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Leek Urban District Council plan of the Globe Yard & Fields Estate,
Leek, Staffordshire, as allotted for sale. January 1904. Scale 1" =
Names: Allen; Beacham;
Extract from the Leek Inclosure Award so far as respects Mr Morris'
[Norris?] allotments. 1833. To Isaac Morris. Plan III (220) Three acres
one rood and eleven perches on Blackshaw Moor bounded Northeastwardly by the
Thorncliffe Road Southeastwardly and Southwestwardly by the allotment 209
and Northwestwardly by the allotment 219. To fence on the North East and North
West, J. Tittesworth.
Purchase: Plan III (219) Three acres 2 roods 19 perches on Blackshaw Moor
purchased from William Redfearn on the 28 day of March 1808 in
consideration of the sum of £103-19-0d bounded Northeastwardly by the
Thorncliffe Road Southwestwardly by the allotment 209 Southeastwardly by
the allotment 220 and Northwestwardly by the allotment 218. To fence on
the North East and North West. Jn. Tittesworth.
Names: Morris; Redfearn; Tittesworth;
Places: Whitechapel, London; Uttoxeter, Staffordshire;
Inquisition Post Mortem 5 October 1837. An inquisition indented taken for our
sovereign Lady the Queen at the House of Charles Adams, the Crown Inn situate at
Uttoxeter in the Parish of Uttoxeter in the County of Stafford on the fifth day
of October in the first year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Queen Victoria
before John Cattlow Gentleman one of the Coroners of our said Lady the Queen for
the said County on view of the body of William Wordsworth then and there lying dead upon
the oaths of Samuel Brassington, Thomas Brindley Edward Stanford Bagshaw,
Anthony Godbehere, John Gerrard, Charles Adams, John Twigg, James Titley, John
Clay, John Bamford, Thomas Ford and John Finnemore good and lawful men of the
said County, duly chosen, and being then and there duly sworn, and charged to
enquire, for our said Lady the Queen, when, where, and how, and by what means
the said William Wordsworth came to his death, do upon their oaths say, that
Edward Baddeley late of the parish aforesaid in the County aforesaid labourer,
on the 25 day of September in the year aforesaid at the parish aforesaid in the
County aforesaid, in a certain public highway there was riding a certain Chestnut
Gelding when it so happened that the said Chestnut Gelding became unmanageable
and ran away and the said William Wordsworth, being in the same highway was then
and there accidentally, casually and by misfortune forced and thrown to the
ground by the said Chestnut Gelding and the said Chestnut Gelding then and there
fell upon the said William Wordsworth thereby then and there giving the said
William Wordsworth one mortal fracture in and upon the head of him the said
William Wordsworth of which said mortal fracture the said William Wordsworth
for the space of about one hour at the parish aforesaid in the County
aforesaid did languish and languishing did live and of the same mortal fracture
the same William Wordsworth on the said 25 day of September at the parish
aforesaid in the county aforesaid did die.
And so the Jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the said William Wordsworth in the manner and by the
means aforesaid accidentally, casually and by misfortune came to his death and
not otherwise. And the Jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do further
say that the said Chestnut Gelding
was ….ing to the death of the said William Wordsworth, that the said Chestnut
Gelding is of the value of one pound and is the property and in the possession
of John Sparrow Taylor of Shelton
in the County aforesaid, attorney-at-law, And the Jurors aforesaid on their
oaths aforesaid do further say that the said William Wordsworth was a dealer in
marine stores residing at No. 31 Whitechapel Road, London and was the age of
In witness whereof, as well the said coroner, as the Jurors aforesaid have hereunto subscribed their hands and seal, on the day and years and at the place first above mentioned.
Names: Adams; Baddeley; Bagshaw; Bamford; Brassington: Brindley; Cattlow; Clay; Finnemore; Ford; Godbehere; Gerrard; Twigg; Titley; Wordsworth;
Places: Canada; Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: Request and authority by A. R. Boswell to the Leek & Moorlands Building Society to pay certain amounts out of the proceeds of the sale of real estates mortgaged by Henry Beaumont Cruso. A. R. Boswell, dated 20 March 1894. Signed and stamped. The moneys to be paid were to cover the succession duties and stamp duties paid by Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, of Leek, Staffordshire with regard to the estate of Henry Beaumont Cruso. The residue of the estate and Challinor & Shaw's costs were to be paid to Challinor & Shaw who were then to repay Boswell as trustee of Henry Beaumont Cruso and his wife Emma, certain money he had advanced to the Crusos.
Names: Boswell; Challinor; Cruso; Shaw;
Places: Wirksworth, Derbyshire; Leek, Staffordshire;
silk industry related documents. 
Four page bill, dated Wirksworth January 1827, Mr Thomas Hall debtor to Mrs
Samuel Hall for sarcenet, calico fents, silk ribbons, buttons, thread, twist,
Nankeen, wool, cord, tapes, wadding, ferret, flannel, baize, muslin, buckram,
gloves, dimity, handkerchiefs, shalloon, tram, linen, cloth, pins, whalebone,
etc, supplied between 8 August 1825 and 22 July 1826.
Summary [partnership?] account for Messrs Brunt, Fynney & Ridout, 1844 to
1862. The account simply comprises
three sets of columns, each set of which gives the year, a simple description
(in all cases "Cash etc") and £, s, d. The total for all three
individuals increases from approximately £409 in 1844 to £1240 in 1860.
 Six dividend "Notice and Warrant" issued by the Leek Spun Silk and Manufacturing Company Ltd, between August 1922 and February 1925. All are payable to the executors of the late Mr J. Challinor.
Names: Brunt; Challinor; Fynney; Hall; Ridout;
Places: Heywood, Lancashire; Leek, Staffordshire;
Correspondence between the trustees of Henry Bermingham of Leek, Staffordshire,
deceased, and The Cotton Waste Fire Insurance Company Ltd in connection with
Alterations in connection with the new warehouse at Compton Mills, Leek,
Staffordshire. Hacker & Allen Leek, October -November 1906.
Draft agreement between the trustees of the will of the late Henry Bermingham of Leek, Staffordshire,
silk manufacturer and The Cotton Waste Fire Insurance Company Ltd of Heywood,
Lancashire, in connections alterations to existing property following the
erection of a new warehouse situate near the Compton Mills, Leek, Hacker &
Fire insurance certificate (No. 9877252) issued by the Royal Insurance Company, in favour of the
trustees of the late Henry Bermingham of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer
and dated 23 January 1907. Includes a detailed schedule of the Compton Mills
situated in Duke Street, South Street and Compton,
Leek, which was insured for £7000. A note added to the back page and dated 1
October 1912, states that the interest in the policy was then vested in Herbert
Trafford and Job White, both silk manufacturers, partners in the firm of
Trafford White & Co.
Fire insurance certificate (No. 9877251) issued by the Royal Insurance Company, in favour of the
trustees of the late Henry Bermingham of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer
and dated 23 January 1907. Includes a detailed schedule of a new warehouse,
offices and store, situated in Duke Street, South Street and Compton, Leek, which was insured for £1750. A note added to
the back page and dated 1 October 1912, states that the interest in the policy
was then vested in Herbert Trafford and Job White, both silk manufacturers,
partners in the firm of Trafford White & Co.
Schedule of deeds etc, relating to a silk mill, shade, houses, buildings, lands
etc, situated in Duke Street, South Street, Compton, Prospect Place, Cornhill
Street, Jolliffe Street and King Street, Leek, Staffordshire belonging to Henry
Bermingham of Leek, silk manufacturer, dated 6 January 1888. The document was
prepared in connection with Bermingham's mortgage to the Leek & Moorlands
Building Society and carries the registration number 7132
Class A £2300. It carries an undated note "mortgage vacated".
 Handwritten notes relating to the agreement with the Cotton Waste Company and concerns the roof drainage on a warehouse. One note states " mill cost £11000 excluding land. Warehouse £3000. It also states that "£1300 spent on chimney and new boiled 8 or 9 years ago -Tinkers boiler -100lbs.
Names: Allen; Blades; Challinor; Cockshoot; Grace; Hacker; Massey; Trafford; White;
Endon, Leek, Staffordshire;
Vicarage Rent Fund: Annual statement of account 1894-95. Secretary E. W.
Hollinshead. Treasurer G. H. Heaton. Contains a list of subscribers.
Names: Baker; Challinor; Cole; Dodd; Heath; Heaton; Hollinshead; Orford; Scrivener; Smith; Tennant; Wilder;
Jodrell Bank, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire; Leek, Staffordshire;
Order from the Charity Commissioners for England & Wales, concerning
the Robert Scholefield Milner Charity for educational purposes at Leek,
Staffordshire, founded by his will proved (with codicil) in the Principal
Registry on the 23 April 1925. L4 528,628/1 Sealed 6th February
1976. This details how the "Scheme for the regulation of the charity".
Barlow; Hood; Law; Levitt; Milner; Povey; Thomas; Whiteman;
Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire;
conveyance of freehold buildings, lands and premises formerly used as a tannery
but now used as a dyeworks, situate in Ball Haye Road, Leek,
Staffordshire, by Thomas Henry Booth of Leek, Staffordshire, currier and leather
merchant to Harry Gilbert of Springfields, Leek, dyer, Joseph Gilbert of
Osborne Street, Leek, dyer, Amos Gilbert of Rose Cottage Cheddleton, paper
maker, and Charles Gilbert of Ashgrove, Cheddleton, foreman papermaker, for
£2500. Challinor & Shaw, Leek, 3 January 1921. Document includes a
plan. The property is described as "all that piece of land situate in
Tittesworth in the parish of Leek, Staffordshire bounded on the north west side
by Ball Haye Road leading from Leek to Ball Haye Green, formerly in the
occupation of the Vendor and now for some years in the occupation of the
purchasers and others, containing in the whole 2546 square yards or thereabouts.
Together with the plant, engine, boiler, shafting, water wheel and reservoir,
tan pits, beam house, leather house, drying sheds, bark sheds, bark mill,
warehouses, chimney stack and all other buildings occupied and used as a tannery
and now erected and being on the said plot of land.
Booth; Challinor; Gilbert; Shaw; Terry; Wardle;
of a portion of the Westwood Estate, Leek, Staffordshire allotted for sale in
July 1921. E. Heaton & Sons, Endon, Staffordshire. Scale 1" = 5
chains = 110 yards.
Nicholson; Woolliscroft; Knight; Gee; Heaton; Hidderley; Pegg; Shorter; Tatton;
Butterton, Grindon, Rocester, Staffordshire;
from the the Stafford section of the Further Report of the Commissioners
For Enquiring Concerning Charities, pages 431 to 434 re Charities in the
Township and Chapelry of Butterton. A handwritten note on page 431, states
"vol. 13 Dated 22 January 1825..
Adsetts; Arnold; Bainbrigge; Barker; Blair; Buck; Cock; Gibbs; Gold;
Hall; Hake; Hill; Hambleton; Harrison; Mellor; Nash; Oakden; Robotham; Rudgyard;
Salkfield; Smith; Stubbs; Taylor; Twigg; Watson; Wood; Whittaker; Wright;
of the lands in Netherwood, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, purchased by Mr George
Saunders from Mr William Saunders. Undated. Carries pencil notes and
calculations. The notes include the following " Notice to pay money
on Note of Demand a few days before Lady Day next. William Goodwin, Hanley
Green £100; Joseph Tower, Hollington, £100; Simon Turner, Hollington
£100." The total area of land purchased was 18 acres 2
roods 10 perches and the purchase price ££66 an acre".
Breyntons; Marriot; Norris; Palmer; Saunders; Yates;
Leek, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire;
relating to the compulsory purchase by the Leek UDC of houses on Ball Haye Lane
and Church Lane, Leek, Staffordshire October 1960 to 1962.
Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire bill to Mr H. Rogers for
work done in connection with the proposed compulsory purchase of Rogers'
property on Ball Haye Lane, Leek and his appeal to the Minister of Housing. 11
January 1961 to 11 April 1961.
Printed Notice to Mr H. Rogers of 17 Alsop Street, Leek, Staffordshire, of the
making of a compulsory purchase order in respect of land in a clearance
area in Ball Haye Lane, Leek, Staffordshire made on 25 October 1960. Rogers is
stated to be the owner of properties 1 to 6 in the attached schedule. The
5 page schedule lists 56 properties giving descriptions, owners names and
reference numbers and colouring on a map.
Plan to a scale of 1:500th, of property in Ball Haye Lane and Church Lane, Leek,
Staffordshire, as drawn by J. A. Gilchrist FRICS., MIMunE., of the Town Hall,
Leek, dated November 1960 [Plan No. 737/4. Stoke-on-Trent O.G.D. No. 1.00.94
dated 6 December 1960, from the Clerk to the Leek UDC, Leek, Staffordshire
to Mr H. Rogers of Alsop Street, Leek re the Ball Haye Lane compulsory
purchase order, enclosing that order.
Printed circular (no. 9/58) issued under the 1957 Housing Act by the Leek Urban
District Council, Staffordshire, concerning the reasons for the proposed
acquisition of the Ball Haye Lane, Leek Clearance Area. The reasons were
that the houses were unfit for human habitation; that it was desirable to
redevelop the centrally located site in an integrated way and that the council
considered it unlikely that satisfactory redevelopment could be carried out
unless the Council owned the whole site.
Minister of Housing etc, form for an appeal by Mr H. Rogers of Leek,
against a compulsory purchase order made by the Leek UDC, on grounds that the
property had been well maintained. Form S/C55 The form relates to no's 2/4, 6/8,
10/12 and 14 on Ball Haye, Lane, Leek, Staffordshire.
4 letters from Messrs Challinor & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire, solicitors
representing Mr H. Rogers of Alsop Street, Leek in the matter of the compulsory
purchase by Leek UDC of his property on Ball Haye Lane, Leek. Item 1. Letter
dated 11 January 1961 to the Minister of Housing & Local Government stating
their client was in poor health; rents from the property formed a part of
his income; the site could be developed privately and the compensation was below
that offered by private building firms. Item 2: Letter to The Town Clerk, Leek
dated 11 January 1961 notifying them that Challinor's client had made a formal
objection to the Minister. Item 3: dated 1 February 1961, to
Mr Rogers notifying him that they had dealt with this matter but that the
Council now required his receipted accounts to support his claim that the
property had been well maintained. Item 4: Letter, dated 6 February 1961, from
Challinor & Shaw to the Town Clerk, Leek, Staffordshire re the Ball Haye,
Leek compulsory purchase order affecting Mr Rogers' property. They state
that Rogers had no receipted accounts but nevertheless had maintained the houses
well for the preceding 5 years. A list of the repairs carried out by Mr Rogers
and his son is included, which gives the cost of the materials only.
Printed official notification by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government,
that one of the Minister's Inspectors had been instructed to hold a public
hearing into the matter of the Ball Lane Compulsory Purchase Order 1960 and that
the inquiry would take place on 11 April 1961 at 10.0 a.m., in the Town Hall,
Formal notification, dated 14 March 1961, by the Leek Urban District
Council, Leek, Staffordshire to Mr H. Rogers of 17 Alsop Street, Leek, as a
person who has objected to the Ball Lane Compulsory Purchase Order 1960, of the
principal grounds for being satisfied that the buildings concerned were unfit
for human habitation. The reasons are listed for the individual properties
on an attached schedule. The reasons were: dampness, disrepair, inadequate
natural lighting and ventilation, absence of facilities for cooking and storing
food, inadequate W.C. accommodation.
Sixteen miscellaneous letters relating to the Compulsory Purchase Order
affecting the Ball Haye Lane, Leek, property of Mr H. Rogers of Alsop
Street, Leek, Staffordshire dating between 27 March 1961 and 21 August
1961. Item 6 (dated 18 April 1961) contains the terms under which the Leek
Urban District Council proposed to purchase Mr Roger's property. The property
(2/14 Ball Haye Lane) produced rents of some £122-4s-0d a year, but the Council
offered compensation of only £342.
Draft conveyance, dated 28 August 1961, by Harold Rogers and his wife, of 17
Alsop Street, Leek, Staffordshire to the Leek Urban District Council of four
messuages or houses known as numbers 2/4, 6/8/ 10/12 and 14 Ball Lane, Leek,
Staffordshire, for £342-10s-0d. Bowcock & Pursell, solicitors, Leek,
Staffordshire. Includes plan (faded).
Three further letters relating to the Compulsory Purchase Order affecting
the Ball Haye Lane, Leek, property of Mr H. Rogers of Alsop Street, Leek,
Staffordshire and dating between 5 September 1961 and 31 October 1961. They
relate to the completion of the sale to the Council.
Official notification from the Ministry of Housing & Local Government of the
Inspector's report and recommendations on the Leek UDC Ball Lane Compulsory
Purchase Order 1960. The order was approved with some modifications including
"well maintained payments for specified properties. NB Faded photo copied
Copy of a letter, dated 26 October 1961, from the Town Clerk of Leek to Mr
Rogers of Alsop Street, Leek, Staffordshire, informing him of the Minister's
decision on the compulsory purchase of Rogers' Ball Haye Lane property.
Official formal notification, dated 26 October 1961, by the Leek Urban District
Council, Staffordshire to Mr H. Rogers of 17 Alsop Street, Leek of the
confirmation of the council's Ball Lane Compulsory Purchase Order in respect of
property in Ball Haye Lane and Church Lane, Leek, Staffordshire. It includes a 4
page schedule ( Part I) covering most of the property covered by the Order
giving a brief description and the owners names and another, single page,
schedule (Part II) listing the remaining property.
Letter, dated 23 November 1961, from the Town Clerk, Leek, Staffordshire to
Messrs Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, of Leek re the payment of a "well-maintained"
payment with respect to No. 14 court 4, Ball Lane, Leek. The payment comprised
£13 to the owner of the property (Mr Rogers) and £5 to the tenant.
Two letters from Challinor & Shaw, of Leek, Staffordshire solicitors, to the
Town Clerk of Leek and to their client Mr Rogers of Alsop Street, Leek, dated 27
November 1961 and 31 January 1962 respectively. Both concern payment of a
"well-maintained" payment with respect to No. 14 court 4, Ball Lane,
Rough notes concerning the value of property covered by the Ball Lane Leek
Compulsory Purchase Order 1960, some maintenance costs and possible forms of
Names: Barr; Blakemore; Brooks; Boyland; Chell; Gilchrist; Goldstraw; Grace; Hollinshead; Ingham; Malkin; Mellor; Morton; Rogers; Simcock; Slater;Spilsbury;
Places: Leek, Staffordshire
for the centenary year celebration, on 26 September 1963, of the establishment
of the St. Edward's Lodge of the Freemasons in Leek, Staffordshire. Invites
members to the celebration, provides an order of proceedings for the festival
and gives a history of the Freemasons in Leek. Lists brethren.
Names: Warren; Moore; Gibson; Fowler; Barber; Sherratt; Collins; Cook; Goodwin; Mellor; Worth; Chell' Ainsworth; Brown; Clapton; Wardle; Johnson; Knight; Bostock; Bode; Mitchell; Mycock; Turner; Palmer; Prime; Smith; Pownall; Hartley; Broadhead; Cliffe; Shone; Hickson; Fieldsend; Rigby; Harris;
Places: Stone, Staffordshire.
Description: Printed particulars of the sale of 158 head of cattle, 3 horses, 100 sheep and lambs, poultry, farm implements, machinery and tools at Clifford Wood Farm, Stone, Staffordshire on 11 March 1954. The sale was because the owner, Mr William Beresford was retiring after a family farming tenancy of 77 years. He was apparently known as a "Feeder" his cattle having won prizes at all the major fat stock shows.
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