Bednall Collection Part 2 (BC2) No.s 226 to 250   

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Last updated 04/01/2006

BC2/ 226
Leek, Staffordshire; Foxley, Herefordshire; London; North Rode, Cheshire;
Description: Covenant for the production of deeds relating to the Dieulacresse Abbey Farm Estate, Leek, Staffordshire between the Revd. George Horatio Davenport of Foxley, Herefordshire and James Searight of 7 East India Road, Leadenhall Avenue, London, merchant, dated 16th August 1871.
Names: Davenport; Searight; Daintry; Hincks; Cruso;


BC2/ 227
Leek, Staffordshire; London; Congleton, Macclesfield, Stockport, Cheshire; Glasgow; Ashton under Lyne, Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Lancashire; Bristol; Buxton, Wirksworth, Derby, Derbyshire; Birmingham; Leicester; New York, Melbourne, Brisbane, ; Huddersfield, Halifax, Leeds, Yorkshire; Bournemouth, Southampton, Hampshire; Leek, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Tamworth, Staffordshire;  Nottingham; Keswick, Cumberland; Woodchester; Dorchester, Dorset;  Berlin; Newcastle; Gateshead on Tyne;  Belfast; Cheadle; Streatham, London; Redditch, Worcestershire;
Description: Indexed copy letter book of Messrs Wardle & Davenport of Belle Vue Mills, Leek, Staffordshire 1901 to 1906.  This book is marked "Semi-Private" on the spine. Includes correspondence re takeovers, employment of staff, competition, overseas manufacture, the introduction of artificial silk, etc.
Names: Ridewr; Wardle; Davenport; Brewster; Brealey;


BC2/ 228
Leek, Hanley, Bilson, Dudley,  Barleston, Burslem, Stafford, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire; Macclesfield, Congleton, Nantwich, Sandbach, Cheshire; Ashbourne, Ilkeston, Derbyshire; Ashby; Tamworth;  Colville, Leicester, Earl Shilton, Hinckley, Market Harborough, Newton Burgoland, Market Bosworth, Ibstock, Kibworth, Measham, Nailsham, Appleby near Atherstone, Leicestershire; Finden, Rushden, Kettering, Wellingborough, Northants; London; Whitwick; Birmingham; Nottingham; Keighley, Bingley, Murfield, Mexborough, Knarsborough, Rotherham, Settle, Sheffield, Skipton, Leeds, Yorkshire; Chorley, Wigan, Burnley, Salford, Preston, Liverpool, Lancaster, Southport, Lancashire; Dalton in Furness, Kendal, Penrith, Whitehaven, Ulverstone, Carlisle, Westmorland; Caernarvon; Darlington, Durham;  Oswestry, Wellington, Shrewsbury, Shropshire; Hamburg;  Bangor, Wales;  Bedworth, Warwickshire;  Street near Glastonbury, Paris, France; Antwerp, Brussells;
Description: Sales? Ledger of an unknown Leek silk firm, dated 1st May 1865 to 13 June 1868. Notes on one of the cover pages state that the book was found amongst rubbish, at the bottom of Pickwood Road, waiting to go to the Fowlchurch tip in or about 1960. The writer [S. P. of Cholpsdale born about 1905 believed to be John Sales, a dyer, who died about 1999-2000] also  gives a few of his memories of Leek folk. Few other names than customers' mentioned: H. Walker, J. Alcock,
Names: Alcock; Walker; Keeling;


BC2/ 229
Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: Five sets of accounts for the firm of Joshua Wardle Ltd, of Leek, Staffordshire, dyers.

(1) Approximate manufacturing account for 10 months ended 31st July 1928.

(2) Approximate manufacturing account for 6 months ended 31st March 1929.

(3) Approximate manufacturing account for 11 months ended 31st August 1929.

(4) Balance sheet and summary of profit and loss account 30th September 1930.

(5) Draft balance sheet and accounts 30th September 1937.
Names: Wardle;


BC2/ 230
Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: Copy agreement between Mr W S Watson and William Broster, Thomas Wardle, William Leech and John Sheldon (persons representing the Silk Association) to sell and purchase machinery and grant lease of premises in London Street, Leek, Staffordshire. Hacker & allen, Leek 22nd January 1889. The lease related to those parts of the London Mills now occupied in the spinning etc of spun silk and rooms lately occupied by Messrs Pickford & Son, managed by the aforesaid parties a t a rental of £250 per year. Watson also gave the Silk Association a power to purchase the whole of the London Mills in Brook Street, London Street and Cornhill Street, Leek including the dyeworks occupied by Messrs Clowes & Stafford. Arbitration was to take place on the basis of paragraphs 136, 137, 138 and 139 in part 7 of the Articles of Association of the Measham Mills Manufacturing Company Ltd.
Names: Watson; Wardle; Leech; Broster; Sheldon; Pickford;


BC2/ 231
Macclesfield, Cheshire;  Manchester;
Description: Case for the opinion of Counsel in the matter of the estate of Thomas Coningsby Slingsby, silk throwster of Sutton Mills, Sutton, Macclesfield, Cheshire and bankrupt and in the matter of a power of attorney executed by him in favour of Sir Thomas Taylor, Chairman of William Frost & Sons,  and William Read Wadsworth, Director of William Frost and Sons, Macclesfield on 26th April 1933. . May & Wain, Macclesfield
Names: Slingsby; Wain; Wadsworth; Taylor; Massie;


BC2/ 232
Macclesfield, Cheshire;
Description: Two items (1) Copy abstract of the title of Peter Filcock, Emma Filcock, Ann Filcock and Ada Filcock to the Tallow Chandlery, No. 9 Hawthorne Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire; May & Wain, Macclesfield 1920. The premises are described as freehold cottages in The Gutters in Macclesfield.

(2) Copy conveyance of a freehold plot of land in Hawthorn Street, Macclesfield  (formerly known as The Gutters) by Peter Filcock and others to The Mayor Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Macclesfield, Oldfield, Town Clerk 19th June 1920. (with plan showing location of the tallow chandlery, warehouse and other buildings on the plot and occupied by the Macclesfield Tallow Company.
Names: Filcock; Hooley; Jackson; Frost; Oldfield;


BC2/ 233
Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: Draft transfer of mortgage on six dwellings, a dyeworks and premises at the bottom of Mill Street, Leek, Staffordshire, by Miss Ellen Carr & Mr Samuel Tatton, silk dyer, to the trustees of the Leek & Moorlands Permanent Benefit Building Society, Challinor & Shaw, March 1869. The land covered 1700 square yards part of and at the east end of Lynney Meadow or Mill Lane Lynney, at the bottom of Mill Street, Leek.
Names: Carr; Tatton; Challinor; Redfern; Hammersley; Turnock; Heaton; Brough;


BC2/ 234
Places: Leek, Staffordshire; Macclesfield, Cheshire;
Description: Copy draft agreement for the tenancy of the Nelson Mills, Leek, Staffordshire, John Ridgway  of Hurdsfield, Macclesfield, with The Leek Silk Twist Manufacturing Society Ltd, of Park Mills, Ballhaye Green, Leek, Staffordshire, Hand, Macclesfield 2nd June 1897. Nelson Mills were in Ballhaye Green and were formerly occupied by Messrs Clowes & Leech. The Society's Committee of Management was chaired by Reuben Lovatt and otherwise consisted of J. Birchenough, William Goldstraw and James Holtham. William Hassall was the secretary.
Names: Ridgway; Hand; Lovatt; Birchenough; Goldstraw; Holtham; Hassall;


BC2/ 235
Rainow, Macclesfield, Cheshire; Manchester; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada;
Description: Draft lease of a mill known as The White Shop, wheel house, boiler house and outbuildings, and also reservoirs, at Hough Hole, Rainow, Cheshire. The Misses Hattie R. and Anne Mellor of Hough Hole, Rainow, to the Bleachers Association of 2 Mount Street, Manchester, Bullock, solicitors, Macclesfield, 14th February 1913. The lease included a right of way to the Lessors and their servants tenants and workmen to and from the adjoining lands of the Lessors and the coal mines in and under the same  through the yard of the mill and through the large doors of the mill leading from the private road of the Lessors through and under the said mill to the said mill yard. The mill had a waterwheel and the Lessors also reserved a right to continue to use the pipe now connected with the said sluice and to be supplied with sufficient water by means of the same from the reservoirs to work the ram now fixed near to the entrance doors of the mill for the purpose of pumping water to the house and premises situate above the said mill at the west end thereof and to work the water wheel for the purpose of winding coal and to use the circular saw mentioned in the schedule hereto. Interlining in pencil indicates a revised document dated 1923 which is for a new Lessee -Benjamin Leech, and shows changes in the use of some of the property, in particular the former blacksmith's shop which was then occupied by "Vare coal miner".

John W. Simpson and N.M. Barnes were Directors of the Bleacher's Association and R.H.Eccles the secretary.
Names: Mellor; Bullock; Leech; Barnes; Simpson; Eccles;


BC2/ 236
Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: Draft mortgage of a mortgage of a silk mill, shade, buildings and house in Fountain Street, Victoria Street, Cross Street and Well Street, Leek, Staffordshire. Mrs Elizabeth Bermingham, widow,  George Henry Bermingham, silk manufacturer and Thomas Gould (all of Leek) to The Leek & Moorlands Building Society 23 February 1904. The property included a house in Fountain Street and on the east side of Victoria Street, Leek, formerly occupied by George Hammersley then of William Geston afterwards of Henry Brunt and then of Joseph Ashworth Brunt and Henry Robert Brunt. Plus a silk  factory and warehouse at the back of the house and situated in Victoria Street, formerly occupied by Joseph Bentley afterwards by Samuel Milward Fynney afterwards of Henry Brunt and now of Joseph Ashworth Brunt and Henry Robert Brunt. The property included a plot of land on the South side of Fountain Street bounded on the East by Well Street and Cross Street and to the South-west and West by the other property mentioned.  The silk factory and warehouse were  said to have been erected by Henry Brunt.
Names: Bermingham; Gould; Challinor; Shaw; Hammersley; Brunt; Geston; Fynney; Bentley;


BC2/ 237
Leek, Stafford, Staffordshire; London; Congleton, Cheshire; Edinburgh; Manchester; Liverpool; Walsall; Reading, Berkshire;  Glasgow; Exeter, Devon; Newcastle; Alcester; Malton, Yorkshire;
Description: 18 items re  Messrs Alsop, Downes & Co, silk manufacturers of Leek, Staffordshire 1869 to 1875. Challinor & Shaw, Leek.

(1) Press copy agreement between Messrs Alsop, Downes & Co and the Executors of James Alsop deceased, 23rd August 1869.

(2) Minutes of Mr Challinor's interview with Messrs Downes, & Spilsbury at their warehouse at 1 Huggin Street, London on 21st November 1870.

(3) Release by Mr Benjamin Spilsbury the elder and Joseph Flower to the executors of the late James Alsop of debts owing to them by the partnership firm of Alsop, Downes & Spilsbury & Company and agreement by the surviving partners in such firm to remain liable to pay the said debts and interest., Challinor & Co. 1871.

(4) Letter from Robert Alsop, Teignmouth Bank, Teignmouth to Challinor & Co, Leek dated 25th March 1872 returning the signed releases of Messrs Spilsbury & Flowers.

(5) Draft bond from Messrs George Downes and Benjamin Spilsbury the younger, both of 1 Huggins Lane, Wood Street, London, silk manufacturers,  to Joseph Flower of Leek, to secure the repayment of the sum of £11000 and interest, Challinor & Co., Leek, 1872.

(6) Statement of errors in account of Downes, Spilsbury & Co. with the executors of Mr James Alsop   11 March 1875.

(7) Alsop Downes & Co, claim of George Downes and Benjamin Spilsbury junior, May 1875.

(8) Letter from Alsop Downes & Co, London to Challinor & Co., Leek,  with particulars of claim 1st May 1875.

(9) Copy letter from Challinor & Co, Leek, to Robert Alsop  11th May 1875.

(10) Press copy letter from Challinor & Co, Leek, to Robert Alsop 11 May 1875.

(11) Letter from Robert Alsop at Teignmouth to Challinor & Co., Leek, dated 12th May 1875 stating that they should not allow deductions( by Downes and Spilsbury) unless they come under the agreement.

(12) Press copy letter from Challinor & Co., Leek, to Robert Alsop at Teignmouth dated 29th May 1875;

(13) Letter from Robert Alsop at Teignmouth to Challinor & Co., Leek, dated 24th June 1875 approving settlement with the firm of Alsop, Downes, Spilsbury & Co and of the allowance to Mr Smith;

(14) Letter for Alsop, Downes & Co, London to Challinor & Co, Leek dated 27th July 1875 with a £70 cheque on account.

(15) Executors of James Alsop trial account re Alsop, Downes, Spilsbury & Co, of London 27th October 1875.

(16)Minutes re Alsop deceased .1st November 1875.

(17) Letter from Joseph Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire to Mr. R. Alsop dated 23rd June 1875. Challinor had consulted Mr Ritchie about Alsop & Downes & Co's further claim against the estate of the late James Alsop and Ritchie had said it should be admitted. Also mentions a claim by G.A.Smith relating to " the great extra work he had had in the partnership making out accounts and subsequently to Mr Alsop's death and in the business of the firm during Mr. Alsop's illness".

(18) Letter dated 24 November 1875 from A. E.  Alsop, , Leek, Staffordshire to Joseph Challinor of Leek. Nothing of much significance.
Names: Alsop; Downes; Spilsbury; Flower; Ritchie; Goodwin; Pellings; Oliver; Wilson; Scott; Ford; Turnock; Redfern; Levy; Thomas; Merry; Audley; Banton; Shaw; Morris; Gorrie; Dempsey; Lewis; Walker; Lillie; Battersby; Hollman; Leese; Kidson; Heath; Parr;


BC2/ 238
Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: Documents relating to the Highfield, Leek, estate of Mrs Fowler.

(1) John Leech in account with the executors of the late Mrs Fowler -1847-48. This concerns attending the ploughing and sewing of land, purchasing of seed, manure, etc. and valuing crops. The supervision of harvesting and general supervision is included. Signed by Leech as settled 4th July 1848.

(2) John Leech's "Stated Account with the executors of Mrs Fowler and Messrs Matthew, Josiah &  John Gaunt with regard to the Highfield Estate, Leek, Staffordshire from Christmas 1846 to Christmas 1847.

(3) John Leech's account with the executors of the late Mrs. Fowler and vouchers, re the Highfield Estate, Leek, Staffordshire, 1848.

(4) Ra. Woolliscroft's bill for teamwork at Highfield, Leek, August 1847. (Carrying hay for 2 days with 3 horses, 1 man and two carts = £1-4s-0d.)

(5) Thomas Woolliscroft's bill for seed oats  Highfield, Leek, Settled 11th March 1848.

(6) S. Lassetter's receipt for a half years property tax due 29th September 1847 on land at Highfield, Leek, Staffordshire £1-1s-10.5d.

(7) Copy of a letter from W. Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire to an unnamed individual and dated 21st March 1849. Concerns the accounts of Mrs Fowler's executors and chancery proceedings against Mr Matthew Gaunt in connection with the affairs of the Fowler, Gaunt Bank. At that time Mr Gaunt was " from home on circuit".

(8)  Highfield Rent Award 1st November 1847. The tenant seems to have been a Mr. Tredwell whose lease would expire on 1st November 1849. It states tht Mr. Tredwell took up Highfield on the understanding that he was not to have actual possession of land let to  Hammersley and to Hulme till Xmas but should be permitted to do acts of husbandry on the land so let. Rents should be paid to the executors and to Messrs Matthew and Josiah Gaunt in the proportions 2/3 to 1/3. The corresponding amounts were £32 : 17s : 13/4d and £16 : 8s : 63/4d respectively.

(9) Letter dated 23rd October 1846 to Mr Mollett and william Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire from S A. Towgood at the Roebuck Inn, Leek. In this Towgood stated he owed Mrs. Fowler's estate £58 : 2s : 6d and undertook to pay Mrs. Deakins (Daykeyne's) account.

(10) Letter (copy) from J. Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire to an unknown person, dated 12th December 1848. It relates to the case of Hadfield versus Edwards and mentions in particular a debt of £3205 : 13s : 5d due in 1841 to Messrs Fowler, Gaunt & Co from the late firm of Messrs C Barlow & Son and Mr John Barlow".  Advice is given re further action by Fowler, Gaunt & Co.
Names: Fowler; Leech; Gaunt; Hammersley; Clowes; Tredwell; Corbishley; Hulme; Shallcross; Cook; Bullock; Hassall; Woolliscroft; Lassetter; Taylor; Lockett; Whittles; Fergyson; Nall; Dean; Cartwright; Cutting; Flint; Challinor; Cooper; Towgood; Dakeyne;


BC2/ 239
Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: Copy list of documents in the schedule to Trustees (of the late Mrs. Fowler of Highfield House, Leek, Staffordshire,) answer. Undated. This includes probate of will and codicils of John Fowler Esq, deceased 26th November 1827; an old pocket memorandum book 1917 to 1823 with entries of payments in Mrs Sarah Fowler and Mr John Gaunt's handwriting to Mr Matthew Gaunt;  probate of the will of Mrs Sarah Fowler dated 28 July 1841.
Names: Fowler; Gaunt; Challinor; Leech; Flint; Watt;


BC2/ 240
Leek, Heathylee, Staffordshire;
Description: Printed "Notice To Treat" re the compulsory acquisition of land under the Leek Urban District Council Water Act of 1925, issued on 25th May 1928 by the Leek Urban District Council to William Alexander Tatton of Ashcroft, Buxton Road, Leek, Staffordshire. The schedule concerns 1 rood 35 perches of  lands in the Parish of Heathylee, Staffordshire.
Names: Tatton; Henshaw;


BC2/ 241
Leek, Staffordshire; Glasgow; Buxton, Derbyshire;
Description: Documents relating to the business concerns of the Wardle family of Leek, Staffordshire;

(1) Letter dated 11th August 1899 from Bernard Wardle, Wardle & Company, The Hencroft Works, Leek, Staffordshire to Challinor of Challinor & Co, solicitors, Leek. This is marked "Private".  Concerning the bad state of the company, his distrust of "Mr Heywood" who he said "is merely the mouth piece of my father", difficulties experienced between their firm and the firm of Sir Thomas & Arthur Wardle and the negotiation with his father over new terms for the firms lease.

(2) Terms proposed  by Sir Thomas Wardle (owner) for the letting of the Hencroft Works, Leek, Staffordshire, to Messrs Bernard and Thomas Wardle, dated 15th August 1899.

(3) Challinor's minutes for Mr Heywood of interviews with Sir Thomas Wardle and his two sons Bernard and Tom, August 1899. Sent to Heywood 17th August 1899.

(4) Letter from Bernard Wardle, Hencroft Print Works, Leek, Staffordshire to Challinor & Co, Leek, dated 15th August 1899. It contains the text of "Mr Welch's reply" concerning the terms of the proposed lease of the Hencroft Works.

(5) Letter from Bernard Wardle, Dyers & Printers of Plush, Velvets, Corahs, English Silks, Cretonnes, Chintzes, Linens, Flax Cloth and Linings, Hencroft Works, Leek, Staffordshire to Challinor & Co, Leek, dated 18th August 1899. Concerns proposed meeting between Mr. Welch (who was advising him) and Mr Heywood who was acting for his father.

(6) Letter from Bernard Wardle, Hencroft Print Works, Leek, Staffordshire to Challinor & Co, Leek, dated 22nd August 1899. He mentions that he and Tom had been considering their position on the "so called concessions". The Company was, he said, in a worse position than before and "our efforts have been mainly directed to trying for a lighter burden altogether. Our cost of production is rendered enormous…".  "Our position is therefore hopeless I don't care to try and neither will Tom". "My father knows the business and how sterile it has been for years and his new terms show us that he does not wish us to get a living here."

(7) Draft agreement with variations re the Hencroft Works, Leek, Staffordshire, signed by Sir Thomas and Bernard Wardle, 22nd & 23rd August 1899. It includes /memo  from Sir Thomas Wardle, who was at St. Enoch's Hotel, Glasgow, and it is the latter that he and his son signed.

(8) Note card form Sir Thomas Wardle to Challinor & Co, Leek, Staffordshire received on 23rd August 1899 by Joseph Challinor. Wardle writes that his sister had informed him that he owed her the £200 not Bernard and she would prefer that he (Sir Thomas) paid her.

(9) Letter written by Sir Thomas Wardle to his son on 23 August 1899 but which may not have been sent. Wardle expresses his disgust at not being shown the balance sheets "why should there be any concealment between father and sons?"  He ends by saying " How can I afford to lessen my income."

(10) Telephoned message  from Joseph Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire to Bernard Wardle 11.0 a.m. on 23rd August 1899 (pencil on Sir Thomas and Arthur H. Wardle headed paper. Notifies Bernard that Sir Thomas Wardle has signed the memo and requests that Bernard send a cheque for £200 and interest to Miss Wardle direct and pay the  half year's rent to Sir Thomas' credit at Parrs Bank.

(11) Copy letter similar to the above message but with additional content re comments of  Bernard Wardle's aunt.

(12) Letter from Bernard Wardle, Hencroft Print Works, Leek, Staffordshire to Joseph Challinor, Leek, dated 9th October 1899. It concerns the Leek Urban District Council rates for the premises. Bernard Wardle states he does not agree with Challinor on the matter and that he understood that the rent for the Hencroft was the total charge which they should have to meet.

(13) Memo from Wardle & Company, Hencroft Print-Works, Leek to Joseph Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire dated 15th November 1899 to which is attached the LUDC rate demand.

(14) Note from Bernard Wardle of Wardle & Company, Hencroft Print-Works, Leek to Joseph Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire dated 18th November 1899.  He states that "my father ought not to busy himself with the interior affairs of Hencroft now that he (has) signed the new agreement".

(15) Letter from Bernard Wardle of Wardle & Company, Hencroft Print-Works, Leek to Joseph Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire dated 29th November 1899. States "the spirit of the terms on which started afresh here are not being observed by the landlord. We most certainly would not have attempted to run the works if we had thought we were going to be involved in a lot of additional charges and the new agreement would not have been signed by us".

(16) Note from Bernard Wardle, Wardle & Company, Hencroft Print-Works, Leek to Joseph Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire dated 1st December 1899. Shows how they arrived at the rates paid figures.

(17) Note from Bernard Wardle of Wardle & Company, Hencroft Print-Works, Leek to Joseph Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire dated 6th December 1899. He gives the name of solicitors willing to look after their interests i.e. Bennett, Boycott, Orm & Goodman of Buxton, Derbyshire.

(18) Note card from Sir ThomasWardle, Leek to Joseph Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire dated 21st December 1899. He asks for one of the letters he had written explaining his opinions on the Bernard matter and also a copy of "the letter you wrote to Godfrey Goodman yesterday".
Names: Wardle; Challinor; Heywood; Welsh; Whinnerah; Young; Bishop; Bennett; Boycott, Orme, Goodman;


BC2/ 242
Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: Designs for which rollers have been engraved since the partnership in July 1891. On paper headed Sir Thomas Wardle, Leek, and dated 12 May 1898. Lists design reference number, number of rollers, cost of rollers, cost of engraving and total cost. A single note against the cost of engraving design 293 states " Gerland made no charge".
Names: Wardle; Gerland;


BC2/ 243
Leek, Alton, Staffordshire; Wakefield, Yorkshire;
Description: (1) Settlement of life policies and £2900 owing  by Messrs A. J. Worthington & Company of Leek, Staffordshire, silk Manufacturers between Sir Thomas Wardle of Leek, Staffordshire, silk dyer, and Gilbert Charles Wardle of Southfields, Leek, silk dyer,  Frederick Darlington Wardle of Wakefield, Yorkshire, and Barnet Young of Alton, Staffordshire, land surveyor, dated 1900.Challinor & Shaw, Leek.

(2)  Sir Thomas & A.H.Wardle copy of Mr F. D. Wardle's notes on the terms of the proposed partnership, dated 13th June 1900.

(3) Sir Thomas Wardle, Leek, Staffordshire. F.D.Wardle's notes on the settlement of life policies and other funds 14th June 1900.

(4) Mr Sutcliffe's valuation of the Hencroft Works, Leek, Staffordshire dated 30th June 1900. Signed as approved by Thomas Wardle and Thomas Wardle junior.

(5)  Draft lease of the Hencroft dyeworks and premises situate in Park Road, Leek, Staffordshire by Sir Thomas Wardle of Leek, silk dyer, to  Bernard Wardle of Bridge End, Leek, and Thomas Wardle of Leek, Staffordshire, silk printers and cotton, woollen and linen printers and dyers. Challinors & Shaw, Leek, 1900. It carries a note in red ink signed by Bennett, Boycott Orme & Goodman of Buxton on 5th April 1900 which states "Approved on behalf of the Lesees as altered in red ink". A further note in green ink states " Approved as altered in green ink, Challinors & Shaw, Leek, 29th November 1900.

(6) Letter from Wardle & Co, Hencroft Works, Leek, Staffordshire to Challinors & Co, Leek dated 31st July 1901. It accompanied a cheque. The firm ask for a return of the £4-4s-0d for Mr Sutcliffe's charges as they were " to Sir T. Wardle's order".
Names: Wardle; Young; Challinor; Shaw; Worthington; Whinnerah; Sutcliffe;


BC2/ 244
Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: (1) Memorandum of agreement between  Bernard Wardle and Thomas Wardle the younger, of Leek, Staffordshire, printers, supplemental to a memorandum of terms between the same parties dated 30th December 1897 being an agreement for a partnership under the style or firm of "Wardle & Company" for a term of seven years from the 1st July 1897.Challinors & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire, 29th September 1902.

(2) a second copy of the same date.
Names: Wardle; Challinor; Shaw; Newall;


BC2/ 245
Leek, Staffordshire; London;
Description: Letter dated 12th August 1893, from T. Waghorn, 11 King's Bench Walk, Temple, London E.C. to Challinors & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire re the case of the North Staffordshire Railway versus Wardle. He mentions that he was Manchester on Saturday conferring with "the Conference" on the whole matter of Railway & Canal Tolls. "There is no intention of appealing against the decision in the Leek County Court" Further on he state "It has also occurred to me, after hearing from Mr Wardle, that it might suit the Silk Association (apart from our Conference) to carry the case a little further with the aim of building some pressure on the North Staffs Railway in respecting their grievances generally."
Names: Wardle; Challinor; Waghorn;


BC2/ 246
Leek, Staffordshire;
Description: (1) Brief minutes by Joseph Challinor re Sir Thomas Wardle's will dated 4th January 1904.

(2) Two typed copies of the brief minutes by Joseph Challinor re Sir Thomas Wardle's will 4th January 1904.

(3) Hand written minutes by Joseph Challinor re Sir Thomas Wardle's will dated 5th January 1904.

(4) Further copy of (3) but with pencilled note on back stating " these useless, not correct, see other minutes No.17 correct.
Names: Wardle; Challinor; Fawcett;


BC2/ 247
Leek, Staffordshire; Congleton, Cheshire;
Description: Notes for a memorandum of agreement between Henry Swift of the Red Lion Inn, Leek, Staffordshire, licensed victualler, and Vernon Daniel, Keeper of the Leek Livery Stables, 15th November 1877. It states that the two parties had "this day" purchased an omnibus from A & O. Dixon of Congleton, carriage builders" with the cost being shared equally between them. Daniel was to operate the omnibus which was to be kept "in the premises occupied by Henry Swif"t.
Names: Swift; Daniel; Dixon;


BC2/ 248
Leek, Lichfield, Staffordshire; Ashbourne, Derbyshire;
Description: Draft mortgage of property in Leek, Staffordshire, by William France of Leek, button merchant,   to James Hawkesworth, heretofore of Lichfield but now of Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Redfern, Leek, 4th December 1840.of a house, brewhouse, etc. "now used as a silk warehouse and winding rooms, erected and built by the said John Eyre on part of two fields called the Dragon Fields, situated near to the bottom of Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire, and the garden behind containing 306 square yards altogether. Bounded on the north by Regent Street, on the west by Miss Garner's premises, on the east and south by James Johnson's premises".  The property had formerly been in the possession of the same James Johnson.
Names: France; Hawkesworth; Redfern; Johnson; Garner; Eyre;


BC2/ 249
Leek, Hanley, Staffordshire;
Description: Building and contents fire insurance cover note issued by the Royal Insurance Company, Hanley, Staffordshire to Clement C. Ellis of Knivedon Hall, Mount Pleasant, Leek, Staffordshire 15th August 1902. Policy No. 2323180, sum assured £7500
Names: Ellis; Hartley; Day;


BC2/ 250
Leek, Warslow, Staffordshire;
Description: List of properties forming part of Gaunts Wood Estate near Warslow. It gives brief descriptions, acreages and rents. It also includes shooting and fishing rights on Ecton Hill and royalties of stone. The property listed is Ecton Lee Cottage; Ecton Lee House; Milk Factory; Dale farm; Wetton Mill farm; Wetton Hill & Camp and Ecton Hill. [Undated but typed]
Names: Gaunt;