethel Scovell  deleted Mr Frederick C. Scovell deleted Mrs Emily E. Burgess of Carr Bank Farm, Alderley Edge, to Mrs Mary Elizabeth Gee of 34 Acton Place, widow, for £110. May & Wain, Macclesfield 7 May 1927. Plan included. The schedule of deeds starts with a lease dated 17 October 1829 which was made between the Governor of the Possessions Revenues and Goods of the Free Grammar School of King Edward the Sixth in Macclesfield and Joseph Acton. The land leased to Acton for 999 years is described as on the eastwardly side of an intended new road 8 yards wide.  

PLACES: Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Cheshire; Manchester, Eccles, Chorlton cum Hardy, Lancashire; Rutland;  
PERSONS: Woodward; Sheldon; May; Wain; Beaumont; Shatwell; Eveson; Elmore; Turner; Morris; Pott; Watts; Sharp; Paccy; Smith; Browne; Arnold; Bousfield; Hardy; Rigby; Swindells; Stonely; Hopkins; Harrison; Proffitt; Wolstenholme;
DESCRIPTION: Deed of covenant to surrender copyhold hereditaments in Lees Street, Smith Street, Byron's Street and High Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire by Edward Woodward of Whitfield Mount, Upton, Macclesfield surviving original trustee of the will of John Smith deceased, John Beaumont of Uplands, Wilmslow, woollen merchant, Martha Elizabeth Shatwell of Buxton Road, Macclesfield, spinster, Emily Eveson of Shepley Manor, Barnt Green, Worcestershire, widow, Annie Elmore of Trevelyan Bank, Eccles, Lancashire, widow, John Turner of Egerton House, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton cum Hardy, Manchester, builder, and Barry Rhodes Morris of Oak Avenue, Chorlton on Medlock, Manchester, surveyor,   to Mrs F. Sheldon, May & Wain, solicitors, Macclesfield 14 February 1919. Includes a plan. James Smith who made his will 10 August 1861 and died 11 October 1863,was a trimming manufacturer. His son John was a silk manufacturer and died 11 October 1864. Document gives genealogical information.  

PLACES: Macclesfield, Cheshire; Manchester;  
PERSONS: Bibby; Mottershead; Brocklehurst; Pott;  
DESCRIPTION: Four documents relating to the firm of Bibby & Mottershead of Crossall Street, Macclesfield, plumbers. (1) Signed and stamped partnership agreement dated 22 February 1916.  (2) Copy agreement to dissolve the partnership between Joseph Bibby and Frederick Mottershead of 40 Park Green, Macclesfield, plumbers and electricians, dated 16th October 1921. (3) Valuation by Brocklehurst & Co, auctioneers and valuers of King Edward street, Macclesfield of the property , utensils, fixtures and fittings etc. of Messrs Bibby & Mottershead, plumbers, of 40 Park Green, Macclesfield dated 16 March 1922. (4) Signed and stamped receipt given by Frederick Mottershead for the sum of £1192 -9s - 9d received from his partner Joseph Bibby as his share in the partnership -dated 21 April 1922.  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
: Malkin; Worthington; Russell; Hambleton; Gibson; Ashworth; Challinor;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft indenture of apprenticeship in which Ernest Howard Malkin of 40 Buxton Road, leek a minor, with the consent of his father Joseph Malkin, painter, put himself apprentice to Ernest Andrew Worthington, Henry Russell and Phillip Jukes Worthington of Leek, silk manufacturers trading as A.J.Worthington & Co to learn the art  for a term of six years. Worthington & Co. were to teach him the art of weaver of bindings and they were to pay him three fourths of the wages paid to a journeyman for the same work. They were also to provide him with food and lodging and all other necessaries during his apprenticeship. Dated 1884  The document has been reused for other apprentices in one case Joseph Gibson of 61 Queen Street, Leek with the consent of his uncle William Gibson, "Overlooker in a silk mill with whom he now resides". Gibson's apprenticeship was to be  for 3 years.  In the third case Samuel Ashworth of No. 6 Court 1, Mill Street, Leek, son of John Ashworth a binding weaver, of the same address. The fourth case related to Frederick Hambleton of 62 Queen Street, Leek son of George Hambleton, furniture dealer, of the same address.  

PLACES: Leek, Rugeley, Stafford, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Myatt; Blagg; Masefield; Gardner; Turner; Latham; Bonner; Forshaw; Ducker; Ash;  
DESCRIPTION: Seven letters (mostly from V. Myatt of T & V. Myatt, silk manufacturers of Alexandra and Regent Mills, Leek, Staffordshire to Messrs Blagg son & Masefield, solicitors, all concerning the 171 acre Newlands Farm at Colton, near Rugeley, Dates range between January and May 1898. Myatt was concerned about the way in which the farm tenant S. C. Latham of Gorsey Bank Farm, Woore, Newcastle under Lyme had given up the tenancy, " leaving the property and house without a caretaker and neglecting to keep the house in airing". Details of sub-letting of the farm and the husbandry carried out are given.  Compensation for laying a field down to pasture is also mentioned.  

PLACES: Upper Hulme, Leek, Staffordshire  
PERSONS: Brunt; Barton; Cope; Robinson; Flanagan; Jackson;  
DESCRIPTION: Copy  dissolution of the partnership between Isaac Brunt and Samuel Barton of Upper Hulme near Leek, Staffordshire, silk dyers trading as Brunt & Barton, by mutual consent 29 April 1861.  Isaac Brunt was retiring from the partnership.  All debts were to be received by Samuel Barton and his intended partner Joseph Yates who were to continue the business subsequently. A draft of Isaac Cope's affidavit is attached and this has been modified later to cover the dissolution of a partnership between Thomas Flanagan, George Jackson and Bernard Flanagan all of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturers which was witnessed by Thomas Robinson and took place on 13th June 1876.  

PLACES: Stafford, Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Hulme; Gibson; Chetwynd; Bagot; Curzon; Williamson; Sneyd; Turton; Marsh; Daniel; Hickman; Whitby; Dickinson; Glover; Webb; Gough; Wetton; Whiles; Harvey; Howl; Perry; Lane; Parker; Williams; Peace; Perkins; Dukinfield;  
DESCRIPTION: court record of the General Quarter Sessions at Stafford 15 January 1784 case of The King v William Hulme of Leek, for assault on Francis Gibson 24 December 1783. Lists jury, presentment etc. Hulme pleaded not guilty and "put himself on the country." Thomas Fernyhough was the prosecutor. The venue was set for 22 April when a jury of "12 good and lawful men of the parish of Leek" would decide the case.  

PLACES: Leek, Rushton, Staffordshire; Congleton, Macclesfield, Cheshire;  
PERSONS: Lockitt; Sutton; Dale; Harrison; Thompson; Gaunt; Hope; Daintry; Ryle; Foster; Keates; Emerson; Turnock; Goodfellow; Galley; Pearson; Higginbotham; Johnson; Mounsey; Challinor; Killmister; Heaton; Ridout; Creswell; Ferraby; Moss; Buxton;  
DESCRIPTION: Account of William Lockett of Congleton, silk throwster, the surviving assignee in the bankruptcy of John Sutton of Rushton, horse dealer and chapman against whom a Commission of Bankruptcy was issued on 17 May 1817. Also (Item 2) a memorandum of possession of the farms and house held by John Sutton. On  March 1819, John Sutton delivered  possession to the Rev. Mounsey "one of the Trustees" by Sutton digging up a clod of earth and giving it to him, then locking the door of the house and handing the key to the Trustee. There is a pencilled list of field names and the stock on Tootill Farm. Also a note of the Alley House being given to John Sutton to John Dale.  Sutton had held leases on the Toothill and Flash Croft Farms and had built the Golden Inn, Rushton, Staffordshire.

PLACES: Rushton, Leek, Staffordshire; Macclesfield, Congleton, Cheshire;  
PERSONS: Sutton; Lockitt; Trubshaw; Hall; Mellor; Bennet; Pearsel; Smith; Dreaning; Dale; Davenport; Whilden; Bradley; Barnet; Barker; Rowley; Baley; Michel; Bidelph; Rushton; Pool; Goodwin; Spilsbury; Gibson; Lucas; Goodfellow; Shufflebotham; Nixon; Allen; Muchel; Gent; Corbishley; Clulow; Thornley; Ratcliffe; Bucher; Brocklehurst; Tatton; Padley; Weston; Waller; Mounsey; Armett; Perkin; Potter; Wadsworth;Owen; Heap; Madder; Bourns; Carr; Gardener; Salt; Falkner;  
DESCRIPTION: Lists of the accounts of John Sutton of Rushton, Staffordshire, horse dealer and chapman exhibited to Whyte and Sinckler Porter under the Commission of Bankruptcy issued against Sutton. Document is dated 26 July 1817. There are also notes from Sutton detailing the difficulties he had experience including costs incurred because of his sick family for "doctors, sick…, funerals and all other attendances and expenses". It gives the names, locations and occupations of creditors, expenditure on building the Golden Lion, stock their cost and value.    

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire; Macclesfield, Cheshire;  
PERSONS: Jackson; Challinor; Bayley; Gaskell;  
DESCRIPTION: Letter dated 5 June 1798 from Nathan Jackson of Macclesfield and delivered by hand by Mr Cutting to William Challinor at Leek.  It concerns Joshua Bayley's urgent need for money and mentions "Gaskell's have done nothing since you wrote- for God's sake don't omit writing to Night!"  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire; Macclesfield, Cheshire;  
PERSONS: Cruso; Thomas; Barlow; Beach;  
DESCRIPTION: Letter dated 26 January 1838 from J. L. Thomas at Macclesfield, to John Cruso, solicitor, at Leek. States he would not offer any obstacle to the arrangement of Mr John Barlow's affairs. He also points out that only a small portion of the money for which he appears as a creditor belonged to him the remainder belonged to Mr Evan Beach of Macclesfield who would have to make his own arrangement.  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire; Macclesfield, Cheshire; Manchester;  
PERSONS: Cruso; Grimsditch; Norton; Pickford;  
DESCRIPTION: Letter dated 19 October 1847 from Thomas Grimsditch of Macclesfield to Frank Cruso, solicitor of Leek. Acknowledges receipt of a conveyance from and executed by Mr Cruso. Requests an account of costs and states that he has an appointment for completion in Manchester for which he needed to know the amount. A note on the cover states " Norton Trustees to Pickford".  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire, Macclesfield, Cheshire;  
PERSONS: Hindley; Curwen; Challinor; Badnall; Moss; Richardson; Johnson; Ainsworth; Gee; Daintry; Brocklehurst; Bagshaw; Ridgway; Wood; Pidock;  
DESCRIPTION: Letter dated 22 January 1854 from D.B.Curwen of Macclesfield to Challinor, Badnall & Challinor, solicitors, Leek, re Joseph Hindley. Mentions Hindley's 6 houses in Buxton Road occupied by Elizabeth Moss, James Beech, one unknown tenant, Mary Ann Richardson and John Johnson at rents of from 1/7 to 2/6 per week.  Gives some details of Hindley's family obtained from a Mr Ainsworth and stated that they would contact a James Gee of Mill Lane, Sutton to make further enquiries. A second client -Mr G.Daintry is also mentioned in connection with the disposal of his Winckle Estates. Mr Brocklehurst was a potential purchaser.  There are various pencilled notes on the cover.  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire; Dayles Ford, Orange Free State; Grahams Town, Cape Province, South Africa;  
PERSONS: Goldstraw; Scheepers; Wright; Challinor; verity; Goostry; Tunbridge;  
DESCRIPTION: Four items relating to the estates of Elizabeth Goldstraw of Leek and in particular to the children of James Goldstraw/Goostry who died in Grahams Town, Cape Province on 10 June 1870. Jacobus Johhanes Scheepers who was said to be "a respectable  frontier Dutch farmer", had married James Goldstraw's only daughter.  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Wardle; Fernyhough;  
DESCRIPTION: Memorandum  of Items proposed for a seven year partnership between Bernard Wardle of Leek and Thomas Wardle the younger of Leek, Calico Printers at the Hencroft Works Signed and dated 30 December 1897. All changes initialled.  

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Wardle; Robinson;  
DESCRIPTION: Two letters from Arthur H. Wardle of the Sir Thomas & Arthur H. Wardle, Churnet Works, Leek to Mr Robinson, Leek, concerning Sir Thomas Wardle's death or retirement from the firm. (1) 25 July 1905 letter accompanying a copy of the partnership deed.  (2) August 1905, Part of a letter examining and commenting on various clauses (6 to 20) in a draft? partnership document. Clause 17 was the one which concerned him most. He wanted to ensure that when Sir Thomas died or retired from the firm, the whole business would come to him -minus Sir Thomas Wardle's capital.  Arthur wanted the clause to make provision for a payment by Sir Thomas to his (Arthur's) wife if he died first "as I am doing all the work and have no other sources of income which Sir T. has"".  With regard to clause 18, Arthur objected to showing his books to the family "especially my sister's husband". Clause 20 mentions Rock Villa and Arthur thought it very unlikely "to be of any use without a road to it."  

PLACES: Macclesfield, Bollington, Hurdsfield, Cheshire; Manchester;  
PERSONS: Endon; Heywood; Nicholson; Neild; Boulton; Thornley;  Downes; Jackson; Stafford; Gilbert; Stonehewer; Green; Wood; Hollinshead; Woodall; Hall;  
DESCRIPTION: Further mortgage of copyhold lands, dated 1734, by Adam Endon of Macclesfield, merchant, to Thomas Heywood of Macclesfield, chapman, for £600. The parties to the document were (1) Adam Endon of Macclesfield, merchant, and John Endon his son and heir apparent by Mary his late wife; (2)Roger Boulton of Macclesfield, gent and Robert Thornley of the same place, chapman; (3)Thomas Endon and Benjamin Endon younger sons of Adam Endon and Francis Nicholson of Macclesfield, apothecary, and Helen his wife and James Nield of Manchester, haberdasher, and Mary his wife. (3) Thomas Heywood of Macclesfield, chapman.  Helen Nicholson and Mary Nield were sisters and daughters of Adam Endon by his late first wife Mary.  Some of the lands were said to have formerly been part of the inheritance of one John Stonehewer, others had been purchased from Thomas Gilbert and from William Green of Bollington and others. The property names were Uptons Tenement, Horsiare,  

PLACES: Leek, Stanton, Ellastone, Staffordshire; Henbury, Cheshire;  
PERSONS: Redfern; Brocklehurst; Thompson; Bott; Scarsdale; Gerard; Buxton; Titley;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft mortgage, dated 30 December 1876,  of freehold and leasehold property in Stanton near Ellastone, Staffordshire by Thomas Redfern of Daisy Bank House,  Leek, Staffordshire to Thomas Emett Brocklehurst of Henbury Park, Cheshire for £6000. The property consisted of a farm of 150 acres 1r 34p, occupied by Humphrey Thompson and Messrs J & J. Bott plus several fields. Contains a schedule of the lands.