Bednall Collection Part 2 (BC2) No.s 1026 to 1050   

The Bednall Archive 

Last updated 28/07/2007

BC2/ 1026

Places: Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Schedules of deeds relating to property mortgaged by Messrs Robert and William Henry Hammersley of Leek, Staffordshire, silk dyers, to William Phillips, esquire, of Leek, dated 9 December 1869.
[1] Schedule of deeds and writings relating to the title of Messrs Robert and William Henry Hammersley to dyehouses, buildings, land and premises at Bridge End, Leek, Staffordshire in mortgage to William Phillips, esquire, as security for £1600 and interest at 4%.
[2] Schedule of deeds and writings relating to the title of Robert Hammersley to a close of land at Broad End, Leek, Staffordshire in mortgage to William Phillips, esquire, as security for £700 and interest at 4%.

Names: Alsop; Allen; Alkin; Badnall; Ball; Bateman; Bewley; Cutting; Challinor; Cruso; Daintry; Emerson; Flint; Gaunt; Griffin; Hacker; Hammersley; Hand; Leech; Millward; Phillips; Porter; Richardson; Russell; Wood;


BC2/ 1027

Places: Macclesfield, Cheshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Documents relating to the bankruptcy of James Lucas and William Key of Leek, Staffordshire, button merchants, dealers and chapmen 1781-1784.

[1] Attested copy of a bargain and sale from the William Beard, Thomas Walthall and Thomas Sparrow, Commissioners under a Commission of Bankruptcy awarded against William Key and James Lucas of Leek, Staffordshire, button merchants, dealers and chapmen, on 22 August 1781, to John Daintry of Leek, silk merchant and Joseph Badnall of Leek, dyer, the assignees of the bankrupt's real estate, dated 22 September 1781. Key and Lucas, who had been trading for at least 6 years, had become indebted to John Daintry of Leek, Michael Daintry of Leek and John Ryle of Macclesfield, silk merchants and partners, in the sum of more than £200 for goods sold and delivered.

[2] Attested copy of a release in fee of a messuage, tenements and a close called Cornhill Cross, in Leek Staffordshire, by James Lucas of Leek, Staffordshire, his wife and his assignees (John Daintry of Leek, silk merchant and Joseph Badnall of Leek, dyer) to John Birtles of Leek, esquire, dated 27 January 1784. James Lucas was the eldest son, heir and devisee under the will of Samuel Lucas of Leek, button merchant, deceased. The property was a messuage in Spout Street, Leek, where Samuel Lucas had formerly lived and had then been in the possession of James Lucas and his brother William but was, when the document was drawn up, in the possession of Simon Debank.

Names: Badnall; Beard; Birtles; Challoner; Cope; Cragg; Daintry; Debank; Gibson; Ley; Loundes; Lucas; Key; Milford; Mills; Sparrow; Walthall;


BC2/ 1028

Places:Thorpe, Derbyshire;

Description: Vellum bound bank book for Mrs Jane Elizabeth Badnall, widow of William Beaumont Badnall of Thorpe near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, in account with the Union of London & Smith's Bank Ltd, 1917 to 1920.

Badnall; Bassett; Birch; Bourne; Chadwick; Challenor; Coates; Farrell; Freason; Fitzherbert; Forrester; Green; Harrison; Hodgkinson; Latham; Liston; Lockyer; Marsden; Metcalfe; Pearson; Potter; Reid; Sadler; Steel; Wardle; White; and others.


BC2/ 1029

Places:Westminster, London; Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Documents relating to various cases in the County Court at Leek, Staffordshire including charges concerning the theft of silk.

[1] Examination on the 11 July 1870, in the County Court at Leek, Staffordshire, of Ruth Tatton and Charlotte Ball witnesses and police constable Thomas Yeomans, with regard to the case of Hannah Bentley of Leek, married woman, who was charged with stealing, on the 8 July 1870, 5 bobbins containing about 12 ounces of Canton silk valued at twenty shillings, from Messrs William Heath and John Cope Ball.

[2] Letter, dated 24 October 1866, from Messrs Tennants of Hanley, Staffordshire to J. Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire, solicitor, re the case of Yeomans versus Hales. Tennants had been asked to defend Hales who was charged with having silk in his possession which had been "improperly come by".

[3] Recognizance in the County Court at Leek, Staffordshire to prosecute a special case, in the case of Joshua Nicholson v William Barker, 14 February 1873. Joshua Nicholson of Leek, silk manufacturer, acknowledged he owed "Our sovereign Lady the Queen" £50 to be paid to the Queen of his goods and chattels if he failed to meet conditions detailed in the document. The recognizance was taken by John Brough. Nicholson had been found guilty of assaulting William Barker of Leek, Assistant Overseer, on 24 January 1873, during a hearing before Hugh Sleigh, John Robinson, and Augustus Henry Argill Colville (all JPs). He was fined 5 shillings and told to pay William Barker £2 9s costs. Nicholson failed to pay and was sentenced to 7 days imprisonment "in the House of Correction at Stafford" "unless the several sums and the costs and charges of conveying the said Joshua Nicholson to the said house of Correction should be soon  paid." Nicholson was dissatisfied with this and applied to the Justices in question to state a case for the facts and the grounds for their judgment, "for the opinion thereon of Her Majesty's Court of Queen's Bench". The recognizance was to ensure he prosecuted his case in the Court of Westminster and paid any subsequent costs.

Names: Ball; Barker; Bentley; Brough; Coville; Heath; Nicholson; Robinson; Sleigh; Tatton; Yeomans;


BC2/ 1030

Places:Atherton; Marple, Cheshire; Hartington, Monyash, Derbyshire; Leekfrith, Staffordshire;

Description: Documents relating to the removal of James Sleigh from Leekfrith, Staffordshire to Marple, Cheshire, in 1812.

[1] Official notice, dated 8 September 1812, from two Justices of the Peace for Staffordshire, J. Hulme and E. Powys, to the Churchwardens and Overseers of Leekfrith that James Sleigh had "come to inhabit" in their parish and without having legal settlement there or a certificate of settlement "owning" himself to be settled elsewhere and had become actually chargeable to the township. The JPs had judged his place of settlement to be Marple in Cheshire and required the Churchwardens and Overseers of Leekfrith to remove Sleigh to Marple.

[2] A copy of the examinations of Isaac Sleigh of Monyash, Derbyshire and James Sleigh of Leekfrith, Staffordshire, taken by Edward Powys, clerk, and James Hulme, esquire, on 27 August 1812. 

Isaac, who was James Sleigh's brother, said his brother had been born at Hartington, Derbyshire where his father rented and occupied a farm for several years, at a rent of £100 a year and upwards. Afterwards Sleigh the father moved to Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire renting at only £3 per year. From there he moved to Atherton, Cheshire and then to Marple, Cheshire where, in 1806, Sleigh the father rented a house and smithy, from Mr Oldknows, for four shillings a week, remaining their upwards of two years. Both Isaac and his brother were part of their father's household at this time and remained with him until his death, in Leekfrith, about 3 months earlier. He never rented property at above £10 per annum afterwards and his brother James, being blind, had, he said "actually become chargeable to the township of Leekfrith.

James Sleigh said he had been blind from infancy and recollected his father residing at Hartington, Derbyshire where he rented a farm and kept twelve milking cows and a team of horse. He was then and ever since had been part of his father's family. James confirmed his brother's statement with regard to the other events and added that he had never done anything to gain settlement in Leekfrith.
[3] Staffordshire Epiphany Sessions 1813. The Overseers of the poor of the parish of Marple, Cheshire -appellants, versus the Township of Leekfrith, Staffordshire- respondents. Draft brief for respondents re an appeal lodged at the previous sessions. Cruso, Leek. This shows that shortly after the removal of James Sleigh of Leekfrith to Marple, Cheshire had been ordered by Staffordshire JPs on 8 September 1812, was removed to Marple. The Overseers of Leekfrith heard nothing more about this until 11 December 1812 when they received a notice from the Churchwardens and Overseers of th Poor of Marple, Cheshire that they had lodged an appeal against the removal order at the last General Quarter Sessions held at Stafford on 8 October 1812. The notice also stated that they intended to prosecute their appeal at the General Quarter Sessions to be held at Stafford on 14 January 1813. The case notes given confirm that James sleigh's father was a blacksmith who rented a farm in Hartington, Derbyshire at £100 per annum, moved to Chapel-en-le-frith where he only rented a house and shop at 33 per annum and afterwards "being reduced" removed to Marple where he first rented a blacksmith's shop at 2 shillings a week "but gave that up very soon and then rented a house and blacksmith's shop with a small garden from Mr Oldknow for which he gave 4 shillings a week and continued to occupy the same for upwards of 2 years." When his father left Marple "he came and took a small house and shop in Leekfrith at above £4 per annum" and James his son came with him. 

When Sleigh the father left Marple, his son William took the same house, shop and garden at Marple which his father at left, at the same 4s a week rent.. Mr Oldknow sold the premises to a Mr Bullivant and William Sleigh (James' brother) agreed to rent the property from Bullivant for £10 a year and also to pay the church rates. {When Bullivant took over the buildings, Oldknow set up his own shop and employed his own workmen to do the work.] There was however, sufficient work from other customers for William to continue to occupy the premises for 2 years, after which he went to reside in another township. The house, shop and garden rented from Oldknow is said to have been " near Oldknow's works which are very extensive and from which arose a great part of the employ of the… however, the custom of the shop did not entirely depend on the employ from Mr Oldknow's". In discussing the likely course of the appeal, Cruso writes " And surely it is fair to conclude that places where such great overgrown manufactories as Mr Oldknow's have been established ought to be saddled with the maintenance of the paupers which they have had the benefit of in their better days and not the Landed Interests to whom they may drive them either in bad times or when they are of no further use to them".

Names: Bullivant; Hollinsworth; Hulme; Oldknow; Moors; Sleigh; Powys;


BC2/ 1031

Places: Leek, Staffordshire

Description: [1] Printed invitation from Brealey, agent to the trustees of the Leek Town Lands, notifying them of Sir Arthur Nicholson's invitation of the trustees to the unveiling of the Nicholson War Memorial on Thursday, the 20 August at 2.30 p.m and afterwards to join him in tea in the Town Hall. Dated 15 Stockwell Street, Leek, (Staffordshire) 10 August 1925. Handwritten list of recipients.
[2] Letter, dated 13 August 1925, from H. Shuffelbotham of Leek, to Brealey, accepting the invitation from sir Arthur Nicholson.

Names: Birch; Brealey; Challinor; Johnson; Moore; Mycock; Nicholson; Rhead; Shaw; Shuffelbotham; Sleigh; Ward; Wardle; Wilson; Watson;


BC2/ 1032

Places:London; Leek, Staffordshire

Description: Resume, dated 31 March 1916, of the visit of a deputation from the Silk Association of Great Britain and Ireland and the Leek Silk Manufacturers association to the Special Committee of the Board of Trade, at Gwdyr House, Whitehall on Wednesday 29 March 1916.
The Board concluded that the Silk Trade must be removed from the list of reserved trades.

Names: Brunt; Farrell; Greenwood; McLeod; Moore; Tatton; Warner;


BC2/ 1033

Places:Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Seven documents relating too applications for Badnall's Dole, Leek & Lowe, Staffordshire 1852-.

[1] List of names of persons appointed to receive Badnall's Dole 30 October 1852. The list is in pencil and gives few details except for names, addresses and in one or two cases -age. On the reverse is a similar list dated 10 November 1853 of applications for dole. A note states "Dole 40 tons of coal, 20 pair of shoes; 20 shifts;

[2] Undated list of applicants living in the townships of Leek and Lowe,
 Staffordshire, for the dole, giving names, ages, addresses, and comments as to whether or not they had had the dole before. Other names (in pencil) on the back re people in Lowe.

[3] Names of applicants (6 only) for Badnall's Dole, Leek, Staffordshire 1854, giving names, addresses, and detailed comments e.g. Monarchy Rushton Behind the Church, aged 67. Hs had the dole once about 5 or 6 years ago. Has one child a cripple which she has to support. Has 3 loaves from the Parish. The Cripple has 1/- Mr John Gaunt knows her.. It has been said that she is given to liquor -she denies this, …..enquiries from neighbours.

[4] Undated list of names of applicants (6 only) for Badnall's Dole, Leek, Staffordshire , giving names, addresses, and details as to whether or not they had previously had the dole.

[5] List of 37 applicants for Badnall's Dole, Leek, Staffordshire 1856 giving names, ages, addresses, and comments on previous receipt of the dole, parish relief, etc. On the back is a list of 21 "Poor Widows elected 6 November 1856."

[6] Undated notes of 4 applicants for Badnall's Dole, Leek, Staffordshire.

[7] Letter, dated 6 November 1854, from Sarah Worthington to Mr[ William Beaumont] Badnall. The writer ,who was going to Birmingham that day, and since she had no time to see him about a " pensioner of mine "Sarah Miles of Clarke Bank" who had asked her about "Badnall's Dole" which she had had 5 years before. "when Mr Worthington was church warden & is a very proper object". The writer asks Badnall to interest himself in her (Sarah Miles) behalf. Her "sole dependence (beyond a little parish relief and occasional charity) is a daughter who has incurable health". "Sarah Miles is upwards of 70 -therefore scarcely likely to have it again". The writer left it to Badnall's " judgment and kindness".

Names: Abbott; Ainsworth; Astles; Badnall; Ball; Bradley; Brassington; Birch; Bowyer; Bowcock; Bowyer; Brindley; Brough; Burton; Cary; Carrington; Challinor; Corbett; Crompton; Dayson; Doxey; Davis; Edge; Emery; English; Fernyhough; Findlow; Fisher; Gardener; Gaunt; Hallowes; Harrison; Hassalls; Hill; Hogg; Hyde; Hulme; Joule; Kerr; Kirkham; Knight; Leech; Lomas; Lovatt; Mares; Mason; Meakin; Miles; Morris; Mottershead; Mullins; Naden; Nean; Osborne; Parker; Parkin; Perkin; Pickford; Pimlow; Plant; Prime; Rex; Rushton; Sales; Sedgley; Sherratt; Smith; Snow; Spilsbury; Steel; Thompson; Vigrass; Watson; Whieldon; Williams; Williamson; Winterbotham;


BC2/ 1034

Places:Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Letter, dated 24 January 1797, from Ward Dennetts - Greaves of Covent Garden, London to Mr Dewbery re the case of Badnall v Debank.

Names: Badnall; Debank;


BC2/ 1035

Places:Leek, Lowe, Staffordshire;

Description: Miscellaneous letters and documents relating to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands.

[1] Letter, dated 25 March 1915, from John Watson, Chairman of the Parish Meeting of Lowe to R. Brealey, Agent for the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, re resolutions and appointments made at a meeting of the Parish of Lowe, Staffordshire on 23 March 1915. The appointments concerned the Parish's representatives as Trustees of the Leek Town Lands Trust Charity -e.g. William Saddington Watson and William Edward Russell Watson both of Lowe Hill House, Lowe, and John Osborne of Grove Cottage, Leek, Staffordshire.

[2] Copy petition from the Parish Council and Ratepayers of Lowe, Staffordshire renewing those made in 1897, 1899, 1900 and 1909 to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands asking them to renew their application to the Leek Urban District Council to provide a suitable water supply to that part of the parish of Lowe contiguous to the Ashbourne Road and the Mount. Document is dated  12 May 1910 and carries a list of the signatories names.

[3] Letter, dated 12 May 1910, from John Watson, Chairman of the Parish Meeting of Lowe to R. Brealey,  clerk  to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, asking him to bring the petition [2 above] to the attention of the Trustees at their next meeting.

4] Letter, dated 6 June 1919, from John Watson, Chairman of the Parish Meeting of Lowe to R. Brealey,  clerk  to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands,  enclosing a resolution appointing W. Watson and W. Edward Russell Watson, both of Lowe House, Lowe, Staffordshire and Adam Mycock of Lowe Hill farm trustees to represent the Parish of Lowe on the Town Lands Trusts Charity.

.[5] Letter, dated 30 June 1919,  from Henry Allen of E. Allen & Co., Britannia Mills, Leek, Staffordshire, to Mr Brealey notifying him that he (Allen) would be unable to attend the meeting of the Town Land Trustees. He added that he hoped that, in the interests of the allotment holders, " arrangements can be made whereby the field in question may be leased to the Council for some years at about £5 per acre."

Names: Adin; Allen; Brealey; Gilman; Goodwin; Hambleton; Hill; Mycock; Newton; Osborne; Palmer; Plant; Robinson; Tatton; Watson;


BC2/ 1036

Places: Leek, Lowe, Staffordshire;

Description: Letters relating to alterations to the Belle Vue Road, Leek, Staffordshire.

[1] Letter, dated 16 June 1904, from W. H. Rider director of Wardle & Davenport Ltd, silk manufacturers, Leek, Staffordshire to Thomas Beacham, surveyor to the Leek Urban District Council, Leek, Staffordshire re alterations to the Belle Vue Road.  Rider stated that the firm couldn't see any benefit to them in enclosing the land offered to them by the Leek U.D.C. in exchange for land on the opposite side of the street. They suggested it would cost the Council no more to "purchase the 200 odd square yards of land adjoining the cottage and wood-turning sheds" and in addition to purchase the cottage and sheds for £250.  The cost of the land required -about 200 square yards-at 5/- a yard.

[2] Letter, dated 14 September 1904, from W. H. Rider director of Wardle & Davenport Ltd, silk manufacturers, Leek, Staffordshire to Thomas Brealey & Son, agent to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands  re alterations to the Belle Vue Road  Rider request a copy of the plan and section of the proposed alterations to the road.

[3] Letter, dated 17 September 1904, from W. H. Rider director of Wardle & Davenport Ltd, silk manufacturers, Leek, Staffordshire to Thomas Brealey & Son, agent to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands  re alterations to the Belle Vue Road   Concerns charges relating to the sale of a cottage and land.

[4] Letter, dated 18 November 1904, from W. H. Rider director of Wardle & Davenport Ltd, silk manufacturers, Leek, Staffordshire to Thomas Brealey & Son, agent to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands  re the purchase of a cottage and land, by the Trustees, in connection with alterations to  Belle Vue Road, Leek.

Names: Brealey; Beacham; Rider; Watson;


BC2/ 1037

Places: Leek,  Staffordshire;

Description: Copy memorandum of an agreement between Charles Lovatt of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer and Thomas Oakden of Leek, silk manufacturer concerning  reference to to arbitration. Lovatt and Oakden had agreed to become partners, under articles of partnership dated 5 April 1861. The articles of partnership made provision for reference to arbitration in the event of any dispute between the partners. In this document they agreed that Charles Carr of Leek should be the arbitrator and defines his terms of reference.

Names: Bloore; Carr;  Hacker; Lovatt; Oakden; Redfern;


BC2/ 1038

Places:London; Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Letters and other papers relating to the gift, by Joseph Challinor  of Compton House, Leek, Staffordshire, of the Encyclopaedia Britannica to the Leek Municipal Technical School, The Nicholson Institute, Leek 1896-1903.

[1] Letter dated 3 November 1896 from C. Henshaw, clerk to the Leek Urban District Council,  Leek, Staffordshire to Messrs Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, re "The late Mr Challinor's bequest to the Nicholson Institute".

[2]Two letters, dated 24th and 29th May 1902 respectively (and a subscription form) from H. E. Hooper of "The Times", London to Joseph Challinor of Compton House,. Leek, Staffordshire re new volumes of the 10th Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica., to be sent to the Nicholson Institute.

[3]Letter dated 29 May 1902  from Kineton Parkes, Principal of the Leek Municipal College, The Nicholson Institute, Leek, Staffordshire to Mr. Joseph Challinor of Leek, acknowledging receipt of a letter from Challinor and expressing his delight at "your great kindness". Parkes goes onto say "There is nothing we want more urgently in the public library than the new volumes of the Encyclopaedia and there is no gift which would be more welcome. The old volumes are consulted every day and the new ones will bring new readers to us anxious to know the latest knowledge.."

[4] Letter (with attached receipt), dated 31st May 1902, from H. E. Hooper of "The Times", London to Joseph Challinor of Compton House, Leek, Staffordshire re new volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

[5] Copy letter, dated 9 December 1903,  from Joseph Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire to the Manager of The Times, London, concerning the new volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica which he had purchased in May 1902 and gave to the Nicholson Institute.   Challinor said that he now wanted to buy another  11(supplementary) volumes for himself and his family and asked for a quotation for the books and a bookcase.

[6] Receipt for J. Challinor's payment of 13 guineas for  a complete copy of The Times supplement to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. (11 volumes bound in half Morocco).

[7] Rough notes, dated 9 December 1903,  re supplementary volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

[8] Letter, dated 17th December 1903, from H. E. Hooper of "The Times", London to F.(?) Challinor of Compton House, Leek, Staffordshire acknowledging receipt of 13 guineas in payment for a set of supplementary volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

[9] Printed order form for "The Encyclopaedia Britannica in 35 large quarto volumes". Easy payments are offered and an advert for "A strong and handsome Solid Fumed Oak Bookcase for only 21/-" is included.  Document includes a short list of some of the purchasers which included the Prime Minister,  the Lord High Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice, the Viceroy of India and 8 bishops.

Names: Challinor; Henshaw; Hooper; Parkes;


BC2/ 1039

Places:Leek, Staffordshire; Newark, Winthorp, Nottinghamshire; Wetherby, Wentbridge, York, Yorkshire;

Description: Draft conveyance, by (1) Preston Seaton esq., of Wentbridge, Yorkshire as Committee of the estate of Sarah Perfect of York, spinster, a person of unsound mind, (2) the Reverend Thomas Brown of Newark, Nottinghamshire and Grosvenor Hodgkinson of Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire and (3) William Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire to William Beaumont Badnall of Leek, of two closes of land  and premises near the bottom of Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire, for £505.  Challinor & Co., Leek, 7th May 1864.  Outlines the inheritance of the property by Sarah and Marianne perfect the only two children of Grosvenor Perfect of Thorp Arch near Wetherby, Yorkshire under the will of Thomas Fenton Grosvenor late of Leek, dated 9 February 1827. Seaton Preston was appointed to look after Miss Perfect's estate on 25 February 1852 and by a subsequent judicial order ( 13 November 1863] was empowered to sell the property in question.  Of the two closes of land, one (1884 square yards) was partially occupied as a store yard for materials, y the Leek Commissioners and the remainder by Charles Comberbatch who use it as a garden. The other close, which was called "Barn Croft", was nearby and measured 1acre 2 roods 3 perches. A schedule of deeds is attached commencing with indentures of lease and release dated 24 & 25th March 1783, between Thomas Fenton Grosvenor, William Perfect and his wife Anne and William Condlyffe, and ending with the present document.

Names: Badnall; Beevor;  Best; Bigsby; Birdmore; Carr;  Challinor; Comberbatch; Condlyffe; Grosvenor; Hall; Hodgkinson; Hulme; Johnson; Naden; Paynter; Perfect; Preston; Prince; Tew;  Thompson; Weston;


BC2/ 1040

Places:Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Miscellaneous items relating to the Leek Town Lands Charity, Leek, Staffordshire. 

[1] Minutes of the annual meeting of the Leek Town Lands Trustees, held at the Town Hall, Leek on 27 August 1970. Incorporates a list of seats that could be placed at various places around Leek (24 sets at 14 locations) together with an assessment of the cost of providing them. Amongst the other matters discussed is the provision of a grant to  or  purchase of Brindley's Mill. Mrs J. Levitt reported  that the structure was sound and in 1968 the machinery and two spare sets of millstones were there in 1968. She emphasised its special value to local history and tourism. The owner, Mr Podmore, had quoted a price of £2700 and a further £2000 would be required for restoration.  The County Council were not prepared to spend anything because " of lack of local interest". She recommended that the Trustees buy the mill  which could be restored under the oversight of a local committee with Dr Baucher "giving the matter his care".  It was resolved that the Trustees should purchase the mill and that the secretary should write to the Charity Commission on the matter.  Mr Barlow was against the resolution, suggesting an alternative scheme whereby the Trustees advanced the money but the building should be vested in a committee specially formed for that purpose.

[2] Typed list of the contents of the trunk containing deeds and other papers relating to the  Leek Town Lands Charity.

[3] Letter, dated 8 January 1914, from R. W. Brealey , Land Agent, Leek, Staffordshire, to Arthur H. Shaw of Leek, Staffordshire enclosing (not now] the order of the Charity Commissioners appointing Shaw as a Trustee of the Leek Town Lands Charity.

[4] Letter, dated 24 October 1899, from Fred Davenport of Messrs Wardle & Davenport, silk manufacturers, Leek, Staffordshire, to J. Brealey of Leek, agent for the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, concerning his inability to erect a stable on land adjoining Woodcroft because he was waiting for action by Leek U.D.C who were to have a meeting with Brealey. He wanted to know whether the matter had been settled and whether or not he could proceed with the work.

[5] Two letters, dated 28th & 29th November 1899 respectively, Fred Davenport of Leigh House, Leek, Staffordshire, to J. Brealey of Leek, agent for the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, concerning the building of a stable on land near Woodcroft. Davenport had talked the matter over with a Mr Chappell and had, as a consequence, instructed him to proceed with its erection " on the Woodcroft land near the back gates".  This had already been approved by Leek U.D.C and he had, he said, "taken this course as there seem to be so many difficulties in connection with the Town Land's scheme."

Names: Brealey;  Barlow; Baucher; Brindley; Chappell; Davenport;  Hood; Johnson; Jones;  Levitt; Moore; Morton; Podmore; Shaw; Smith; Thompson;


BC2/ 1041

Places:Burslem, Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Miscellaneous Challinor letters.

[1]Letter, dated 27 July 1881, from W. Butterfield, Burslem, Staffordshire to William Challinor , Leek, Staffordshire, concerning "the things that were in Store Room at the Crate Shop and the value of "what Mr Charles had".  He thought it likely that "some of the materials would be perished and good for nothing, although the Earthenware and Oven Bonting would be useful". Proposed getting a list from Mr Birks.

[2] Letter, dated 18 August 1882, from J. Challinor, Compton, Leek, Staffordshire to William Challinor concerning their partnership. Joseph thought the partnership should continue on the lines of the current agreement of 14 June 1879 with some variations. The variations proposed are then given.

[3]  Letter, dated 21 November 1892, from John Challenor of Blackwood, Endon, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, to Messrs Challinor & Co., Leek, Staffordshire concerning an advert in the Leek Post that a country residence was wanted to rent. He was, he said, willing to rent Blackwood Hall for 6 months or a year from 1st May 1893 to 1st May 1894, at a rent of £75 for 6 months or 100 Guineas for 12 months. The letter gives details of the Hall and mentions "good rough shooting over 400 acres, more if desired. Fishing in the Dove at Hartington about 1.25 mile". 

[4] Letter, dated 15 August 1898, from  Joseph Challinor, Compton, Leek, Staffordshire to T. H. Booth, Chairman of the Gas Committee, Leek U.D.C re a lamp in the Market Place, Leek. Challinor suggested that the "ugly lamp in the centre of the Market Place" be removed and replaced by the Old Market Cross which was, he said, "now in the Cemetery". The Market Cross was removed from the site of the Old Town Hall in the Market Place, Leek to Cornhill in 1806 and in, Challinor's view "is an interesting mark of the antiquity of the town".  Challinor suggested other lighting arrangements and stated that he would be willing to contribute £10 towards the cost.

[5] Letter, dated 17 August 1898,  from T. H. Booth, Leek Urban District Council, Leek, Staffordshire to Joseph Challinor, Leek, acknowledging the receipt of his letter concerning the Market Cross and stating that a meeting of the Gas Committee had been called for that evening to discuss the matter.

Names: Birks; Booth; Butterfield; Challinor; Shaw;


BC2/ 1042

Places:Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Miscellaneous documents ex- Challinors & Co, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire.

[1] Four items clipped together: 

   (a) Stamped promissory note for £550 with interest at 5%, payable to Mr Richard Cutting, dated Leek 20 July 1847, and signed by Josiah Gaunt, witnessed by George Allen Smith.  Receipts for payments of interest from 1st February 1848 to 23 January 1857, are noted on the reverse.  

   (b) Stamped receipt for  £504  14/3,  the balance of £550 and interest, received by Ellen Gaunt from Ellen Cooper, dated " Leek 22 November for  26 September 1861".

   (c ) Notes of account re the transaction for the period 23 July to 26 September 1861.

   (d) Note, dated 8 February 1862, from J. H Hacker, Leek, Staffordshire to Mrs Cooper stating that she had told him that Miss E, Gaunt had said "they have no note or other security from John Gaunt for the £550 ".

[2] Letter, dated 22 February 1830, from J. S. Salt, London to John Cruso, Leek, Staffordshire, concerning the stock belonging to a charity (Leek Almshouses?] on which a dividend had not been paid since 1821.  The stock was given as 3% Red.. Annuities, then valued at £436-2s.. Salt said he had written to the Vicar of Leek about the matter some months before and that since then he had met " Mr Sneyd of Ashcombe" who had informed him the Challinor & Co., were acquainted with the circumstances and "would be happy to do what was necessary"  "without making any professional charge for his trouble". On the strength of this, Salt asked Challinor whether he had a copy of the late Mr Leigh's will "since all that is required is to have the probate registered at the Bank when Mr Leigh's executors can receive or grant a power of attorney for the receipt of the dividends".   Salt also states that "new trustees might be appointed to whom the stock might be transferred…… preventing the stock going to the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt".  Salt included a list of the  trustees of the charity - Thomas Mills, Thomas Parker, Edward Arblaster, William Armett and Francis Leigh all of whom were dead. Francis Leigh had been the last survivor.

[3] Memo, dated 8 September 1899,  from Thomas Whittles of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, to Mr Robinson of Leek, suggesting "a further meeting of manufacturers to consider the question of advance to the pickers".  He continued by saying " Mr Stubb has called on us but we could  give him no reply until we knew what others intended doing as we distinctly said, at the last meeting, that we would pay if the rest did."

[4] Receipt  for the cost of 2 doz Lithia Water, bottles and carriage bought by W. Phillips from Johnson & Sons, "family and dispensing chemists", Leek, Staffordshire on 5th January 1870.

Names: Arblaster; Armett;  Challinor; Cooper;  Cruso; Cutting; Hacker; Heathcote; Gaunt; Johnson; Leigh; Mills; Parker; Phillips; Robinson; Salt; Smith; Stubb; Whittles;

BC2/ 1043

Places: Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire;  

Description: Draft articles of partnership between Joshua Wardle of Leek Brook, Cheddleton, Staffordshire, silk dyer, and William Milner of Leek, Staffordshire, gentleman, as silk dyers for a period of 14 years, trading as " Wardle & Milner", dated 31 December 1838.  Wardle was already in business as a silk dyer operating from premises at Leek Brook, Cheddleton and his "Steam engine and boiler, furnaces, barks, copperas, 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 scales, desk and drawers for patterns, paper and cord, drying rack, drying poles and stoves, water cisterns, pumps, copper, lead and cast iron piping, sacks and other effects belonging to and now used by the said Joshua Wardle in the trade of silk dyer to be taken by the said partners and form a part of the capital or joint stock of the said partnership. Valuation of the drugs to be made by John Bostock, druggist, of Leek.   The engine, furnaces, boiler, barks and all other effects in and about the dyehouse buildings and premises was to be valued by William Nixon, appraiser and builder, of Leek.  Milner was to advance a sum of money equal in value to the estimated values of the stock in trade and effects of Joshua Wardle and to pay the sum to the credit of the partnership £1000 on 1st January next and the remainder on 1st July next.  The rent to be paid to Wardle by the partnership, for the premises was to be determined by William Nixon.        

Names: Bostock; Cruso; Nixon; Milner; Wardle;

BC2/ 1044

 Places:Leek, Staffordshire;      

Description: Draft transfer  of a mortgage to secure £5000 and interest, dated 1813, by (1) John Sleigh of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer (administrator of the goods, chattels  etc. of the within named Mary Sleigh deceased), (2) William Debank Hand  of Park Lane, Staffordshire, farmer (surviving executor of the will of the within named Dorothy Sleigh deceased), (3) the said John Sleigh (as eldest brother and heir of Dorothy  Sleigh and Mary Sleigh) and (4) the same John Sleigh (as surviving partner in trade of Hugh Sleigh and Joseph Alsop both of Leek, silk manufacturers, deceased), (5) Thomas Phillips the elder of Leek, ribbon merchant and Joseph Gould of Pilsbury, Derbyshire, (executors of the said Hugh Sleigh deceased),  (6) John Haywood Alsop of Leek, silk manufacturer (only child and residuary legatee of the said Joseph Alsop deceased).  The document states that Hugh Sleigh, Joseph Alsop and John sleigh had  been in business as silk manufacturers and partners for several years and then mentions the deaths of Hugh Sleigh and Joseph Alsop, the proving of their wills and the appointment of executors, residuary legatees etc. Several sums of money, including the sum of £5000, had been paid to Dorothy Sleigh and Mary Sleigh as residuary legatees of Hugh Sleigh out of the business, with the consent  of Sleigh and Haywood Alsop.  The several partnership accounts had recently been, finally, settled and the £5000 and all interest due  had become due and should thus be  transferred to J. H. Alsop "in part of his and their share of the partnership and effects" and the "within mentioned messuage, farm or tenement, closes etc, should be conveyed and released to him and his heirs".         

Names: Sleigh; Alsop; Gould; Hand; Davenport;  Phillips;

BC2/ 1045

Places:Leek, Staffordshire;  

Description: Miscellaneous documents relating to the Leek & Moorlands Building Society.

[1]  Agreement between the Leek & Moorlands Building Society  and William Prince  of Ball Haye Terrace, Leek, Staffordshire, silk twister, for the sale and purchase of a house in Rosebank Street, Leek, Staffordshire, dated 14 February 1883. The document has been signed  and stamped and carries the Society's seal.

[2] Twenty-third annual report, statement of account and balance sheet of the Leek and Moorlands Building Society, dated 31 December 1879.        

Names: Badnall; Bermingham; Brealey;  Brooks; Brough; Buller; Challinor; Child; Farrow; Goodwin; Hayward; Heaton; Hill; Naden; Nicholson; Nixon; Phillips; Prince; Rider; Robinson; Salt;  Shaw; Travis; Ward; Wright;

BC2/ 1046

Places:Leek, Staffordshire;  

Description: Residuary Inland Revenue account, dated 19 December 1851,  concerning legacy and "Residue Dues" and monies arising from the personal and real estate of Prudence Hulme of Leek, Staffordshire, widow, deceased who died on 1 October 1850. The document incorporates a declaration that the monies were retained for the use of the deceased's mother, Sarah Tooth and deceased's step-daughter Mary Ann Howes. Document has been signed, witnessed and stamped.         

Names: Bloore; Clowes; Fergyson; Howes; Hulme; Tooth;

BC2/ 1047

Places:Cheddleton, Earl Sterndale, Leek, Tunstall, Staffordshire;         

Description: Bill for work carried out by solicitor, Frank Cruso of Leek, Staffordshire for the Staffordshire Potteries Waterworks Company in connection with the purchase of land at Cheddleton, Staffordshire belonging to the Earl Sterndale incumbency, between February 1872 and December 1873. It was settled on 19 June 1874.         

Names: Badnall; Barnett; Brassington; Challinor; Cruso; Drewery; Robertson; Elliot; Jennings; Llewellyn; Millward;  Piercy; Smith; Wirgman;

BC2/ 1048

Places:Hattersley, Cheshire; Hadfield, Derbyshire; Hyde, Lancashire; Leek, Staffordshire;         

Description: Copy agreement, between James Steers late of Hyde, Lancashire but then of Hattersley, Cheshire, farmer, Ruth Steers of Vale House Farm, Hadfield, Derbyshire,  spinster, Henry Hulme of Rue Hays, Onecote, Staffordshire, farmer, and his wife Arabella, Joseph Billing of Leek, Staffordshire, cabinet maker, and James Bromley of Leek, bookkeeper, (called the "Landlords") and William Bailey of Apesford, Leek, farmer (called the "Tenant"), for the letting of Thorncliffe Farm, Leek, Staffordshire as a yearly tenancy commencing 25 March 1872 at a rent of £75 a year. At the time of the letting the farm was occupied by William Wheeldon.         

Names: Bailey; Billing; Bromley; Hulme; Sant; Steers, Wheeldon;

BC2/ 1049

Places:Bradnop, Grindon, Leek, Onecote, Waterfall, Staffordshire;            

Description: Miscellaneous printed sales notices.
[1] Particulars of the sale of freehold houses, buildings and building land in Barngate, Street, Westwood Road, London Road and Haywood Street, Leek, Staffordshire at the swan Hotel, Leek on 20 December 1894.

[2] Particulars of the sale of freehold farms and small holdings in Grindon and Onecote, Staffordshire, at the Red Lion Hotel, Leek, Staffordshire on 15 October 1919. The farms were  the Lowes Farm, Grindon, then occupied by Joseph Mycock;  the Fold Farm at Onecote then occupied by Trevor Poyser; Bank Top Farm at Ford in Onecote, then occupied by Thomas Goldstraw; Moor End Farm near Onecote occupied by Mr Simpson, T. Goldstraw and the representatives of the late Thomas Goldstraw; Higher Moor Farm, Onecote, then occupied by William Whittaker and a small holding called Birdsgrove or Moorside Farm, Onecote, occupied by R. Clowes.

[3] Particulars of the sale of freehold business premises at 17 Derby Street and the Silk Street Garage, Leek, Staffordshire, at the Red Lion Inn, Leek on the 3rd March 1927. The premises were then occupied by H. R. Magnier.

[4] Particulars of the sale of freehold  property in Bradnop, Onecote and Waterfall, near Leek, Staffordshire at the Swan Hotel, Leek, on 22 May 1929. The property included Rose Mount at Bradnop formerly occupied by Mrs Magnier deceased;  Bradnop Grange Farm then tenanted by E. A. Bagshaw; Rue Hays Farm, Onecote then occupied by J. W. Austin and Lawn Fields Farm, Waterfall occupied by William Hudson.

[5] Particulars of the sale of a freehold dairy farm, Paddock Farm, Leekfrith, Staffordshire, by auction at the Swan Hotel, Leek, Staffordshire on 13 July 1932. The farm was then occupied by the owner J. W. Oulsnam.

[6] Particulars of the sale of freehold silk mills, a house, garden, cottages and land in Leek, Staffordshire by auction, by Mr Hilliard, at the George Hotel, Leek on 8th February 1872. The Mill was in Horton Street off Stockwell Street, Leek and was occupied by Messrs Joseph Gould & Sons.        

Names: Allen; Ash; Austin; Bagshaw; Bishton; Brealey; Brindley; Bullock; Challinor; Clowes; Fergyson; Goldstraw; Gould; Hacker; Hillyard; Hudson; Hulme; Johnson; Magnier; Mycock; Oulsnam; Poyser; Prince; Shaw; Simpson; Smith; Tatton;

BC2/ 1050

Places:Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Schedule of deeds and writings relating to the title of Mr George Bull to a messuage on Ball Haye Green and two houses in Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire in mortgage to William Phillips as security for £1700 and interest. The schedule, which is dated 11 July 1856 and covers the period from 1829 to 1856, was signed by William Phillips. A supplementary note dated 15 May 1873 records that the deed and documents mentioned were received that day by Challinor & Co, solicitors, Leek, from Francis Bryan Hand the executor of William Phillips deceased.   

Names: Barlow; Bowers; Bull; Challinor; Chell; Cooper; Day; Doxey; Hacker; Howard; Johnson; Killmister; Mountford; Phillips; Slack; Smith; Sneyd; Stirling; Tomkinson; Tomlinson; Travis; Warrington



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