Bednall Collection Part 2 (BC2) No.s 1 to 25   

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 BC2/  1

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire

DESCRIPTION: Three items relating to the Challinor family of Leek. Item 1: Signed acceptance of a notice of assignment of a legacy  bequeathed to Mrs. Harrietta Emilie Carruthers of Southport by Howard Haywood of Burslem, Staffordshire, to William Challinor of Leek.  9 August 1875.   Item 2: Notice of a charge of £1000 plus interest by Edward Challinor of all his interest under the will of his late father William Challinor and under his mother's marriage settlement, for the payment in equal shares to William and Joseph Challinor. Dated 16 July 1860.  Item 3: William Fowler's account with Miss J. Challinor & Co. re rents 19 January 1886.

PERSONS: Challinor; Fowler; Carruthers; Dishley; Bloor; Walmsley;

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PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire; London; 

DESCRIPTION: Draft conveyance from Captain William Richard Jones-Byrom of Gaunt House, Leek, Captain in HM  3rd Hussars to Mr Thomas Goodwin of Leek, butcher, of land adjoining Kniveden Lane, Leek, Staffordshire. Challinor & Shaw, Leek, 13th  October 1892.  Other parties to this agreement included Major General The Right Honourable Sir John Clayton Cowell of Buckingham Palace K.C.B. and Lieutenant General Jenkin Jones  of the Royal Engineers.  

PERSONS: Byrom; Cowell; Goodwin; Jones; Allen; Cruso; Gaunt;  Royle; Knowles;

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 PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;   

DESCRIPTION: Draft dissolution of partnership agreed between Samuel Milward Fynney of Roche Cottage, Leek, silk manufacturer, and Thomas Oakden of Buxton Road, Leek, silk manufacturer, 5th July 1872. Redfern & Son, Leek.  It states that a partnership agreement was drawn up between the two on 6th March 1872 to carry on as silk manufacturers for 5 years under the style or title of "Fynney & Oakden".  After executing the agreement they mutually agreed to trade as "S. M. Fynney & Co."  Fynney had decided to retire from the business on payment of £350 by Oakden.  £150 to be paid immediately the other £200 later or failing payment 5% interest on the outstanding amount.

PERSONS: Fynney; Oakden; Belfield; Redfern;

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PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;

DESCRIPTION: Two draft articles of clerkship.  (1) between Thomas Redfern  of Leek and Charles Coupland of Leek, Staffordshire, "attorney of his  Majesty's Court of Kings Bench & Common Pleas at Westminster and solicitor of the High Court of Chancery." November 1826. "Engrossed and executed on 4th November 1826 in the presence of Ralph Harrison, junior. And James Mellor servant to Mr Coupland.  Coupland, Leek.    Coupland agreed to  take Thomas Redfern as his articled clerk for a period of 5 years and to "endeavour to procure him to be admitted & sworn attorney and solicitor of the said Courts".  (2) between John Redfern and Thomas Redfern of Leek, attorney of her  Majesty's Court of Queen's Bench & Common Pleas at Westminster and solicitor of the High Court of Chancery."  dated 1st November 1851.

PERSONS: Coupland; Redfern; Harrison; Mellor;

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 PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire; 

DESCRIPTION: Draft additional mortgage  of land in Mill Street, Leek by William Stonehewer of Leek, plasterer,  to Thomas West of Leek, innkeeper.  12 July 1852. Redfern, Leek. The 20 x 10 yards of land was on the South side of that part of  turnpike road leading from Leek to Macclesfield called Hollow Lane.  It was bounded to the East by premises belonging to Joseph Holroyd and to the South and West by lands belonging to the trustees of the late Richard Gaunt.  On this land stood a house said -in January 1845- to have been erected "lately" by William Stonehewer   

PERSONS: Holroyd; Stonehewer; Gaunt; West;

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PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;

DESCRIPTION: Draft conveyance of land on St. George's Road, Leek, Staffordshire by Joseph Challinor of Leek, to Mark Sutcliffe of Leek, mechanic. 4 th May 1859, Challinor, Badnall & Challinor.  Challinor had bought the property from John Davenport in 1856 and then agreed to sell it to Sutcliffe for £87.  The 274 square yards of land was near a "certain road formerly called Barn Yates but now better known by the name of West Street" in Leek. It abutted West Street to the North, a 5ft. Wide footpath from West Street to Britannia Street to the East and a new street called St. George's Road to the West.  It had formerly been part of a field known by the name of "The Dragons Croft" formerly used as garden ground.

PERSONS: Challinor; Sutcliffe; Davenport; Redfern;

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PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;

DESCRIPTION: Draft conveyance of 3 houses in Fountain Street, Leek, Staffordshire by William  Henshaw of Leek, nailer,  to Solomon Stevenson of Ladderedge, Leek, shoemaker and Charles Stevenson of Leek, shoemaker. Challinor, Badnall & Challinor 30th September 1857.  The property consisted of  2 houses occupied by Maria Powell and William Poultney in a yard  near the Cattle Market in  Leek leading out of Fountain Street.  The houses had been built by Thomas Eyre on land that he had bought from Ralph Fallowes 16 October 1786. The third house was one adjoining occupied by James Walmsley.

PERSONS: Henshaw; Stevenson; Walmsley; Bloor; Brough; Bull; Jackson; Powell; Poultney; Badnall; Eyre; Fallowes;

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PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;

DESCRIPTION: Conveyance of two houses in Leek, Staffordshire from Samuel Clowes of Leek, silk manufacturer, to John Nixon of Ashcombe, Cheddleton, Justices Clerk. 26 March 1855. Challinor, Badnall & Challinor.  This cites an indenture of 17/18th May 1822 between (1)James Howarth; (2) John Horn; (3) Margaret Horn, widow, (4) Samuel Clowes (5) William Challinor whereby the interest in the property passed to Clowes for ever. Clowes had agreed to sell the property to Nixon for £405.  The land  was on Leek Moor and was bounded to the North by a road leading to the fountain on the East by land belonging to George Hammersley (or Richard Gaunt) on the South by George Thompson's land and to the West by land formerly belonging to John Horn. Also  two houses built on the plot by John Horn and formerly occupied by Samuel Clowes and Hannah Hulme but " by Robert & Joseph Crombie". 

PERSONS: Nixon; Clowes; Horn; Badnall; Challinor; Hulme; Thompson; Hammersley; Challinor; Howarth; Crombie; Gaunt;

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 PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;

DESCRIPTION: Draft conveyance of land on the North side of Queen Street, Leek, Staffordshire by Messrs James Brough of Leek, silk manufacturer and William Barlow Nixon of Leek, joiner & builder, devisees in trust for sale under the will of Joseph Holroyd (died 6 November 1857) deceased to James Nixon of Leek joiner & builder. 24th June 1858. Challinor Badnall & Challinor. The 510 square yard plot had been part of the western of two closes called the Dragon's Fields.  It was bounded on the North by the houses of David Gee and Hannah Garner alias Wardle,  on the East by premises of James Johnson and on the West by premises belonging to trustees of the late Benjamin Slack

PERSONS: Smith; Sleigh; Holroyd; Gaunt; Davenport; Slack; Johnson; Brough; Nixon; Garner; Wardle; Gee;

BC2/ 10

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;

DESCRIPTION: Draft conveyance of building land on the West side of Market Street, Leek, Staffordshire by James Bloore, attorney, Mountford Fynney & James Ridout, silk manufacturers, all of Leek, to Miss Frances Gaunt of Leek, spinster.  13 November 1855.  Challinor, Badnall & Challinor.  Miss Gaunt paid £87 for a 26 feet wide, 151 square yard plot of land fronting the west side of Market Street, Leek.  It had formerly belonged to John Lockett and lately occupied by Enoch Cooper and others and recently set out by Bloore Fynney & Ridout for building purposes  

 PERSONS: Jackson; Needham; Lockett; Brunt; Fynney; Ridout; Bloore; Gaunt; Badnall; Rogers;  Turner; Dearn; Challinor; Brealey;

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PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;

DESCRIPTION: Copy affidavit of Mr Arthur Black of 36 Theobalds Road, Grays Inn in the case of William Arthur and others versus Miss Catherine Gaunt, deceased, and others in the High Court re the estate of the late Miss Ellen Gaunt. Filed 20 January 1880.  Also in the matter of the estate of Sarah Henrietta Jones Byrom, deceased between William Richard Colin Jones Byrom an infant by Jenkin Jones his next friend and Helen Watkins and others and in the matter of the estate of Catherine Gaunt, deceased between William Richard Colin Jones Byrom an infant by Jenkin Jones his next friend and William Arthur and others. And in the matter of William Richard Colin Jones Byrom an infant under the age of 21 years.

PERSONS: Gaunt; Byrom; Jones; Black; Arthur; Redfern; Watkins; Cowell;

BC2/ 12

PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire; London;

DESCRIPTION: Misc. documents relating to the affairs of C. G. Hambleton 1907.  Item 1: Statement of affairs 24 July 1907.  Item 2: Unsigned assent  to assignment in favour of the creditor of C. G. Hambleton authorising J. B. Gates the Trustee and George Murdock of the Committee of Inspection to sign- August 1907.  Item 3: Copy letter concerning a meeting of the creditors of C. G. Hambleton of the 2nd ? At which a resolution was passed to take an assignment of the whole of the Debtor's property and estate.  Mr J. B. Gates was appointed Trustee with T.G. Payne, George Murdock and G.W.Hall (the three largest creditors and more the half the total indebtedness) forming a Committee of Inspection.  It was anticipated that 20/- in the £ would be realised. Item4: Letter from Hooper & Son to Challinor & Shaw, Leek. Dated 24 July 1907. It states that Hambletons Ltd was registered on the 15th inst.  It had a capital of £3000 and its registered office was High Street, Leek.  The company was formed to carry on the business of Mr C. G. Hambleton at High Street, Leek  Item 5:  Letter from Hooper & Son to Challinor & Shaw, Leek. Dated 31 July 1907. Hooper's report  they the Agreement had not yet been filed.  Item 6: Letter from Swan & Bradley, solicitors, of Leadenhall St., London to Challinor & Shaw, Leek, dated 2 August 1907. It summarises the position and states Murdock was the largest creditor and that Hall was the debtor's brother-in-law.  The arrangement was that Hambletons Ltd would try to pay the creditors in full by instalments at periods of six months.  Mentions the possibility of a Bankruptcy Petition. Item 7: Letter fro m John Richards, an electrical engineer of Burton on Trent to Challinor & Shaw, Leek dated 3  February 1908 and enclosing a letter from J.B.Gates of Southwark, London to Richards dated 29 January 1908 requiring him to make a statement of claim against the estate of C. G. Hambleton, before 1st February 1908.  Richards had been away when the letter arrived and when he replied (3rd February) Gates told him he could not benefit because he had not submitted his accounts before the due date.  Item 8: Letter from Gates to Challinor & Shaw, dated 5 February 1908, concerning Richards' claim.  It merely states the current state of affairs and says nothing of relevance to Mr Richards claim.

PERSONS: Hambledon; Murdock; Gates; Payne; Hall; Jerome; Richards; Challinor; Shaw;

BC2/ 13

PLACES: Cheadle, Nantwich, Cheshire; Chorlton, Broughton, Staffordshire; Middlesex;

DESCRIPTION: Re Stableford Inn Farm: Stableford Gd; Little Meadow; Stableford Meadow; The Big Stable Yard; Stableford Leasow; Barn Field; Calves Croft; New Meadow; Near Meadow; Lower (and Upper) Harding's Field; the White Quarry? The Way Bit;  Rough Meadow. Upper Chapel Farm: the Money Croft; Rivington's Yard; Taylor's Yard;  Near, Upper and Lower Yards; The Westage; Big Meadow;  5 day Math; Vyse's Croft; Jervis's Meadow; Mill Field; The Wiggen Pool; Gouden's Hole; Twitch Meadow; Lineys Field; Clay Field;  The Butty Yard; The Yard;  15 Ridges; Barnes's Meadow;  Honey Hole;  Madds Yard; Little Bank; Mill Bank;  Moore Croft; Middle Hill; Scotts Lower(and Upper) Meadow; Potters Leasow.                       Draft Release in Fee of estates in Chorlton, Staffordshire and the advowson of Cheadle, Cheshire, by the Revd. Henry Delves Broughton of Broughton Hall, Staffordshire to John  Haworth of Cliff Park, Staffordshire and John Jasper Garnett of Nantwich, Cheshire, banker, in trust to sell and secure a loan of £15000. Dated 1819.  Specific property mentioned includes the Stableford Inn and farm in Chorlton,  formerly occupied by Thomas Maulkin, lately by John Tansley but now by Thomas Aston at a rent of £70 a year.   Upper Chapel Farm and North's House in Chorlton both in formerly in the tenancy of William Savage but lately of Thomas Aston; The site of "that messuage, etc. in Chorlton, lately destroyed by fire" and lands all formerly part of Lower Chapel Farm formerly occupied by Jonathon Woodhead but lately by Thomas Aston; Lands in Chorlton that were once part of the Swineshead Farm formerly occupied by John North and but now also occupied by Thomas Aston. Aston paid a rent of £180 per year for all the lands he held.  Messuages, lands, etc. were in Cheadle, Cheshire were included with the advowson; 

PERSONS: Broughton; Haworth; Garnett; Clough; Langford Brooke; Aston; North; Tansley; Maulkin; Woodhead;

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 PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;

DESCRIPTION: Mr Heywood's Small Rent Accounts Book 1859-1860, Leek, Staffordshire. Contains names of those renting shades, houses, rooms, etc.

PERSONS: Heywood; Henson; Hall; Lockett; Crombie; Rogers; Duffey; Oliver; Patterson; Biddulph; Knowles;

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Leek, Staffordshire; Buxton, Derby, Derbyshire;

DESCRIPTION: Draft mortgage, dated 19 May 1837,  by John Weston of Leek, silk and button manufacturer to Mrs Margaret Roe of Leek, widow, of a former colour works on the North side of the turnpike road from Leek to Buxton that was then being used as a "Button" factory by John Weston and his partner Richard ??  Interlined in red ink is the outline of a similar document relating to a mortgage by  John Tharme of Leek, silk manufacturer, to John Cruso the younger of Leek of property described as "  All that messuage or dwelling house situate and being on the South side of Derby Street in the Town of Leek and bounded on the East  side by a dwelling house and premises belonging to the representatives of Mr John Haywood Alsop deceased in the occupation of Anthony Ward and on the West side thereof to the Roebuck Inn the property of and in the possession of Mr John Lowndes as the messuage was formerly in the possession of Mrs Ann Wardle deceased since in the occupation of Mr Wm Carr afterwards of Mr George Ridgway Killmister and now of the said John Lowndes and used by him as part of the Roebuck Inn together with the garden at the back…"

PERSONS: Weston; Challinor; Roe; Cruso; Tharme; Vigarstaff; Eyres; Brookes;Alsop; Ward; Lowndes; Wardle; Carr; Killmister;

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PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;

DESCRIPTION: Draft reconveyance of a silk shade, houses, etc.  Between (1) Thomas Smith of Knivedon, Leek, Staffordshire and John Sleigh of Leek [2] Nathan Davenport of Leek, silk manufacturer, Samuel Bower Whittles of Leek, grocer, and Isaac Hammond of Leek, yeoman executors of the will of Samuel Milward late of Leek, silk manufacturer, dated 1839.  The property is described as " All that silk shade together with 13 houses, etc." situated in London Road, Leek, lately erected by Samuel Milward of part of a close called the Furlongs purchased by Samuel Milward from John Fynney of Leek, silk manufacturer, surviving trustee of William Killmister late of Leek.  The shade had was then occupied by John Wreford, John Newall, Joseph Hambleton, James Heath, Samuel Boocock, William Mooles, Thomas Bullock, Matthew Cope, David Gratton, Nancy Plant, Ralph Woolfe, Richard Thompson, Mary Hammond.

 PERSONS: Sleigh; Milward; Smith; Hammond; Whittles; Woolfe; Davenport; Fynney; Wreford; Newall; Cope; Hambleton; Heath; Boocock; Mooles; Bullock; Cope; Gratton; Plant; Woolfe; Thompson;

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PLACES: Leekbrook, Leek, Staffordshire;

DESCRIPTION: Epitome of Articles of Association between Thomas Wardle, G. C. Wardle and H. J. Wardle re new 14 year partnership  to commence 1 January 1895 trading as Joshua Wardle & Sons.

PERSONS: Wardle;


PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;

DESCRIPTION: Letter from J. Watson of Watson & Co, silk manufacturers, Leek, Staffordshire to Thomas Shaw of Challinor & Shaw, Leek dated 8 April 1895. It concerns sale of property to Clowes & Son. Mentions proposed erection of a "5 string building" -J. G. Smith-Architect.

PERSONS: Watson; Shaw; Clowes; Smith; Robinson.


PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;

DESCRIPTION: Pencilled Memo of Agreement dated 12th November 1861 between Mr Amoson and U. D & Co. Mr Amoson agreed to have the building with steam when necessary and keep shafting oiled, to fix lights in roof, to put iron rods to windows where necessary, to complete front gate and paint in a workmanlike manner joiner work where necessary  --also to keep spare land at the side in decent order and also to line with deal the landing.

PERSONS: Amoson; Davenport?;


PLACES: Leek, Staffordshire;

DESCRIPTION: Printed circular from the Honorary Secretary of the Leek Division Liberal Association dated 19th June 1885, and written on behalf of the executive committee of the Association. It invites the recipient to meet Mr Charles Crompton, the Liberal Candidate on the platform at a public meeting to be held in the Temperance Hall on the 23rd. Meeting to open at 8.00.

PERSONS: Compton;


PLACES: Burgess Hill, Sussex; Upton Priory, Macclesfield; Kensington, Middlesex; Dorchester, Dorset; Speen, Berkshire; London; Oxford; Brackley, Northants; Buxton, Derbyshire;

DESCRIPTION: Statutory declaration by Mrs. Jessie Beck nee Broughton of Burgess Hill, Sussex, as to persons entitled under a deed of 18th May 1906 to the residue of moneys thereby settled after the death of Miss Amy Georgina Broughton. Dated 25th July 1953. The deed of 18th May 1906 specified that the trustees use the moneys in their hands firstly all the maintenance and  medical care costs for Clement Lacon Broughton a patient in the Wye House Nursing Home, Buxton.  After his decease, the residue was to be paid to Eliza and Amy Georgina Broughton until they died and then divided between all the surviving brothers and sisters and children of any deceased child of the Reverend Clement Francis Broughton.  Mrs Jessie Beck was the last surviving member of the Reverend Broughton's family. Genealogical information relating to the descendants of the Reverend Clement Francis Broughton.

PERSONS: Broughton; Beck; Dickson; Adams; Freeman;


PLACES: Lichfield, Leek, Staffordshire;

DESCRIPTION: (1) Letter dated 29th May 1886 from Arthur Robert Badnall of Lichfield to Messrs Challinor & Shaw of Leek, Staffordshire. It acknowledges the receipt of a cheque but asks for a new one that was not crossed because he was unable to get crossed cheques cashed.

(2) Receipt dated 31st May 1886 from Arthur Robert Badnall of Lichfield to Messrs Challinor & Shaw of Leek, Staffordshire. It acknowledges the receipt of a cheque for £12 : 1s : 8d "being the half year's interest on Mr. E. Jones' mortgage due 26th instant.

PERSONS: Badnall; Challinor; Shaw;


PLACES: Thorpe, Derbyshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

 DESCRIPTION: Letter dated 14th September 1900 from William Beaumont Badnall of Thorpe, Derbyshire to Joseph Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire. Concerns sale of railway shares. Badnall mentions their concern for Miss Robinson's serious illness "are thinking much of her and of Mr & Mrs Robinson to-day, when the serious operation of which you speak takes place". Although he expects to hear news from Edith Robinson, he requests a bulletin from Challinor.  Asks about Challinor's health  -" trust you have found in bed the rest you needed and are as well as ever. Did you read the life of Professor Simpson of Edinburgh'? It is well worth reading." Mrs. Deacon was staying with the Badnalls but intended leaving the next day "to visit Mr. & Mrs. Acton."

PERSONS: Badnall; Challinor; Deacon; Robinson; Acton; Sampson; Smith;


PLACES: Hopton, Wirksworth, Derbyshire;

DESCRIPTION: Schedule  of tenancy agreements relating to the Hopton Estate near Wirksworth belonging to Henry Chandos Pole Gell. 20 February 1902.

PERSONS: Gell; Steeples; Lamb; Rowland; Took; Grix; Buxton; Calderbank; Bown; Mellor; Repton; Ford; Heathcote; Cook; Wheatcroft; Charlton; Hadfield; Malkin; Shaw; Dakin; Hollins; Hawley; Seals; Renis; Hidderley;


PLACES: Leek, Wolstanton, Staffordshire; London;

DESCRIPTION: Bundle of letters and other papers (approx 38 items) re the J. A. Worthington silk firm in Leek and changes to the Worthington family trust following the death of one of the family.  Most dated 1897.   

PERSONS: Worthington; Pearson; Wardle; Adams; Goodman; Bagley;