Bednall Collection Part 2 (BC2) No.s 426 to 450   

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Leek, Staffordshire;

Carr's Charity, Leek, Staffordshire. Thirty two ( 4 batches of 8) slips authorising the supply of coal to various people in Leek and Lowe, Staffordshire October to November 1917. The Trustees who signed the slips were H. Carr Smith; T. S. Myatt; A. Ward and R. S. Milner.

Clulow; Heath; Belfield; Tomlinson; Bowyer; Bibby; Prince; Bowcock; Sheldon; Rushton; Howes; Bates; Smith; Mellor; Goldstraw; Davenport; Pine; Parker; Jones; Goostrey; Edwards; Fitzgerald; McDonough; Gould; Sigley; Hudson; Mayer; Crinks; Goodwin; Gorton;


Leek, Staffordshire; Liverpool; Leicester; Ashbourn, Derbyshire;

Miscellaneous items relating to the Badnall family and their relatives.

(1) Copy of a letter from William Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire to Mrs. Olive Purchase dated 22 September 1870. This deals mainly with family matters. It mentions the death of "poor Aunt Charlotte on Wednesday 7th September very suddenly" and notifies Mrs. Purchase that she is to receive a bequest of £250. Challinor states that he "I enclose you a copy of her will and of that of my Aunt Badnall".

(2) Letter from the Life Association of Scotland to Messrs Challinor & Co. of Leek, Staffordshire re the death of Charles B. May. It also asks thata competent friend or relative of the deceased be asked to complete a declaration of identity for the claimant (Mr. W. Challinor). A note in pencil states" Ask Mr. Badnall to make the declaration.

(3) Letter from Mrs. F. Sault ( formerly Badnall) of 81 Merridale Road, West Humberstone, Leicester to Challinor & Co, Leek, Staffordshire dated 22 September 1914. Her husband had no work and she said "we can't get half enough to eat and I have a young baby and don't know what to do". She asked for the loan of a £1.

(4)Letter dated 3 July 1880 from William Beaumont Badnall, Lincolns Inn to Mr Shaw of Challinor & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire, solicitors, re the case of Jackson v Smith.

(5) Letter dated 14th February 1895 from William Beaumont Badnall of Thorpe, Ashbourn, Derbyshire to Joseph Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire thanking him for a cheque for the interest payment received from the Rev. J. Bourne. The letter deals solely with money matters.

Challinor; Purchas; Badnall; May; Shaw; Jackson; Smith; Tyrell; Bourne;


Leek, Stafford, Staffordshire;

Account of Mr William Beaumont Badnall's expenses at the Stafford Michaelmas Sessions 1854. The expenses were incurred in connection with the case re May and the Leek Association that involved two prosecutions one of which was of a person called Smith. The total expenses were £22-17s-3d.

Badnall; May; Smith; Oldcote; Ball; Spooner; Williams;


Ipstones, Leek, Staffordshire;

Land Tax Assessment for the Township of Ipstones in the Cheadle Division of Staffordshire 1872-3. No.189. Eighty-two properties are listed and the total assessment was £67-5-2.

Allen; Bill; Brough; Rogers; Ball; Beech; Birch;Brandon; Benson; Southall; Bagshaw; Clowes; Clews; Chell; Collier; Massey; Seton; Fernihough; Gaunt; Fallows; Wright; Hardy; Prince; Lownds;Morris; Gerindle; Oulsnam; Robinson; Slack; scarratt; Sillito; Morris; Stevenson; Sneyd; Goodacre; Smith; Salt; Snow; Whieldon; Williamson; Wardle; Eaton; Mellor; Goodwin; Goldstraw; Alsop; Redfern; Harrison; Skidmore; Wade;

Hall Plant; Mycock; Barks; Cope; Shemilt; Keeling; Junkin; Mountford; Austin; Brittlebank; Milward; Dean; Lane; Richardson; Mosley; Brindley; Hazlehurst; Bennett; Edwards; Sargeant; Gold; Sutton;


Leek, Staffordshire; Manchester;

Miscellaneous items relating to the estate of J. F. Dixon, brewer, of Leek, Staffordshire.

(1) Circular from Challinor & Co. of Leek informiong recipient that they are closing all accounts re Dixon's Estate and requesting settlement of the recipients account within 7 days. Dated 28 July 1866 and issued as a "Final Demand". On the reverse is a hand written letter from C. J. Porter of the Buck Hotel, Booth Street, Manchester to say that the goods had been returned to Leek by order of Dixon's agent Mr. P. Grant.

(2) Letter dated 18 February 1867 from Richard Cope of 12 Exchange Street, Manchester to Challinor & Co, Leek, Staffordshire stating that he that the request to return an empty cask the property of Dixon's estate had just reached himand that the casks had been returned. A footnote adds that he left Southport more than a year before.

(3) Letter from Thomas Collier of Manchester dated 31 July 1866 stating that they didn't owe the amount stated by Challinor & Co but only £2-12-0 which he would pay as soon as possible. Business had been poor and he hadn't been able to pay the rent Enclosed was the receipt Challinor & Co. had sent him the last time he paid (dated 2 May 1866).

[4] Small bundle of miscellaneous claims and receipts for dividends paid plus list of bills due to the estate, the liabilities of J.F.Dixon's estate, 'pliant notes, list and values of casks collected by Wardle in the Pottery District, proposed guarantee to the Landlords for the rent of the brewery, etc.

Dixon; Porter; Grant; Challinor;


Betley, Leek, Staffordshire; Crew, Macclesfield, Prestbury, Cheshire; Manchester; Bridgnorth, Shropshire;

Copy abstract of the title of the surviving trustee of the will of the late William Fynney Johnson to land fronting South Bank Street, Leek, Staffordshire. Challinor, Leek, staffordshire 1873. The citation starts with deeds of Lease and Release dated 19th & 20th September 1828, between (1) John Smith Daintry late of Foden Bank, Prestbury, Cheshire but then of Hitchin, Southampton; (2) John Cruso the elder of Leek, Staffordshire; (3) William Fynney Johnson of Manchester, Glass Manufacturer; (4) George Ridgway Killmister the younger of Leek, Staffordshire. This recites the will of Michael Daintry described as heretofore of Leek afterwards of Byrons, Prestbury, Cheshire, silk merchant dated 3rd April 1810, in which his property was granted to John Cruso in trust with remainder to J. S. Daintry and his heirs. John Smith Daitry was the only heir at law of Ann Smith the first wife of Michael Daintry.The land involved was the Square Croft of 2acres and 1 rood and Lousy Bank otherwise Lazy Bank or Laddoway Dale containing 3 acres and 20 perches, formerly in the possession of Benjamin Sutton, John Daintry and Michael Daintry and previously the estate and inheritance of William Smith whose daughter Ann, Michael Daintry had married and hence acquired a 1/3 share of the property. Smith's daughter Mary married Benjamin Sutton and Daintry had purchased the 1/3 of the property from them. Sarah the other daughter of William Smith married the Revd. George Reade and eventually Daintry had purchaed the remaining 1/3 of the property. A schedule of deeds traces the ownership of the land from 1766.

Daintry; Cruso; Smith; Reade; Sutton; Challinor; Ford; Lawton; Golden; Brittain; Seeley; Pardoe; Howell; Biddulph; Taylor; Pratt; Badnall; Nicholson; Brocklehurst; Crewe; Johnson; Bowers; Cooper; Killmister;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Printed card of "The Royal Visit to Leek, 23rd April 1913 listing the "Processes to be shewn at the mills of Brough, Nicholson & Hall, Ltd, Photos of the King & Queen on the front and a view of the company's mills inside.

Brough; Nicholson; Hall;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Balance sheet and accounts 31st March 1928 for Joshua Wardle & Company,silk dyers, Leekbrrok, Leek, Staffordshire.



Leek, Staffordshire; London; Paris, France;

Letters concerning the conversion of a French silk company into a limited liability company and the possibility of Sir Thomas Wardle's participation as Chairman of the company. Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire 1907.

(1) Copy of a letter from Frederick Walker of 68 Coleman Street, London to Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, dated 3rd December 1907. Walker mentions that many years ago he had had a small business in Congleton, Cheshire and had then known both Challinor & Shaw. He then states that "one of the best known and most prosperous silk businesses in France" was about to be converted into a limited liability company and "as a certain portion of the capital was to be placed in Switzerland and England" they wished to have a "highly respectable English gentleman, well known in the silk trade" on the Board. He wished to know wheter or not Sir Thomas Wardle would be willing to act as the Chairman of the Company.

(2) Letter from Frederick Walker, solicitor, of Coleman Street, London to Messrs Challinor & Shaw, dated 9th December 1907. Walker states that the accountants wanted to talk the accounts over with a silk expert and he wanted toknow whether Sir Thomas Wardle could accompany them or not. Walker also states (in confidence) that the French silk firm in question was Messrs Atuyer, Bianchini & Ferrier, "the leading French house in fancy silks ---making profits of £60000 or £70000 a year."

(3)Letter from Sir Thomas Wardle of Leek to Mr Shaw of Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, of Leek, Staffordshire dated 9th December 1907. Wardle asks Shaw to emphasise to Mr Walker that he (Wardle) was a silk dyer not a silk manufacturer and "therefore I could not entertain the proposal of being Chairman of, or a Member of the Limited Liability Company". Wardle did offer to talk the matter over with Walker and to suggest names of the likeliest people to consult.

(4) Letter from Frederick Walker, solicitor, of Coleman Street, London to Messrs Challinor & Shaw, dated 11th December 1907. Walker states that he had received a telegram from Sir Thomas Wardle declining involvement in the proposed firm. Walker sted that the accountants wished to secure the services of Sir Arthur Nicholson of Brough, Nicholson & Co.

(5) Letter from Sir Thomas Wardle of Leek to Mr Shaw of Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, of Leek, Staffordshire dated 13th December 1907. Wardle (replying to a letter from Shaw) accepts that Shaw was not repsonsible for the "breach of confidence" and states that "the fault seems to be with Mr Walker, who I think ought to have replied to me, through you, about my suggestion that one of the persons interested should come to see me, and should have let me know whether the proposal was going to be complied with or not. If I had known that they wished to consult Mr. Nicholson I should not have mentioned the matter to the Cambridge University Appointments Board, for I certainly consider that Mr. Nicholson would certainly be one of the best persons to be consulted in the matter".

Wardle continues " I am placed in a rather awkward position as you will see from the enclosed letter----because I personally consulted both the Vice-Chancellor, the Secretary of the Board and two or three Members of the Board, when I was at Cambridge the day before yesterday and they promised to consider the matter and let me know". In a footnote Wardle expresses the suspicions raised in his mind by the speed with which Walker was trying to proceed and he suggested that some caution was needed in the matter.

Wardle; Challinor; Walker; Nicholson; Duncan; Shaw;


Leek, Staffordshire; Cambridge;

Miscellaneous letters from members of the Wardle family of Leek, Staffordshire.

(1) Letter from Bernard Wardle of the Wardle & Company, Hencroft Works, Leek, Staffordshire to Messrs Challinor & Shaw, solicitors of Leek, Staffordshire dated 28th March 1901. The letter concern's Wardle's father's share of blocks used in printing silks.

(2) Letter from Wardle & Company, Hencroft Works, Leek, Staffordshire to Messrs Challinor & Shaw, solicitors of Leek, Staffordshire dated 8th September 1901. The writer rejects the firm's (Challinor & Shaw) bill and states that Mr. Goodman was acting for them.

(3) Letter from Sir Thomas Wardle of Leek, Staffordshire to Mr. Shaw dated 11th July 1907. Wardle invites Shaw to lunch on Thursday 25th July to meet the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University.

(4) Letter from Messrs T & A. Wardle, Churnet Works, Leek, Staffordshire to Messrs Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire, dated 10th June 1915. It concerns the agreement between the firm and Mr. J. W. Shearne which they wanted to renew. They asked the solicitors to keep in mind " the war and the fact that he is of military age".

Wardle; Shaw; Challinor; Shearne;


Leek, Staffordshire; Nottingham; London;

Miscellaneous items re the banckruptcy of the firm F. P. Adams & Co., of Leek, Staffordshire 1900.

(1) Invoice for goods dyed sent by William Hammersley & Co., of Leek, Staffordshire to F. P. Adams & Co., of Leek, Staffordshire 23rd July 1900.

(2) Letter from Thomas Robinson of Messrs Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire to Messrs Morten Cutler & Co., dated 27th July 1900. The letter states that Frank Pemberton Adams trading as F.P.Adams & Co. had executed a deed of assignment to trustees on 21st July 1900. On 27th July Walter Osbourne, an authorised bailiff acting on behalf of Robert Rushton of Leek, silk manufacturer, had levied a distraint for £65-16s-6d and threatened to take action. The bailiff had entered the building by passing over the roof of an adjoining owner and opening a window. Mr. Adams and his clerk claimed the window was closed before they left. The bailiff had not delivered any distress nor an inventory and was said to have seized stock valued at at least £1000. Robinson asked that proceedings be started against Osbourne and the landlord to have the distress set aside and the sale prevented.

(3) Printed letter, dated 27th July 1900, to creditors from Thomas Robinson of Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire as trustee of F. P. Adams & Co., reporting a meeting of creditors and enclosing a statement of F. P. Adams & Co.'s, affairs. Creditors representing about £3000 authorised the trustee to sell the entire estate to the debtor's family on their paying 6/- in the £ at 3 and 6 months and all costs and preferential claims.

(4) Memo from William Hammersley & Co., silk dyers, of Leek, Staffordshire to Thomas Robinson dated 20th August 1900.

(5) Memo from G. H. Gould of 2 Ball Haye Road, Leek, Staffordshire to Messrs F. P. Adams & Co., Leek, dated 13 september 1900. It mentions a delivery of Japan M twist they had received from F. P. Adams & Co., on which the firm's name had been struck out and T. Robinson written over. Gould states "I only know you in this matter". The memo continues " The raw was sent to you to be put into into M twist on cost".

(6) Printed letter, dated 17th November 1900, to creditors from Thomas Robinson of Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire as trustee of F. P. Adams & Co. It asks them to assent to the sale of the estate to the debtor's family for a cash payment of 6/- in the £.

(7) Letter from watson & Co, silk manufacturers, Leek, staffordshire to Thomas Robinson of Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, re F. P. Adams & Co. dated 11th December 1900. Watson's stated that they had been informed that the address "London Mills" had been filed by Robinson with the Deed of Assignment. It was, they said, a serious matter and "likely to do us great harm". They wanted to know what Robinson was going to do about it.

(8) Letter from Fearn & Co of 35 Loughborough Road, Nottingham, re F. P. Adams & Co., dated 1st December 1900. Fearn requested a cheque for the assignment of his debt.

Adams; Robinson; Watson; Fearn; Hammersley; Gould; Osbourne; Rushton; Shaw; Challinor;


Leek, Staffordshire; Stone, Staffordshire;

Schedule of deeds and writing relating to the title to the Victoria Silk Mill and ten adjoining houses at the bottom of Stockwell Street, Leek, Staffordshire belonging to Messrs Joseph Gould, senior, and Joseph Gould, junior, of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturers, and partners, in mortgage to Ralph Bassett of Tittensor, Stone, Staffordshire, farmer, for securing £700 and interest at 4%.. Thomas Redfern, Leek, Staffordshire 13th April 1866. The deeds run from 1803 until 1866 but pencilled notes added later take the abstract forward to February 1873 and a mortgage to a building society.

Gould; Bassett; Redfern;Hulme; Farrington; Walthall; Toft Chorley; Dix; Alsop; Cutting; France; Bellis; Newell; Smith; Hughes; Birtles; Brough; Hammersley; Heaton; Ward; Turnock;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Printed receipt (unused) from Henry Bradwell (Trustee) for instalments under a deed of composition in respect to the bankruptcy of James Birchenough of Novi Lane, Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer. The first and second instalments amounted to 3/4 in the £ of a dividend of 10/- in the £ of a claim against Birchenough's estate.

Birchenough; Bradwell;


Leek, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire;

Letters from W. Ellaway Smith, Estate Agent & Surveyor, Uttoxeter to Thomas Robisnon, Messrs Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire re the value of property on [Naylor's Yard] Clerk's Bank, Leek, Staffordshire.

Letter dated 30 March 1906 concerns his valuation of a house on the South side of Clerks Bank with detached billiard room and garden, greenhouse and stabling for 5 horses and carriage house and harness room occupied by Dr. Dupree but excluding a smoke room and surgery on the ground floor, two bedrooms above them and a butler's pantry adjoining. A house at the back of the first containing six rooms and offices, occupied by Mr. E. Riley, a cottage, occupied by Peter Goldstraw, adjoining the stabling mentioned above; a cottage and part of a warehouse adjoining the above occupied as stores by William Haywood and the remaining half of the warehouse occupied by Messrs Overfield & Co as furniture stores. Smith valued the property at £2550.

Letter dated 2 April 1906 this states that including "the two cotages fronting Clerks Bank would make the entire property worth £2920." Much of the property was said to be old.

Smith; Robinson; Overfield; Riley; Dupree; Goldstraw;


Onecote, Leek, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire;

Schedule of deeds to farms at Waterfall and Onecote, Staffordshire belonging to James Smith of Brook Street, Stoke on Trent, in mortgage to Miss Margaret Smith of Leek, Staffordshire, spinster. Dated 23rd May 1877. The farms are Willock's Ford Farm and Waterfall Farm and the deeds start with one dated 14th May 35th Charles 2nd between William Hall and Thomas Torr the elder.

Smith;Bagnold; Smallbroke; Burnett; Hall; Torr; Whillock; Cruso; Sneade; Jessopps; Johnson; Whittles; Alsop; Ridgway; Bagnall; Badnall;


Leek, Staffordshire; Ashbourne, Derbyshire; London; Cleator, Lancashire;

Miscellaneous items referring to Arthur Robert Badnall of Lichfield and Leicester.

(1) Note intialled as "agreed to" by F. S. and A.H.S. [Arthur H. Shaw]" dated 24th september 1897. It simply states: Ann Badnall deceased. A.R. Badnall's 1/40th share estimated by Mr. Shaw at £75. He [AR. Badnall] has had £20 on account and wishes another £10. Agreed to F.S - A.H.S.

(2) List of vouchers, Mr. Robinson,Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire July to November 1896. Money was remitted to A. R. Badnall on 6th July 1896 (14s 1d); on 28th July 1896 (5s 1d) and on 12th October 1896 (9s 6d).

(3) Envelope dated 28th November 1872 addressed to Mrs Badnall c/o The Revd. Percival Bowen's, Claughton Rectory, Cleator near Lancaster.

(4) Note dated 7th June 1888 by Joseph Challinor Of Leek, Staffordshire to Miss Smith re W. B. Badnall's reply to their letter dated 6th June concerning James Smith's mortgage. Mr Badnall wanted to sell.

(5) Letter dated 8th June 1888 from William B. Badnall of Thorpe, Ashbourn, Derbyshire to Challinor's and Shaw, solicitors, Leek, re James Smith's mortgage.

(6) Letter dated 19th June 1888 from William B. Badnall of Thorpe, Ashbourn, Derbyshire to Challinor's and Shaw, solicitors, Leek, re James Smith's mortgage.

(7) Mr Badnall's list of fees, August 1882. This refers to work carried out by William Beaumont Badnall (a barrister) for Messrs Challinor & Shaw, solictors, Leek, Staffordshire. The amount listed between 21st September 1881 and August 1882 was £60:4s:6d from which Badnall deducted Challinor's bill for £27:4s:6d, to him, for work done in connection with Badnall's house at Thorpe.

(8) Letter from W. B. Badnall of 26 Kensington Court Gardens, London to Messrs Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, of Leek, Staffordshire dated 24th December 1900. Badnall send his and his wife's thanks to the firm for the gift of a turkey and send their good wishes for Christmas and the New year.

Badnall; Shaw; Challinor; Smith; Pickford; Goldstraw; Jackson; Lees; Sinclair; Mitton; Burnett; Waller; Wade; Overfield; Granger; Nayton; Bristowe; Salt; Burnell; Williams; Haywood;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Letter from A. R. Brough of Messrs Wardle & Davenport Ltd, silk manufacturers, Leek, Staffordshire to Mr Robinson of Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire dated 11th June 1912. The letter is on company headed paper and concerns the firm's intention to extend their premises. He mentions that "they" have the "Hencroft Works" in their hands and asks if they have powers to consider a temporary letting of the property.

Brough; Challinor; Robinson;


Horton, Leek, Staffordshire;

Memos re title in the case of Fowler's devisees and Cruso, F. Cruso, solicitor, [Leek, Staffordshire]. Dates from 1805 to 1838.Also gives dates of key events deaths, wills, etc.

Fowler; Gaunt; Cruso; Joinson; Sherratt; Lockett; Smith; Barnett; Alsop; Badnall; Richardson; Pratt; Johnson; Walthall; Jackson; Brentnall; Jones; Gould; Chorley; Molineux; Flint;


Osmaston, Roston, Derbyshire; Uttoxeter, Staffordshire;

Draft bill of costs for work carried out by Frank Cruso, solicitor, Leek, Staffordshire, in 1848 and 1849, in connection with Francis Wright's arbitration in the case of Fearn v Appleby.

Fearn; Appleby; Cruso; Wright; Leech; Whitgreave; Orpe; Greave; Blair; Cattlow; Turner;


Bollington, Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Abstract of the title of Bollington Urban District Council to the Oven House Farm, Bollington, Macclesfield, Cheshire. 1957. Includes two plans -one of the farm only the second showing a large surrounding area and housing estates..

Wilson; Broughton; Cooper; Wright; Beck; Hasrrison; Bright; Norbury; Broddell; Harding; Trueman; Greenwood; May; Holland; Brown; Ward; Wain; Shoosmith; Jones; Johnson; Jackson;


Leek, Staffordshire; London;

Papers dealing with the cases of Sir Thomas & Arthur Wardle, silk dyers and finishers, Churnet Works, Leek, Staffordshire versus Joseph Ciuron, The Austrian Coppersmith Cie., Mitcham, Surrey, and of Joseph Cuiron etc. versus Joshua Wardle & Co, silk dyers, Leekbrook, Leek, Staffordshire dated 1911.

(1) This consists of 11 pages detailing the work involved, who was to pay, guarantees, receipts, allowance for copper, allowances for non-delivery and other expenses incurred by Sir Thomas & Arthur Wardle in helping dismantling and erection of the coppers, materials used and various other expenses.

(2) Letter dated 7 December 1911 from Chester, Broome & Griffiths, Bedford Row, London [a firm who were to appear, on behalf of the Wardles, in court in the two cases) to Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire.

[3] Memorandum on headed paper from Sir Thomas & Arthur H. Wardle, silk dyers & finishers, Leek, Staffordshire to T. Robinson, Leek, solicitor, dated 5th December 1911. This gives details of the visit to the firm by Joseph Ciuron with an interpreter - Mr Jacques D. Hofstede, asking for copper work to be reapired and stating that he had a special process for repairing by depositing copper on the article treated and that any work they gave him to repair would be returned without rivets or solder. The charge was to be 4/- per pound added weight with an allowance being made of 1/- a pound for any metal taken away. Knowing that the process was that oc copper deposition by electrolysis, they gave him a dilapidated bucket and bowl to be treated as sample. These were returned in good condition. The bucket had gained 6 ozs in weight and thus the repair to it cost 1/6. The value of his work upon the bowl would have been 6d but this was waived. Wardles then offered him one large round boiling copper to be repaired. The document continues and details all subsequent happenings.

Wardle; Ciuron; Challinor; Shaw; Rose; Dishley; Hofstede; Mellor; Sweetmore; Pickford; Hambleton; Mycock; Wright; Goodwin; Swinson; Gosling; Hill;


Macclesfield, Cheshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

Notes concerning "Messrs Thorley & Allen's proposals for letting a dyehouse in Macclesfield", Cheshire. Undated and unsigned but handwriting is that of John Cruso, junior, of Leek, Staffordshire. Maximum period of lease 7 years at a rent of £80 per annum "but if longer term is required £90 per ann." Water was to be supplied by the Corporation "the hard water is supplied by Mr Pearson". The "right to dry upon the Green will be covenanted for". The Green was almost certainly Waters Green, Macclesfield where Pearson had a dyehouse.

Thorley; Allen; Pearson;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft mortgage by John Pilkington of Leek, Staffordshire, grocer, to the Trustees of the Leek & Moorlands Permanent Benefit Building Society, of a house, shop and premises on the western side of Spout Street, opposite the Sheep Market, Leek, Staffordshire. Challinor, Badnall & Challinor, Leek 8th August 1861. The property is described as "all that brick built messuage, dwelling house and shop (which was erected by Sarah Fowler, John Gaunt and Matthew Gaunt on the site of very old messuage or tenement and premises formerly in the occupation of Hugh Hall and afterwards of his son William Hall) situate, standing and being at the upper end and on the westwardly side of Spout Street and fronting the Sheep Market in Leek in the County of Stafford and being on the northwardly side of and adjoining to other premises belonging to Mr William Gorman, with the yard behind, outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging behind the same as now in the occupation of the said John Pilkington. Together with the cellar underneath the said messuage and now or formerly used with the messuage belonging to the said William Gorman." The date of death of one of the building society trustees are appended i.e. Robert Hammersley died at Leek on 11th April 1863 and Robert Turnock, surgeon, Leek was appointed a trustee in his place. Pilkington had previously acquired the property from the Rev. James Turner, Thomas Brealey and various members of the Fisher family on the 7th August 1861. The mortgage was to allow him to pay for it.

Pilkington; Gorman; Hall; Brough; Gaunt; Fowler; Hammersley; Turnock; Heaton; Ward; Challinor; Shaw; Turner; Brealey; Fisher;


Bagnall, Bucknall, Bradnop, Rushton, Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft coveyance from Thomas Phillips, Captain in HM Regiment of 18th Hussars, as Committee of the Estate of William Phillips, esquire, of Leek, Staffordshire, to Miss Mary Knight of Bagnall, Bucknall, Staffordshire. Redfern & Son, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire 1869.It cites an indenture dated 1832 between Mary Cook of Rushton, Staffordshire, widow of John Cook, and James Cook of Rushton, silk dyer, and William Phillips, concerning a mortgage of £400 to be repaid by Mary & James Cook secured on their property. Over the years James Cook increased the mortgage to £1000. In 1861 James Cook granted property to John and Thomas Moss in mortgage for a further £300 and interest. In 1864 James Cook entered a further agreement this time with Miss Mary Knight to raise a further £400. Mrs Mary Cook died on 14th January 1868, and John Moss brother of Thomas Moss died on 30th August 1867.On 27th July 1868, an Inquisition found that William Phillips was of unsound mind and not competant to manage himself or his estate. Lord Justice Selwyn subsequently made an order dated 31 July 1868 granting the care and management of William Phillips' estates to Captain Thomas Phillips. A further order made on 4th June 1869 following a petition from Captain Phillips, granted Thomas Smith, George Goldsmith and Mary Knight the liberty to pay the £1000 pound secured by the above indentures, and any interest due, into the Bank of England for the benefit of William Phillips. Captain Phillips was, at the same time, granted permission to convey the property concerned toMary Knight subject to the conveyance being approved by the Masters in Lunacy.

The property was described as "all that messuage, farm, and tenement with barn, stable, cowhouse and other buildings and garden and croft, etc., on Morridge Side in the Township of Bradnop in the parish of Leek" It also included several pieces of land adjoining the farm (names and acreages given) "all which said premises were formerly in the occupation of James Torr afterwards of Isaac Tatton, since of Walter Snow, late of John Cook and know or late of Charles Armitt." The citation of the property concerned continues "Secondly all that messuage [etc] with outbuildings and conveniences thereto belonging and also all that silk dyehouse with the reservoir, waterwheel, machinery, and water privileges and other rights thereto belonging or therewith usually held.. Situate at Rushton Spencer in the County of Stafford" and containing about half an acre, late in the occupation of James Cook but now or late of ?. A third property was a house and lands at Bradnop, Staffordshire called Nann's Croft which contained about 5 acres and had formerly been the property of and occupied by John Cook. The land in question was in two parts described as a cottawge, garden and lands in Bradnop totalling 6 perches and formerly in the possession of Joseph Tatton, deceased, than of Joseph Kirkham but then of Isaac Tatton and his undertenants. And also several pieces of land adjoining the cottage .





an indenture was drawn up between Thomas Moss and Miss Mary Knight 1869

Phillips; Knight; Redfern; Cook; Moss; Smith; Goldsmith; Tatton; Kirkham; Torr; Snow; Armitt;


Leek, Staffordshire; London; Port Erin, Isle of Man;

Miscellaneous documents relating to the Wardle family of Leek, Staffordshire;

(1)Re Joshua Wardle & Sons partnership agreement. Results of interviews with Mr Bishton [solicitor of Leek, Staffordshire], 11th May 1895. This gives brief details of key elements of the proposed partnership agreement.

(2) Letter from J. Challinor, solicitor, Leek, Staffordshire to Fred Wardle, Port Erin, Isle of Man dated 19th September 1895 re the Leekbrook Dyeworks.

(3) Letter from Wm Whinnerah of Stead, Taylor * Stead, Dale Street, Liverpool, accountants, to Fred D. Wardle of Leek, Staffordshire, 5th October 1895 re Leekbrook Dyeworks. Simply states he will look into the matter and reply.

(4) Letter from Wm Whinnerah of Stead, Taylor * Stead, Dale Street, Liverpool, accountants, to Fred D. Wardle of Leek, Staffordshire, 15th October 1895. Concerns Leekbrook Partnership and statements of capital outlay with respect to plant and utensils.

(5) Letter from T. H. Bishton, solicitor, Leek, Staffordshire to Joseph Challinor, solicitor, Leek, Staffordshire re Joshua Wardle & Son. Concerns date for a meeting only.

(6) Re Leekbrook Dyeworks -minutes of meeting between J. Challinor and Mr Wardle concerning the terms of the proposed agreement, 20th November 1895.

Wardle; Bishton; Challinor; Whinnerah;


Leek, Staffordshire; London;

Copy letters [1] from Thomas Robinson of Leek, Staffordshire, solicitor, to Henry Allen of Leek, Staffordshire, braid manufacturer dated 14th November1896 and [2] from Thomas Robinson to Messrs Bournes Bullock & Co re E.Allen & Co, braid manufacturers, Leek, Staffordshire dated 14th November 1896.These concern arrangements between Henry Allen and his mother with regard to family shares of the business. Robinson suggested that Allen should offer 2/5ths of the firm to his sister. In the letter to Messrs Bournes Bullock & Co, Robinson mentions that "the business and stock are the sole property of the mother".

(3) Letter from a Mr Indor to A. W. Cocksedge, 10 Huggin Lane, Wood Lane E.C. The writer is the son-in law of Mrs Mary Allen and writes on behalf of his mother in law. The letter concerns the business of E. Allen & Co. then being run by Mrs Allen and a request by her son Henry that she transfer all capital in the company to him. In return he would pay her an annuity for life. On his mother's death, he would give Mrs Indor "the only daughter" a small annuity for life or a small sum in cash. The writer continues" Mrs Allen thoroughly recognises what her son has done for the business but at the same time she considers his services as a manager have been fairly remunerated for. She has now offered to him 3/5th of the business and to give 2/5th to Mrs Indor reserving only a moderate annuity for herself and William. He however, strongly objects to this and wishes to keep the entire control and to have practically all the capital in his own hands."

Allen; Robinson; Goodwin; Indor; Cocksedge;


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