The Bednall Archive
Last updated 04/01/2006
Places: Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: Documents relating to Mr. Arthur Johnson 1878 to 1880.
Messrs W. Trafford & Co. in account with Arthur Johnson 1878 to 1880.
Messrs W. Trafford & Co. in account with Arthur Johnson 1878 to 1880.
Two page memo re " Mr. Edge's requirements" . Edge wanted Mr.
Johnson to explain what had been done with "£2500 left in his hands after
bankruptcy". Mr. Edge though the had "better pay Mr. Johnson off &
take up his securities but doubts as to paying for Patents ". It also
states that " Mr. Edge had the right of using patented machinery in
consequence of paying Mr. Johnson's debt".
"Mr Trafford's Account" re Mr William Trafford to Arthur
Johnson 1878 to 1880. This is a listing of insurance policies, premiums paid and
Names: Trafford; Johnson; Edge;
Places: Leek, Elkstone, Oncote, Butterton, Staffordshire;
Description: Printed particulars and conditions for the sale of farms in Elkstone, Oncote and Butterton, Staffordshire, to be sold on 2nd December 1897 by auction at the Butter Market, Leek, Staffordshire. Pencil notes re bids on reverse.
Names: Salt; Hambledon; Stubbs; Trafford; Sutton; Morley; Purchase; Robinson; Challinor; Shaw; Cantrill; Whieldon; rd; Scarratt; Bishton; Taylor;
Places: Leek, Staffordshire; London;
Description: Letters and other documents relating to the Watson & Co. partnership and to patents taken out by Messrs Watson & Co., silk manufacturers, of Leek, Staffordshire, re their "Filo Floss" trade mark. Dated 1881 to 1885.
Names: Watson; Challinor; Pearsall; Cox;
Places: Leek, Staffordshire; London; Chesterfield, Derbyshire;
Description: Letters and other documents relating to the estate of Matthew Knowles of Haywood Street Mills, Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, deceased [He died on 10th February 1886]. Challinor & Co. Leek, Staffordshire 1889 to 1897.
Affidavit by Clement Thomas Gwynne, of Leek, Staffordshire, solicitor, re the
appointment of executors by Matthew Knowles of Leek, silk manufacturer and other
matters relating to Knowles will and events that occurred after his death.
minutes of a meeting of Matthew Knowles' creditors 15th November 1889.
Draft indenture between Sarah Knowles of Cromwell Terrace, Leek, Staffordshire,
widow of Matthew Knowles, silk manufacturer, George Knowles, warehouseman, Maria
Bailey wife of ?, Harriet Knowles, spinster, and Hannah Knowles, spinster all of
Leek and Eleanor Middlebrook wife of……., Eli Knowles of Her Majesty's
…Regiment and Ernest Knowles (the vendors) and Abraham Knowles of Leek, silk
manufacturer. It cites Matthew Knowles' will dated 2 May 1884 and codicil dated
28th January 1886. Knowles died on 10th February 1886 and his will was proved in
the Principal Registry on 30th September 1886.
Extract from the will of Matthew Knowles of Leek dated 25thh October 1889.
Letter from Morton Cutler & Co to Challinor & Shaw of Leek,
Staffordshire, solicitors, re Matthew Knowles, deceased, dated 29th October
1889. It comments on the business having been carried on by the deceased's widow
though she had no right to do so and suggests a Receiver should be appointed at
Letter from C.H.Wright of St. Martin's Place, Stafford, chartered accountant, to
Messrs Challinor & Shaw, Leek, dated 3rd December 1889 in which he states
that he proposes to advertise the stock in trade and machinery, etc, of Matthew
Knowles estate for sale, suggesting his draft (if approved) be inserted in the
Leek Post & Times.
Names: Knowles; Challinor; Clowes; Burgess; Bayley; Watson; Ellerton; Hall; Gwynne; Hill; Mitchell; Emery; Cotterill; Middlebrook; Rosenbaum; Stubbs; Worthington; Stalheim; Gould; Rayner; Ward; Wardle; Pattison; Brough; Beckett; Bishop; Brassington; Mien; Ledger; Tatton; Hatton; Compton; Spindler; Adams
Places: Warslow, Broncote, Leek, Staffordshire; Macclesfield, Cheshire;
Description: (1) Agreement between Richard Beatniffe Manclarke of Warslow Hall, Staffordshire and William Lowndes of Broncote in Upper Hulme, Staffordshire dated 7th August 1834. Manclarke agreed to buy a mill [with water wheel, steam apparatus etc], dwelling, farm, cottages, garden and other premises belonging to William Lowndes and situated in Upper Hulme for £925. It is signed and witnessed. The witnesses were J.H. Carige and E. Carige.
Letter from J. H. Hilliard to John Cruso junior of Leek, Staffordshire, re Upper
Hulme Silk Mills and dated November 1834. Hilliard recalls conversation with
Cruso in which Cruso stated that Manclarke would not give more than £850 for
the premises. Hilliard said Mr Grimsditch had informed him that "his client
Mr Norbury would not join in any sale at that sum". "I do not think Mr
Lowndes has used me well to contract without my knowledge to sell the premises
at a sum less than he was previously offered for them and insufficient to pay
the money which he justly owes me. I will send you an abstract of my mortgage if
Letter from Grimsditch, Hubbard & Na.. Of Macclesfield to John Cruso of
Leek, Staffordshire, solicitor, dated 13th November 1834 re Norbury v Lowndes.
States that Mr Norbury willing to sell the Upperhulme Mill for £900 but not for
£850 and that Mr Darcy would "willingly give effect to that contract.
They were adamant that Mr Hilliard would not share the proceeds of the sale.
The sale was the result of Mr Norbury exercising
a power provided by the mortgage he gave Lowndes and as the due 3 months
notice of sale had been given Hilliard's participation was not necessary and
would not influence one way or the other the soundness of the purchaser's title
to the property. [Original in poor condition this is a print]
An account of the sale 6th November 1834. [Original in poor condition this is a
Names: Lowndes; Manclarke; Carige; Cruso; Hilliard; Norbury; Grimsditch; Daintry, Hubbard; Darcy; Read; Alcock; Rawlins;
Places: Leek, Staffordshire; London;
Description: Documents relating to the case of William Knowles versus William Trafford of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer in the High Court, Exchequer Division 1879-K-No.179.
Affidavit by William Knowles of Leek, Staffordshire, builder, to attach royalty
payable by Messrs Fynney & Son of Leek, silk manufacturers, to William
Trafford under a license to use and work certain patent silk twisting machinery
(5 machines or 600 spindles). The
license fee was "the weekly sum of one shilling per dozen spindles".
Notice by William Knowles to William Trafford of an intention to resell houses
in Park Road, Leek, Staffordshire that Trafford had previously contracted to
buy. Dated 31st January 1879.
Press copy account of William Trafford, silk manufacturer, of Leek to William
Knowles, builder, of Leek 1st July
1878 to 16th April 1879.
Letter with taxed costs in the case of William Knowles versus William Trafford,
sent by Gregory & Co., London to Challinor & Co, Leek, Staffordshire
18th September 1879.
Statement of claim in the case of Knowles versus Trafford in the High Court
1879-K-No.179. Writ issues 26th April 1879.
Acknowledgement by William Trafford tat he was the tenant of houses in Hawthorne
Terrace, Leek which he had contracted to purchase from William Knowles at a rent
until 15th August next of one penny and afterwards at a monthly rent of two
guineas. Dated 1st July 1878.
Copy correspondence with Mr. Trafford in Knowles versus Trafford. Challinor
& Co, Leek, Staffordshire, August
1878 to April 1879.
Names: Trafford; Knowles; Challinor; Fynney;
Places: Leek, Staffordshire; Lincoln;
Description: Letters concerning the firms of George H. Bermingham of Fountain Mills, Leek (dated 1897) and of Henry Bermingham & Sons of Compton Mills, Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturers (dated 1904). Most of the latter concern debts owed by W. Andrew, tailor, of 5 Guildhall Street, Lincoln.
Names: Bermingham; Gould; Andrew; White;
Places: Leek, Staffordshire; Manchester; Dublin;
Description: Papers relating actions for debt brought by Messrs Sugden & Lovatt of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturers between 1893 and 1897.
Plaint note in the case of Sugden & Lovatt versus W. H. Walker, outfitter,
of 33 Brown Street, Manchester in the County Court of Lancashire
held at Manchester, dated 17th December 1892. No. U 19811.
Press copy of Sugden & Lovatt's account with Challinor & Shaw,
solicitors of Leek, Staffordshire, re W. H.Walker, dated 24 January 1894.
Notes re the case amount of judgment £3-10s-6d less amount not due when
judgment given ££2-0s-6d. On 13 December 1892 Walker was ordered to pay in a
month. On 25 October 1893 he was ordered to pay 10/- a month.
Letter from Challinor & Shaw of Leek, Staffordshire to The Registrar of the
County Court, Manchester re the judgment in Sugden & Lovatt versus Walker,
dated 22 January 1894. Challinor asked whether the debtor had paid anything into
Court. A note on the reverse states that he had not and that Challinor &
Shaw must take out another judgment summons.
from Stanwell & Sons of Dawson Street, Dublin to Challinor & Shaw,
solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire re Sugden & Lovatt versus Holland. Dated 19
List of fees due for cases brought by Messrs Sugden & Lovatt of Leek,
Staffordshire, silk manufacturers in the Leek County Court against various
debtors. Dated 4th February 1897.
Names: Sugden; Lovatt; Challinor; Walker; Rosenthall; Davis; Styles;
Places: Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: Papers relating to the case of Samuel Gould, labourer, versus George Henry Gould, silk broker, in the County Court held at Leek, Staffordshire, re a debt of £2-13s-6d. 23rd August 1904. The plaintiff had apparently cleaned out " the reservoir" for Mr. Samuel Gould for which he claimed £3-0s-0d as the wages for three men who (all together) worked a total of 93 hours between Saturday 30th of July 1904 and August 2nd 1904. Their hourly rate was 6d. Samuel Gould claimed he had offered G. H. Gould 25 shillings for the job and his statement was corroborated by John Steele an "engine driver".
Names: Gould; Field; Steele;
Places: Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: Sketch of and details of tenancy agreement for a joinery works in Shoobridge Street, Leek, Staffordshire "proposed to be tenanted by Mr. George Hine" 23rd November 1887. The plan is coloured.
Names: Hine; Challinor;
Places: Fulford, Stone, Yarnfield, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
Field Names: Shelly Dale Meadow; the Sandy Hill; the three Pease Birches; the two Rough Closes; the Morrylow Lane; Hobbler Slades; Sumish Slade; Shelleys Lowe; Candy Hill; the Madge Yard;
Description: Abstract of the title of Mr. Jeffrey Bagnall to a farm at Fulford and Sharley or Saverley Green in the parish of Stone, Staffordshire 1692 to 1788. The first deed cited relates to a proposed marriage between Thomas Bagnall and Sarah Hall whose portion was £350 and John Bagnall's grant of his farm in Fulford to specified uses. Part of a house was described as "the parlour three chambers over the same, the garret and the buttery adjoining the parlour, one half the gardens orchard Fole yard hemp butt & backside with liberty to make use of the overwell and house of office."
Names: Bagnall; Hall; Needler; Walthoe; Haywood; Phillips; Cartwright; Wells; Mills; Lovatt; Hatrell; Orme; Hunt; Bayley; Cocker; Sutton; Goodall;
Places: Leek, Cheddleton, Staffordshire; London;
Description: John Cruso versus John Birtles 26th January 1799
of Declaration in an action for debt in the Court of Kings Bench. Sinckler
Porter for Mills & Cruso.
Account of John Birtles and Samuel Braddock 17th May 1800. Additional rough ink
notes extend the account to 15th August 1801. Accounts include sum secured by
bond = £150 plus interest from 30th July 1795 to 30th January 1800 of £33-15s-0d.
They mention proceedings in Ecclesiastical Courts,
Names: Cruso; Birtles; Porter;
Places: Loxley, Cheadle; Uttoxeter, Staffordshire;
Description: Conveyance of Bottom Cottage Farm at Longshaw, Farley, Staffordshire by Edward Heath of Delphouse, Cheadle, butcher, to Mrs. Katie Allen of Crow Trees Farm, Loxley near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. Blagg & Son & Masefield, solicitors, Cheadle, Staffordshire, 1944. Consideration £1450 for a farm of 22 aces, two roods, and 4 perches. Cites agreement dated 29 March 1919 between the Earl of Shrewsbury, the Duke of Westminster, the Marquess of Anglesey and Ernest Hawley, Charles Henry Cowlishaw and John Burton.
Names: Heath; Allen; Blagg; Burton; Cowlishaw; Hawley; Paget;
Places: Leek, Staffordshire; Leamington, Warwickshire;
Description: Writ of summons in the High Court, King's Bench Division 1920-C-No.55 between Clemsha Brothers & Birch Ltd and A. Kitson of William Street, Leamington dated 27th April 1920. The case concerned debts relating to goods delivered between 1918 and 1919 -listed. Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire.
Names: Clemsha; Birch; Kitson; Challinor;
Places: Leek, Cheddleton, Horton, Staffordshire; Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Kirmingham, Cheshire; Newark on Trent, Nottingham;
Field Names: Cornhill Cross fields; Brunts Field; the Day work; Birchall Coss; Calf Croft;
Description: Abstract of the title of William Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire to land on Ball Haye Green, Leek, Staffordshire, Killmister & Challinor, Leek, 1824. The title starts in December 1772 with the will of William Stonehewer Hall of The Green, Wilmslow, Cheshire and ends with the Inclosure Commission awards of 1811. Mentions Fowlchurch Farm, Crobora' Farm, Horton,
Names: Challinor; Stonehewer-Hall; Davenport; Clowes; Turnock; Pyott; Jolliffe; Key; Ash; Young; Bolton; Read; Ward; Bayley; Jenney; Buxton; Goodwin; Joinson; Higgs; Catton; Henshall; Grosvenor; Tompkinson; Jackson; Cartwright; Fynney; Hordern; Boultbee; Rowley; Gould;
Description: Case details for the opinion of John Moore of Lincolns In dated 15th November 1834. It describes how Ferdinando Bullock contracted with Samuel Waller for the sale of an estate to the latter. He signed the agreement, a deposit paid and possession granted. Vendor died intestate, however, before conveyance was made leaving a widow and an infant. After a Bill in Chancery the agreement was upheld and the full purchase money paid, a conveyance was prepared and was approved by the Master in Chancery. The Decree was executed by Mrs. Bullock in 1821 and executed by the infant when he came of age in 1833. Before the infant executed the conveyance the purchaser died without having executed the conveyance devising estate to his executors (his two sons). Devisees contacted with a M Norbury for the sale of the property to him but his solicitor raised an objection because the younger Bullock had signed the conveyance after the death of Waller the purchaser. Moore supported the objection.
Names: Bullock; Waller; Norbury; Moore;
Places: Leek, Staffordshire; Carshalton, Croyden, Houndsditch, Beddington, Surrey; Dublin, Ireland; Liverpool; Popsham, Devonshire; Bruge, Brussels, Belgium;
Description: Copies of certificates and other documents of title to an estate in Leek, Staffordshire settled on the marriage of Toft Chorley (died 14th August 1835) and Miss Ann Strangman (died 16th April 1798)-produced by Mr. Cruso, Leek, for the Misses Van Tuyl. Undated but about 1837. Contains extracts from records of the Society of Friends.
Names: Chorley; Strangman; Cruso; Dix; Lay; France; Lucas; Pettygrew; Reynolds; Forbes;Fayle; Williams; Smithson; North; Sands; Stott; Knott; Birkett; Jackson; Simmons; Stephens; Pimm; Robinson; Sandwith; Roberts; Clibborn; Smith; Harding; Alexander; Todhunter; Mark; Pike; Wright; Barrington; Greenwood; Mason; Empson; Watson; Beariman; Stuart; Hall; Speer; Costigon; Hill; Stott; Deaves; Dawson; Duckett;Glancey; Harrison; Birkbeck; Phelps; Green; Russell; Edmundson; Brown; Benson; Manley; Daintry; Heathcote; Hilliard; Mills; Gosling; Iggulden; Dyneley; Bince; Keates; Rutland; Badnall; Adamson; Clouston; Leeky; Barry; Bolton; Murphy; Whatley; Gantham; Abbott; Crampton; Poole; Polworthy; Mainwairing; Prosser; Sargeant; Bush; Moline; Perfect;Drewett;
Places: Leek, Cheddleton, Ipstones, Horton; Uttoxeter, Staffordshire; Ashbourne, Derbyshire;
Description: Draft conveyance of reversion in fee of the Ashenhurst Estate, Staffordshire, by Frances Bryan Hand, solicitor, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, to Thomas Phillips a Major in His Majesty's 18th Regiment of Hussars. Milne Reddie & Mellor, Temple. Dated 4th October 1876. It cites the will of Samuel Phillips late of Leek. Phillips contracted for the absolute purchase of the inheritance in fee simple and paid Hand £1750[?] for this. A schedule of the estate is attached which shows it to have extended to 1051 acres 2 roods and 4 perches.
Names: Hand; Phillips; Russell; Cursham; Milne; Allen; Bailey; Johnson; Chell; Moun'sett; Clark; Fernihough; Johnson; Sant; Steel; Eadley; Plant; Warrington; Adams; Hobbs; Boulton; Bowyer; Hodgekins; Whittles; Hill; McDonnell; Salt; Wardle; Beard; Godwin; Smith; Spencer;
Places: Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: Draft appointment by Thomas Phillips of Ashenhurst Hall, Leek, of Mr Frederick Greaves Heaton of Endon near Leek, Land Agent and Surveyor, as new trustee of the will of Mr. Samuel Phillips in place of Mr Edward Daniel Mellor, Hacker & Allen, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire, dated 20th May 1903. Engrossed upon deed of appointment dated 14th June 1884
Names: Phillips; Mellor; Heaton;
Places: Butterton, Staffordshire; Derby, Derbyshire; London;
Description: Signed and witnessed memorandum dated 13 August 1794, re indentures of lease/release dated 15th and 16th May 1789 between Thomas Salt and Thomas Blore of Middle Temple, London "by description" Thomas Blore of Derby in the County of Derby, Gentleman", of several closes in Butterton called The Womersey divided into two parts -the Hay Hall Close, the Whitefield, the Whitefield Pingle and the Womersey mouth or 24 acres altogether. The fields were in the occupation of William Stubbs and his son. This was to secure the sum of £400 and interest to Blore.
Names: Blore; Salt; Stubbs; Landars;
Places: Leek, Upper Hulme, Staffordshire; Ashbourne, Derbyshire; Manchester; Neston; Brussels;
Field Names: Dragon Fields;
Description: Very detailed solicitor's bill re the estate of Ann Davenport late of Leek, Staffordshire, spinster addressed to her trustees Thomas Smith and John Sleigh by Charles Coupland. It covers matters dealt with between December 1825 and 15 October 1830 and amounted to £498-10s-4d.
Names: Davenport; Coupland; Smith; Sleigh; Lowndes; Heaton; Wright; Thompson; Stringer; Godwin; Brassington; Bradley; Pedley; Heathcote; Cutting; Stevenson; Barker; Holroyd; Killmister; Birch; Gaunt; Pointon; Mather; Whilcock; Slack; Cruso; Wardle; Child; Johnson; Nixon; Eyre; Booth; Rowley; Condlyffe; Farrrington; Turnock; Goldstraw; Tomkinson; Phillips; Hulme; Challenor; Plant; Mellor; Wood; Ball; Billinge; Hales; Rider; Brunt; Taylor; Bowcock; Goldstraw; Barnes;
Places: Leek, Burslem, Newcastle under Lyme, Bidduulph, Staffordshire; Newcastle on Tyne; Macclesfield, Cheshire;
Description: Copy letters and telegrams sent to Mr. P. J. Goodall of Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, by Messrs Challinor & Co. Leek, Staffordshire, solicitors dated 1875. This relates to Goodall versus May, a case in Chancery and is marked "G". Refers to the purchase of Sneyd Colliery, Burslem for £22000.
Names: May; Goodall; Challinor; Shaw; Swainson; Coterill; Richadson; Tellwright; Tennant; Fod; Lindop; Lucas; Garlick; Brealey;
Places: Leek, Staffordshire; Stockport, Cheshire;
Description: Extract from the will of Thomas Sutton of Leek, Staffordshire dated 18th January 1818 in which Thomas bequeathed his brother William £1000 and upwards which he had advanced in their Trade "to make his share equal in capital with the late partner Francis Wakeman and his present partner John Hand. The rest of his property he bequeathed to his wife Hannah Sutton her heirs and assigns forever. He appointed his wife and Thomas Stanley of Stockport and his partner John Hand as executors. To John Hand he bequeathed £50.
Names: Sutton; Hand; Stanley; Wakeman;
Places: Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: Schedule of deeds re Oxhay Farm, Bradnop, Leek, Staffordshire belonging to George Cantrill and in mortgage to William Beaumont Badnall for securing £1500 and interest at 4%.Dated January 1890.
Names: Cantrill; Badnall; Tomkinson; Lay; Hand; Cook; Lees; Challinorr; Brealey; Pickford; Johnson; Sant; Warrdel; Worthington; Hammersley; Gibson; Phillips;
Places: Leek, Endon, Staffordshire; Sheffield; Northhampton;
Description: Draft conveyance of premises in Leek Market Place and at the back of them with release of annuity and covenant to produce deeds, Misses Sutton to Joseph Smith and Trustee. Killmister & Challinor. Indenture dated 25 June 1830 made between (1) Mary Sutton of Leek, spinster;(2) Revd. Thomas Sutton of Sheffield and John Cruso the Elder of Leek; (3) Mary Sutton; (4) said Thomas Sutton; (5) Thomas Sutton and Charles Coupland of Leek; (6) Hannah Sutton of Endon, widow; (7) Anne Pratt of Leek, widow; (8) George Etches of Leek, mercer and draper; (9) Samuel Tibbitts of Northampton and Prudence his wife, Martha Knight of Leek, widow and Olive Van Tuyl of the same place, widow; (10) John Sleigh of Leek; (11) Hugh Wardle of Leek, druggist; (12) the said Hannah Sutton; (13) Joseph Smith of Leek, mercer and draper; (14) Thomas Carr of Leek, silk manufacturer; Mary Gaskell of Leek, spinster. The recital starts with indentures of lease and release made on 27th and 28th March 1797 between (1) Thomas Knight; (2) William Bullock; (3) Richard Bullock; (4)William Challinor; (5) Hugh Sleigh. The property was in Leek Market Place opposite the Market Cross and late in the tenure of James Lucas but then in the holding of Thomas Knight, together with a yard and gardens plus three houses at the back of the messuage late in the occupation of Elizabeth Braddock, Hugh Hall and Catherine Goostry;
Names: Sutton; Smith; Cruso; Coupland; Gaskell; Tibbitts; Etches; Pratt; Coupland; Challinor, Killmister; Wardle; Sleigh; Van Tuyl; Knight; Braddock; Goostry; Hall;