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Leek, Stone, Staffordshire;

Draft conveyance between (1) James Hulme of Ball Haye, Leek, Doctor of Physic to (2) James Dix of Stone, Staffordshire, Flintmiller and (3) Toft Chorley of Leek, Killmister &Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire. 8th January 1811. Hulme conveyed a 22 perch plot of land at the bottom of Stockwell Street, Leek, that was a part of "land usually used as a timber yard" that had formerly been the property of the Earl of Macclesfield. The land had become Hulme's property as the result of an exchange of lands under the Act for the enclosure of Leek's commons and wastes. Dix and Chorley were also to receive " all those newly erected buildings standing and being on part of the said plot of land and which had lately been built by the said James Dix since his entering into the contract for the purchase of the said land". Dix and Chorley paid Hulme £135. An attached note states "We allot to James Hulme. In exchange on Plan 2 No.835 part of the Timber Yard 22 perches for the Stoop Croft and part of Sycamoor Field No. 823 Plan 2".

Hulme; Dix; Chorley;


Leek, Endon, Kingsley, Swinscoe, Shelton, Burslem, Staffordshire; Wirksworth, Derbyshire; Newmarket, Ca…;

(1) Press copy abstract of the tile of the trustees of Stephen Goodwin of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, deceased to numbers 70 and 72 St. Edward Street, Leek. Challinor & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire. Undated but about 1890. The deeds cited range in date from 1805 to 1881. The property included closes on the North side, a warehouse nd four adjoining cottages and shed in Canal Street. In 1881, Sleigh conveyed the property to the Commissioners under the Leek Improvement Act who wished to widen and improve part of St. Edward Street and Canal Street.

(2) Supplemental abstract of the title of Stephen Goodwin to premises situated on Broad Street, Leek, staffordshire. Challinor & Co., Leek, 1885.

Goodwin; Challinor; Shaw; Sleigh; Gell; Gallimore; Woolley; Dimmock; Bindley; Smith; Locker; Kinnersley; Heaton; Copeland; Ridley; Bermingham; Rider; Grace; Broster; Watson; Johnson; Crompton; Holt;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Edwin Brough and P. G. Challinor: draft suggested new clauses in agreement of partnership, January 1878.It mentions "the leases of Scalby Lodge and Foreshore". And also "Claughton Fields Farm". New partnership seems to have been intended to run from about 25th March 1898.

Challinor; Brough;



Draft letter from Challinor & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire to Messrs C. Kite 7 Co. dated December 1902. It states that Dr. Reddie had consulted them and that they had agreed that the matter was " a case for arbitration" -what that matter was is not stated.

Reddie; Challinor; Kite;


London; Leek, Trentham, Staffordshire; Bakewell, Hartington, Derbyshire;

Miscellaneous letters from John Sleigh chiefly to William and Joseph Challinor of Challinor & Co., Leek, Staffordshire, solicitors.

(1) 1st August 1860. Sleigh, writing from 95 Regent Street, London, mentions that the Lowe deeds are "locked up at Thornbridge.". He thanks Challinor for "allowing me to have the old charter lithographed -it has been very carefully done. Mr Edwards of Trentham is having 300 copies struck off for distribution". He goes on to say " I am sending all the old deeds which I took with me from Leek the last time I was there, through Hugh's warehouse, with thanks. One only I am for the present, at all events, retaining being the conveyance of Highlow meadow at Birchall to Egerton of Wall Grange by Thomas Jodrell of Moorhouse in 1565. I have not deciphered the whole of it". Brearley lent me more than 2 years ago an old abstract of Lord Macclesfield's conveyance of the Leek & Abbey property & a very curious description of the manor and its rights and privileges made in Edward 6th's time and I was much distressed the other day to find it was missing, as I most certainly returned it (to the best of my remembrance laying it on his office table during his absence) within 6 months after I first had possession of it". He also adds a note to the letter that in view of his recent sale having turned out so well "I have a neat idea of putting up Cawdry and the rest of the Lows, in lots, towards the Spring."

(2) 8th January 1861 Written by John Sleigh from Thornbridge, Bakewell, Derbyshire to Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire. In it he mentions the death of Mrs Morewood at Mr France's, Benthill, Manchester. Refers to sales or purchases of propertyand his having "seen the engineer & he had not then heard from Wilmot but spoke…very fair about doing all that was requisite."

(3) 17th February 1861 Written by John Sleigh from Thornbridge, Bakewell, Derbyshire to Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire on the back of a letter to him from the Auction Land & Estate Agency Offices, Cheapside, London, dated 15th February 1861. He mentions the tenants of his Sussex Street house, the problems being experienced with them and his intention to sell the property through the firm of Debenham & Jewson. His reserve price for the house was £650. The lease had 70 years to run from the 5th of the following month. He also states " What a time our railway is in settling. I cannot hear they have paid anyone interest. Alsop has not yet condescended to send his promised communication, or to answer my letter -but this is I suppose the usual fate of authors, waiting on their patron." In a footnote he asks if Leech was "doing anything about selling Cawdry".

(4) 12th February 1872. Letter written by John Sleigh from 5 Holly Terrace, Highgate, North London, to William Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire on the back of a letter written to him by William Challinor on 12th February 1872. This concerns a deed of enfranchisement within the Manor of Hartington by the Duke of Devonshire. Sleigh was waiting in London for "the Duke's advent to sign, & since I believe he is now here, we may look for it any day". He was " occupied with moving and am now so busy house hunting". "You will be glad to hear that our friend Norman Shaw has been elected an A.R.A and non more fully deserved the honour." Sleigh expresses his regrets at leaving old friends in Derbyshire but hopes that it is only for a short while " in our childrens' bets interest". Two of his sons were, he said, " with Dr Dyne who has a great name as a master and Edward is to go into Germany at Easter". That morning he had " heard from Gervase at Calcutta, after 7 months' silence -he hopes to come direct to London…" With this is a bill headed "Mr Garden" and "Biggin & Heathcote purchase" for the costs of the enfrnachisement I.e. £120.

Sleigh; Challinor; Brealey; Edwards; Debenham; Jewson;Jodrell; Edge; Leech; Wilmot; Shaw; Longsdon;


Leek, Staffordshire; Brooklyn, U.S.A.;

Letter from Miss Clara Bowers of 64 Third Place, Brooklyn, USA, to Mr Shaw , Leek, Staffordshire, solicitor, dated 18th December 1894. The letter concerns proposals made by the Leeek Improvement Commissioners to widen and repair the road adjoining the Wellington Mill, Strangman's Walk, Leek. Miss Bowers expressed her original willingness to contribute when the matter was raised several years before but pointed out that her parents had reduced her income to under £100 per annum. She therefore asked Shaw to see what he could do to get her exemption from the Commissioners' charge for this work.

Bowers; Spilsbury; Shaw;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Notes concerning " Mrs Cooper's Affairs 27th February 1865. The list starts with "Will probate Copy of Mr Josiah Gaunt" and includes probate copy will of J. G. Robias; accounts and other papers relating to Mr J. Gaunt's and Mr Robias's affairs; Mrs Cooper's will dated 26th January 1861 and various codicils all of which had been revoked and articles of partnership between Josiah Gaunt, James Wardle, James Alsop and John Wain.

Gaunt; Cooper; Robias; Wardle; Wain; Alsop; Cutting;


Leek, Staffordshire; Sheffield;

Letter dated 12th February 1814 from Thomas Sutton, Sheffield Vicarage to John Cruso, Leek, Staffordshire. Letter concerns his late father's estate but also mentions Mrs Sutton's improved health.

Cruso; Sutton;


Leek, Staffordshire;

William Sherratt's bill (or account) to John Cruso of Leek, Staffordshire, for work carried out erecting new buildings at Horsecroft, the estate of Miss Furnival in 1816. The total cost of this work was £404 : 10s : 4d. Also a rough note of the amounts received by Sherratt from different sources, for example, he received £115 : 14s : 0d for "Bark" from Merrs Hand & Tomkinson and other sums from Mr Cruso, Mr Stubs and Mr Hidderley (Adderley).

Cruso; Furnival; Sherratt; Adderley; Hand; Tomkinson; Gould; Stubbs.


Leek, Staffordshire;

Documents relating to the George Inn, Leek, Staffordshire 1824 -1827.

(1) Memorandum re proposed agreement with Mr. Ridout dated 3rd November 1824.

The agreement was between (1) James Ridout, (2) Ann Booth, widow, William Lounds and Thomas Griffin (Trustees for the sale of the estate of the late James Hargraves). Ridout agreed to give up the lease of the George Inn, Leek, and to quit the inn to the person who purchased them at the auction to be held that day. The purchaser was to pay Ridout for fixtures, household goods, furniture and stock in trade based on a fair valuation.

(2) Notice to quit the George Inn, Leek, Staffordshire from the Trustees of Mr Hargraves and Mrs Hargraves to Mr James Ridout. Signed by Thomas Griffin and Ann Booth and dated 24th July 1826.

(3) Partial list of fittings of George Inn, Leek, Staffordshire i.e. No. 5 Clout (?) fixed in wall over Bar. In dressing room adjoining a cupboard. 2 up….. 3 cupboards in wall papers. 3 Travellers Room -a large cupboard in wall. 5 cupoard front parlourin wall. 6 2 cupboards.

(4)Letter from Killmister &. Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire, to Thomas Griffin and Mrs Booth dated 16th May 1827. This concerns a case brought against Griffin and Booth in the King's Bench by John McArthur Campbell. It notifies them that Challinor had made an appearance for them in court and were willing to act for them provided they made an advance to cover expenditure

(5) Notice, dated 12th Septmeber 1827, to Mr Thomas Keates by Thomas Griffin, trustee for sale under the will of the late John Hargraves, of the appointment of Thomas Carr to bid for him at the auction to be held at the George Inn, Leek on 13th September 1827. Thomas Carr's signed acceptance is included.

Booth; Griffin; Hargraves; Ridout; Challinor; Campbell; Killmister; Carr;Keates;


Leek, Staffordshire; London; Glasgow;

Documents relating to the Fowler - Gaunt family of Leek, Staffordshire.

(1) Statement of claim by Mrs Fowler's Executors upon Messrs Fowler, Gaunt & Co, bankers, Leek, Staffordshire.

(2) Copy letter from William Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire, solicitor, to Henry Towgood of Throgmorton Street, London 15th September 1846. It concerns the late Mrs Fowler's estates and amongst other things the sale of furniture and stock, etc. at Highfield, Leek, on 2nd, 3rd & 5th of October with advertising in the Macclesfield papers and the Staffordshire Advertiser "next Saturday and the Saturday after". Mr Hilliard of Leek was to be the auctioneer. The letter also mentions that Mr John Gaunt was unwell "with his old complaint, and quite incapable in main at present to attend to business". Challinor states " I understand that there was quite a run on the bank" and recommended that the clerks should balance all accounts " as quietly as possible".

(3) Letter dated 23rd October 1846 from H. Towgood to William Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire, accompanying various documents relating to Mrs Fowler of Highfield, Leek.

(4) Letter dated 23rd November 1846 from H. Towgood in London to William Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire stating that he had received a draft on Smith. P. & Co. for £561 : 18s : 1d.

(5) Letter dated 23rd February 1847 from J. Towgood in London to William Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire. Towgood reported that Mr Daykeyne had told him that Matthew Gaunt had denied bidding £400 for Mrs Dakeyne's 1/12th share of Highfield estate at Leek.

(6) Copy of a letter sent by William Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire to Mr Matthew Gaunt, Highfield, Leek on 1st April 1847. Concerns claim for £10000 made on the Fowler, Gaunt Bank by Mrs Fowler's executors;

(7) Letter from L. Hunt of the Leek Bank to William Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire 27th April 1848. Hunt states that Mr. Gaunt had declined to give a guarantee to the Bank creditors to pay them the amount of the last installment from Gaunt & Gray's estate.

(8) Copy of a letter from Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire to Matthew Gaunt dated 28th April 1848 but which was not sent. Concerns pressure by Mrs Fowler's executors for Gaunt to pay his debts and threatens legal action.

(9) Copy receipt to Mr John Gaunt for £100 on acount of a debt of £900. 22nd June 1849. Mr Gaunt had left a Bill of Exchange at 4 months acepted by Mac Quare Fisher & Co and £7 : 6s : 0d making £100 on a debt of £900 and interest proved by the executors of Mrs Fowler against Messrs Gaunt & Grays estate and agreed to be paid by him.

(10) Draft memorandum, 1850, between John Gaunt of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, Matthew Gaunt of the Abbey Cottage near Leek, Mary Dakeyne nee Gaunt wife of Henry Ch. Dakeyne of Hamilton Terrace, Middlesex, Josiah Gaunt of Horton Hall, near Leek and Phoebe Elizabeth Hough Watt, widow of Fitzjames Watt and only child of John Fowler late of Leek. This deals with provisions in John Fowler's will concerning payment of £2000 by Mrs Phoebe Watt to the Gaunts on security of a mortgage on the Horton estate.

(11) Letter dated 27th February 1850 from Hacker & Bloor, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire to William Challinor of Leek concerning Mrs Fowler's estate and Mr Josiah Gaunt. Josiah Gaunt stated he would accept a sum similar to that paid to his brother John and sister Mrs. Dakeyne I.e. £450.

(12) Coopy of stated acount between the executors of the late Mrs Fowler and Mr Josiah Gaunt 1st May 1850.

(13) Copy letter from Charles Flint of Leek, Staffordshire to William Challinor of Leek 22nd October 1850 re Mrs Watt's affairs. His view of the Gaunts seems to be expressed in the phrase " the suspicious and unmanageabl peoploe I have to deal with". He also mentions " the cavalier treatment I have received from my co executors and co trustee in reference to appointments". Henry Towgood was not a trustee under Mr Fowler's will though Flint had been instrumental in Mr. John Towgood being appointedhis co trustee.

(14) Gaunt & Gray list of assets. This mentions stock at Glasgow and Leek and money owing in Glasgow and Leek. Total Assets £14072 : 8s :0d Total Liabilities £15782 : 2s : 6d.

(15) Mr Lloyd's opinion on Mrs Phoebe Watt's annuity and Mr Towgood's remarks upon it.

Gaunt; Fowler; Dakeyne; Watt; Towgood; Challinor; Hilliard; Cutting; Hunt; Gray; Chorley; Flint; Lloyd;


Leek, Staffordshire; London;

Thirty five letters, etc. re Messrs Alsop, Downes & Co, silk manufacturers of Leek, Staffordshire 1861 to 1875. These include a summary of receipts and payments by the late Mr Alsop between 1861 and 1868 as extracted from his diaries and the warehouse accounts.

Alsop; Downes; Flower; Challinor;


Leek, Staffordshire; Leicester;

(1) Copy correspondence included in notices between 14th August 1885 and 18th March 1886 in the case of Watson & Co, of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturers, versus Burgess & Co. of Birstall Street Mills, Leicester, elastic web manufacturers. The case concerned defective silk on quills. Thomas Wardle of Leek acted as an arbitrator.

(2) List of legal expenses incurred by Watson & Co's solicitors in this case.

(3) Rough epitome of correspondence in the case of Messrs Watson & Co versus Burgess & Co. 1883 to 1886.

(4) Notice to produce all books, letters, papers, etc. in the case of Watson & Co. (William Saddington Watson and Charles Watson) versus Burgess & Co. dated 15th March 1887.

(5) Proposed letter to defendant's solicitors in the case of Watson & Co of Leek, Staffordshire versus Burgess & Co, Leicester 17th March 1887.

(6) Letter from Wright Williams & Wright, solitors of Blevoir Chambers, 7 Welford Road, Leicester to Challinor & Co, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire dated 19th March 1887

(7)Statement for Mr Challinor including copy abstract outlining the facts of the case..

Watson; Wardle; Burgess; Challinor; Allen; Wright; Williams;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Description of property in Market Street and Stockwell Street, Leek, Staffordshire belonging to Mr Carlyle's trustees ("The whole or part of which was formerly called The Cock Inn") January 1856. This included two shops in the Market Place occupied by Thomas Johnson and Jacob Stones respectively plus a building used as a warehouse or store room housing the Commercial Newsroom, the upper floors of which were occupied by the Temperence Society. There was also a similar building (occupied by James Heath) and a cottage (occupied by Peter Brooke) all under one roof. Isaac Middleton was the Newsroom Secretary.

Carlyle; Johnson; Stones; Middleton; Heath; Brook;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Schedule of deeds relating to the Duke of York Inn, Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire mortgaged by William Hulme to Jonathon Jackson for securing £800 and interest, 1st September 1853. The recital starts with an indenture dated 15th November 1788 between John Wood and Joseph Noison but also cites earlier deeds including and indenture dated 25th March 1755 between Thomas Stanley and William Challinor.

Stanley; Jackson; Noison; Wood; Challinor; Booth; Stafford; Stonehewer; Ball; Martin; Perkin; Mollatt; Hulme;


Leek, Longton, Marchington, Stallington, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire; Torquay, Devonshire;

Documents relating to the property of Stephen Goodwin of Leek, Staffordshire.

(1) Supplemental abstract of title of Stephen Goodwin to land on the north side of Westwood Road, Leek, Staffordshire 1886.

(2) Press copy of abstract of title of the trustees of Stephen Goodwin to property on the north side of West Street, Leek, Staffordshire, 1893. This provides details of the bankruptcy of the partnership of John Russell the elder and John Russell the younger in 1890. The first meeting of creditors was held in the Britannia Mill in Leek. Subsequently Stephen Goodwin purchased the Russell's silk mill and other property in West Street, Leek, Staffordshire. Thuis document also cites extracts from Stephen Goodwin's will 21st January 1875: he died 27th April 1888 at Torquay, Devon and was buried in Leek, Staffordshire.

Goodwin; Hardy; Shaw; Wilkins; Lees; Challinor; Bennison Taylor; Clemsha; Gould; Tomkinson; Robinson; Davenport; Forrester; Russell; Halliday; Fynney; Wardle; Potts; Ball; Kelly; Dale; Brough; Heaton; Turnock;Bill; Heath; Plant; Bratt; Stonehewer; Willott; Goodman; Goldstraw; Broadhurst; Bailey;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft conveyance by Miss Frances Gaunt to James Johnson of two plots of land in Albert Street and Albert Place, Leek, Staffordshire, 12th October 1850. The plots were part of "Cocklow" and one, of 526 square yards, was bounded on the east by Albert Street, on the southwest by Bell Vue Road and on the northwest and west by other parts of Cocklow. The second piece of land, of 328 square yards, was bounded on the north by Albert Place, on the west by Albert Street, on the east by a road leading out of West Street into Albert Place and on the south by other parts of Cocklow. Schedule of deeds from 1827 to 1849.

Gaunt; Johnson; Challinor; Hacker; Sneyd-Kynnersley; Moore; Cave; Sleigh; Gaunt; Cruso; Birds; adderley; Royle; Allen; Bloore; Badnall


Leek, Staffordshire;

Messrs Challinor, Badnall & Co's bill to Messrs Tomlinson & Stannard and Mrs Harriet Trafford, 1862. This account concerns the the sale by Messrs Tomlinson & Stannard of their goods and silk machinery in the shade in Pickwood Road, Leek, Staffordshire to secure £188 owing to Mr. Trafford.

Tomlinson; Stannard; Trafford; Challinor; Badnall;


Leek, Staffordshire; Barrow on Trent, Derbyshire; Scarborough, Yorkshire;

Documents relating to property at the top of Mill Street, Leek, backing on to the rock face below the West Street, School.

(1) Draft by Gwynne, solicitor, of note from the Trustees of the West Street School, Leek, Staffordshire dated 6th June 1899 stating the Trustees willingnes to contribute £15 towards the cost a 60 foot long wall built up to the level of the school playground. The boundary line was to be 12 inches beyond the stumps of the old fence and therefore considerably within the boundary the Trustees were entitled to. The top of the wall was to be concreted up to existing asphalt.

(2) Draft agreement between the Trustees of the West Street Sunday School, Leek, Staffordshire and George J. Fisher of Britannia Street, Leek, shopkeeper, concerning the wall facing the cliff at the back of premises on Mill Street, Leek. Challinors & Shaw, Leek, 25th September 1899. There had recently been a considerable fall of rock and to protect his property, Fisher proposed to build a 9 inch brick wall against the cliff.. Fisher was to have the liberty to use the cave extending from his property into the rock face some 6 3/4 feet, for storage. The school's trustees were: Samuel Tatton and william Tatton, silk dyers of Leek; Hezikiah Bull of Barrow on Trent near derby, farmer; Levi Ellerton of Scarborough; William Geston of Leek, silk manufacturer; John Hall of Leek, silk manufacturer; Robert Wright, silk manufacturer of Leek and Mark Sutcliffe, machinist, of Leek.

(3)Draft mortgage by Albert Barlow of 118 Mill Street, Leek, Staffordshire, general dealer, and George Fisher of Leek, general dealer, of a house and land number 33 Mill Street, Leek, Staffordshire, Challinor & Shaw, Leek 1903. The property was on the south side of Mill Street and had a frontage of 20 yards.

(4) 7th February 1894. Letter from George Fisher of Charles Street, Leek, Staffordshire to J. Hall, concerning the rock in Mill Street, Leek. Fisher states that he had made enquiries and found that he couldnot "get my shop up without getting ground out of the rock". A quarry man had given his opinion and said that the rock was perfectly strong enough "and if you cut a bench or platform from right to left and a wooden fence sufficiently high as the children cannot get over or see through a Lady and Gentleman saw two boys go right across betwixt the wood and the quick fence the same day that you inspected it…"

(5) Letter on paper headed Brough Nicholson & Hall, Leek, Staffordshire and dated 7th February 1894 which accompanied Fisher's letter dated 7th February 1894. On the back of this are the solicitor's notes about Fisher's land. These state, amongst other things that Fisher's conveyance gave him 10 yards from Mill Street. The suggestion made by Mr Shaw was that Fisher made a shelf such that the Trustees could build a wall. There is a sketch of this proposal.(6) Draft conveyance by George Fisher of Leek, Staffordshire, general dealer, to Albert Barlow of Leek, general dealer, of number 33 Mill Street, Leek and 200 square yards of land on the south side and having a frontage of 20 yards to Mill Street, formerly in the occupation of William Stonehewer afterwards of Mr Fogg then of Robert William Godwin, Josh Brooks and Thomas Knight and now of John Perry. The property was bounded on the north by Mill Street, on the east by premises now or formerly occupied by Joseph Williams, on the south by land belonging to the Trustees of the West Street School and on the west by a footpath from Mill Street to West Street.

(7) Agreement for sale and purchase dated 18th February 1902 between George Fisher of 13 Britanna Street, Leek, Staffordshire general dealer, and Albert Barlow of 118 Mill Street, Leek, general dealer Barlow agreed to buy 33 Mill Street, Leek for £350. Document is signed and witnessed.

Barlow; Fisher; Tatton; Bull; Ellerton; Geston; Hall; Sutcliffe; Barlow; Perry; Stonehewer; Knight; Fogg; Williams; Godwin; Brooks;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Documents relating to William Tatton of Leek, Staffordshire,

Tatton; Challinor; Heywood; Shaw; Taylor; Barnes; Leech;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Documents relating to Messrs A. J. Worthington.

( ) Draft bill of Challinor, Badnall & Co of Leek, solicitors, Leek, Stafforshire to Messrs A. J. Worthington & Co, 1857. This refers to work carried out in resisting (successfully) a claim by Leek Improvement Commissioners for money in connection with a sewerage scheme.

Worthington; Badnall; Challinor; Brough; Leech;


Leek, Staffordshire; Darwen, Blackburn, Hebden Bridge, Manchester, Lancashire; Leeds; Glasgow; Dunfermlin; stirling; Perth; Aberdeen; London; Willingboro, Northampton, Kettering, Northamptonshire;

Draft agreement as to salary and employment made between William Clemsha trading as Clemsha Brothers of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer and Charles Birchof Buxton Road, Leek, commercial traveller. Challinor & Shaw, Leek, 1898. Birch was to be employed by Clemsha as a traveller and to receive £1 : 15s : 0d a week in pay and a commission of 2.5% on all executed orders obtained by him and on all executed retail orders transmitted to Clemsha Brothers by customers of Birch. A schedule gives the towns in which Birch was NOT to travel or solicit orders. A note in pencil lists the towns in which Birch could solicit orders I.e. Leeds, Manchester, Darwen; Blackburn; Hebden Bridge; Eastwood; Glasgow; Dunfermlin, Stirling; Perth; Aberdeen; Wellingborough; Northampton; Kettering; London. Clemsha was to pay Birch's actual railways fares and portage when Birch was travelling on business. Birch was also allowed 7s 6d a day for hotel charges when travelling on the firm's business.

Clemsha; Birch


Leek, Cheddleton, Staffordshire;

(1) Draft statutory declaration by Samuel Goldstraw of Cheddleton, Staffordshire, paper manufacturer and John Hill of Leek, Staffordshire, silk dyer, re the loss of 12 shares in the Staffordshire Potteries Water Works Company.

(2) Agreement by way of indemnity against the loss of issuing duplicate certificates Messrs Samuel Goldstraw and J. Hill with The Directors of the Staffordshire Potteries water Works Company, 18th May 1871.

Goldstraw; Hill; Challinor;


Leek, Staffordshire; Macclesfield, Congleton, Cheshire;

Documents re George Birch of Chorley Mills, Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer.

(1) Printed account issued on 30th April 1895, by George Ibeson of Macclesfield & Congleton, accountant, re the estate of George Birch of Chorley Mills, Leek, under a deed of assignment dated 15th January 1892.

(2) Printed ("Second Deed") issued on 30th April 1895, by George Ibeson of Macclesfield & Congleton, accountant, re the estate of George Birch of Chorley Mills, Leek. This states that the debtor was unable to find security for his composition of 5/- in the £ and the debtor's estate had therefore been realised. Ibeson proposed to issue a dividend of 2/6 in the £.

Birch; Ibeson; Bradwell; Shallcross; Claye; Broster; Goodwin; Smith; Hacker; Allen;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Conveyance of the Highfield Estate, Leek, Staffordshire from Gaunt to Glover. Press copy questions about the title to Highfield Hall, Leek, Staffordshire and answers to them 30th November 1870. Concerns, amongst other things, allotments under the Leek Enclosure Act, mineral rights, mortagages, John Gaunt's obligation under Mrs Fowler's will and land purchased from the Wardles.

Gaunt; Glover; Challinor; Dakeyne; Fowler; Moor; Sneyd-Kynnersley; Towgood; Wardle; Matthews;


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