Bednall Collection Part 2 (BC2) No.s 376 to 400   

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Leek, Staffordshire;

(1) Copy letters and memo re the undertaking by Messrs Heywood & Co of Leek, Staffordshire to Joshua Millward, to "pay the rent for your box and stand in the Leek Cattle Market due December next to Leek Urban District Council on you giving us possession of such box and stand on Wednesday the twenty third day of November 1898. Includes a sketch.

Heywood; Millward;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Handwritten list of the income of Joseph Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire, solicitor. January 1901.

Challinor; Salt; Gell; Hulme; Phipps;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft deed of partnership between William Squire of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer and Lewis Benjamin Bostock of Leek, silk manufacturer, trading as Squire & Bostock, silk manufacturers, from leasehold premises in Weston street, Leek, Staffordshire. Redfern & Son, Leek, Staffordshire,1st August 1867.

Squire; Bostock; Redfern;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Two receipts or bills for "Cavalry Expences" of " Cornet Challinor" Leek, Staffordshire, 1850 - 1851. Challinor's share of cavalry expences with the Leek Troop for 1850 was £6 -14s -11d. One of the bills also lists " To cash paid by Cornet Challinor for Horobin's Band £10 -0s -0d" and underneath this in pencil "Xmas /50".

Challinor; Horobin;


Leek, Stafford, Staffordshire; Nottingham; Birmingham; London; Astbury, Chester, Cheshire;Congleton,

Documents relating to the case of Thomas Eyre, mason, of Leek, Staffordshire versus Richard Badnall, silk manufacturer, of Leek, Staffordshire held at Stafford on 12th March 1812 for non-payment of a bill for work done at Highfield House, Leek.

(1) Royal writ for the trial of Eyre v Badnall at the Staffordshire Assizes March 1812.

(2) W. Burslam's bill in account with Mr Badnall 29 February 1812.

(3) James Riddout's bill in account with Mr. Badnall 19th March 1812. This provides costs for a four day stay at the George Hotel, Leek.

(4) Mollard's bill in account with Mr. Badnall for expences at Stafford, dated 13 March 1812.

(5) Payments made at the Lent Assizes, Staffordshire 1812 in the case of Eyre v Badnall. (6) Receipt for payments made to John Goddard for 5 dayes at Stafford in March 1812.

(7) Letter from D. L. H to Killmister & Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire dated 5 March 1812 . This contains a list of "the reduced jury" for the case of Eyre v Badnall at the Lent Assizes at Stafford in March 1812. Also mentions the case of Gaunt v Pilley-a bankrupt.

(8) Mr. Killmister's bill for attendance at Stafford during the case of Eyre v Badnall in March 1812. Killmister stayed at "The Vine".

(9) Draft letter, probably written by Richard Badnall of Leek, Staffordshire, that states on the back " Something of this nature to be sent to Mr. Barnes thro' the medium of our agent" and concerns the different kinds of stone which Mr William English Barnes had expressed a wish to have samples of. Undated but probably about April 1812.

(10) Particlars of stone sent to Mr Barnes 26th October 1812. It lists the types of stone used in building Highfield House, Leek, Staffordshire, where they came from and where in the building they were usedi.e. Stone from Holehouse Bank near Horton for the cornices and door cases of the coach houses, stables, outbuildings, plinths & rubbed stone and tool work; Kerridge stone from Cheshire in three degress of hardness for the two front cornices of the house, the portico and the steps. The lowest hardness was used for moulded work rubbed; Hopton Wood stone for the staircase, moulded work;

(11) Copy of Mr. William English Barnes award in the case of Thomas Eyre versus Richard Badnall both of Leek, for non-payment of a bill for work carried out on Highfield House, Leek, Staffordshire . Dated 5 November 1812. He found for the plaintiff-Eyre- in the sum of £2246 0s 6d.

(12) Letter from R. Heathof Birmingham to Messrs Killmister & Challnor of Stockwell Street, Leek dated 29 March 1812 and giving details of his bill for attendance at Stafford. Heath asks for the bill to be paid to his father in law, Mr Joseph Sherwin of Clerks Bank, Leek, Staffordshire.

(13) Letter from W. Burslam of Astbury, Cheshire to Messrs Killmister and Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire dated 29th May 1812. He had actually inspected the masons' work at Highfield Hall on 29th February 1812.

(14) Letter from William English Barnes of Essex Court, Temple, London to Killmister & Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire dated 20 May 1812. It concerns the case of Eyre v Badnall and his wish to have " Mr Harrison's judgment as to the fairness of Mr Eyre's bill against Mr Badnall"

(15) Copy of Killmister & Challinor's letter to Mr. W. English Barnes re Mr. Badnall's business dated 24th May 1812

Eyre; Badnall; Burslam; Trubshaw; Shelton; Radford; Riddout; Wright; Harrison; Mollard; Gothard; Frost; Challinor; Killmister; Gaunt; Worsey; Blount; Inge; Fitzherbert; Meynall; Wolferson; Hassey; Whyte; Dyott; Watkins; Wilson; Dewes; Moresby; Wedgwood Spode; Breynton; Salt; Scott; Marsh; Hales; Gisborne; Pershouse; Ferriday; Grove; Sneyd; Sherwin; Stretton; Stringer; Barnes; Jones;



Miscellaneous documents relating to schools in Leek, Staffordshire.

(1) P. Cannings' bill to Joseph Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire, dated 1850. The bill was for "John Rowlandss instruction at the National School 11 weeks at 2d per week 1s -10d" also 26th January 1851 Sinclair's catchetism 1.5d.

Challinor; Rowlands; Sinclair; Cannings;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Sale particulars and plan of freehold houses and land at the top of Stockwell Street, Leek, Staffordshire to be sold by auction by Messrs Fergyson & Son, at the Red Lion Hotel, Leek, on Thursday, 8th December 1910. Challinors & Shaw, solicitors, Leek. There were two lots. Lot 1 consisted of two stone built dwellings, numbers 1 and 3 Stockwell Street, late in the occupation of the late J. W. Wooley and now of Mrs Bowcock. Wooley's premises were formerly used as offices by Messrs Challinors 7 Shaw and the late John Brealey for more than 50 years. Number 1 contained, downstairs, an entrance hall, two large rooms a fireproof safe, lavatory and wc. Upstairs there was one large room and two smaller rooms.

No 3 had a large grocers shop with a bay window plus a parlour, kitchen, scullery downstairs, two cellars and upstairs, three large bedrooms and two attic bedrooms.

The second lot consisted of three brick built houses, numbers 5, 7 and 9 Stockwell Street, occupied by Sydney M. Phillips, W. H. Walwyn and Joseph Carding. No. 5 was double fronted and the other two single fronted houses.

Challinor; Brealey; wooley; Shaw; Bowcock; Fergyson; Walwyn; Carding; Davenport; Phillips;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Documents relating to the bankruptcy of Joseph Rider and Ann Jane Rider of 37 King Street, Leek, Staffordshire, 1892.

(1) Copy of letter to the High Bailiff of the Staffordshire County Court held at Leek from Challinors & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, acting on behalf of James Langfield Ward of Burnley, schoolmaster, the Rev. Clement Clover Ward of South Bank House, Leek, Staffordshire and Thomas Brealey, land agent, of Leek, concernin moneys owed to their clients by Ann Jane Rider of 37 King Street, Leek, staffordshire, braid manufacturer. Schedule of chattels on which the money was secured. Dated 19 March 1892.

(2) Draft acknowledgement by Ann Jane Rider that she had sold various items of machinery and providing details of the machinery and its location in the factory. Dated 2nd May 1892.

(3) Copy letter dated 1st May 1892 and addressed to Miss Ann Jane Rider, acknowledging that "the following machinery and effects in the workshop and rooms which you have recently occupied as tenant to us belong to you and we have allowed them to remain in the rooms until disposed of by you". The machinery is listed.

(4) Letter from Miss Ann Jane Rider of King Street, Leek, Staffordshire, to an un-named auctioneer and dated 1892. The letter authorises the auctioneer to sell all her machinery, household furniture and effects and to pay the £65 -14s that she owed to the James Langfield Ward, the Rev. Clement Clover Ward and Thomas Brealey out of the proceeds.

(5) Press copy version of (4) above.

(6) Messrs J. L. Ward, C.C. Ward and T. Brealey's account with Miss Ann Jane Rider of Leek, Staffordshire between September 1891 and May 1892.

(7) Copy of notice to quite served by the executors of the late John Ward and Charles Vigrass on Mr Joseph Rider and Miss Ann Jane Rider of 37 King Street, Leek, Staffordshire.. Dated 25 March 1892.

(8) Pencilled note listing and valuing Misss Ann Jane Rider's machinery

Rider; Ward; Brealey; Challinor; Shaw; Vigrass;


Leek, Staffordshire; Bradford, Yorkshire;

Twenty nine items (mainly letters) concerning a legal action brought by Messrs Sugden & Lovatt, silk manufacturers, Acorn Mills, Leek, Staffordshire against John Parker Whittles of 20 Maidstone Street, Bradford, and Joseph William Whittles of 58 Clayton Lane, Bradford, in the Staffordshire County Court at Leek in 1897. J. P. Whittles was taken on by Sugden & Lovatt as a traveller in 1895.

Sugden; Whittles; Lovatt; Allen; Curry; Barnett;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Documents relating to the collection of tolls, stallage and dues in the Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire in 1843. The case concerned a "misdemeanor" by Sampson Rhead, the "Collector of Tolls Stallage and dues belonging to one Mary Grosvenor and one Edward Rooks the owners of Fairs and Markets within the Town of Leek in the County of Stafford" on 18th May 1843. It was alledged that Rhead "did unlawfully and extortionately and of his own wrong take and extort one pair of scales and one two ounce weight of the value of three shillings of and from one John Hulme for toll when in fact no sum was due ".

(1) Copy deposition by John Hulme of Mill Street, Leek, shoemaker; Mary Booth of Queen Street, Leek, widow; William Deakin of Finney Lane, Leek, farmer; John Phillips of King Street, Leek; John Rowley of Sheep House, Leek, farmer; George Hulme of Leek, baker and Sampson Rhead of Leek, made before Matthew Gaunt J.P. on 14th June 1843 at Leek, Staffordshire.

(2) Depositions in the case of John Foster versus Sampson Rhead made before Matthew Gaunt J.P. in Leek, Staffordshire. Undated but relates to a market held on Wednesday 19th April [1843] and concerns Rhead's demand for a toll from John Foster for pies carried in Foster's basket. When Foster said he could not give him anything, Rhead allegedly opened the basket, took out a pie and sold it to Thomas Plant. Depositions in this case by Thomas Shemilt of Ipstones Edge, butcher; Moses Kidd of Ball Haye Green, labourer and John Foster. A note on the top of the page indicates that Rhead was found "Not Guilty". This document also gives Hulmes accusation against Rhead.

(3)Draft brief for the prosecution in the case of John Hulme of Mill Street, Leek, Stafforshire, shoemaker, and Sampson Rhead, Collector of the Market Tolls of Leek, Market for extortion.

Hulme; Gaunt; Rhead; Foster; Shemilt; Kidd;; Grosvenor; Rooks; Booth; Deakin; Phillips; Rowley;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft further charge on a freehold silk mill, shade, building and land in Leek, Staffordshire 17 May 1905. Mrs Elizabeth Bermingham, Thomas Gould and G. H. Bermingham to the Leek & Moorlands Building Society. Challinors & Shaw, Leek.

Bermingham; Gould; Challinor; Shaw;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Miscellaneous documents relating to the firm of George Davenport & Company, Hope Mills, Leek, Staffordshire.

(1) Three signed and stamped receipts for payments made to creditors of William Young of Leek, Staffordshire trading as George Davenport & Co., dated 1881.

(2) List of the creditors of George Davenport & Co 12 April 1881. On company headed paper.

Davenport; Young; Platt; Godwin; Lowe;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Miscellaneous documents relating to the firm of Wardle & Davenport Ltd of Leek, Staffordshire.

(1) Printed report of the 55 Annual General Meeting of Wardle & Davenport Ltd 4th November 1954.

(2) Wardle & Davenport receipt for money received from Messrs Challinor & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire with respect to Irish debts from L…. Kendrick, 25th October 1881.

(3) Note dated 21st November 1877 from Wardle & Davenport, Leek, Staffordshire to Challinor & Co., Leek re James Birchenough's promissiory note falling due on the 2nd of the following month.

3)See BC 1542/7 [Printed report of the 52 Annual General Meeting of Wardle & Davenport Ltd 4th November 1954.]

Kendrick; Wardle; Davenport; Challinor; Shaw; Birchenough;


Great Yarmouth, Norfolk; Japan; Canada.

Reprint from "The Times" Company Meetings Tuesday 7th July 1936. Grout & Company Ltd, Position of the Japanese Silk Industry. Menace of Japanese Competition. Need for the adjustment of duties. Mr. C. S. Orde's views expressed at the 42 Annual General Meeting of Grout & Company Ltd held in Great Yarmouth. Mentions the Valleyfield Mills, profits and dividends, competition, growth of imports cost per ld; conditions in Canada.

Orde; Farrell; Elton.


Leek, Staffordshire;

Printed booklet "Welcome to Leek Chemicals Open Day, Saturday 13th September 1986. Includes plan of site.



Leek, Staffordshire; Macclesfield, Cheshire;

(1) Draft conveyance of land with mills and pools (the Knight Street Mill) situate on Knight Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, by the trustees of the late John Frederick May and Henry Parrott May to The Premier Dyeing & Finishing Company Ltd, of Leek, Staffordshire 23rd February 1922.

(2) Printed listing of documents relating to the Premier Dyeing & Finishing Company Ltd, of Leek, Staffordshire 1850-1956. [Deeds in private hands, in Leek, Staffordshire in 1993.] Also a photocopied list of the original schedule relating to Rosebank House, Leek, Staffordshire.

May; Bradley; Lea; Johnson; Allen; Brealey; Hossell; Leech; Grant; Hudson; Myatt; Masse; Smith; White; Hughes; Cotterell; Leedham; Broster; Foster; Sales; Terry; Brindley; Ross; Tatton; Kirkland; Fane; Parker; Sykes; Overfield; Houldsworth; Brassington Tomkinson; Hays; Gaunt; Rudkin; Clowes; Hanrahan;


London; Manchester;

(1) Printed invitation to the Annual Dinner of the Silk Association of Great Britain & Ireland 9th October 1895,

(2) Printed preliminary notice of the annual dinner of the Silk Association of Great Britain & Ireland October 1896. [missing]

Pullar; Piggott; Wardle;


Leek, Staffordshire; Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Miscellaneous maps and plans and other items.

(1) Plan of the Charles Street, Macclesfield Mill.

(2) Plan and conveyance of Commonside Farm, Macclesfield from Adamson to Welch 1947;

(3) Plan of land near Greenmeadow, Ivy Lane, Macclesfield 1950.

(4) Plan of spring Cottage, Chester Road, Macclesfield.

(5) Plan of property near the Stag & Pheasent between Park Lane and Vincent Street, Macclesfield.

(6)Plan of property on the Ashbourne Road, Leek, Staffordshire.

(7)Plan of the corner of Ivy Lane & Ivy Road, Macclesfield.

(8) Plan of houses in Portland street and Fountain street, Leek, Staffordshire by Larner Sugden 1893.

(9) Plan of area around Cloudsholme relevant to the case of Lord Ormand v Reddie. In colour.

(10) Plan -copy of the property sold in the sale of Badnall estates in 1828.

(11) Plan of Houses next to the road to Cruso's stables on Stockwell Street, Leek, Staffordshire.

(12) Photocopy of the Challinor Pedigree.

(13) Printed specimen will of Higginbottom, Macclesfield 1897.

(14) Sketch family tree of John Foalshaw Coates. Undated.

(15) Photocopy of the Leek Enclosure Commissioners's descriptions of Leek roads 1805.

Grosvenor; Fergyson; Cruso; Brentnall; Joinson; Emerson; Higginbottom; Rushton; Cox; Stainforth; Hogg; Coates;


Leek, Staffordshire. Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Miscellaneous plans and other documents.

(1) Photocopy of the plan showing lands exchanged by Richard Badnall and Thomas Mills of Leek, Staffordshire about 1821.

(2) Copy of the Cruso's of Leek Family Tree.

(3) Plan of J & H. Bermingham's silk mill in Leek, Staffordshire.

(4) Miscellaneous birth and death certificates -Macclesfield.

(5) Print showing the opening of the Liverpool to Manchester Railway.



Leek, Staffordshire;

Copy of the will of Joshua Wardle of Leek Brook, Cheddleton, Staffordshire, who died on 3rd March 1879. Hacker & Allen, Leek, Staffordshire. The will is dated 3rd May 1876 and it was proved in the Principal Registry on 16th August 1879. The testator bequeathed all his household goods, furniture, plate linen, china, musical instruments, beds, bedding and other household effects to his daughters Ann and Martha Phoebe Wardle plus a £1000 legacy each. His house, dyeworks, buildings, land, watercourses, etc. on the north side of the turnpike road from Leek to Cheadle he bequeathed to his sons Thomas and George Wardle, together with the steam engines, boilers, coppers, plant, utensils, apparatus, etc. connected with the dyeing business and also the "Traveller's Rest" and other houses.

Wardle; Allen; Heaton; Birch; Bowcock; Lovatt; Hogin; Tomlinson; Goldstraw; Bold; James; Wilshaw; Bishop; Alcock; Illsley; Hudson; Smith; Mollatt;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Miscellaneous documents relating to charities in Leek, Staffordshire.

(1) List of twenty-one names (all female) of people who were to receive various benefits i.e. a gown, blankets, a coverlet, a cloak, hose, shoes and / or coals. Dated 1834. Seven of the names were those of women living in Lowe. One of the individuals (Hannah Cope "died before all were given". Notes about the materials used.

Edge; Rigby; Nixon; Lowe; Duce; Jones; Hassall; Knight; Rowley; Cope; Rushton; Marchington; Washington; Milner; Wardle; Wright; Makin; Sales; Hunt; Cooper.


Leek, Staffordshire;

Press copy abstract of the title of Hugh Sleigh of Leek, Staffordshuire, silk manufacturer to a plot of land in Alsop Street, Leek. Challinor & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire 1872. An indenture of 1851 cited in this document mentions " 625 square yards of building land on the south side of Spooners Lane sold by James Alsop to Peter Magnier and another sold to Sampson Gould. The land was formerly part of "the Cheshire Field".There is a plan in the margin of the second page.

Sleigh; Alsop; Magnier; Gould;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Plans of premises in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Undated.

(1). Plan to a scale of 1 in 500 on paper of Croft Mill and other premises in Great King street, Water Street, Thomas Street and Wellington Street.

(2) Plan of premises off Great King Street? Showing houses (23 to 47) in Nixon's Yard and a mill.

Sidebotham; Wellings; Ray; Fawkner; Moss; Smith; Gamble; Smith; Turner; Riseley; Lowe; Nixon; Daniel;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Notes of Mr Brindley's evidence [Undated but about 1831-32] concerning the mental state of a man who had died shortly after making his will. Brindley, a surgeon in Leek, Staffordshire, was called to attend the man in December 1831 about 4 hours after the man had signed his will. Brindley could not say whether the man was sensible or insensible when he saw him but judged that the man's complaint was "paralysis". The man was sitting in a chair, unable to speak, suffering a severe attack of paralyis "which is a complaint that at intervals (when the paroxism comes on) deprives him of his senses and which return again when the fit is over and except at these times the patient is perfectly sensible".



Waterhouses, Leek, Newcastle, Staffordshire;

Various items relating to the insurance of properties in North Staffordshire.

(1) Notes on property in Waterhouses, Staffordshire."2 buildings at Waterhouses one with a joiners shop in the possession of Charles Green £60 and the other Joseph Shirley's house and grocer's shop £60 distinct bakehouse stable cellar and rooms over 60 adjoining Greens. Limestone brick and tiled. " 31st March 1801 "from Mrs Green".

(2) Note that simply states " Nov. 1800. Insurance account. 27th December sent Michaelmas renewals and account of money received for new policies.

(3) Scrap of paper- undated- listing "Common Insurance on a property. It states:"

House & Brewhouse -300; Household Goods & Furniture therein -125; Tenement in yard -50; Stable in yard -25.

Total 500.

(4) List of insurances with the Phoenix Fire Office of premises and people in Leek, Staffordshire [undated but about 1800]. Gives names, sums assured and Midsummer premium. The sums assured ranged from £100 to £6000 with the highest amounts being the policies of the Suttons firm and E. Thorneycroft. The total sum assured was £39,268 and the total of premiums was £53-11s-0d. These were evidently old insurances for a pencilled note and also gives new ones for Fynney, Ford, Deaville; Knight, Birch and ?.

5. William Challinor's list of insurances with the Phoenix Fire Office of premises and people in Leek, Staffordshire [undated but about 1785]. Gives policy numbers, names (22), to what date paid, premiums and the duty to be paid.

6. Letter written "with insurances" by G. R. Killmister of Leek, Staffordshire to a Mr Hardy on 6th October 1800. The letter accompanied Killmister's draft for £18-8s-4.5d as the balance of his account for insurances and the account is given. It shows that the sum posted to Hardy was for all the premiums duty for insurances he had received less postage and "percentage on money received". Killmister asked Hardy to forward a policy for John Brough of Newcastle, Staffordshire, mercer, on houses in Spout Street, Leek, Staffordshire, occupied by Samuel Maskery, James Heath, ? Williams and Walter Osborne and insured from 9th August 1800. He added a PS requesting a policy for Gaunt's houses at the bottom of Spout Street (£300), for Gaunt, Lucas and Lay's drying house (£100) and also on goods in Mr. Gaunt's house on Stockwell Street (£300)

7. Note [undated] listing insurance premiums received from six people for the Michalmas Quarter and also amounts not received from Mr. Brough, Mr. Gaunt or from Gaunt and Co.

8. Note [undated] listing insurance premiums received /due? from eleven people on or by Lady Day. Gives policy numbers, names, premiums and the duty to be paid.

9. "Mr. Brough's instructions for insurance sent 4th October 1800." "To insure Premises in occupation of Samuel Goodwin and Samuel Maskery -alone- £200.

Thatched building in possession of James Heath and Williams £100.

Walter Osborne's tiled bakehouse and small house adjoining in possession of Maskery. Bakehouse etc. tiled, £100.

10. Instructions for Mr. Lownde's policy [Undated]. Farrington's house brick and stone and tile -£250,

House thatched, brick or stone in occupation of Betty Birch, James Royle, Betty Myott and William Lowndes- £150.

All those four houses in Derby Street in the occupation of Joseph Birch, John Finney, George Massey and William Barker -all brick, slated or tiled -£250. Total £650. Policy as above for Mr. Lowndes.

11. List of policy numbers and sums ranging from £2 to £100. Undated.

12. Rough notes on premiums? Received from H. Ford, J. Gaunt, S. Phillips, S. Farrington, Davenport and Morris & Co.

Green; Shirley; Badnall; Brassington; Lees; Young; Yates; Clowes; Wain; Etches; Morris; Barlow; Adams; Howard; Gaunt; Challinor; Turnock; Cruso; Green; Tomlinson; Knight; Mills; Hargreaves; Sutton; Taylor; Hordern; Brough; Dale; Thorneycroft; Sleigh; Daintry; Goodwin; Chorley; Davenport; Joinson; Phillips; Thompson; Wardle; Lowndes; Heald; Birch; Ford; Cooke; Hollins; Vaudrey; Smith; Osborne; Maskery; Heath; Williams; Bassett; Massey; Barker; Finney; Farrington.


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