Bednall Collection Pt 1: No.s 1426 to 1450

The Bednall Archive 

Last updated 04/05/2004


REFERENCE: 1426  
PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Whiston; Challinor; Badnall; Birch; Bassett; Johnson;  
DESCRIPTION: Bill from Challinor, Badnall & Challinor of Leek, solicitors, to Mr Joseph Whiston for work carried out between June and November 1850.  

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: 1427  
PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Pratt; Brentnall; Hallowes; Brunt; Etches; Baker; Cope; Fernyhough;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft mortgage by Mrs Ann Pratt and Mr George Etches to Mrs Sarah Brentnall of property on  Leek, Staffordshire to secure £250 and interest. Cruso, Leek, dated 4th May 1833. Pratt and Etches were in debt to Mrs Brentnall due to a promissory note for £100 they had issued and wanted to raise a further £150 and had asked Mrs Brentnall to lend it to them.  The property consisted of  a house on the South side of the church yard formerly occupied by Mrs Ann Pratt and now by Mrs Sarah Brentnall with its adjoining garden and also a adjoining house adjoining on the South of the first house or to some buildings belonging to it, formerly in the possession of Thomas Baker deceased, since of Samuel Cope and now of… Fernyhough.  It also included a croft that was a part of land divided off from the Church Croft "lying near the Church of Leek and formerly in the possession of George Pratt deceased, then of Ann Pratt and now of ?." The croft measured 1 acre 0rod 32 perch.  There was also a house that had been erected on the South East corner of the Church Croft and had formerly been two houses. Previously it had been in the possession of George Hallowes and John Brunt but was then in the possession of Mrs Ann Pratt. Adjoining and belonging to this house was a garden.  Another piece of land, of about 500 square yards, that had for sometime been used as a garden was bounded on the South by a barn and garden belonging to Mr Thomas Griffin, on the West by a yard or garden belonging to Mr Daniel Colquhoun and on the North by a lane leading towards the church and on the East by a lane into the first lane all of which piece or garden had been in the tenure of Thomas Washington and afterwards of Mary Washington followed by George Pratt and at the time the document was drafted -by Mrs Ann Pratt. The interest rate for the loan was set at 5 percent per annum without deductions.  

REFERENCE: 1428  
PLACES: Lane End, Leek, Warslow, Alstonfield, Staffordshire; Manchester; Winster, Derbyshire; Macclesfield, Cheshire;  
PERSONS: Johnson; Heathcote; Sneyd; Prime; Hobson; Parrott;  
DESCRIPTION: Settlement examination of Joseph Johnson of Lane End, Stoke on Trent before Thomas Henry Heathcote and John Sneyd, Clerks and JPs for Staffordshire on 28th November 1832. Johnson who was aged 55 was born at Warslow and was the son of William Johnson whose settlement was at Warslow. When he was about 15, he left his father and went to live with David Prime a horse dealer at Birchover near Warslow, as a hired servant for 51 weeks. He remained  "four hirings" always removing after 51 weeks to Stanton parish, remaining there 4 or 5 nights. He always took his clothes with him and his master had no control over him while he was away.  He always had a fresh hiring and an advance of wages and 51 weeks was mentioned at every hiring.  Then he went to live in Manchester where he stayed about five years before going to Winster where he rented a house for £7 a year, had a cow or horse and remained there about a year and a half.  He then went to New Mills near Dishley but didn't do anything there to gain a settlement. He subsequently went to live in Macclesfield and took a Public House -the sign of the Kings Arms from a man called Hobson who belonged to the Horse & Jockey. The yearly rent was £30 and he remained for a year and paid a years rent. Since then he had rented nothing to gain a settlement and was  removed by order from Longnor to Macclesfield about 25 years ago. He remained in the workhouse at Macclesfield one night, his wife and family remained there about two months and had not done anything since to gain settlement. Johnson had a wife Elizabeth  and a daughter named Mary who were then living in Warslow  "separate and apart from me whose settlement is the same as my own at Macclesfield"..  On one page a list of names has been written that includes Mr Bromley Land Surveyor Derby and Mrs Bagnall  Warslow. A second document dated 1st December 1832 is from   Thomas Parrott a Macclesfield attorney, writing on behalf of the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of Macclesfield to the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of Warslow, stating that they would be appealing against an order made by T.H.Heathcote and John Sneyd concerning the removal of Elizabeth Johnson, wife of Joseph and Mary there daughter from Warslow to Macclesfield.  

REFERENCE: 1429  
PLACES: Leek, Preston; Endon; Cobridge, Brockton, Stafford, Staffordshire; Dublin, Ireland;  
PERSONS: Endon; Godwin; Sutton; Griffin; Hand; Keen; Collins; Young; Plant; Clowes;  
DESCRIPTION: Abstract of title to an estate called Burnt Oak Hollins, Leek, Staffordshire dated 1840. Keen & Hand, Stafford. This cites a deed dated May 1810 drawn up between (1) Francis Sutton of Endon, farmer and Elizabeth his wife, Thomas Sutton of Leek, silk merchant, and Hannah his wife, Endon Godwin of Georges Key, Dublin, potter and surviving son and heir of Thomas Godwin of Cobridge, potter, Benjamin Godwin of Cobridge, potter and (2) Francis Sutton and Thomas Griffin of Brockton, Staffs and his wife Sarah, (3) the said Thomas Griffin and John Collins of Stafford, gent. Amongst other things it states that Hannah, wife of John Wardle, had issue of one son who “long since died” and two daughters -Hannah the wife of Barnett Young and Mercia wife of John Plant. By 1810 Hannah Young and James Clowes? were dead. Mercia was still alive and had a life interest in the Burnt Oak Hollins Estate.  James Clowes died intestate leaving his four children -Elizabeth the then wife of Francis Sutton, Ann afterwards wife of Benjamin Godwin, Sarah then wife of Thomas Griffin but then of Thomas Godwin of Preston, Staffs. Farmer, and Jane afterwards wife of John Hand- as his coheirs “to whom the entire lands belonged in coparceny”.  Ann Godwin died leaving a daughter who died unmarried under the age of 21 and her share of the estate went to her sisters.  Thomas Godwin had died leaving two sons -Thomas and Endon- but Thomas died an infant and unmarried. John Hand died before his wife Jane and Jane had since died.  Thomas Griffin had agreed to purchase the shares of Francis and Elizabeth Sutton and Thomas and Hannah Sutton for £650. The farm Burnt Oak Hollins was then occupied by Robert Nixon. In his will dated 14 February 1813, Thomas Griffin of Brockton left property to William Hand of Park Lane, Endon, farmer and to John Collins of Stafford, in trust for Sarah his wife for life and then for his son George. Sarah Griffin’s will dated 20 May 1831 shows that she left her personal estate to her sons George and William and her daughters Sarah and Jane. She bequeathed her real estate to her son George and to John Griffin of Stafford, mercer, on trust etc.  

REFERENCE: 1430  
PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Stonehewer; Killmister; Clowes; Hockenhull; Johnson; Howes; Mollatt;  
DESCRIPTION: Schedule of deeds, etc. relating to four houses on Mill Street, Leek, Staffordshire in mortgage to Thomas Johnson of Leek, druggist, to secure £500. Challinor, Badnall & Challinor July 1853. Documents range in date from December 1817 to 1853.  

REFERENCE: 1431  
PLACES: London; Leek, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Badnall; Phillips; Bowers; Challinor; Tyrell; Hand;  
DESCRIPTION: Bundle of 14 letters re the case of Phillips versus Hand 1873 to 1876.  

REFERENCE: 1432  
PLACES: Dover, Kent; Leek, Staffordshire; London;  
PERSONS: Badnall; Wilson Stephenson; Fitzgerald; Challinor;  
DESCRIPTION
: Bundle of 25 letters dealing with the marriage settlement of Florence M. Wilson (nee Badnall) of Bagenholt, Castle Avenue, Dover January 1904 to September 1904. Some genealogical information concerning the Badnalls, Wilsons and their cousins the Stephensons. One  list of funds making up the marriage settlement made 1 August 1884 on the marriage of Mr & Mrs Maurice Fitzgerald Wilson is included under this.  

REFERENCE: 1433  
PLACES: London; Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Badnall; Challinor; Bowen;  
DESCRIPTION: Three letters from William Beaumont Badnall of Lincolns In to Wm. Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire re the Phillips versus Hand Case 1874 to 1883. Concern monies payable to his mother and his aunt.  

REFERENCE: 1434  
PLACES: Leek, Horton, Longnor, Staffordshire; Macclesfield, Cheshire;  
PERSONS: Gaunt; Fowler; Brentnall; Rogers; Billinge; Johnstone; Morley; Alsop; Pointon;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft statutory declaration by John Gaunt of Leek, Staffordshire re the accounts of John Fowler of Leek, banker concerning debts owing from John Fowler when he died. These included £150 to William Pointon of Horton near Leek, £200 to Ralph Johnstone of Foridge near Longnor and Solomon Billinge of…grove. £400 to James Rogers of Horton, £137-10s to Mrs Sarah Brentnall of Leek. £30 to Mrs Elizabeth Rawson of Stafford. Document cites dates when debts were paid off by Fowler's widow Sarah. One sum still outstanding was a mortgage of £5000 on property in Macclesfield originally mortgaged for £10000 to the trustees of the late John Alsop. The money was in fact owed by Josiah Gaunt.  

REFERENCE: 1435  
PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire; London;  
PERSONS: Gaunt; Fowler; Towgood;  
DESCRIPTION: (1), (2) & (3) Three copies of a Notice from Henry Towgood of 33 Throgmorton Street, London, stock & share broker, to John Gaunt of Leek, Staffordshire re a demand against John and Matthew Gaunt for £2530 15s 8d. This was the balance of an account between the Gaunts and Mrs Sarah Fowler of Highfield, Leek and the executor  of Mrs Sarah Fowler. Dated October 1846.  

REFERENCE: 1436  
PLACES: Leek, Bradnop, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Cook; Challinor; Phillips; Snow; Nowell; Greenwood; Carew;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft mortgage by James Cook of Rushton Spencer, silk dyer, and his wife Mary to William Phillips of Leek, of a messuage, etc. and a silk dye house in Rushton Spencer and further charges on a farm and land on Morridge Side, Bradnop, Leek, Staffordshire. Challinor, Badnall & Co., Leek 10 October 1860. It cites an earlier document relating to  a conveyance from (1) Sarah Nowell, Thomas Greenwood and John Nowell Carew, (2) Joseph Willans Nowell and (3) James Cook by which the dyehouse etc. was conveyed to Cook. The new mortgage was to cover £500 that Phillips had agreed to lend to Cook. The description of the property states " ..that silk dyehouse formerly used as a silk mill with reservoir, water wheel, machinery and water privileges and other rights ..in Rushton Spencer containing altogether half an acre. The other property relates to a farm formerly held by John Cook of Bradnop, a cattle dealer whose will was proved at Lichfield on 2 March 1852. John Cook devised the farm (subject to £300 advanced previously to him by William Phillips) to his wife for life and then to his son -the said James Cook. The description states that farm with barn, stable, cowhouse and other buildings, garden and croft , at Morridge, Bradnop, Leek.  It also lists the land totalling 14 acres 1r 30p. This property had formerly been occupied by Walter Snow.  

REFERENCE: 1437  
PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire; Longsight, Lancashire;  
PERSONS: Ellis; Hammersley; Matthews; Spilsbury; Thompson; Walmsley;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft assignment by Lilley Ellis  of Leek, silk manufacturer, with the consent of Clarence Matthews of Longsight, Lancashire, surgeon, Benjamin Thompson and Benjamin Spilsbury and Philip Walmsley to  Thomas Hammersley of Leek, silk manufacturer. dated 23 August 1856. Challinor & Co., Leek. Ellis and Walmsley were partners but on 6th March 1856 they had agreed to dissolve the partnership and since that time Walmsley had been the sole occupier of the premises referred to in the assignment.  Walmsley had recently entered into partnership with Thomas Hammersley and as a result Ellis had been requested to make an assignment of his share in the premises.  

REFERENCE: 1438  
PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire; Manchester;  
PERSONS: Hammersley; Haley; Blackburn; Atkin; Leigh; Cartwright; Lovatt Gould; Wolliscroft; Mellor; Nixon; Atkinson; Lewis; Corns; Nall; Westhead; Field; Buxton; Astle; Anderton; Vernon; Batel; Mycock; Kirkland; Frost; Miller; Galloway; Johnson; Greaves; Brindley; Smith; Bedford; Milner; Spence; Dawson; Fynney; Garroway; Rayner; Matthews; Leonard; Sutton; Dentith; Mountfort; Allen; West; Baker; Barbet; Harrison; Downs; Travis; Winfield; Bull Holroyd; Hunt; Platt; Plant; Wright; Clee;  
DESCRIPTION: Four balance sheets for the Hammersley partnerships  1839 to 1853. They were prepared for the case of Joseph Haley, Lavinia Hammersley, widow, and Joseph Louis Ernest respectively Infants by Joseph Haley their next friend, plaintiffs versus Robert Hammersley and Charles Ball, William Henry Hammersley and Eli Atkin in Chancery, by H, W, & J. Blackburn of Bradford, accountants. (1) Balance sheet for the partnership's business at Leek, Staffordshire from 1st July 1839 to 18th January 1853. (2) As (1) but an amended draft account. Lists debts owing and debts due. The latter included William Goostry, William Walker. John Dassey; J & J. Brocklehurst; J. Rigby; James Goodwin; Thomas Carr & Co; William Mellor; J.Johnson; J & H Bermingham; James Trafford; Hammersley & Bentley; W. Milner; S.Smith; Walmsley & Ellis; J & J Brough; Wiston & Son;  ? Phillips; J Dela Mare; S. Barnwell; Block & Son; Amies Broadbent & Co; William Barm; W. Vickers; John Miller; A. Graham & Co; Alsop Downs & Co; A. Brunt & Co; J. Worthington & Co; Lovatt & Gould; J. Gaunt; Slater & Edwards; Jackson & Royle; Hoyle Newbury; N. Barker; J & J Thorpe; J Standing & Bros; Booth & Pike; H. Graves & Co; J. Pearsall & Co; Thomas Bridge; W. Taylor & Sons;  John Sawbridge; Samuel Salt; John Shawcross; Pollitt;  (3) Balance sheet for partnership concern in Manchester from 1840 to 18 January  1853.  (4) As for (3) but an amended account giving more detail. Many names not included above..  

REFERENCE: 1439  
PLACES: St. James, Clerkenwell, St. Andrews Holburn, London; Whittington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire; Burslem, Leek, Staffordshire; Cape Town, South Africa;  
PERSONS: May; Badnall; Cruso; Penton; Lewis; Collier; Vallenger; Bower; Mosely; Elkington; Saunders; Surr; Tenant; Hares; Rodgers; Salmon; Dines; Gordon; Challinor; Harwood; Patching; McCormack; Eulish; Arlidge; Russell;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft mortgage from Messrs Charles Bower May of Burslem, miner, Joshua Bulkley May of Burslem, miner, to John Cruso of Leek, Staffordshire and the Reverend Hopkins Badnall of Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, clerk, of land in the Parish of St. James, Clerkenwell to secure a loan of £800, dated 1850.  The land was part of a field called  the Layers and fronted on the East a footway leading from the new road to the White Conduit House and towards the West to land leased to Frances De Vallengin. On the North it abutted a house leased to Thomas Collier and on the South an intended new street 60ft wide. Later the property is described as numbers 20 and 21 Penton Street and number 27 John street. The residue of the 99 lease was held by the two Mays. It mentions amongst other things Joshua Dale Bower of John street, Pentonville, haberdasher, whose will dated 18 March 1830 devised to Ann May the wife of Charles May of Whittington, Derbyshire the three leasehold houses previously mentioned. Bower also bequeathed his freehold property in Hatton Garden (numbers 73 and 74)  and in Great Bath Street and Cold Bath Square -part of which abutted the "Ben Johnson" public house- (after the death of his nephew Joshua Dale Bower) to the said Charles Hughes May and his wife Ann for life and after their death to their children.  The rest of his estates was also bequeathed to the children of C.H. and Ann May. Bower's executors were Richard Roundell Harwood of Chesterfield and Charles Dines of Frederick Place, Vauxhall.   C.H. and Ann May had nine children i.e. Charles Bower May; Catherine; May; Matilda May now wife of William Gordon; Joshua Bulkley May; Maria May; Sarah May now wife of Edward Challinor; John May, George May and Philip May. (2) Printed information sheet re searches of the Registers Office for Middlesex.  

REFERENCE: 1440  
PLACES: Sneyd, Burslem, Leek, Staffordshire; Pentonville, London;  
PERSONS: May; Badnall; Shaw; Hammersley; Brough; Heaton; Ward; Lane;  
DESCRIPTION: (1) Notice to John Cruso of Leek and the Reverend Hopkins Badnall of a second mortgage by Charles Bower May and Joshua Bulkeley May of Sneyd, Burslem, Staffordshire, coal masters to the trustees of the Leek & Moorlands Permanent Benefit Building Society of their 3/9th shares of three houses in Pentonville, London and in Hattan Garden, Bath Street and Cold Bath Square, London dated 20 March 1858.  The notice was served on 20 March 1858 and accepted by William Beaumont Badnall of Leek on behalf of both John Cruso and the Revd Hopkins Badnall. (2) Letter from William Lane of London to Challinor & Co, Leek dated 23 September 1864. It concerns the sale of May's London property and in particular Lot 3 -not  much information in it. (3) Draft of future arrangements with regard to Messrs May & Co. and matters to be agreed "if loan is to be made",      queries on the accounts provided.  Concerns outstanding bills, good debts owing to the firm, intended use of money, stock of ironstone on property, value of plant and fixtures, amounts that partners are to receive from the works. (4) Notes re balances gives -balance to credit of Messrs May; owing to Lord Macclesfield; stock of ironstone in tons; in January and July 1858 and in June 1861. (5) Balance sheet for Messrs May & Co. June 1861Cr. Principal Account as per statement 17289 -17-2; Trade Debts owing to him (exclusive of doubtful and bad debts and also exclusive of Messrs Alcock's dividend) 3815 Total £21105-9-8  Balance Brought Down - £8987-4- 6.   Debtors, debts and liabilities owing by firm £12118 -5s-2.5d  Balance to Credit £8987-4-6.  

REFERENCE: 1441  
PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire; London; George, South Africa.  
PERSONS: Badnall; Cruso; Challinor; Smith; Morris;  
DESCRIPTION: Two documents relating to a power of attorney granted by the Venerable the Archdeacon Hopkins Badnall of George in the Cape of Good Hope to his brother William Beaumont Badnall of Leek, Staffordshire dated 14th October 1862.  (1)The draft power of attorney and agency mentions that Hopkins Badnall had property in England but was about to leave England to reside in the town of George in South Africa. The document was to be signed by Hopkins Badnall and witnessed by Mr Owen Smith of 28 Porchester Terrace, London and C. Morris one of Mr Smith's servants. Challinor, Badnall & Challinor, Leek. Engrossed 9 October 1862.  (2) Draft extract from the power of attorney of the Venerable Archdeacon Badnall October 1862.  

REFERENCE: 1442  
PLACES: Leek, Sandon, Hilderstone, Draycott, Wetley Rocks, Tean, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; Bullock Smithy,  Prestbury,  Cheshire;  
PERSONS: Cruso; Daintry; Hollins;
DESCRIPTION: Indenture dated 4 December 1839  between John Cruso the elder of Leek, Staffordshire, John Cruso the younger of Leek, eldest son and heir apparent of John Cruso the elder and the Trustees appointed under an Act of Parliament of 5th George 4th for repairing and maintaining the road from Sandon in Staffordshire to Bullock Smithy in Cheshire and from Hilderstone to Draycott in the Moors and from Wetley Rocks to Tean, Staffordshire.  Michael Daintry of Byrons, Prestbury, Cheshire, silk merchant, devised, in his will dated 3 April 1810, a house and land in Spout Street, Leek where John Cruso the elder used to live but John Cruso the younger then (1810) did, to his son in law Samuel Hollins then of Shelton, Stoke on Trent, earthenware manufacturer but who had since died, and the surviving trustee appointed under the settlement (26 December 1786) made on the marriage of Daintry's daughter Catherine to John Cruso the elder.  Under the settlement made between (1) Michael Daintry then of Leek, merchant and Catherine his third daughter and wife of John Cruso the elder (2) John Cruso the elder, (3) John Ryle of Macclesfield, merchant and Samuel Hollins of Hanley, Stoke on Trent, potter the property was granted to Hollins and to Ryle as trustees for the use of Cruso the elder's wife to be Catherine Daintry for life, then to Cruso for life then to the children of the marriage. Under a power granted them in their marriage settlement John Cruso the elder and his wife Catherine granted the property to their son John and his heirs forever following their deaths. Catherine died on 31 July 1831.  The land with which the document is chiefly concerned adjoined the westerly side of the turnpike from Leek to Sandon near Cornhill Cross, Leek.   The land was required to enable the turnpike to divert, alter and improve the existing road. They had contracted with the Cruso family to do so for £556. Daintry had originally purchased the crofts from Isaac Wilkinson. The land was occupied by James Critchlow, victualler, and  

REFERENCE: 1443  
PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Challinor; Shaw; Cruso; Plant; Brough; Hammersley; Davenport;  
DESCRIPTION: Two documents and a plan. (1) draft abstract (dated 19 September 1901) of the grant of easement by John Cruso of Leek, Staffordshire to the Leek Improvement Commissioners, to lay down sewers, dated 3 July 1861. The Commissioners wished to carry sewage water from the North or No. 2 Drainage District of Leek through land belonging to John Cruso and Cruso had agreed for a consideration of £145. The sewer was to pas through the Big Meadow and the House Bank. The sewer was to overflow into the Ball Haye Brook. Cruso was given the right of conducting sewage from any part of his property  on the North side of Stockwell Street and the Market Place into the system. (2) Copy of the opinion of counsel Mr Alex Macmorran K.C. on the Ball Haye Brook, Leek dated 30 November 1903. Re pollution caused by overflow from the Osborne Street sewer and the Weston street sewer. (3) Plan of the run of the sewer at a scale of 88ft to one inch. 

REFERENCE: 1444  
PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Fowler; Gaunt; Watt; Flint;  
DESCRIPTION: Copy agreement between Mrs Sarah Fowler of Highfield Hall, Leek, widow, and Fitzjames Watts husband of Phoebe nee Fowler-Mrs Fowler's daughter. Date 26 March 1838. Phoebe had married without her mother's permission (or at least against her wishes) and her mother by this agreement made her an allowance of £300 a year for life provided that neither of the couple made any other claims on her or asked her for any further allowance under the will of the late John Fowler. If they broke the agreement, the payments were to stop. The witnesses were Charles Flint and Matthew Gaunt.  

REFERENCE: 1445  
PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Bott; Worthington; Brough; Challinor; Badnall; Ward;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft schedule of documents, dated 12 April 1858,  relating to ten houses and land in the Square, Mill Street, Leek, Staffordshire belonging to Ralph Bott and mortgaged to Messrs Worthington, Brough, Ward and Challinor to secure a loan of £200 and interest. Challinor Badnall & Challinor, Leek. Prior to 1828 the property had belonged to Richard Badnall of Highfield, Leek. Bott bought the property from the Bank of England on Badnall's bankruptcy.  

REFERENCE: 1446  
PLACES: Bradnop, Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Badnall; Cruso; House; Coupland; Gould; Wooliscroft; Bolton; Fulcon; Jennings;  
DESCRIPTION: Draft warrant for the recovery of in Bradnop dated 16 June 1825, Cruso & Son, Leek. The warrant was directed initially to William Gould and William Wooliscroft but these two names were crossed out and Charles Jennings substituted. It directed the recipient to hand over to Richard Badnall one messuage, 2 gardens, 50 acres of land, 50 acres of meadow, 40 acres of pasture, 12 acres of furze and heath and common of pasture for all cattle, common of turbary in the Township of Bradnop etc. Jennings "vouched to warrant" Gould and Woliscroft but put in their stead Thomas Whalley Bolton and Robert Fulcon as their attorneys against Richard Badnall "to gain or loose in a plea of land.." On the side the names of John Cruso the elder, John Cruso the younger, Lawrence Hand and Charles Coupland, Commissioners are listed and crossed out. The Commissioners named to receive the attorneys of Gould and Woliscroft were William Laurence House of Leek  and John Cruso the elder of Leek.  

REFERENCE: 1447  
PLACES: Wolstanton, Stoke on Trent, Burslem, Tunstall, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Adams; Challinor;
DESCRIPTION: Acknowledgement, dated 19 June 1891, by Charles Challinor  of Basford Hall, Stoke on Trent,  to William Adams of the Oaks, Wolstanton, Staffordshire, of the payment and transfer of trust funds settled by an indenture dated 20 August 1868 on the post nuptial settlement of Mr Charles & Mrs Lettice  Challinor. The funds were part in shares, part in cash from the sale of property in Tunstall and Burslem, and part in a mortgage on Thomas Adams' Newfield estate at Tunstall.  

REFERENCE: 1448  
PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire; Nottingham;  
PERSONS: Lucas; Key; Stanford;  
DESCRIPTION: Affidavit of debt, dated  12 December 1781, sworn by William Stanford of Nottingham, silk merchant against William Key and James Lucas of Leek, Staffordshire, button merchants, dealers, chapmen and co-partners who were bankrupt. Key & Lucas owed William Stanford and his partners John Taylor and William Elliot Stanford, both of Nottingham, silk merchants, £19 : 13s : 0d for goods sold and delivered to them.  

REFERENCE: 1449  
PLACES: Snelston, Derbyshire; Uttoxeter, Leek, Staffordshire;  
PERSONS: Broughton; Kynnersley; Hand;  
DESCRIPTION: Copy probate of the will of the Reverend Clement Francis Broughton of Snelston, Derbyshire. Hand, Uttoxeter. Challinor & Co, Leek. The will was dated 12 August 1879. Broughton died on 16 August 1879 and the will was proved on 24 September 1879. The executors appointed by Broughton were his nephew Francis Bryan Hand of Uttoxeter, solicitor, and Thomas Clement Sneyd Kynnersley of Moor Green, Worcestershire. He owned the perpetual curacy of Snelston. The will was witnessed by William Froggatt and Henry Allan. Broughton's personal estate was valued at under£7000 for probate purposes.

REFERENCE: 1450  
PLACES: Whitehaven, Cumbria; London; New Zealand; France;  
PERSONS: Eccles; De Gara; Sekers; Friedlander; Hamilton; Nevill; Spira; Sutcliffe; Wyllie; Moore; Ross; Threlfell;  
DESCRIPTION: West Cumberland Silk Mills Limited, Directors report and statement of accounts 31st March 1966. The silk mills were at Hensingham, Whitehaven, Cumbria and the registered office and showrooms were at 190 Sloane street, London SW1. The document gave notice of the 27th annual general meeting to be held on 5th September 1966. Prior to 1st April 1965 they had had an Australian subsidiary - Sekers Silk Pty Ltd. Their subsidiary companies in England were Seker Mills Ltd, Seker Fabrics Ltd, Associated Haute Couture Fabrics Ltd; in France Sekers S.A.R.L and in New Zealand- Sekers Furnishings (NZ) Ltd. The company were in profit and the directors recommended a final dividend of 12 percent making a total of 20 percent for the year. Sekers Fabrics Ltd carried out the manufacturing processes at Whitehaven. The group manufactured and sold dress, furnishing and upholstery fabrics. There are 5 items altogether including voting forms.