Bednall Collection Part 2 (BC2) No.s 276 to 300   

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Ipstones, Kingsley, Leek, Staffordshire; Bolton, Lancashire;

Examination of Hannah (nee Mould) the wife of John Mellor, stonemason 3rd January 1834. Gives brief genealogical details.

Mellor; Mould; Hargreaves; Griffin; Fynney; Barlow; Clulow; Hewitt;


Leek, Staffordshire; Caerphilly, Glamorgan; Exeter, Devonshire; Middlewich, Cheshire; Norwich, Kings Lynn, Norfolk; Haslingdon, Liverpool, Oldham, Lancashire; Glanford Briggs, Lincolnshire; Worcester; Swansea;

13 draft affidavits [and other documents] for debt issued by Richard Badnall and Thomas Laugharn of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturers between 1815 and 1816.

(1) affidavit dated 29 May 1815 William Eachus late of Middlewich, Cheshire, draper, dealer and chapman indebted to Badnall & Laugharm for £18 :19 :4. A note on the front states " Also against against Thomas Humber the younger of Kings Lynn, Norfolk and William Aldred of Norwich.

(2) letter dated 22 June 1815 to J.Davies, Carmarthen from John Cruso junior of Leek, Staffordshire stating that Badnall & Laugharm had put into his hands a draft for £28 which he had paid them and given Cruso instructions to proceed. However, since their Traveller, Mr Beeley, was then in Carmarthen, they had agreed to give Davies one more chance of clearing the debt by giving the money to Beeley.

(3) Draft affidavit, dated August 1815, of Richard Badnall of Leek, silk merchant to prove debt against William Henry Williams of Caerphilly, Glamorgan, shopkeeper, dealer and chapman who had been declared bankrupt, Williams owed Badnall of his partner Thomas Laugharn £8 : 16 :7.5. Interlining has been added in several places to change the debtor to James Morley of Liverpool, draper, who owed Badnall & Laugharn £10 : 10 : 6.

(4)Draft affidavit, dated 20 November 1815, of Richard Badnall of Leek, silk merchant to prove debt against Andrew Graham of Haslingdon, Lancashire, draper, dealer and chapman who had been declared bankrupt, Graham owed Badnall of his partner Thomas Laugharn £20 : 13 :9. Interlining has been added in several places to change the debtor to John Brown of Glanford Briggs, Lincolnshire, mercer, who owed Badnall & Laugharn £20 : 7 : 9. Graham had become bankrupt.

(5) 25th January 1816 affidavit for proof (under Commission) of a debt of £42 : 1 : 6 owed by Charles Warwick Fryer Walker late of Exeter, Devonshire, a bankrupt, to Badnall & Laugharn of Leek Staffordshire, silk manufacturers.

(6) 25th April 1816 affidavit of a £30 debt owed by James Wardell to Badnall & Laugharn, silk manufacturers, Leek, Staffordshire under of Bill of Exchange dated Harrington 19th December 1815 drawn by Thomas Atkinson by procuration of Robert Atkinson upon and accepted by James Wardell and payable to Thomas Atkinson on a certain day now past.

(7) 25th April 1816 affidavit by Richard Badnall of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer of a debt of £107 : 7: 0 owed to Badnall & Laugharn, of Leek, silk manufacturers, by Isaac Henry of Liverpool.

(8) 13th May 1816 Draft affidavit to arrest Francis Dipper who was indebted to Richard Badnall of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer and Thomas Laugharn, his partner in trade, in the sum of £28 by virtue of a promissory note dated " Worcester Nov. 24th 1815" drawn by Francis Dipper and payable to Badnall & Laugharn .

(9) 14th June 1816 Draft affidavit by Richard Badnall of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, in proof of a debtof £31 : 12 : 5 owed to him and his partner Thomas Laugharn by Millington Houghton late of Liverpool, Tailor, draper, dealer and chapman against whom a Commission of Bankruptcy had been issued.

(10) 14th June 1816 Draft affidavit by Richard Badnall of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, in proof of a debtof £53 : 7 : 0 owed to him and his partner Thomas Laugharn by John Furniss late of Liverpool, draper, dealer and chapman against whom a Commission of Bankruptcy had been issued.

(11) 21st September 1816 Draft affidavit by Richard Badnall of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, in proof of a debtof £15 : 5 : 3 owed to him and his partner Thomas Laugharn by Ralph Briscall late of Liverpool, Tailor, draper, dealer and chapman against whom a Commission of Bankruptcy had been issued.

(12) 21 September 1816 Draft affidavit to arrest William Hancome who was indebted to Richard Badnall of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer and Thomas Laugharn, his partner in trade, in the sum of £79 for goods delivered and by virtue of a promissory note dated " Swansea May 4th 1816" under the hand of William Hancome whereby he promised to to the deponent and his partner or order two months after date £34 : 9 : 0 at Sir Charles Price, Kay & Co. Bankers, London.

(13) 21st September 1816 Draft affidavit by Richard Badnall of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, in proof of a debtof £22 : 5 : 6 owed to him and his partner Thomas Laugharn by Samuel Kershaw late of Oldham, Lancashire, draper, dealer and chapman against whom a Commission of Bankruptcy had been issued. Badnall & Laugharn had received a Bill of Exchange dated Oldham 10th May 1816 and drawn by Samuel Kershaw on Messrs Masterman, Peters & Co., Bankers, London and payable 3 months after date…

Badnall; Laugharn; Cruso; Eachus; Morley; Humber; Aldred; Davies; Beeley; Graham; Brown; Walker; Wardell; Atkinson; Kershaw; Dipper; Houghton; Furniss; Briscall; Hancome; Price; Kay; Masterman; Peters;


Winkburn, Nottinghamshire; Thorpe, Derbyshire; Leek, Staffordshire; London;

Forty letters relating to Mrs. Smith's estate and the Craven, Deacon and Bourne Trusts 1884 to 1886. These include letters from Laurence Crave, Colonel E. P. Burnell of Winkburn, George Sampson of Beauchief Abbey, and Challinors & Co, Leek, Staffordshire written to William Beaumont Badnall of Thorpe, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. The letters from Burnell and Craven are especially interesting since they contain information about the family.

Badnall; Craven; Bourne; Deacon; Smith; Challinor; Burnell; Sampson;


Thorpe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire; Leek, Hilderstone, Staffordshire;

Copy case and the opinion of Mr H.C.Hull of Lincolns Inn, London, Challinor & Co. Leek, Staffordshire.14th November 1878. This concerns the Hilderstone Hall Estate including the New House and Sharpley Heath Farms and cites the wills of John Bourne (19th December 1831), Ralph Bourne ( 20th January 1835) and (briefly, James Bourne ( 11th december 1844). The bulk of the property was morgaged in 1871for £25000.

(2) to (11) Nine letters and notes re Bourne's Mortgage and the Badnall Trust 1893 to 1894.

A note on (3) Mentions that "Mr & Mrs Badnall are now and have been all winter at 8 Higher Terrace, Torquay. She has been seriously ill but is now a little better". (11) Has a long personal note which mentions his health, the death of old friends such as the Vicar of Fenton, and also the purchase of " a house in Stockwell Street just below Mr brealey's old house and on the same side has been bought for the Cruso MemorialCaretage".

Badnall; Bourne; Challinor; Bromley; Bridgwood; Hull; Baker; Allin; Pratt; Brealey.


Derby; Endon, Leek, Staffordshire;

Miscellaneous Badnall letters.

(1) 6th January 1885 from Joseph Challinor to W. B. Badnall concerning Badnall's marriage settlement and a note concerning the Rev. W. Badnall deceased concerning the payment of certain dividends to Mr A. R. Badnall.

(2) 8th April 1886 stamped letter in receipt of £19 : 6 :8, sent by Mrs Ellen Badnall of Endon, Staffordshire to Challinor & Co. Leek, Staffordshire;

(3) 5th August 1896 from Isadore Goldman, solicitor, London to A. H. Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire concerning the case of Goldman v the Rev. James Badnall [of Endon, Staffs] JS Z 22, which accompanied the Plaint Note, Notice of Service and letters from defendant's solicitors dated 24th december 1895 and 10th January, 8th April, 20th April and 23rd April 1896. The writ was issued on 5th december 1895 and signed on the 14th December "when execution was served". The letter states further that "The Goods levied on were claimed on a Bill of Sale by defendant's solicitors and they made an offer to pay half debt in March and the remainder in October and gave their assurnace that this promise should be carried out but I have heard nothing further. Kindly attend and call the Defendant on his subpoena and cross examine him as to his means and take the best order possible."

(4) 5th January 1892 letter from William Beaumont Badnall at the midland Hotel, Derby to Joseph Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire. Badnall was attending the Quarter Sessions at Derby. It chiefly concerns the Cruso estates and Henry Cruso's mortgage.

(5) 29th July 1895 from Joseph Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire to W. B. Badnall concerning the Badnall Trusts. Also mentions that " we had a meeting here last night to protest against the Welsh Dist, Bill; Mr Pennant from Raulbys St. Asaph and Mr Cramp rector of St. Be (the latter very good) were the speakers; but was but a poor att[endance], 200 or 300, the people are so apathetic. I was not there having a chest attack which is passing off. I think you will be pleased with the enclosed cutting of Lady L, Cavendish's speech.."

Badnall; Goldman; Challinor; Cruso; Bourne; Pennat; Cramp; Cavendish;


Leek, Staffordshire; South Shields, Darlington, Durham; Adelphi, Shoreditch, London; Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland; Thirsk, York, Yorkshire; Oxford; Newport, Shifnall, Shropshire; Cadoxton Juxta, Meath; Plymouth, Devonshire; Haslingdon, Lancashire; Milford, Pembrokshire;

Draft affidavits of debts owed to Messrs Badnall & Laugharn, silk manufacturers, Leek, Staffordshire.

[1] 1812 Joseph Parlour late of Oxford, linen draper but now of number 19 Georges Street, Adelphi, Middlesex, wholesale glover indebted in the sum of £43 : 6s : 8d for goods sold and delivered to him. It carries a note " affidavit in the Kings bench to arrest".

This draft was later used as the basis for another re

Robert Little of Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, linen draper indebted in the sum of £29 : 16s : 0d.

[2] 11 September 1815 Robert Topham late of South Sheilds, Durham, draper, dealer and chapman, and a bankrupt indebted in the sum of £15 : 6s : 9d for goods sold and delivered. One the back is a draft indenture dated 1815 between "(1)Hugh Ford of Leek, Staffordshire, esquire, and (2) Ann Davenport of Leek, spinster, citing indentures of lease and release between James Davenport and Eleanor & Ann Thornycroft of part of premises" described elsewhere.

[3] August 1815 In the matter of Arthur Mowbray, George Lewis Hollingsworth, John Wetherall, William Shields, William Boulton and William Richard Stokes of Durham, Darlington, Thirsk, York and Lothbury, London, bankers against who a commission of bankruptcy had been lately awarded were indebted to Badnall & Laugharn of Leek, silk merchants, in the sum of £50 : 1s : 6d for money had and received from Badnall & Laugharn. The latter had received no security except for a Bill of Exchange dated Newcastle June 14th 1815 and drawn by John Molineux in favour of and to the account of the "Durham Bank" or " Messrs Mowbray, Hollingsworth, Wetherall, Stokes & Co, Bankers, London" and accepted by "Mowbray, Hollingsworth" at Messrs Everett & Co" payable "40 days after date" and which bill og exchange has been returned to Badnall & Laugharn noted for non-payment "and now remains wholly unpaid".

[4] December 1815 Andrew Grahams of Haslingdon, Lancashire, draper, dealer and chapmen and a bankrupt, indebted for £20 : 13s : 9d for goods sold and delivered.

This had then been overwritten for four other affidavits all dated 25th January 1816 i.e.

Benjamin Swann late of Shifnall, Shropshire, breechesmaker dealer and chapman indebted in the sum of £4 : 3s : 0d;

William Marefield of Newport, Shropshire, linen draper indebted in the sum of £33 : 1s : 9d.

Joseph Nicholson of Plymouth Dock, Devonshire, woollen draper, indebted in the sum of £61 : 17s : 6d. And

Charles Botting of Cadoxton Juxta, Meath, grocer, dealer and chapman, indebted in the sum of £10 : 16s : 0d.

The latter draft was written on the back of a letter to Mr Henry Brindley, Heaton, and appears to seek an opinion on the possibility of affecting an enclosure of commons and wastes in Heaton by a deed amongst the proprietors.

[5] 21 September 1816William Saies late of Milford, Pembrokshire, shopkeeper, was indebted in the sum of £30 : 12s : 6d for goods sold and delivered. They had received no security except for a promissory note dated Milford 3 February 1816 under the hand of William Saies whereby he promised to pay £15 : 16s 6d within two months at Mr. John Browne's 136 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London. This affidavit was corrected and a fresh affidavit sworn on 21 November 1817 when Richard Badnall discovered that part of the goods (valued at £3 : 16s) had been returned.

Badnall; Laugharn; Cruso; Ford; Brindley; Saies; Topham; Parlour; Little; Botting; Davenport; Thorneycroft; Hulme; Mowbray; Hollingsworth; Weatherall; Stokes; Shileds; Boulton; Molineux; Swann; Marefield; Nicholson; Grahams; Browne;


Liverpool; Leek, Staffordshire;

Documents relating to the case of Badnall & Laugharn of Leek, silk merchants, versus Simpson Samuel of Liverpool 1815.

[1] 9th September 1815 Draft statement of facts relating to Badnall & Co versus Simpson Samuel.

[2] 1815 Brief for the plaintiffs in Badnall & another versus Samuel, Cruso Coupland, Leek, Staffordshire. This carries a note "Verdict for plaintiffs subject to a case." This document consists of a covering letter from Charles Coupland (one of Badnall & Co's solicitors) stating the facts and a letter from John Cruso junior of Leek to Mr J. Henry, Liverpool. Badnall & Laugharn had sold and delivered goods amounting to £183 : 1s : 6d and £59 : 4s : 0d which were paid for by a bill of exchange dated Liverpool 6th March 1815 for £217 : 19s : 2d and a balance of £74 : 6s : 4d in cash.

(3) Draft affidavit as to costs in the case of Bandall v Samuel. Gives names of witnesses called, and details of costs incurred including cost of "Crier, Jury and Bailiff". In 1816.

(4)Notice from John Cruso attorney for the plaintiffs Richard Badnall & Thomas Laugharn, to Mr Simpson Samuell, defendant, requiring him to produce invoices at the trial to be held at the next Stafford Assizes. Document is dated 8 March 1816.

Badnall; Laugharn; Cruso; Coupland; Henry; Samuel; Ashton; Hall; Clay; Davis; Puller;


Leek, Staffordshire; Manchester; Liverpool;

Case for the opinion of Mr Richardson December 1816. Badnall & Laugharn of Leek, silk merchants advertised for a Traveller in different London papers and a Mr N. Sutherland applied for "a situation in consequence of the advertisment". When Mr Sutherland came to Leek he brought with him a letter of recommendation from Robert Barnes of Manchester " a very respectable man who is generally employed in settling merchants accounts" and was dated 2nd November 1815. Mr Barnes described Sutherland as a man of repute and great integrity" and went on to say " and has recently retired from an unsuccessful business with great credit to himself". The latter was not true as Sutherland owed money to many persons. Sutherland defrauded the Badnall firm.

Badnall; Barnes; McKenzie; Cruso; Niel;


Leek, Staffordshire; Chapel en-le-Frith, Derbyshire; London;

Draft articles of Clerkship between (1) William Beaumont Badnall of Leek, Staffordshire, one of the Attornies of Her Majesty's Courts of Queens Bench and Common Pleas at Westminster, solicitor in the High Court of Chancery, (2) Davenport Goodman of Chapel en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, gent, and Thomas Davenport Goodman late of the same place but now of Leek (an infant under the age of 21 years and son of the said Davenport Goodman) dated 7th March 1857. Thomas D. Goodman bound himself to Badnall for five years to serve as his Clerk in "the profession of an Attorney at Law and solicitor in Chancery." In consideration of £200 paid by Davenport Goodman to W. B. Badnall, Badnall covenanted to teach and instruct Davenport's son in "the practice business and profession of an Attorney and Solicitor" and at the end of his apprenticeship to endeavour to get T. D. Goodman admitted and sworn an attorney in the Courts of Queens Bench and Common Pleas..

Badnall; Goodman;


Leek, Staffordshire; Thorpe, Derbyshire;

Bill of Thomas Brealey & Son of Leek, Staffordshire to William Beaumont Badnall for work in connection with work at Badnall's new house at Thorpe, Derbyshire, carried out between March 1882 and September 1883. The Bill is dated Leek 3rd July 1884. Brealey & Son made 24 journeys to Thorpe to inspect the building, levelling for a drain and water and with regard to sinking for water. Other work related to alterations to the stable and carriage house

Badnall; Brealey;


Leek; Staffordshire; London; Southwell, Nottinghamshire;

Draft or copy letter from William Beaumont Badnall of Thorpe near Ashbourne, Derbyshire to Henry B. Buckley of 18 Old Square, Lincolns Inn, London dated 14th July 1890. The letter concerns the Council of the Diocese of Southwell, of which Badnall was a member, and in particular a memorandum of association relating to a proposed " Southwell Diocesan Finance Association". The memorandum was, Badnall thought, similar to those adopted by the Diocese of Salisbury. Badnall feared that the memorandum "did not sufficiently protect the members of the Association generally, or the members of the Committee of Management particularly".

Badnall; Buckley;


Thorpe, Derbyshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

Twelve miscellaneous itemsrelating chiefly to Mr & Mrs William B. Badnall's settlement trusts 1881 -1895. Also includes Jane E. Badnall's Victoria Government stock dividend slips.

Badnall; Challinor;


Leek, Biddulph, Staffordshire; Mansfield, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire;

Memo of title deeds in Mr Potts' possession re the property of the late Miss Ruth Rowley, Leek, Staffordshire 6th February 1882. Document is written in pencil and starts with a deed dated 21st January 1778 between (1) John Potts of Leek, button mould thrower, and lydia his wife, (2) Richard Parr of Milton, yeoman, (3) James Rowley of Biddulph, bricklayer, (4) Ralph Walley of Biddulph, farmer, reciting an indenture of 6th May 1772 in which the premises were assured to Parr for 500 years as security for £50 and that £54 was then owing. In consideration of £1 paid to Potts and £54 paid to Parr as mortgagee, Potts and his wife granted to Rowley, his heirs and assigns for ever " All those messuages houses or tenements standing etc, in or near the town of Leek near to the Quaker's Meeting House wherein John Potts dwelt and near to Scolding Bank or Overtons Row together with a small building adjoining and two small gardens lying northedly of the 2 small houses lately in the holding of Daniel Watts and Thomas Howell and also one yard of ground in breadth and seven in length from the gable end of the said houses along the side of the same then marked or st… out of a garden at the end of said stable and intended to be used as a way or road to and from the said houses to the old road leading from the said Town Street in Leek." Document also cites the will of James Rowley of Leek, stone mason, dated 12 May 1836 which was proved at Lichfield 2 February 1837.

A later deed dated 3rd January 1853 is also cited in some detail I.e. "Indenture between (1) Samuel Clowes of Leek, silk manufacturer (2) Frederick Horsley of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, framework knitter, John Ward of Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, framework knitter, Mary Burnett of Sutton in Ashfield and (3) Ruth Rowley of Leek, spinster. This recites the will of James Rowley, his death and probate and that Rowley's daughter Hannah wife of John Ward died on or about December 1852 leaving the said Frederick Horsley (her eldest son by her former husband) and the said John Ward and Mary Burnett her only children her surviving. It also states that C. Ball died on 1st October last (1852) that the property had been valued and Ruth Rowley had agreed to buy it at the valuation of £130. This sum was paid to Clowes, the only surviving trutee under the will of James Rowley and the property was, with the consent of the others, conveyed. The property is described again and the only differences are that the two houses were said to be " then in the occupation of Joseph Dickinson and William Wheildon but then in the occupation of Henry Ward and Josh Brough

Potts; Rowley; Parr; Walley; Stubbs; Barnes; Richardson; Clowes; Horsley; Ward; Burnett;


Leek, Staffordshire; Heywood, Lancashire;

Documents relating to the Bermingham family of Leek, Staffordshire.

(1) Copy deed of partnership between William Henry Bermingham of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, and George Henry Bermingham of Leek, silk manufacturer, dated 16th December 1881. It statess that business of silk manufacture had been carried on by Henry Bermingham and Elizabeth the widow of James Bermingham upto the 31st December 1880 and since that time by Henry and George Henry Bermingham the son of Elizabeth Bermingham under the same name. Under this agreement the Berminghams agreed to trade under the name "James & Henry Bermingham from 31st December 1880 for a term of seven years. The capital I.e. stock in trade, goods, chattels, credits, moneys and effects amounted (after deducting liabilities) to £17026 : 4s : 5d and was split between the two partners into £9092 : 9s : 7d to Henry and £7933 : 14s : 10d to George. Both were entitled to interest at 5% per annum on their share of the capital. The silk mill was paid for by rent £210 : 0s : 0d. Each partner was to receive £300 a year as wages in addition to expences actually incurred.

(2) Letter headed "Bermingham & Gibson, Fountain Mills, Leek" and dated 6th March 1888 sent by George H. Bermingham to J. Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire. This simply states he had not had time to prepare a statement.

(3)Letter dated 25 January 1895 from G. J. Bermingham of 35 Compton, Leek, Staffordshire to T. Shaw of Leek. It states " Will it be necessary or advisable to have either my wife of Wainscott present during the interview this evening? Whom do you purpose sending down? I find Mr Ford had occasion to reprimand a man named Fynney in the N.S.R. employ for undue familiarity with the girl Holdcroft." Wrapped with this is a copy letter from Challinors & Shaw, solicitors, to Miss Jane Holdcroft of Barnfields, Leek, concerning George Josiah Bermingham's complaint about her leaving his service and a statement made to hism regarding Mr George Wainscott and his wife " from which it appears you have made an unfounded charge against him". She was offered a chance to make an apology and to collect her box and clothes that evening.

(4) Inland Revenue Settlement Estate Duty Form re estate of Henry Bermingham of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, who died 16th February 1903. A schedule of legagcies is attached which includes legaies due to George Josiah Bermingham; testator's daughters Hannah Mary and Mary Elizabeth Scholastica Bermingham and to his widow, Mary. The value of the testator's property charged with estate duty was £12328 : 7s : 0d.

(5) Draft application for a certificate under Section II (1) of the Finance Act 1894 in the matter of Henry Bermingham of Leek, Staffordshire who died on 16th February 1903. The property for which the certificate was required consisted of : eight cottages in South Street, Leek; 5 cottages in Duke Street, Leek, and the "Mill and premises known as the Compton Mill, Leek with steam boiler, engine and fixed machinery occupied by Messrs Henry Bermingham & Son at the annual rental of £300 tenants paying all rates and taxes.

(6) Letter dated 22 October 1906 from Arthur Shaw, 62 St. Edward Street, Leek to Messrs Bermingham & Sons, plus undated notes. The letter and the notes relate to Compton Mills and other property held by Bermingham Trustees and an agreement with "Heywood Cotton Waste Dealers Fire Assurance, Market Street, Heywood, Lancashire, re rents for changes to Bermingham & Sons, property which affected adjacent buildings.. The notes appear to be the basis for an indenture and mention "recite erection of new warehouse and that in course of construction it has been found necessary to remove so much of the spout which conduct the water from the roofs of No.s 6, 7 and 8 as was heretofore affixed to the roof of No. 8 and overhung the property 9 of the said Trustees. The rest concerns payment of a royalty or rent by the Company for having taken away the spout, to carry out repairs and to pay a further annual rent because they had enlarged two windows on the westwardly end of No. 6 property.

Bermingham; Challinor; Shaw; Gibson; Wainscott; Holdcroft; Blades;


Leek, Staffordshire; macclesfield, Cheshire;

Documents relating to the Bermingham family of Leek, Staffordshire, 1907-1909.

(1) Letter dated 8th April 1907 from G. J. Bermingham, Leek, to Challinors & Shaw, Leek, solicitors. Bermingham states he had received an additional three summons' and asks if a few pounds could be obtained for immediate use. He suggests that "if they will not advance the amount I mention in this letter, go for a good margin in excess of debt. If the executors have not the cash they are empowered by the will to sell". He was concerned to pay of debt and obtain "the means of living" because "from tomorrow I shall receive only 10/-".Enclosed in the letter is a rough balance shett for 16th August 1906.

(2) Letter dated 29th April 1907 from G. J. Bermingham, Leek, to Arthur . H. Shaw, Challinors & Shaw, Leek, solicitors. Letter concerns balance of monies left over after paying debts and his concern for his "boys" who would, he said "require some business when they grow up". He mentions that "there are many firms I used to do business with who since my separation H. B & S do not do business with".

(3) Letter dated 2nd May 1907 from G. J. Bermingham, Leek, to Robinson, Leek, Staffordshire. It asks whether Robinson has made any progress with his case.

(4) Letter dated 19th May 1907 from Challinors & Shaw, Leek, solicitors to G. H. Bermingham, The Hawthornes, Oxford Road, Macclesfield. It is headed "Mrs Elizabeth Bermingham deceased" and concerns a request from M. P. Bermingham for £22 : 16s : 6d from the Building Society to pay debts due to Bayley and to Grace.

Bermingham; Challinor; Shaw; Bayley; Grace;


Leek, Staffordshire; Alderley edge, Cheshire;

Documents relating to the Bermingham family of Leek, Staffordshire 1912 to 1915.

(1) Pencil notes of A. H. Shaw at interview with John Massey & William Hay re H. Bemingham deceased and proposed sale to Trafford & White. Trafford & White were interested in the Mill, the cottages on Duke Street and South Street, Leek, office furniture, fixtures and all tools in the mechanics shop offer £6500. H J B's probate inventory values were: Mill & ? £4217; Cottage £1067, Machinery £1386; ….? £422; Subtotal £7092; Office Furniture £297. Total = £7390. Debtors £5766, 5% £288; To realise £5476; Creditors £3570; Margin £1906. Stock at cost £8339. Outstanding Legacies: Jos B. £4000; Miss H. £2500; Miss S. £2500; Total £9000. H.J.B. Miss Platt

H.J.B £2000; Widows auntie Hills £180; Bank £2500 ….? £15500. Net rent of shops £135 p.a. Also gives other details of what appears to be an outline agreement.

(2) Copy letter dated 20th July 1912 from Arthur H. Shaw to Messrs Trafford & White of Leek, Staffordshire. Its states " The fixtures referred to in my letter of this date include boiler, steam engine and main, line shafting but of course no machinery." The letter in question is a letter of acceptance by the trustees of the late Henry Bermingham of Trafford & White's offer of £6500 for the mill, warehouse and 13 cottages in Duke Street and South Street, Leek, including loose tools and mechanics shop and all fixtures in the mill and warehouse. A deposit was payable on formal contract being concluded and if possession was taken prior to completion then interest at 5% was to be payable on the balance of the purchase price.

(3) Copy letter from Messrs Challinor & Shaw, of Leek, Staffordshire, solicitors, to Messrs Hacker & Allen of Leek, solicitors, dated 30th September 1912 re the production of estate duty accounts re H. J. Bermingham deceased. It referes to the "completion to day of the sale to and purchase by your clients Messrs Trafford & White of the Compton Mill & premises".

(4) Copy receipt given to Messrs Herbert Trafford and Job White for £250 as the purchase money dated 30th September 1912.

(5) Draft declaration of trust (dated 6th August 1914) as to stocks invested in the names of the trustees appointed under the will of Henry James Bermingham of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer which was proved in the Principal Probate Registry on 22nd March 1911. The trustees were Florence Bermingham of Hillside, Leek, widow, George Henry Massey of Longdon, silk manager, Sherriff Blades of Alderley Edge, Cheshire, bank manager and Joseph Francis Bermingham of Hillside, Leek, silk manufacturer.

(6) Letter from G. H. Massey of Henry Bermingham & Sons, Leek, Staffordshire to A. H. Shaw, Leek dated 5 October 1915 re Henry Bermingham deceased. It states " Mrs Bermingham and Miss M. E. S. Bermingham being now deceased and Miss H. M. Bermingham (until married) the sole life tenant of Lady Dale House, furniture, etc, under her father's will the question arises can she let it to a tenant or dispose of it by sale?"

(7) Trustees of Henry bermingham deceased to Trafford & White. Undated. Copies of paragraphs occuring in various conveyances relating to houses in Prospect Place and Cornhill Street, Leek, Staffordshire.

Bermingham; Challinor; Shaw; Trafford; White; Hay; Massey; Blades;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft solicitor's bill for work carried out in connection with drawing up an agreement of partnership between Messrs Tomlinson and Stannard, silk manufacturers of Pickwood Road, Leek, Staffordshire between 24th July and 1st August 1862. Probably ex-Challinor & Shaw.

Tomlinson; Stannard;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Two fire insurance renewal receipts dated 25th December 1883 for monies received from W. B. Badnall to renew policies 146421 and 129330 issued by the Lancashire Insurance Company. The sum assured was £650 in both cases.

Badnall; Brealey; Walley;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Hand written receipt by George Bestwick to Messrs Hibbert Newall and James Hassall for £20 borrowed by Bestwick and charged (with the interest at 5%) on a "mill or shade cottages house and land" belonging to Bestwick in Regent Street and Earl Street, Leek, Staffordshire 18th February 1881.

Bestwick; Newall; Hassall;


Leek, Cheddleton, Staffordshire; Nice, France; Scarborough, Yorkshire; Chagford, Devon; Barton Blount, Derbyshire;

Documents relating to Mrs E. Bradshaw's including

(1) six letters written to Mr. Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire from the Villa Garni Cimiez, the Hotel Longchamp, and the Hotel Paradis, Nice, France. One letter was written from Compton Terrace, Leek. The letters date between December 1884 and 3rd March 1887.

Mrs Bradshaw went to Nice from Scarborough leaving Scarborough on the 17th of December and arriving in Nice on the 20th. Her Doctor made all the arrangements for the journey. They had a rough passage and her maid "and everyone" was sick. The Villa was some distance from Nice (about an hour)-its only drawback. On January the 13th she reported that snow had fallen "but it soon melts". In this letter she also states " I could not have borne the long journey in an ordinary railway carriage, or without the Doctor's kind supervision. He engaged a saloon carriage from Scarboro' to London, then at Calais to Nice, occupied a Coupe Salon, the Doctor deeming it prudent to … sleeping at any Hotel en route. The Coupe Salon was a most luxurious carriage, but I could not sleep for the rolling and rocking. The speed was over 70 miles per hour -I am thankful to say.."In a letter dated March 3rd 1887, Mrs Bradshaw, who was then staying in the Hotel Longchamp in Nice, describes an earthquake she had experienced. In one piece of a letter she states " I hope Mrs Badnall and Mrs Kynnersley will now go South".

(2) a copy of the will of Eliza Bradshaw of Compton Terrace, Leek, Staffordshire, widow, dated 2nd April 1879 and a codicil dated 8th July 1884. This is very detailed and contains many bequests to relatives, servants, etc. The bequests include jewellery and books.

(3)S. Walley's receipt for payment of her bill to Mrs. J. Bradshaw dated 26th January 1886. The items listed include "Armorial Tax" and payments re Compton school.

Bradshaw; Challinor; Badnall; Kynnersley; Middleton; Denny; Towles; Miller; Simpkins; Buck; Twyford; Biscoe;Whyatt; Blades; Cartwright; Walley; Garside;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Agreement of sale and purchase between Mrs Lydia Middleton of Leek, Staffordshire, widow, and Mr William Henry Middleton of Leek, retired grocer, and Mr William Tatton of Leek, silk dyer. Challinor & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire, 28th July 1892. The Middletons agreed to sell to Tatton " All that messuage, etc, (the westerly end of which was formerly used as a colour mill and afterwards as a silk warehouse) situate and being number ? On the Northwardly side of the Buxton Road in Leek and formerly in the occupation of John Weston afterwards of Mrs Mary Weston and now of the purchaser, together with the stable coachhouse and other buildings, pleasure ground and kitchen garden at the rear of the house….and also the croft lying behind.." The whole area amounted to 2770 square yards. The agreement also included " All that silk mill ( formerly a silk shade) at the east end of the said croft and occupied by Messrs Sugden & Lovatt together with the warehouse engine and boiler and all landlord's fixtures and machinery". A deposit of £180 was called for. The title was to commence with the will of the late John Weston of Buxton Road, Leek dated 14th March 1863 and proved in the Principal Probate Registry on 23rd May 1863.

(3) Note from Noah Taton of Mill Street, Leek to Mr Gwynne, Leek, Staffordshire with a £1 note " on account of your brother's bill".

Tatton; Middleton; Weston; Sugden; Lovatt;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Copy partnership account for Messrs Alsop, Downes & Co, of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturers dated 1st December 1866.

Alsop; Downes; Challinor; Spilsbury; Flowers; Redfern; Scarfe;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Miscellaneous items relating to the Tattons of Leek, Staffordshire.

(1) Challinor, Badnall & Challinor's' draft bill to Mr S. Tatton for 1858-1859. This concerns work in connection with a loan from Mr W. Hall to Mr. Tatton of £200 for 3 years and for Tatton to employ Hall as a dyer at the weekly wages of £1 for three years.

(2) Challinor, Badnall & Challinor's' draft bill to William Tatton, silk manufacturer, Leek, Staffordshire, for 1860-1861. This concerns a notice to Alfred Trafford to quit part of a shade and the letting of the ground floor of Tatton's shade to the Uttoxeter Brewery Company.

(3) Challinor, Badnall & Challinor's' draft bill to Samuel Tatton of Leek, Staffordshire, for 1861. This concerns a debt owed to Tatton by S. Bloor and actions taken to prevent Bloor or his wife receiving any monies owed to them by third parties such as Messrs Trafford & Prince.

Tatton; Hall; Challinor; Badnall; Trafford; Fisher; Bloor; Prince;


Thorpe, Derbyshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

(1) Extract from a draft scheme for distribution of certain stocks towards payments of legacies in connection with the estate of Miss Margaret Smith deceased, dated June 1890. Three beneficiaries are mentioned : Mrs E. M. Acton, Mrs J. E. Badnall and Mrs C. M. Deacon. The respective legacies were £2000, £4000 and £1000.

(2) Statement of the half yearly income acount of Miss Margaret Smith deceased, Challinor & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire, 10th October 1892. The stock of three individuals is listed (a) Bishop Knight, Mrs Evelyn Aspinall and Mr Lawrence Craven.

Deacon; Badnall; Smith; Acton; Challinor; Shaw;


Leek, Staffordshire; Manchester; Derby; Bristol; Liverpool; Macclesfield, Cheshire; London; Leamington, Warwickshire;

Documents relating to the assignment by Samuel Tatton of Leek, Staffordshire, silk dyer, of his estates to his creditors.

(1) Account of Mr Samuel Tatton's assets and debts -undated.

(2) Two draft accounts of Samuel Tatton's assets and debts as above. This one values the Hencroft, etc. and £1000 and his Mill Lane property at £2800. These have been crossed out and the values £900 and £2000 inserted. One copy shows that Tatton's stock in hand was valued at £156 : 18s : 0d; the dyers' utensils at £300; book debts at £119 :2s. This also indicates that Tatton's houses on Mill Lane were being built by Mr Booth.

(3) Mr Samuel Tatton's estate, assets and debts. This states "Hencroft and building (less £800 mortgage to Mr Cutting and £20 interest thereon) £70.

(4) Agreement to complete the partially built houses near Tatton's Mill Lane dyehouse on Mr Richard Cutting agreeing to pay £100 for that purpose. 15th November 1855.

(5) Letter from the Manchester and Liverpool District Bank to William Challinor at Leek concerning the amount in Samuel Tatton's account 16th November 1855. The amount was £23 : 8s : 4d.

(6) Letter dated 21 Novemeber 1855 from Barlow & Son. Manchester threatening to take legal action if Tatton's dishonoured draft with expences was not immediately taken up. The sum was £17 : 12s : 6d.

(7)Miscellaneous small items -notes re bills, a note of Miles Simpson's notes and bills, etc.

(8) List of Samuel Tatton's debts -undated.

(9) Draft letters to creditors informing them that as a result of the failure of Messrs Davidson, silk manufacturers, who were large debtors to Mr Samuel Tatton of Leek, silk dyer, the latter had been compelled to call his creditors together and had assigned all his estate and effects to Mr Richard Cutting of Leek -a principal creditor. Four of the largest creditors had assessed for themselves Tatton's affairs and agreed to accept a composition of 5s 6d in the pound. The amount of Tatton's property (less mortgages for £1800 and interest) was valued at £1450 and his debts exclusive of the mortgages and interest £5257. One of the copies gives the dates at which the notices were posted to creditorsi.e. 16th and 17th November 1855. The debtors listed were: Booth, builder, Macclesfield; W. Fisher, silk broker, Old Broad Street, London; Edward Eaton, Fountain Street East, Macclesfield; J. G. Matthews & Co, merchants, Bristol; Messrs Ocklestone & Son, Dale Street, Liverpool; Messrs Barlow & Son, George Street, Manchester; Tennants & Co merchants, Liverpool and E & A. West, Manufacturing Chemists, Derby.

(10) List of bills discounted to Samuel Tatton of Leek and still outstanding in November 1855.

(11) Memo re an undertaking by J Leech, dated 26th December 1855, to deliver to Mr Challinor, for Mr Cutting, various bills and notes listed. The bills, etc. are chiefly those of J. Leech, Mrs Chell and R. Wooliscroft.

(12) Letter to Tatton from London dated 15th January 1856 asking him to attend to a bill for £294 : 11s : 7d, that had been returned unpaid.

(13) Second mortgage or agreement for securing £1000 and interest, Samuel Tatton of Leek, Staffordshire, silk dyer, to Mr Richard Cutting of Leek, 10th November 1855. The security was "A certain close called the Hencroft with the dyehouse and building thereupon containing near three acres as now occupied by said Samuel Tatton and in mortgage to the said Richard Cutting for £800 and interest." and also "All that dyehouse, warehouse and tin sheds with outbuildings and yard now in the occupation of the said Samuel Tatton and those six dwelling houses and gardens in front of the dyehouse and now unoccupied all which premises are situate in Mill Lane in or near Leek adjoining the factory of Mr Davenport."

(14) Letter dated 22 November 1855 from George Nall of Leek to W. Challinor stating that he held two promissory notes from Mr Tatton with a total value of £500 and an acceptance for £250 which would become due in December.

(15) Letter dated 21st November 1855 from George Barley (for Tennants & Co) to Messrs Challinor Badnall & Co, solicitors, Leek, accepting a composition of 5s 6d in the pound on Samuel Tatton's estate.

(16) Two letters (1) dated 30th January 1856 from W. Fisher to Messrs Challinor & Co, which states "you gave a deal of unnecessary trouble and delay in this affair of Tattons as under you have particulars of bill". The bill states "Bill drawn by J. Davidson & Co on Samuel Tatton for £294 : 11s Due 15th May 1856. If I do not get the bill by return I shall proceed on the old one".

(2)dated London 21st May 1856 from W. Fisher to Samuel Tatton noting that he had written on the 15th about your (Tatton's) bill and stating that "If I do not receive your composition note by return I shall proceed against you for the whole amount". letter dated

(17) List of dividends paid on Tatton's estate. Lists names, amount of debt and dividend -undated.

(18) Draft note, dated 27th March 1872, to be appended to a deed by George Hammersley that all moneys due to him by virtue of the deed had been paid off by Samuel Tatton. The witness was to be William Challinor " Surviving executor of the within named Richard Cutting".

Tatton; Cutting; Leech; Simpson; Pickford; Nall; Davidson; Chell; Carr; Barlow; Eaton; Best; Matthews; Tennants; Ocklestone; Ridley; Crabb; Humphries; Walmsley; Wooliscroft; Chell; Davenport; West; Fisher;


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