The Bednall Archive
Last updated 29/07/2007
Cheshire; Buxton, Derbyshire; Leek, Newcastle under Lyme,
bond, in £500, by John Stupart of Hanley, Staffordshire, manager of the
Hanley branch of the Manchester and Liverpool District Banking
Company, Thomas Finnistone of Newcastle, Staffordshire, and George Baker
of Burslem, Staffs., wine merchant, to Francis Cruso of Leek,
Staffordshire, Clerk to the trustees of the Road from Newcastle
under Lyme to Buxton , for the due and faithful execution of the office of
Treasurer to the Trustees of the Buxton Road, 1847.
Cruso; Finnistone; Stupart;
documents (1892 to 1911) relating to the involvement of the Trustees of
the Leek Town Lands in improvements to the town of Leek, Staffordshire.
 Two receipts and a letter (dated 24 June 1892) concerning money paid out in connection with the making of Picton Street and Cruso Street, Leek, Staffordshire.
 Copy of resolution of the Leek Paving & Sewering Committee regarding the purchase of 2 houses on Compton, Leek and the Town Lands Trust. 9 August 1895. This was in connection with the widening of Compton at its junction with Brook Street.
 Receipt, dated 19 June 1880 for £170 received by Joseph Challinor of Leek, from the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands for the purchase of land near Town Lands property at the bottom of Canal Street, Leek.
 Mrs Selina Godwin's statement for rents received from Compton Cottages, Leek, Staffordshire -1896.
 Challinor & Shaw's bill to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands for making a copy of an agreement between the Trustees and Arthur Nicholson relating to his property at the bottom of Mill Street, Leek, Staffordshire. 8 June 1899.
 Challinor & Shaw's bill to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands for work carried out between September 1899 and June 1900 in connection with the leasing of land by the Gas Works to Mr Davenport and the scheme to widen Bell Vue Road, Leek.
 Three items relating to the sale, by the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, of the Mill Street property to George Hammersley, in June 1907. (a) Charity Commissioners' letter, dated 6 January 1908, authorising payment of Challinor's bill by the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands. (b) Challinor & Co, solicitors, bill for their professional charges. This was submitted to the Charity Commissioners on 25 December 1907 and paid on 6 January 1908. (c) Thos Brealey & Son's of Leek, land agents and surveyor, bill to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, dated 6 January 1908.
 Trustees of Leek Town Lands, statement received from the Town Surveyors showing the cost of improvements adjoining the urinal in the Cattle Market, Leek, Staffordshire -"the Trustees paying £120 therefore". Dated 6th March 1911.
Bayliss; Beacham; Brealey; Carding; Challinor; Cruso; Davenport; grace; Jones;
Macfarlane; Mellor; Myatt; Nicholson; Robinson; Smith; Wemys;
items relating to the Leek Town Lands, Leek, Staffordshire.
 Conditions for the sale by auction at the Red Lion Inn, Leek, Staffordshire, on 16 March 1803, of 197 Oaks, 3 "Cyphers", 2 Ashes and 1 Alder, growing on a farm in Rushton Spencer, Leek, Staffordshire, occupied by Thomas Lockett.
 Notice, dated 18 January 1833, by order of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, of a meeting of freeholders at the Red Lion Inn, Leek, Staffordshire on 1 February 1833.
 Agreement between William Birchenough of Leek, Staffordshire, twister, and Messrs Sleigh & Cruso, trustees of the Leek Town Lands, by which Birchenough agreed to pay reasonable rent for 3 house, 3 gardens and a croft, at Nab Hill, Leek, formerly occupied by Esther Birchenough, dated 27 January 1836. Birchenough made his mark.
 Copy letter, dated 27 October 1842, from George Keates (on behalf of Mr Cruso) to Richard and Matthew Gaunt re a request from Mr Sleigh as Trustee of the Leek Town Lands, for the payment of £1 for 10 years rent for a cottage and garden in Belle Vue, Leek, Staffordshire -lately occupied by Joseph Shufflebottom.
 Draft advertisement for the letting of land on Leek Moor and Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire by auction at the Red Lion Inn, Leek, on 9 February 1843.
 Notice of a meeting at Leek Town Hall on 24 June 1845, for the purpose of examining and settling the treasurer's account of the receipt of rents and profit of the Leek Town Lands and disbursements made from these.
 Bill issued by Edward Clee of Leek, Staffordshire to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands for work done (painting and decorating] on the fire-engine house and on the town hall, Leek, between June and December 1850. Attached is a stamped receipt for payment of the bill signed by Clee.
 "Birchenough and Leek Town Lands" notes relating to item  above. The document, which is headed ! 3 houses at Nab Hill" states that: "William Birchenough is the only child now living of Ralph Birchenough late of Leek, twister, who died about 8 years ago who was the only son of John Birchenough late of Nab Hill, a Milman for Mr S. Phillips who died 20 years ago leaving Esther Birchenough his second wife him surviving. Ralph Birchenough was his child y his first wife." " The three houses were built by Margaret Pegg who later married John Birchenough."
This document also states "Samuel Bullock has lived at one of the houses about….." " Thomas Pickering has lived there about 12 years his brother Joseph gave him the possession". Undated but probably as  above -1836.
Birchenough; Booth; Clee; Cruso; Gaunt; Gorman; Jones; Keates;
Lockett; Pointon; Ratcliffe;
Town Lands: Miscellaneous bills and receipts.
 Receipts relating to the organ in the Parish Church of St. Edwards, Leek, Staffordshire. (a) receipts by George Young for money received from the Trustee of the Leek Town Lands towards liquidating the debt of the recent repairs to the church organ 3 April 1843. Also J. G. Nall's receipt for repairing and painting Leek Town Hall, dated 3 April 1843. (b) Receipt, dated 23 August 1843, from George Young for money received from the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands for repairs to the church organ.
 Four receipts for the payment of an allowance by the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands towards the salary of the church organist 1809 -1843.
 Bills and receipts for expenditure by the Trustees of Leek Town Lands on the new market ground on London Road, Leek, Staffordshire, 1838 to 1848. (a) George Rider's bill for his salary for looking after the Market Ground, repairing ironwork, rails in sheep pens, etc, 9 April 1839. (b) George Rider's bill for stone from the Gun for the Cattle Market 19 February 1840. ( c) George Rider's bill and receipt for his salary for looking after the cattle market, 6 August 1842. (d) Edward Clee's bill to the Trustees of Leek Town Lands for painting and glazing work 3 June 1844. (e) George Rider's bill and receipt for his salary for looking after the cattle market (superintendence), putting stone and ashes in the sheep pens, repairs etc, 2 July 1844. (f) George Rider's bill and receipt for his salary for looking after the cattle market, painting and repairs, etc, (incorporates Pimlott's bill, 6 August 1842.
 Five miscellaneous bills relating to Leek Town Lands property- 1809 to 1850. (a) William Sherratt's bill Incorporating William Abbot and Thomas Birch's bill for walling on Leek Moor 18 February 1809.Thomas Birch carried the stone, William Abbot got it and built the wall. Sherratt inspected the work.. (b) Samuel Beardmore's bill for work on a well bucket at a house in Belle Vue, Leek, 24 July 1843. (c ) George Frost's bill for carpentry work at cottages in Back o' Street and a house at Nab Hill, Leek 24 June 1844. (d) George Frost's bill for work at Brooks and Moorecroft's cottages in Leek, 21 May 1845. (e) Joseph Hall's bill for "rolling the soil bank in the Westwood Heath land" and removing rubbish from the Town Hall, 4 March 1851. Joseph Hall signed with a mark.
 James Pointon's bill and receipt for putting in a 14" culvert from the highway at the bottom of West Street, Leek to the garden in front of the school in West Street, being 177 1/2 yards, repaving the street and making good the sewers in connection with the new culvert. 24 May 1845.
 Thomas Carr, junior's receipt for money received from the Trustees of Leek Town Lands towards paving Derby Street, Leek, 28 March 1843.
 William Cumberledge's bill to the Trustees of Leek Town Lands for 800 draining tiles 19 May 1845.
Barlow; Beardmore; Bould; Borrow; Brealey; Brooks; Carr; Clee; Cruso;
Cumberledge; Fisher; Frost; Gibson; Goodwin; Hall; Kirkland; Larkin;
Machin; Moorecroft; Moss; Nall; Pegg; Pimlott; Pointon; Poultney;
Ratcliffe; Rider; Sleigh; Young;
Leek Town Lands rents and disbursements 1804 and 1844.
 Rents and disbursements 1804-1805. This includes £2 towards the salary of Mr Jackson as organist; payments to John Barker and to William Lounds for making clothes for the town Beadle Thomas Pilsbury; the Beadle's pay at one shilling a week.
 Undated list of the rents of John Smith, Mrs Brookes, John Arnold and Joseph Sheldon -the rents were a shilling or one shilling and six pence a week.
 James Kirkland's rent bill for 2 years due Lady Day 1844. It also lists arrears due to John Davenport and cash lent by Brealey, the agent to the trustees of Leek Town Lands, to Kirkland to enable him to "pay Thorp".
Barker; Bentley; Birchenough; Boyer; Brealey; Brooks; Davenport; Dunnett;
Hordern; Jackson; Johnson; Kirkland; Lounds; Mills; Nixon; Peckerin;
Pilsbury; Sheldon; Smith; Thorpe; Wood;
documents relating to the Leek Town Lands.
 Notice by Robert Leason to the Trustees of Leek Town Lands of his intention to quit land and premises at Cornhill Cross, Leek, at Lady day next, dated 2 October 1804..
 Notice to quit a cottage in Belle Vue, Leek, within one week, issued by John Cruso, agent to John Sleigh, Trustee of Leek Town Lands, to John Arnold and dated 22 June 1844.
 Copy receipt from Mr Hall, agent to Mrs Mills, to John Harrison the sum of £10 for the tenant right to three small pieces of land in Back o'th' Street, Leek "now in the several occupations of John Harrison, Joseph Scragg and John Doxey" belonging to the freeholders of Leek. Dated 3 July 1822. This carries a note that the paper was produced and shown to John Cruso when he swore an affidavit in a cause before Chancery re Leek Town Lands, on 10 February 1854.
 Note of the release and discharge of John Birtles, John Davenport and Thomas Mills from any contracts they may have entered into with "me" with respect to Westwood Heath.. The signature is difficult to read but the document was witnessed by Joseph Mellor and James Morris and dated 14 April 1778.
Birtles; Bloore; Cruso; Davenport; Doxey; Hall; Harrison; Leason;
Mellor; Mills; Scragg; Sleigh;
dated 14 April 1707, stating " By indenture tripartite of that date,
Elizabeth Heath, William Wardle & Elizabeth his wife, Sarah Heath,
Deodatus Corbett & Ann his wife, & John Oldershaw covenanted with
John Daintry, clerk, that they would at a Great Court to be
held that day for the Manor of Horton surrender Taylor's Green to the said
John Daintry and suffer a common recovery thereof. Which surrender
and recovery are lacking." Document is undated but probably 18th
century. The signature has either been erased or has faded badly.
Corbett; Heath; Oldershaw; Wardle;
Manchester; Edinburgh, Scotland; Burslem, Leek, Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire; Auckland, New Zealand;
letters to members of the Challinor family of Leek, Staffordshire,
 Letter, dated 18 February 1862, from P. N. Lawrence, Master of Leek Grammar School to Mr Challinor. The writer states that " Willie has been very backward with all his lessons this last week or more and I am afraid of making his writing worse than it is (if possible) by giving him more correction of punishment. I do not wish to have resource to "ad baculum" arguments without first exhausting all other measures. Will you therefore kindly give him the quiet hint and clear direction as to his time in the evening. I fear he misses his Mamma's kind superintendence in this and as it is impossible for you to be with him his lessons suffer."
 Letter, dated Auckland, 22 June 1879, from Olivia Purchas to William Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire. Concerns family matters including the death of "dear old Uncle Edward". Writer seeks advice about investing in New Zealand where rates of interest were higher than in England. (8 sides).
 Letter, dated Auckland, 24 June 1879, from Arthur G. Purchas to William Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire. .Mainly deals with family matters. Mentions intention of sending second boy Arthur Challinor Purchas, to study medicine in England. Their eldest son was in the "Government Survey Department and had been "under canvas for the greater part of two years." Talks of old ideas of "the distance too the antipodes" and how "even delicate women seem to think nothing of it". Suggest Sarah might come out to visit them and discusses possible travel arrangements. Talks of wanting one of his sons to " go home and learn how to carry on some useful manufacture for our new country" and mentions that "there are already some promising woollen mills".
 Letter, dated Huskinson Street, 28 August 1879 from S. A. Challinor, to William Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire. It Refers to Arthur and Olivia's (Purchas) letters expressing her concern about their wishing to "disturb any of the money in England".
 Letter, dated Broadgate 8 February 1880, from Ma(r)y Lewthwaite, to her brother, William Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire, requesting certain action with regard to her money.
 Letter, dated Broadgate 12 February 1880, from Ma(r)y Lewthwaite, to her brother, William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire, Concerns family matters and "Lizzie's" illness. Mentions money for the Fenton Colliery.
 Letter, dated 18 February 1880, from Charles Challinor of Basford Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, to William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. Concerns payment of duty on uncle's estate and the urgency of the need to get started on the mine particularly the "fan drift". Mentions that he will be going "out with the hounds today at Doddington" where he expected to meet Joseph.
 Letter, dated Auckland 2 March 1880, from Olivia Purchas to her brother William Challinor of Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. Deals mainly with family affairs, moving house, the district where they live, house prices in Auckland, touring North Island lakes etc. Contains a memo from her husband Author about the purchase of their new house.
 Letter, dated 24 March 1880, from Charles Challinor of Basford Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, to William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. Principally concerned with the new organ for St. Mary's Church, Tunstall including a note on a meeting of the Wardens and Committee on 19 March 1880.
 Letter, dated 9 April 1880, from Arthur C. Purchas of 122 Wilberforce Road, Fenchurch Park, London, to his cousin William Challinor of Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. He was visiting England from New Zealand and was proposing to go to Edinburgh. Chiefly concerns money arrangements.
 Letter, dated 12 April 1880, from Arthur C. Purchas of 112 Hanover Street, Edinburgh to his cousin William Challinor of Pickwood, Leek. Chiefly concerns money arrangements.
 Letter, dated 16 April 1880, from Charles Challinor of Basford Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, to William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. Concerns the Purchas's need for the whole of their legacy. Mentions the danger of unlimited bank shares.. Some family news.
 Letter, dated 21 May 1880, from W. Butterfield of Burslem, Staffordshire to William Challinor of Pickwood Staffordshire. Concerns repairs at the Brownhill Mine.
Letter, dated 28 May 1880, from Charles Challinor Fenton,
Stoke-on-Trent, to William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire.
Concerns the financial affairs of their uncle.
 Letter, dated 28 May 1880, from Charles Challinor, Basford Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, to William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire.
 Letter, dated 15 June 1880, fro William Butterfield, Burslem, Staffordshire to William Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire. Mentions repairs to the shed of Brownhill Mill.
 Letter, dated 7 May 1881, from Charles Challinor, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. Concerns meeting with Dalton about cottages.
 Letter, dated 23 May 1881, from Charles Challinor, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, to William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. Concerns repairs to cottages Discusses Hammersley & Butterfield's concern about business matters, potential offers for the Frit Kiln.
 Letter, dated 25 July 1881, from Charles Challinor, Basford Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, to William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. Concerns property matters at Tunstall, Challinor's Buildings etc, empty cottages, rents, mine improvements.
 Letter, dated 26 July 1881, from Charles Challinor, Basford Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, to William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. Concerns property matters at Tunstall, Challinor's Buildings etc, empty cottages, rents, mine matters. Mentions the great discontent springing up.
 Letter, dated 29 July 1881, from Charles Challinor, Basford Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, to William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. Concerns property matters including things taken from their uncle's premises at Tunstall. Mentions "trying the china clay and other articles which we fear we will find considerable difficulty in using" also a visit by "Lindup" when they went down the pits and had a long interview. Lindup said he would accept a job at the pit but could not take less than £200 a year which he preferred to a percentage of the profits. Challinor thought a low salary and a high percentage of the profit on the brickworks better.
 Letter, dated 1 August 1881, from Charles Challinor, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, to William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. Concerns their late father's and brother's (John) estates. Proposed paying off "the £5305" which he owed to the executors of their late uncle.
 Draft, letter, dated 2 August 1881, from William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire, to Charles Challinor, Basford Hall, Stoke-on-Trent. Concerns the £5305 due from Charles to his uncle's estate at 5% interest which Charles had given notice to pay off in 6 months. William Challinor states that they had also given him notice to pay off, at the same time, a like amount due from his uncle's estate to Charles's children. Includes detailed calculations of the amounts due -dated 20 July 1881.
 Letter, dated 5 August 1881, from Charles Challinor, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, to William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. Concerns the £5305 due from Charles to his uncle's estate at 5% interest which Charles had given notice to pay off in 6 months.
 Letter, dated 14 August 1881, from Charles Challinor, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, to William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. Concerns "Booth's arrears of rent and the possible need to take proceedings against him. Some family matters including impending visit.
 Letter, dated 23 June 1882, from Charles Challinor, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, to William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. Concerns a draft lease to Mr Wedgwood and states " I don't think we should be called upon to find a shard tip for Wedgwoods". Mentions going to Broadgate to stay for a week. Mentions a receipt for a sum of money expected from the Corporation of Stoke for "half that portion of Aqueduct Street adjoining our mill the whole of which they propose to build upon".
 Letter, dated 2 January 1883, from Charles Challinor, Basford Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, to William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire. Mentions "the catastrophe at Bradford" had frightened Mr Boote who said "he dare not fire the oven again unless" they (Challinors) took full responsibility. Discusses other pottery related problems. Some family matters mentioned.
 Letter, dated 13 June 1871, from W. B. Guardon, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, London to William Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire. The writer states " I am directed by Mr Gladstone, to acknowledge your letter of the 5th June, having reference to the late war."
 Copy letter, dated 11 August 1879, from William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire to his sister, Mrs Olivia Purchas, in Auckland, New Zealand., concerning arrangements to provide her and her husband, with £1000 requested in letters that she and her husband had sent to Challinor. Challinor suggests that her son stay at Pickwood when he visited England and discusses other family news including the marriage of his son to Miss Allen of Leek -daughter of Mr Allen the solicitor.
 Copy letter, dated 11 August 1879, from William Challinor, Pickwood, Leek, Staffordshire to his brother-in-law, Arthur Guyon Purchas, in Auckland, New Zealand., concerning the remittance of a legacy under the will of his, Challinor's, uncle Edward. Discusses situation in England and says "our colliery, which in John's time was so successful, is, I fear, now losing, and we have to go to the expense of new recoveries. Most of us know little about mining, tho' we have a good manager." He also mentions that his brother Charles had told him that he was losing in his earthenware trade and scarcely knows what course to take as regards his many children- in fact every trade at the present time seems over stocked." Challinor states he "had suffered diabetes in 1875 but by careful attention to diet manage to keep the enemy at bay".
 Letter, dated 19 November 1881, from Charles Challinor to his brother William Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire and concerns, amongst other things, "Parnell's remark when interviewed the tenants could not get their rents reduced though the court till the arrears were paid" and rents due from "the Irish Property". Also discusses the Challinor houses at Tunstall and the need for improvements. With regard to tenants he states "tenants of most property in the Potteries will be very badly off now and more unable to pay rent than ever as this strike does not look like coming to an end soon". He had, he said, told Dutton to advertise the Frit Kiln etc., to be let or sold -if no customer turns up it had better be pulled down and the most made of the old materials…
Acton; Alcock; Allen; Ashworth; Bailey; Boote; Butterfield; Challinor; Dalton;
Gimson; Gladstone; Guardon; Hammersley; Lawry; Lawrence; Lewthwaite;
Lindup; Proctor; Purchas; Sinclair; Spruce; Thorburn; Wedgwood;
Derbyshire; Cheltenham, Gloucestershire; Leek, Norton, Staffordshire;
letters to members of the Challinor family of Leek, Staffordshire.
 Letter, dated Derby Station 29 January 1884, from Joseph Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire to E. Brough re hunting with the Staffordshire hounds at Norton the day before during which he rode a hired horse " Lancaster. Some family matters etc. (7 pages}.
 Letter, dated 13 August 1897, from Philip J. Worthington of Leek, Staffordshire, to Edward Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire concerning George Deacon plight, little money, a house that was too large, a wife in weak health.
 Letter, dated 24 May 1900, from Harry L. Nisbet, the Old House, Wimbledon to Joseph Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire. Nisbet was an old school friend of Challinor's the two having been at Cheltenham some 58 years before. Nisbet left in 1843 and went on to Rugby. At the date of the letter he was a barrister with chambers in Lincolns Inn, London dealing mainly (?) with church matters. Shortly before he had taken the waters at Buxton and stated that he "usually find the baths and waters good for my rheumatic tendencies".
 Letter, dated 1 May 1903, from the Rev. t. H. B. Fearson, The Vicarage, Leek, Staffordshire ,to Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire. Concerns an interesting conversation that he had had with a parishioner who hadn't attended church very recently. The gist of the discussion is a comparison of the established church and the " Labour Church". And the teaching of the Labour Church.
 Letter dated 19 November 1902, from the Vicar of Tunstall, Staffordshire to (?) Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire re work done on the Challinor family vault and a Bazaar that had raised "just under £300".
Challinor; Deacon; Fearson; Nisbet; Worthington;
bank and one building society pass books for an account in the names of
the trustees of Leek Town Lands Charity 1867 to 1951.
 Liverpool and District Bank pass book 1867-1894.
 Liverpool and District Bank pass book 1894-1926.
 District Bank pass book 1927-1937
 District Bank pass book 1937-1942.
 District Bank pass book 1942-1951.
 Leek & Moorlands Building Society pass book 1904-1928.
Bermingham; Myatt; Nicholson; Platt; Robinson; Sleigh; Ward; Wardle;
appointments of Trustees to the Leek Town Lands Charity by the Charity
 Notice of the approval by the Charity Commission of the appointment of Mr Thomas Shaw as Trustee of the Leek Town Lands Charity 30 December 1901.
 Copy certificate of the appointment of Mr Thomas Shaw as Trustee of the Leek Town Lands Charity by the Charity Commission, dated 24 December 1902.
 Copy certificate of the appointment of Mr Thomas Brealey as Trustee of the Leek Town Lands Charity by the Charity Commission, dated 14 August 1908.
Notice of the appointment of Mr Thomas Brealey as Trustee of the Leek Town Lands Charity by the Charity Commission, to be fixed to the the Church door, and providing 15 days for objectors to the appointment to give notice of their objections, in writing, to the commissioners. This document was dated 20 July 1908. This was the notice actually pinned to the door.
 Copy certificate of the appointment of Alfred Howard Moore and Gilbert Charles Wardle, silk dyer, as Trustees of the Leek Town Lands Charity, by the Charity Commission, dated 29 April 1910.
Copy certificate of the appointment of Arthur Hugh Shaw, as Trustee of the Leek Town Lands Charity, by the Charity Commission, dated 2 January 1914.
 Copy certificate of the appointment of Arthur Falkner Nicholson, as Trustee of the Leek Town Lands Charity, by the Charity Commission, dated 28 August 1928.
 Letter, dated 26 July 1935, from the Charity Commission to Thomas Brealey & So, of Leek, Staffordshire, agents to the Leek Town Lands Charity concerning changes in the Trusteeship as a result of the Staffordshire Review Order 1934. It states that trustees appointed by the parish meeting of Lowe were entitled to hold office for the residue of the terms for which they had been appointed despite the abolition of the Civil Parish of Lowe. There are also copies of 2 letters sent to John Ward and Col. A. F. Nicholson of Leek, Staffordshire respectively, notifying them of their appointment by the Charities Commission as trustees of the Leek Town Lands,
Moore; Nicholson; Shaw; Ward;
by the National Westminster Bank Limited of an official receiver of the
undertaking and the assets of Job White & Sons, Ltd in respect to a
mortgage and debenture between Job White & Sons Ltd and the District
Bank Ltd. The document is dated 16 June 1970.
Copy conveyance, with plan, of a house and "hereditaments",
No. 7 Brooklands, Ashbourne Road, Leek, Staffordshire, dated 31 May
1904. Includes a schedule of provisions applying to 1, 2, 3, and 4
Portland Place and 1 to 10 inclusive Brooklands, Leek,
 Copy letter, dated 30 August 1904, from W. E. Allwood, 7 Brooklands, Leek, Staffordshire, to the Editor of the Bazaar, London, which was enclosed with the copy conveyance and plan of "The Brooklands". Allwood is concerned about the fact that his neighbour at No. 9 has erected gates across the back road from the end of his garden and has not erected fences as described in the conveyance. As a consequence, carts were prevented from turning at the point specially provided -the only place where this can be done without damaging the fence. Allwood asks what course of action to take and in particular whether to remove the gates by force.
Allwood; Ewan; Goodacre; Newall;
Middlesex; Leek, Staffordshire;
of the title (1847 to 1903, of trustees under the will of Samuel Phillips,
late of Leek, Staffordshire, deceased, to an estate called
"Ashenhurst" in Leek, Staffordshire 1904.
Bennett; Cursham; Hand; Heaton; Johnson; Mellor; Milne; Phillips; Russell;
Ashbourne, Derbyshire; Leek, Staffordshire; Leamington, Warwickshire;
copy petition of Elizabeth Flint of Bentley near Ashbourne,
Derbyshire, spinster, Frank Atkinson Argyles of Eversley, Milnthorpe,
Westmoreland, the Reverend Jeremiah Barnes of Bentley, Annie Flint, widow,
and Mary Louisa Flint of Leamington, Warwickshire, spinster, in the High
Court, Chancery Division, with regard to the legacy of Elizabeth Flint
under the will and codicils of Charles Flint M.D, late of Leek,
Staffordshire, and also with regard to the trust of the marriage
settlement of Charles Flint and his wife Elizabeth (nee Gough) and the
share of Miss Elizabeth Flint. Challinor & Co., Leek. Undated
but cover watermark is dated 1881. A pencilled note states
The document shows that Elizabeth Flint, who had been placed in a private asylum at Cheadle, Staffordshire by her father, had, after improving and then relapsing, finally recovered her health and strength of mind and wished to manage her own affairs.
Barnes; Challinor; Flint; Gough;
London; Tunkford, Oxfordshire; Leek, Staffordshire;
of the title (1744 to 1834) of Samuel Young of Leek, Staffordshire,
tanner, to a property called "Daisy Bank House" in Leek,
Staffordshire. Cruso, Leek, 1842. It starts with the recital of
deeds of lease, dated 13 & 14 August 1744) between (1)John
Wardle of Leek, aleseller, (2) Daniel Wardle of Tunkford, Oxfordshire,
clerk and James Clowes of Leek, bread baker, and a deed of release between
(1) the said John Wardle and his wife Hannah and (2) the said Daniel
Wardle and James Clowes and (3) John Wardle of Sheen, Staffordshire,
yeoman, and William Smith of Leek, cutler. The property was then
All that newly erected cottage of dwelling house of the said John Wardle of Leek situate etc, near the Town of Leek aforesaid or within the precincts, liberty or territories and then or late in the possession of Jospeh Myatt or his undertenants with the barn called "Stanley's Barn" and other buildings thereto adjoining. And also all those five several closes etc, of him the said John Wardle lying and being in Leek and parcel of a tenement called "Stanley's Tenement" on one of which closes the said newly erected cottage or dwelling house and barn did then stand. All which said closes and barn were then or late in the holding or occupation of the said John Wardle of Leek, John Hollins, Thomas Browne and William Hyde or their undertenants and were lately purchased by Daniel Wardle deceased late father of the said John from John and William Gent…"
In 1834 the description of the property starts "all that Capital Messuage of dwelling house situated etc., in the Township of Leek in the said Parish of Leek in the said County of Stafford, commonly called or known by the name of "Daisy Bank" together with outbuildings, garden, drying ground, pleasure ground and appurtenances thereunto belonging theretofore in the possession of the said Barnett Young…" Young had sold two of the crofts associated with this property to the Leek Charity School.
Browne; Clowes; Cruso; Dewbery; Gent; Holland; Hyde; Myatt; Plant; Smith;
Sutton; Wardle; Wooliscroft; Young;
Cheshire; Manchester, Lancashire; Leek, Staffordshire;
Draft conveyance of a house in Spout Street, Leek, Staffordshire by James
Davenport Hulme M.D. late of Ball Haye. Leek, Staffordshire but now of
Manchester and Elizabeth Ann, his wife, Hugh Ford of Leek, John Lockett of
Congleton, Cheshire and Thomas Travis of Leek, brazier, to
Miss Elizabeth Travis of Leek. Killmister & Challinor, Leek, 14
September 1824. The property is described as "All that messuage,
dwelling house or tenement situate and standing to the front and on the eastwardly
side of a certain street in Leek called Spout Street and lately built by
the said James Hulme on the site of an ancient dwelling house etc,
formerly in the possession of John Hall and Lydia Birchenough. Elizabeth
Travis was the daughter of Samuel Travis and the sister of Thomas Travis
of Leek, brazier. The document includes a schedule of deeds from 1773 to
1814. A note on the cover states " For the peruse of Messrs Lockett
 Partial extract from a Fine RE Hulme and Lockett. This mentions " 14 messuages, 10 cottages, 2 tofts, 4 coach houses, 2 saddle house, 8 cowhouses, 3 brewhouses, 2 shops, 10 stables, 8 barns, 14 outhouses, 6 piggeries, 10 gardens, 8 orchards, 300 acres of land, 100 acres of meadow, 150 acres of pasture, 20 acres of land covered with water, 350 acres of woodland, 100 acres of furze and heath, £3 rent, common of pasture for all manner of cattle in the parish of Leek and all and all manner of tithes whatsoever …."
 Receipt for a deposit in connection with an agreement, dated 23 November 1823, between Dr Hulme and Thomas Travis, for the sale and purchase of a house and premises in Spout Street, Leek, Staffordshire, for £370.
Birchenough; Bullock; Challinor; Falcon; Ford; Hall; Hulme; Livesley;
Lockett; Osborne; Plant; Pyott; Travis; Walthall; Ward;
items relating to the Cruso family of Leek, Staffordshire.
Official extract from the Registry of the Bishop of Lichfield of the grant of administration of the goods and personal estate of Henry Cruso late of Leek, Staffordshire, deceased, to his widow Martha Cruso nee Badnall, 2 March 1830. His estate was valued at under twenty pounds. The grant was extracted on 9 May 1839. A note on the front states Henry Cruso died on Sunday 25 January 1829 and was buried at Leek on Saturday 31 January 1839 (1829?).
 Inland Revenue succession duty on real estate form on account of the succession of Jane Elizabeth Badnall of Leek payable on the death of Francis Cruso of Leek who died on 24 September 1854 under his will dated 30 August 1850. The property consisted of a barn and 4 acres 2 roods of land on Leek Moor occupied by William Beaumont Badnall; a messuage and garden on Stockwell Street, Leek occupied by John James Ritchie, surgeon; another messuage and garden on Stockwell Street, Leek occupied by Francis William Jennings and a third messuage and garden on Stockwell Street, Leek occupied by Edward Stafford. The gross annual value of the property was £66. Jane Elizabeth Badnall was the daughter of Francis Cruso.
Chinn; Cruso; Haworth; Jennings; Mott; Ritchie; Stafford;
Cheshire; Horton, Leek, Uttoxeter; Staffordshire; Sheffield, Yorkshire;
pedigrees and wills;
 Copy of the will of William Hulme of Harper,s Yate, Horton, Staffordshire, dated 1 December 1812. Hulme died 9 December 1814 and he will was proved at Lichfield in May 1815, In particular it mentions his houses on Clark's Bank, Leek some of which he was then under contract to sell and he bequeathed all such properties to Smallbrooke Best Fynney of Leek, surgeon, William Vernon of Harracles Mill and William Brooks of Will Yate, in trust to sell and to grant the same to the respective purchasers. He also mentions other houses he had contracted to sell, which he describes as " the new erections I am engaged in building in Custard Street and the Market Place in Leek aforesaid and in the finishing and completing such said buildings". His estate called White Chimneys, Horton (then occupied by Thomas Goodwin, he gave to his son William. To his daughter Ann he gave his estate at Harper's Yate, Horton.
 Copy of the will of Miss Mary Sutton of Leek, Staffordshire, dated 5 February 1828. The testator died 5 May 1839 and was buried at Leek. Her will was proved at Lichfield on 7 October 1839. The will includes bequests to Catherine the wife of John Cruso the elder of Leek, Mary Ann wife of Charles Coupland of Leek and to her servant Mary Gaskell. Her nephew the Reverend Thomas Sutton, Vicar of Sheffield, Yorkshire was the chief beneficiary.
 Declaration by the Reverend Thomas Sutton, Vicar of Sheffield, Yorkshire of the pedigree of the Sutton family, dated 16 November 1839. He was the only child and heir of Thomas Sutton of Endon, Staffordshire, deceased, by his wife Elizabeth, also deceased, who was one of the daughters of Benjamin Sutton formerly of Leek by his wife Mary, also long since deceased. Benjamin Sutton married Mary Smith in the parish church of Leek on 8 November 1744 and the document goes on to state the names of their children their marriages, deaths and surviving children.
 Declaration by John Hulme of Leek, Staffordshire "Superintendent in a Silk Factory", of the pedigree of the Hulme family, dated 15 November 1839. He himself was a great grandson of William Hulme of Leek, grocer who died in about 1763.
Brooks; Cruso; Fynney; Gaskell; Goodwin; Hollins; Hulme; Killmister;
Smith; Stonehewer; Stubbs; Sutton; Vernon;
End, Leek, Staffordshire; Sheffield, Yorkshire;
relating to the Cruso family of Leek.
 Release of three closes called the Lower Closes and Whitefield with the barn thereon, at the bottom of Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire, by John Hulme of Leek, his mortgagee and assignee, to John Cruso junior of Leek, dated 13 December 1839. The parties to this deed included the Reverend Thomas Sutton, Vicar of Sheffield, James Glover of Lane End, Staffordshire, brewer, Michael Daintry Cruso of Leek, silk manufacturer, and Martha Cruso (nee Badnall) widow.
 Release of three closes called the the two Lower Closes and Whitefield with the barn thereon, at the bottom of Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire, by John Cruso junior of Leek, to Francis Cruso of Leek and trustee, dated 12 March 1842.
 Merger of tithes in the townships of Leek and Lowe in the parish of Leek, Staffordshire by Francis Cruso of Leek, Staffordshire, dated 18 May 1846. The tithes were associated with - a house and garden occupied by John Russell, another occupied by James Barlow and a third occupied by Edward Stafford. Also included were "the Queenshead Field 1 acres 3 rood 12 perches; Middle Queenshead Field 1 acre 0 rood 37 perches and the Far Queenshead Field 1 acre 0rood 26 perches.
 Abstract of title (1828 to 1873) of Joseph Challinor and Joseph Bright as trustees to three closes of land called the Lower Closes and Whitefield with a building on part thereof situate near the Cattle Market, Leek, Staffordshire, William Challinor, Leek, 1873. Contains a pedigree of the Sutton family. Includes Cruso family history and the Badnall-Cruso marriage settlement.
 Requisitions on title William Beaumont Badnall & Others to Nicholson and others, 15 September 1873.
 Statutory declaration by John Brealey of Leek, Staffordshire, land agent, concerning Francis Cruso's ownership of three fields near the bottom of Derby Street, Leek Staffordshire called the two Lower Closes and Whitefield with a barn on part of this and the possession of this land by Cruso's daughter, Jane Elizabeth Badnall and her husband William Beaumont Badnall, dated 5 January 1874.
 (a) Statutory declaration by Mrs Ann Birch, widow, and Thomas Robinson, both of Leek, Staffordshire. Mrs Birch's declaration concerned Richard Cooper of Leek, physician and surgeon, and his descendents. Cooper was brother in law of Mrs Birch's husband. Thomas Robinson's concerned the fact that Cooper was a trustee of the marriage settlement of Jane Elizabeth Badnall nee Cruso and her husband William Beaumont Badnall, dated 5 January 1874.
[b] Certified extract from the parish register kept by the Wesleyans at Leek, of the baptism of William Birch son of Richard Cooper and his wife Mary Ann nee Birch on 17 July 1835.
[c] Certified extract from the register of marriages of Leek Parish Church concerning the marriage of Richard Cooper of Leek, surgeon and Mary Ann Birch of Leek, spinster, on 5 January 1832.
Copy draft conveyance by Joshua Nicholson and others, all of Leek,
Staffordshire, silk manufacturers, to William Hulme of Leek, widower,
of land at the junction of Talbot Street, Moorhouse Street and Southbank
Street, Leek, Staffordshire with the house, shop and office standing
thereon, dated 22 February 1879. It cites an indenture dated 1
January 1874 between (1) Joseph Challinor and Joseph Bright, (2) William
Beaumont Badnall and Jane Elizabeth his wife and the vendors.
Badnall; Barlow; Bickley; Birch; Bloore; Brough; Challinor; Cooper;
Cruso; Deacon; Fowler; Glover; Hall; Hollins; Hulme; Johnson; Jones;
Keates; Moutford; Nicholson; Nixon; Perkin; Prime; Russell; Shaw;
Smith; Stafford; Stevenson; Stubbs; Sutton; Young;
de Janeiro, Brazil; Macclesfield, Sutton, Cheshire;
re the mortgage on the Sutton Mills near Macclesfield, Cheshire dated 26
Badnall; Bonner; Bosley; Brealey; Cox; Cruso; Daintry; Fox; Ryle;
Bradnop, Ellastone, Mixon, Leek, Staffordshire;
by feoffment of a "little old house " and lands (one called the
Hall Yardes) in Mixon in the fee of Bradnop and parish of Leek,
Staffordshire and the tithes belonging to these, from Thomas Brindley of
Mixon to Robert Bill of Stanton, Ellastone, Staffordshire, for £190,
dated 10 January 1649. The purchaser also had to pay an annual rent of £3.
One of the lands for sale is described as "the third part of the
Green (the whole being divided into three parts) which lyeth before the
dore of the said Thomas Brindley" and other fields are named. Thomas
Brindley's father had, with Edward Withnall and John Brindley) purchased
the property from Walter, Lord Aston. Associated with the land were rights
of common on the great waste called Morrage and on other wastes and
commons in the Manor of Bradnop. Vellum (1 sheet), signed and sealed.
Ball; Brindley; Bill; Bullock; Fox; Fynney; Orme; Prime; Sheldon
Conditions for the sale of a valuable a freehold silk mill, house,
cottages and land in or near Horton Street, Leek, Staffordshire by auction
at the George Inn, Leek, Staffordshire on 8 February 1872. Challinor &
Co., Leek. Includes a 22 feet per inch scale plan of the property by
Brealey, giving names of owners of adjacent property. The property was
sited adjacent to the Ball Haye Brook. Joseph Gould senior, of Leek, silk
manufacturer, bought Lots 1 and 2 for £3822 and the document incorporates
a signed and stamped memorandum to this effect together with an agreement
between Frederick Gaunt and the Goulds.
 Printed notice of the sale of a valuable a freehold silk mill, house, cottages and land in or near Horton Street, Leek, Staffordshire by auction (Mr Hillliard auctioneer) at the George Inn, Leek, Staffordshire on 8 February 1872. The property consisted of two lots. Lot 1 was "all that well built and substantial 5-storey silk mill-now in the occupation of Messrs Joseph Gould & Sons, situate near Horton Street, off Stockwell Street, Leek, Staffordshire." Lot 2 comprised 10 large and well built cottages. In Horton Street, Leek.
Brealey; Brough; Challinor; Cutting; Downes; Gaunt; Gould; Glendinning;
Hilliard; Kirby; Milner; Moss; Nixon; Straker;
articles of partnership between Joshua Wardle of Leek
Brook, Cheddleton, Staffordshire, silk dyer, and William Milner of
Leek, Staffordshire, as silk dyers, for a term of 14 years, trading as
Wardle & Milner". The document is dated 31 December 1838. Cruso,
Leek. A note on the cover states " Ingrossed 31 December 1838
R. Ball". The document mentions that Joshua Wardle had carried on the
trade of silk dyer, on his own account, for many years from his own
freehold dyehouses and premises at Leek Brook. His stock in trade is
described as "a steam engine and boiler, furnace, barks, coppers,
woad and other drugs, dye sticks, piggins, hand pegs, stock pegs, posts,
frames to hang silk on, stretchers, tubs in which dye liquor stands, small
tubs, blue vats, black vats, screening pegs, glossing pegs, silk bins,
weights and seals, desk and drawers for patterns, paper and cord, drying
rack, drying holes and stoves, water systems, pumps, copper, lead and cast
iron piping, sacks and other effects of and belonging to and now
used by the said Joshua Wardle. It also mentions a stock of Copperas and
valuation of drugs by John Bostock druggist of Leek. Wardle's paint
and stock was part of the capital of the business and Milner was to
advance cash of equal value.
Cruso; Nixon; Milner; Wardle;
articles of partnership between Thomas Sutton, James Tessimond
and Richard Place, all of Leek, Staffordshire and manufacturers of
silk ribbons, buttons and twist trading under the name of Thomas Sutton
& Co., dated 11 April 1822, Cruso & Coupland, Leek.
The partners agreed to continue trading together for a period to be
completed three years from the date of this document. Thomas Sutton was to
advance a sum to be employed in the capital joint stock of the firm and to
receive 5% interest annually on this. Sutton was to take four sixths of
the firm, and the other two partners one sixth each. The rents of houses,
warehouses, shops, shades and buildings in Custard Lane and Mill Street,
Leek, Staffordshire are mentioned. Sutton was allowed to take £500
a year, and Tessimond and Place £150 a year each, out of the
business "towards their respective maintenance".
Cruso; Sutton; Place; Tessimond;
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