Bednall Collection Part 2 (BC2) No.s 1201 to 1225   

The Bednall Archive 

Last updated 30/01/2008


Places Knutsford, Cheshire; Childwall, Lancashire; Holborn, London, Middlesex; Leek, Staffordshire; Milford Haven, South Wales; Chaddesley, Worcestershire;

Description Release and discharge by John Wood of Knutsford, Cheshire, eldest son of John Wood late of St. Martins Lane, Middlesex and formerly Commissary of Her Majesty's Forces in the Mediterranean, to John Grant then of Barnards Inn, Holborn, London  merchant but now of Milford Haven, South Wales, the Rev, John Sharpe of Childwall, Lancashire, Richard Badnall of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer and the Reverend George Henry Percy of Chaddesley, Worcestershire, the executors of his father's will, for his legacy and part of the residue estate,  dated 1 May 1821. Jennings & Bolton for John Cruso & Son, Leek, Staffordshire.

Names: Badnall; Cruso; Grant; Percy (Piercy); Sharpe; Wood; 



Places Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Affidavit by John Clowes of Leek, Staffordshire, cooper, certifying that he served a regular apprenticeship of 7 years to Benjamin Turner of Leek who during that term lived in a house called The White Lion and also in another property of Thomas Hollinshead. Clowes went on to state that neither he nor, so far as he could remember, his master or any of the family sitting in a pew in the North Gallery of Leek Church  with IM.IM.IC carved on the door. A note states that "on the upper end of this seat is a brass plate on which is engraved in italic Edward Sikes 2 Head kneelings" Signed on 24 July 1795 by John Clowes and witnessed by Myles Atkinson, Vicar of Leek, George Pratt and Joseph Sherwin.

Names: Atkinson; Clowes; Pratt; Sherwin; Sikes; Turner;  


Places Leek, Staffordshire;

Description Copy case for the opinion of Mr F. Valentine Lee of Temple, London, respecting committing the Edward Scarratt of Ipstones, Staffordshire, putative father, for maintenance of his child by Rachell Goldstraw of Grindon, Staffordshire, Redfern, Leek, Staffordshire 1836. It includes Mr Lee's opinion. Scarratt lived with his father, "an opulent farmer," who stated that he only gave his son meat, drink, washing and lodging but no wages, for his labour. The law provided for the putative father to be committed to Goal where he had no resources to pay maintenance.  The opinion of Mr Lee was that this provision no longer applied and even if it did, he doubted if the application for committal would succeed.

Names: Fynney; Goldstraw; Lee; Redfern; Scarratt;



Places Buckinghamshire; London; Oxfordshire;

Description: Copy of Judges Report by Private Bill. 

"To The Right Honourable the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament Assembled" Undated.  This states " May it please your Lordships.

In pursuance  of your Lordships' Order bearing date the   day of   last heretofore mentioned We have considered the Petition of A B C hereunto annexed and we find that etc.

And we also find That in as much as the said A.B. is hereby tenant for life of one undivided third part of the said Estates in London and in the Counties of Oxford and Bucks no sale can be made thereof without the aid and authority of Parliament (except for the term of 99 years  under the will of the said L.M.

And we do further certifie unto  your Lordships  that the said deceased  [?] A.B. did personally attend  and did admit that he did sign  the said petition . And for himself did consent to the prayer of the said petitioners. And that the said C.D.E. did also attend us and did  respectively admit that they did sign their consent to the prayer of the said petitioners And did for themselves severally consent to the prayer of the said petitioners.

And we are of the opinion that it is for the benefit and advantage of the said A. B. C. D etc., and all those claime .. or to to claim in remainder after them That the said undivided 3rd part should be vested in trustees for the purposes mentioned in the said petition.

And further certify that all parties who may be concerned in the consequence of a Bill for that purpose (except the said…) have signed their consent to the prayer of the said petition.

And we have perused and signed the Bill annexed which we conceive to be proper for the purposes aforesaid. And are humbly of opinion That it may be proper that the……. Should pass into a law if your Lordships so shall please," 




Places: Bradnop, Consall, Endon, Wallgrange, Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Letter, dated 13 March 1866, from Edwin Heaton, Basford Hurst near Leek, Staffordshire to the Rev. John Hand, which accompanied a "statement of rents received" by him "on account of Mr Phillips".  In the letter he states" I am sorry to say that the Cattle Plague has made its appearance at Bradnop within a very short distance of Mr Sant's. It has also attacked Mr Watt's (Wallgrange) stock, and there have been several cases in Consall, so that we are in much anxiety on that account." He Finished by reporting that Mr Heaton had called to enquire after Mr Phillips a few days before and was told that he continued in much the same state."

Names: Hand; Heaton; Milne; Phillips; Sant; Watts;


Places: Thorpe, Ashborne, Derbyshire; Endon, Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Four Badnall letters dating between March and October 1885.

[1] Letter, dated 23 April 1885, from Mrs Ellen Badnall of Endon, Staffordshire to Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire. Receipt for £19-10-0d received from Smith mortgagee.

[2] Letter, dated 20 October 1885, from Mrs Ellen Badnall of Endon, Staffordshire to Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire. Notifying receipt of a cheque for £19-6s-8d.

[3] Letter, dated 17 March 1885, from William Beaumont Badnall of Thorpe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire to Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire. Note accompanying his account of Fees to the present date and asking for cash payment.

[4] Letter, dated 1 October 1885, from William Beaumont Badnall of Thorpe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire to Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire. Receipt (stamped) for £19-8s-4d received from Cook's executors.

Names: Badnall; Challinor; Cook; Smith;


Places: Northwich, Warrington, Cheshire; London; Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Items relating to the Leek Commissioner's plans to build a new market house or town hall on the site of property at the head of the Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire, belonging to the Watt family.1861.

[1] Draft of a resolution of the "Committee appointed at a General Board meeting of the Commissioners held on the 27th to consider and report on the advisability of purchasing the property belonging to the Watt family in the Market Place and Stockwell Street in Lee for a site for a covered market and other purposes" The committee which met on the 1st (instance) comprised Mr Carr (in the Chair), Mr Ridout, Mr Brough, Mr Whittles, Mr Alsop, Mr Brealey, Mr Challinor and Mr Finney. It was unanimously resolved  that the property should be purchased for £3200and the expenses of the Trustees of the Watt's family "for completing the requisite powers of sale" provided  they did not exceed £80.

The Committee also decided that if the site was purchased, it would not be expedient for the present to carry out the scheme for erecting a covered Market Town Hall or other public building.

[2] Plan of the Stockwell Street corner of the Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire on a scale of 30 feet to an inch. Individual premises are numbered and a key indicates the owners and in some cases the occupiers and the rents they currently paid.

[3] Letter dated 23 January 1861, from Beaumont, Unwin & Davies of Warrington to Messers Challinor & Co., solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire. Re Watt & Watt and concerning a parcel of deeds that had been corrected in the "Mr Blake's hand". Blake was a solicitor who lived in Northwich, Cheshire;

[4] Letter dated 28 January 1861, from Beaumont, Unwin & Davies of Warrington to Messers Challinor & Co., solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire. Re Watt & Watt . Suggests Challinors should take out an order for all deeds to be deposited in Court.

[5] Letter, dated 1 February 1861, from Mr Blake [Northwich, Cheshire] to Challinor Badnall & Co, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire concerning the Watts Estate. Blake states that "it is very probable that I have the deeds to which you refer." He queries Mr Flint's involvement in the sale of the property.

[6] Letter, dated 1 February 1861, from William Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire to Hacker & Bloore, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire concerning expenses likely to be incurred in the sale and purchase of "Watt's Premises". Informs them, amongst other things,  that £80 should be paid for Trustees expenses but the abstract of title was to be delivered at the Trustees' expense.

[7] Letter dated 2 February 1861, from Beaumont, Unwin & Davies of Warrington to Messrs Challinor & Co., solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire. Re Watt Property .  They state that they had received a letter from Henry F. Watt brother of Thomas F. Watt stating that both of them think it better "not to sell the property at the present time" and concludes that "the idea of a sale must be abandoned until all are of age".

[8] Letter dated 6 February 1861, from Beaumont, Unwin & Davies of Warrington to Messrs Challinor & Co., solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire. Re Watt's Property. Reports that Henry F. Watt had repeated his rejection of the idea of selling the property.

[9] Letter dated 12 February 1861, from Beaumont, Unwin & Davies of Warrington to Messrs Challinor & Co., solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire. Re Watt's Leek Property.

[10] Watts and the Leek Improvement Commissioners: case on behalf of the Leek Improvement Commissioners with the opinion of Mr Jones thereon, Capes, Grays Inn for Hacker & Blore, Leek, Staffordshire, 29 January 1861 (Copy).  The Town Commissioners had powers of compulsory purchase under the Leek Improvement act of 1844 for the purpose of buying houses and property adjoining the Market Place and Stockwell Street, Leek, belonging to the Watt family. Unfortunately, these powers expired on 1st January 1859.  Under a settlement made on the marriage of Mr and Mrs Watt (formerly Phoebe Fowler, interest in the property belonged to their 4 sons, as tenants in common of the fee but two of the sons were then under age.  Legal estate in the property was vested in Thomas Fowler Watt, who was of age and was the heir-at-law of his late mother to whom the estate had been conveyed by the surviving trustee of her settlement but he had no powers of sale. A Bill was filed in Chancery in about 1855 " the main prayer being" that the trusts of the settlement and various wills should be executed under the direction of the Court and that Mr Carlyle should be appointed guardian of the 4 children and an allowance for maintenance made. Amongst other things included in the Prayer was that proper directions be given for the sale of the property. The Guardian, Receiver and the two children who were of age, had agreed to the sale of the property to the Commissioners  at a stated price "if such a sale can be carried out"?  Opinion of counsel was requested  to state whether the Commissioners still had powers of sale; whether the suit in Chancery affected these powers; whether the sanction of the Court or a Judge in Chambers would be needed and what the best way of proceeding would be. A pencil note adds that Thomas Fowler Watt died 1 July 1862 and that the youngest child, William Watt, was born  on 24 December 1842. The recommendation was to enter into a voluntary preliminary contract for sale with the Trustee for the infants subject to the approval of the Court and afterwards  present a petition from all "proper parties" to the cause praying for the sale to be ordered or confirmed by the court. Wm Hanbury Jones 4 February 1861.

Names: Alsop; Badnall; Blake; Bourne;  Brealey; Brookes; Brough; Carr; Carlyle; Challinor; Finney; Flint; Fowler; Gaunt; Heath; Howard; Howe; Middleton;  Morris; Richie; Ridout; Watt; Whittles; Wooliscroft;


Places: Sutton on the Hill, Derbyshire; Biddulph, Bradnop, Bucknall, Cheddleton, Hanbury, Leek. Staffordshire;

Description: [1] Schedule of mortgages and securities belonging to Mr William Phillips of Leek, Staffordshire, dated (in pencil) 10 March 1868, Hacker & Allen, Leek.  This gives names and descriptions of mortgagors, names and descriptions of mortgagees, description and situation of property, date of mortgages, amount of principal money secured, amount of principal money now due to Mr Phillips, rate of interest, gross annual interest and remarks.

[2] Rental of William Phillips' property in the parishes of Leek, Cheddleton and Horton Staffordshire and at Ashbourne, Derbyshire, for the half-year ending Lady Day 1868.

Names: Adams; Atkinson; Bailey; Beard; Boulton; Bowyer; Brassington; Bull; Chappells; Chell; Clowes; Cook; Eardley; Dale; Doxey; Fernyhough; Hammersley; Hand; Heath; Holt; Hollingsworth;  Howes; Johnson; Phillips; Plant; Rogers; Sant; Simcox; Smith; Spencer; Stubbs; Tatton; Twigge; West; Wardle; Warrington; Wedgwood;


Places:Perth, Western Australia; Montreal, Coburg Ontario, Toronton, Canada;  Darlington; Buxton, Stanton, Thorpe, Derbyshire; Exmouth, Devonshire; Biarritz, France; Bath, Chippenham, Gloucestershire; Canterbury, Kent; Blackheath, Gloucester Place, Hyde Park, Kilburn, Twickenham, London; Cape Town, Durban, Natal, South Africa; Leek, Staffordshire; Surbiton, Surrey; Bligh, North Wales; Ulverston, Westmoreland;  Leigh-on-Sea;

Description: Miscellaneous Badnall related items.

[1] Opinion of Mr Badnall concerning a deed of partition under Mr Lewthwaite's marriage settlement, dated 2 April 1887.

[2] Names and addresses of persons mentioned in codicils to the will of Mrs J. E. Badnall of Thorpe near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, deceased. Challinors & Shaw 1919.

Names: Angus; Aspinall; Badnall; Boswell; Booth; Bourne; Browne; Buck; Challinor; Cruso; Deacon; Farrell; Frost; Goodman; Jones; Knight; Lewthwaite; Lockyer; Machell; May; Niven; Northcott; O'Connor;  Ritchie; Searight; Twigge; Walton; Wilson;


Places: Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Cases for the opinion of various barristers.

[1] Case concerning game and a gamekeeper's right to kill a dog following game within the boundaries of the Manor of Leek and Lowe, Staffordshire, for the opinion of Mr Robinson  Jennings & Bolton, Temple, London for Cruso, Leek, Staffordshire November 1833. The case concerns Francis Cruso of Leek who had procured a deputation as Gamekeeper from the Lord of the Manor the Earl of Macclesfield in order to enable him to sport without any other qualification.  The events occurred when he and his brother John were out shooting on 25 November 1833 when they came across a dog hunting in the wood but couldn't see anyone to whom it might belong.  They tried to seize the dog but it snapped at them and continued to hunt in the wood, whereupon Mr Frank Cruso shot it. On leaving the wood and walking towards Leek, Cruso was overtaken by a beer seller named Pipes (who was accompanied by a man named Barnes) who charged him with having shot the dog which was his property. Neither Pipes nor Barnes was believed to have a Game Certificate. The barrister's signed and dated opinion is recorded on the document.

[2] Case concerning the alleged false removal from premises by a tenant who had been given notice to quit and the right to follow and distrain goods thus removed within 30 days under the Act of 11 George 2nd,  for the opinion of Mr John Unthank of Temple, London  Jennings & Bolton, Temple, London for Cruso, Leek, Staffordshire, dated 6 December 1836.  One relevant aspect of this case is the insights it provides  into customary practice with regard tenancies in the Town of Leek, Staffordshire.  It states that "A great fair is always held at Leek on 13th November when that day happens not on a Sunday but when it so happens the fair is always held the next day. It is also customary for tenants in Leek whose holdings are generally from 18th May or 13 November ( on both which days Fairs are held) to quit on the day following if either of those days happen on a Sunday more especially for Publicans who do much business on Fair days and claim the right and benefit of those two fairs in the course of a year."  The tenant was given notice to quit on expiration of the current year I.e. 13th November.  This day fell on a Sunday but on Saturday the 12th ( the day before the rent became due), the tenant, a beer house keeper, started removing his goods from the house to another house in the town.  When asked by his landlord's clerk whether he intended to pay the rent before he took away his goods, he said he intended to pay it on Monday the 14th.  However, he didn't do this and when subsequently asked about this he said he did not intend to pay the money and that if proceedings were taken against him he would go to gaol.   The barrister's signed and dated opinion is recorded on the document.

[3] Draft case concerning the theft of clothes stolen from a large trunk on the carriage of Hulme esquire, in the locked yard of a Manchester Inn whose landlord was a man called Wright, for the opinion of Counsel.  Cruso, Leek, Staffordshire.  Undated but paper carries the watermark 1810.  The Inn yard was surrounded by buildings except the entrance which was closed by a large pair of wooden gates that were kept firmly bolted at night. Hulme's servants took all his master's trunks and luggage into the Inn except for a large trunk which fitted inside the Boot of the carriage. The Boot was fastened with straps and locked by Hulme's servant.  The Boot was broken open in the night and a great many things were stolen from the trunk.  The Inn's ostler told Hulme's servant when he was locking the trunk that he ought not to bother because it would be perfectly safe in the yard. Hulme sued the Innkeeper for his loss but the Innkeeper said that he rented the stables in the Inn Yard and that posting to or from the Inn was nothing to do with him.  There was evidence that two coaches had been robbed in the neighbourhood the previous night.

Names: Badnall; Barnes; Cruso; Hulme; Johnson; Parker (Earl of Macclesfield); Pipes; Robinson; Unthank; Wilkinson; Wright;


Places: Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Plan of building land in the Town of Leek, Staffordshire as allotted for sale on 15 April 1889. J. W. Critchlow, Architect & Surveyor, Leek. Scale 16 feet to an inch. The plots lie  in an area encompassed by St. Edward's Parish Church School, Gladstone Street. Strangman Street and a Street running from Britannia Street to the top of Sneyd Street. Names of owners of adjacent properties are given.

Names: Allen; Critchlow; Goodwin; Phillips;


Places:Temple, London; Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Letters concerning property in Stockwell Street, Leek, Staffordshire 1821-22.

[1] Letter dated 19 October 1821, from J. Killmister of Leek to  John Cruso of Leek, Staffordshire, concerning the late Mr Lay's title to property in Stockwell Street, Leek, which his family had lately contracted to sell.  The property was that previously purchased by Mr Gaunt from the late Michael Daintry but the family's solicitor had been unable to find an abstract of title relating to the previous transaction. They asked Cruso to provide what information he could on the matter.

[2] Letter, dated 4 January 1822, from William Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire to John Cruso of Leek, containing an extract from a Mr Bedcott's will that states " I give and devise to Mr Michael Daintry of Leek my house in Stockwell Street in Leek as an acknowledgement for the friendship I have received from him and as compensation  for the trouble and expense he may be put to as one of my executors." Challinor commented " the title is certainly replete with difficulties".

[3] Letter, dated 11 January 1822, from Henry Cruso, Temple, London to his brother John Cruso junior of Leek, Staffordshire concerning Bedcott's will. Henry suggests that as his brother send the draft partition deed drawn up before Mr and Mrs Cave's marriage and also Mr Mills' will which he hadn't yet received. He had, he said, drawn up a case for Sugden and would see Jennings about it the following day. As to the …. In "my Grandfather in Bedcott's will", he said he thought he had never seen "a more flagrant case of a  ….life estate, in consequence of the total omission of any words of inheritance".   He also said that "if no fine had been levied for the term to run since my Grandfather's death, the heir at law is, I should say certainly entitled; the only chance is (if their has been no fine levied) to hush up the matter and levy a fine as soon as possible in order to let the term run against the heir."   He ends the letter on a personal note with reference to " Mr Pegge's accident and is hope that " it will not long stop his hunting".

Names: Bedcott; Challinor; Cruso; Daintry; Gaunt; Killmister; Lay;


Places:Swanwick, Derbyshire; Leek, Staffordshire; Naples, Rome, Italy;

Description: Letter, dated 11 February 1835, from Charles Steade of Broom House, [Swanwick, Derbyshire} to John Cruso junior, Leek, Staffordshire which accompanied a contract and abstracts relating  to the Brushes Farm which lay adjacent to his own and which he was purchasing from a Mr Thomas and a Mr Green.  The remainder of the letter concerns news friends and acquaintances and others. It states " we had a letter yesterday from Mrs Broughton  … which I was glad to learn that Mr Foster told her, he could perceive a shade of amendment daily, in Mr Pegge's health. At the same time, he continues extremely weak and will require the greatest care and good nursing to bring him round again.  Edward had been confined to his bed some days with a bad cold, or the influenza.

We have just had a letter from Doctor and Mrs Knight, dated Rome 27 January.. They were both well and the latter getting quite fat.  They had been the day before they wrote to us to the "propoganda" meeting, where they heard the pope's nuncis, "Mazzofants" hold forth.  He speaks forty different languages correctly and eloquently. The weather at Rome had been very cold.  I find Sir William Gell has a house near to the Pope's palace but he seldom goes to it.  Don Miguel,  frequents most of the public places and it is said that he has fallen in love with one of Lord Shrewsbury's daughters.   Harriet  and the Doctor go to Naples next month and intend returning home from Rome, after Easter Sunday.  Eliza, unites with me in kind regards to yourself and Mrs Cruso and the rest of your family and I remain Yours very sincerely. Chas. Steade."

Names: Broughton; Cruso; Gell; Foster; Green; Knight; Miguel; Pegge;  Shrewsbury (Lord); Steade; Thomas;


Places: Mill Meece, Eccleshall, Staffordshire;

Description: Printed catalogue of particulars and plan, for the sale of  "a valuable and desirable freehold sporting estate known as Mill Meece Manor, in Eccleshall, Staffordshire by auction at the North Stafford Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent on 14 June 1895. The introductory description states "Situated in the Parish of Eccleshall, close to Standon Bridge Railway Station, on the main line of the London and North Western Railway, five miles from Stone, three miles from Eccleshall and nine and a half  miles from Stafford and 8 miles from Newcastle-under-Lyne, comprising -Three Farms with suitable farmhouses and outbuildings, several small holdings and cottages, a water power corn mill and the old-established, full-licensed public house known as the Duke of York Inn.

There is capital mixed shooting over the Manor and excellent trout fishing in the Meece Brook ( a tributary of the River Sow), which runs through the estate for nearly two miles in length and is a well known trout stream. The total area is 414 acres. The Lordship of the Manor will go to the purchaser if the estate is sold as a whole or, if sold in lots, will be attached to Lot 11, this being Mill Meece "Old Hall", an ancient and interesting mansion, now let as two dwellings, formerly the residence of the Lord of the Manor.

Names: Bennison; Blagg; Collett; Cotes; Fitzherbert; Freakley; Joule; Martin; Masefield; Pass; Peake; Pye; Salt; Slaney; Smith; Sneyd; Thompson; Wright;


Places:Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Leek Improvement Commissioners. Minutes of Commissioners' Committee as to obtaining an Act. 19 September 1854 to 21 April 1855. Committee Members: Cruso, Gaunt, Sleigh, Flint, Carr, Russell  and Critchlow.

Names: Alsop; Birch; Blore; Booth; Brough; Challinor; Cruso; Davenport; Gaunt; Hall; Hammersley; Lowndes; Sleigh; Flint; Carr; Phillips; Redfern; Russell; Squire; Critchlow; Walmsley; Ward;


Places: Lincolns Inn, London; Lymington, Hampshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Copy settlement on the marriage of The Reverend Henry Peere Williams Freeman of Pylewell Park, Lymington, Hampshire with Miss Mary Louisa Broughton of Norbury Rectory, Norbury, Derbyshire, dated 24 August 1869. Ingram, Harrison & Ingram of 67 Lincolns Inn Fields  and Challinor & Co, Leek. Contains a schedule of leasehold premises associated with the settlement.

Names: Barnett; Birch; Blencowe; Broughton; Freeman; Hand;


 Places: Penkreth, Manchester, Lancashire; Leek, Staffordshire; Kendal, Milnthorpe, Westmorelandl;

Description: Draft declaration by Joshua Titterton of Bradnop near Leek, Staffordshire, yeoman, as to the pedigree of the Chorley family formerly owners and occupiers of the Haregate Estate, Leek. Challinor & Co, Leek, 24 March 1877. Titterton had entered the service of Toft Chorley in 1821 and continued without interruption in the service of him and of his nephews and niece Joshua Chorley, Edward Chorley and Elizabeth Atkinson until the death of the latter and afterwards in the service of the daughter of the latter until 1869.  He knew, he said,  a close of land of 3 acres 1 rood 1 perch, near Britannia Street, now called Maddock's Croft, bounded on the east by Captain Phillips' land, on the west by the back of houses abutting Wellington Street, on the south by Strangman's Walks and to the north by Britannia Street  "now used as a public recreation ground. The close was formerly in 2 pieces one of which, called Leek Field or Maddock's Croft, was purchased by Toft Chorley "before my recollection" and the other, called the Phoenix Croft,  by him in or about  1832 from the Trustees under the will of Thomas Fenton Grosvenor. Toft Chorley had a brother Joshua a merchant at Manchester who died about 19 April 1817 and was buried at Penketh, Manchester. Toft Chorley died in August 1835 and his nephew Edward Chorley succeeded to the land in Britannia Street. Edward was a son of Joshua Chorley by his wife Susanna nee Gough.

Names: Argyles; Atkinson; Challinor; Chorley; Gough; Grosvenor; Phillips; Russell; Titterton;


Places: Endon, Ipstones; Leek, Staffordshire

Description: Mr Challinor's Rental 18 May 1839 giving tenants' names, premises, yearly rent, arrears due, receipts and remarks. Premises include houses, shades, a public house and land.

Names: Ball; Bayley; Barber; Bentley; Birch; Bowcock; Challinor; Coates; Cockburn;  Corden; Critchlow; Ellis; Gettliffe; Gibson; Gould; Hammersley; Hanley; Knight; Knowles; Lovatt; Lowe; Mellor; Moore; Mulvance; Mycock;  Pedley; Perkin; Smith; Shallcross; Stanley; Sutton; Tatton; Tipper; Wheeldon;


Places:Butterton; Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Abstract of the title of James Sutton Taylor to property in Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire-1766-1815.   "For Mr Mountford" Killmister & Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire;  It cites the will of George Sutton of Leek, dated 14 October 1766, in which he gave to his wife for life, all his messuages, lands, etc, in Derby Street, Leek, and after her death,  devised  the messuage he lived in (called the Lower End of the house) and 2 crofts near the same, except for the Shippen, the garden near the house and another house called Sherwin's House, to his eldest son George Sutton, his heirs and assigns forever.  The premises were subject to payment of a sum of £40 which he gave to his daughters, Ann, Betty and Martha "share and share alike".  Another condition was that if his son George was to marry Ann daughter of Jonathon Robinson of Leek, twister, then the bequest was null and void and the messuage and lands were to pass to the testator's younger son James, furthermore on marriage to Ann Robinson, George was to be debarred from all claim and right to  any of the testator's real estate and was to have only one shilling.  The Shippen, the garden and Sherwin's House were bequeathed to testator's second son James his heirs and assigns for ever.  James Sutton died (about 1807) without issue and his estate became vested in his three sisters, Martha wife of Benjamin Locker, Elizabeth wife of Samuel Hambleton and Ann widow of William Taylor, in "coparcenary". Ann conveyed her share to her son James Sutton Taylor in 1807 and in 1808 agreement was reached with Samuel Hambleton and Benjamin Locker for the sale of the shares of the other two sisters to James Sutton Taylor for £86-13s-4d.  In 1814, Taylor and his mortgagee agreed to sell the property to Ralph Mountford of Leek, flax dresser for £120.

Names: Challinor; Doxey; Getcliffe; Goostrey; Hambleton; Killmister; Locker; Mountford; Robinson; Stretch; Sutton; Taylor;


Places: Handley, Macclesfield, Wheelock, Cheshire; Costock, Stoakham, Nottingham; Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: [1] Draft abstract of the title of the late Mrs Elizabeth Haywood to a house and land in Spout Street, Leek, Staffordshire. "For Mr Richard Turnock the purchaser", Challinor & Co, Leek, Staffordshire 1800 -1865. It cites indentures of lease and release dated 8th and 9th April 1795 between (1) John Haywood of Leek, Staffordshire, nurseryman, (2) Elizabeth, wife of John Haywood (by her then name of Elizabeth Hollins, widow),  and (3) Eli Cope of Leek, surgeon and Henry Jones of Leek, gent, concerning  the marriage between John Haywood and Elizabeth Hollins and the settlement of all Elizabeth Hollins real and personal estate.  Her estate included a capital messuage etc, several leasehold premises, £2000 out on mortgage of an estate at Stoakham, Nottinghamshire that was part of the inheritance of Richard Moody of East Retford, Notts, a mortgage on property of John Sneyd of Belmont at Ipstones.  The agreement transferred the estate to Cope and Jones as trustees of the marriage settlement.  The capital messuage is described as "all that capital messuage etc, standing and being on the West side of Spout Street, together with the yard and garden lying behind the same theretofore in the possession or occupation of Thomas Hollins esquire deceased and then of Mrs Elizabeth Haywood. And all other out houses and appurtenances thereunto belonging, which said premises "or the ground on which the said messuage stood and the yard and garden lying behind the same, were theretofore the estate and inheritance of Harry Lankford, silk merchant who became bankrupt and were afterwards conveyed by Messrs Glover, Wright, Daintry and Greaves his assignees and the said Bankrupt to Thomas Hollins.  Pew no.11 at the West end of the middle aisle in the parish church of Leek was associated with this property. As was one sitting or kneeling in pew no. 23 in the middle aisle.  Later Elizabeth Haywood assigned half her interest in the property in Leek to Elizabeth Bagnall of Handley, Cheshire and Henry Jones in trust to preserve the remainder but allow Elizabeth  Bagnall to take the rents for life. After Elizabeth Bagnall's death, the rents and profits were to be for the use of all Elizabeth Bagnall's lawful children. He other half of this estate was similarly assigned to  Sarah Ann Bagnall.  Should these two women have no heirs, then the property was to be sold at auction and the money raised  distributed in 4 equal aprts to Dorothy wife of James Grindon of Warslow, Staffordshire, Elizabeth wife of Robbert Bennett of Summer Hill, Ann wife of William Bassett of Holme End and Sarah wife of Edward Lomas of Hartington, or their lawful issue. Elizabeth Haywood's will, dated 7 November 1800 was proved at Lichfield on 19 August 1801. Henry Jones died  15 April 1827 intestate.  Sarah Ann Bagnall died on 28 September 1806, unmarried, and was buried in the parish church of Leek, 10 December 1812, Eli Cope died and was buried in the parish church of Leek. Henry Jones (II) , son and heir of Henry Jones (I), died intestate on 16 May 1853 leaving Thomas Longueville Jones of Macclesfield, gunsmith, his next surviving brother and heir. Elizabeth Bagnall, then wife of Samuel Bagnall Wild of Costock, Nottingham, died without issue, on 7 February 1865.

 [2] Draft conveyance by Thomas Longueville Jones of Macclesfield, Cheshire, gunsmith, to Richard Turnock of Leek, Staffordshire, surgeon,  of a  house and land in St. Edward Street, formerly Spout Street, Leek, Staffordshire, dated 24 May 1867. Challinor & Co., Leek, Staffordshire. The consideration for the sale was £755. The property was described as A capital messuage etc, in Leek in a street formerly called spout Street but now called St. Edward Street, together with a yard and gardens lying behind the same as formerly were in the occupation of  the said John Haywood afterwards for many years of  Thomas Carr but now of Mr John Russell and also the seat or pew marked No.11 and the  sitting in the pew marked NO. 25 in Leek Parish Church.

[3] Draft advertisement re the sale, on 25 May 1865, of the house on Spout Street, Leek, Staffordshire, formerly belonging to Mrs Elizabeth Haywood, deceased. The house is described as "now occupied by John Russell junr, esquire, consisting of entrance hall, drawing and dining rooms, 6 bedrooms, 2 kitchens, 3 excellent cellars, laundry and other outbuildings, with a yard and large pleasure garden behind the same containing 790 square yards, having a frontage to Spout Street of 28 feet."  Challinor & Co., solcrs., Leek.

Names: Bagnall; Carr; Cope; Daintry; Gaunt; Glover; Greaves; Grindon; Haywood; Hollins; Jones; Lankford;  Moody; Russell; Sneyd;  Turnock; Wright;


Places: Alstonfield, Grindon, Leek, Staffordshire; Wolverhampton;

Description: Copy settlement on the marriage of Mr John Fowler of Leek, Staffordshire to Mrs Sarah Gaunt of Leek, widow,   dated 4 July 1803. On the marriage treaty being agreed, John Fowler agreed to convey various messuages and lands for the purposes of several trusts for the benefit of John Fowler and Sarah Gaunt his intended wife and the "children of issues between them and also for the benefit of the four children of the said Sarah Gaunt by John Gaunt her late husband".  The property included a capital messuage in the Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire, formerly called or known by the name or Sign of the Cock, then used as an Inn and several pieces of land in Leek associated with the property including  Beggars Way Close, Shirley's Piece, Ferny Bank;  Cote Meadow;  Middle Field; Rick Field; Cock Low; all of which messuage and lands were formerly  in the possession of Henry Fowler but now in the possession of John Fowler. There was also a messuage and lands in Stanshope, Alstonfield which had been in the possession of Bartholomew Massy but now of Sampson Massy, and a farm called Bullclough in Grindon, Staffordshire.

Names: Bentley; Chrees; Forster; Fowler; Gaunt; Gell; Massy; Molineux;


Places: Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: [1] Draft -Articles of partnership, dated 1 September 1815, between (1) Thomas Sutton of Leek, Staffordshire, manufacturer of silk ribbons, buttons and twist, (2) William Sutton of Leek, manufacturer of silk ribbons, buttons and twist, (3) Francis Wakeman of Leek, manufacturer of silk ribbons, buttons and twist, and (4) John Hand of Leek, manufacturer of silk ribbons, buttons and twist. The two Suttons, Wakeman and John Hand had become partners and joint traders on 1st January 1815 and to prevent disagreements and to carry on the business they decided to enter into this agreement.  The agreement was to last for 10  years and the firm was to trade under the title of " Suttons Wakeman & Hand" employing £10000 as "Capital Joint stock" advanced, in equal shares, by the parties to the agreement.  The shares in the company were to be  Thomas Sutton 3 tenths and William Sutton, Francis Wakeman and John Hand, 2 tenths each.  Their trade was to be carried on  in "houses, warehouses, shops, shades or buildings in Custard Lane and Mill Street, Leek now used by them or in such other premises as they shall, in future, mutually agree upon.  A weekly maintenance of £3 of Thomas Sutton and £2 for each of the others was stipulated.

Names: Hand; Sutton; Ward; Wakeman;


Places: Sheen, Staffordshire;

Description: Conditions for the sale of a cotton factory upon the River Manifold called or known as the Brund Mill, together with the water wheel adjoining and belonging,  and also a plot of land and 3 houses, at Sheen, Staffordshire,, containing, with the weirs, dams and ….s, half an acre.  "by estimation". The factory and houses were held by lease for the remainder of a term of 44 years (i.e. 35 years)  and only subject to a small rent of £26.  The premises were put up for sale by Joinson the auctioneer, and sold for £205 to Robert Kirk on 18 May 1807.

Names: Edge; Kirk; Joinson.


Places: Leek, Staffordshire;

Description: Case for the opinion of the N. C. Tindall of Lincolns Inn, concerning  Thomas Keates of Leek and Mrs Elizabeth Walmsley, owner and keeper of the Crown Inn, Leek, Staffordshire. Jennings & Bolton for Cruso & Son, Leek, Staffordshire September 1827.  Mrs Walmsley had been refused renewal of her licence by the Magistrates at Leek, on 8 September 1826 because of some misconduct on her part as an Innkeeper the preceding year. On 14th September, Thomas Keates was at Mrs Walmsley's house and heard she  couldn't get any person to offer to the magistrates as a tenant.  It was then verbally agreed between them that he should "get the usual certificates prepared and signed by the Minister, churchwardens and inhabitants and apply to the Magistrates next day for a renewal to him of the licence and she would grant him a lease for 7 years at £60 a year, if a licence was obtained and if not, at £40 for 2 years and £60 for the last 5. It was also agreed that Keates would take all the stock at valuation if a licence was obtained but if not, then Mrs Walmsley was to keep the house together as well as she could during the year's suspension.  Mrs Walmsley was illiterate and her brother Samuel Millward was asked to reduce the terms to writing -which he did. Keates and Walmsley read the terms but did not sign them. Keates set about performing his side of the agreement and went but his application was refused by the magistrates as a punishment to Mrs Walmsley. She was informed of what had happened and it was agreed that Keates would use every exertion in his power to get the licence. Keates went to considerable trouble to do this and got a memorial to this effect signed by all respectable people in Leek and Lowe but all to no avail- the magistrates were determined to punish Mrs Walmsley.  However, despite the verbal agreement,  and without telling Keates, Mrs Walmsley agreed to grant Isaac Hammond a lease of the house in question from 10th October next for 7 years at a rent of £60. When Keates heard of this he gave Mrs Walmsley notice that he had performed his part of the bargain and he expected her to perform hers. She took no notice and stated her intention to apply for a licence for Hammond.   The question to be answered was -whether it was possible for Keates to take action against Mrs Walmsley- Counsel's answer (6 September 1827) was "No".

Names: Cruso; Hammond; Keates; Tindall; Walmsley;


Places: Gawsworth, Cheshire; Biddulph, Leek, Staffordshire

Description: Draft conveyance, by Joseph Davenport of Leek, Staffordshire (father and heir at law of Uriah Davenport, baker, who died a bachelor, intestate) and William Henshaw  of Leek, shopkeeper, to Joseph Brindley of Gawsworth, Cheshire, farmer,  of  messuages, etc., on Clerks Bank, Leek, Staffordshire with surrender of a term of 200 years and assignment of 2 several terms of 1000 years (dated 31 January 1761) and 1000 years  (dated 19 June 1781) to attend the inheritance.  Redfern, Leek, 25 March 1843. Engrossed 21 March 1843. James Brindley of Leek, miller, Thomas Redfern and John Challenor of Overton, Biddulph, Staffordshire were also parties to this document.

The property is described as All that messuage, dwellinghouse or tenement situate and being on and fronting Clerks Bank in Leek, formerly in the possession of…. And afterwards of Prudence Deaville, late of Uriah Davenport and now of John Keates. And also that messuage with the bakehouse and premises situated at the back of and adjoining to the first mentioned house, and also heretofore in the possession of Prudence Deaville and now in the respective occupations of John Lees, Mrs Bradbury and Jesse Abbott.  Together with all outhouses etc…..

Names: Abbott; Bradbury; Brindley; Challenor; Davenport; Deaville; Henshaw; Keates; Lees; Redfern;