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Leek, Staffordshire;

Miscellaneous items relating to the case of Haley v Hammersley in Chancery 1857 H No. 84.

[1] Affidavit by William Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire, solicitor, 1859, with respect to being told by Mr J. Challinor in answer to a question, that he considered the defendants responsible for Messrs Lovatt & Gould's mortgage. Challinor was the solicitor for Thomas Hammersley and also Fred Hammersley in his role as guardian of the children of the testator W. Hammersley. He said he had made many enquiries about the silk mill, machinery, fixtures and premises in Mill Street, Leek once occupied by Messrs Lovatt & Gould of Leek, silk manufacturers. The Hammersley's had, he said, advanced £9000 by indentures dated 29 September 1853 and 24 December 1856.

[2] Affidavit by Ralph Heath of Mill Street, Leek, Staffordshire, silk dyer, who worked for Messrs Lovatt & Gould, silk manufacturers for 4 years before they became insolvent and suspended payment in September 1857. He remembered the mill being built by Messrs Lovatt & Gould in 1852 -1853.. Lovatt & Goulds, he said, sent large quantities of silk products to be dyed by Messrs Robert Hammersley & Co., silk dyers and in fact Lovatt & Gould sent all their silk to be dyed by Robert Hammersley & Co. The mill had been unoccupied since the firm suspended payment. He said he had heard it reported that the mill and very expensively built machinery are unsuitable and too large for the place and they expected that it could not be sold.

[3] Notes dated 12 July 1859 stating that Messrs Lovatt & Gould informed the writer that since the building of the mill in Mill Street, the firm had done business with Messrs Hammersley, silk dyers, generally to an amount of £700 or £800 a quarter and sometimes as much as £1500 a quarter.

[4] Comments on draft certificate 1861.

[5] Minutes taken from Miss Morrow and Mr James Morrow Hammersley 16 June 1857. In pencil.

[6] Minutes re the case dated 1862. Judges summons for 21 December 1861 to hear an application by the defendants for liberty to sell part of Lovatt & Gould's machinery, I.e. 4 winding engines, 4 cleaning machines, 3 doubling machines and 1 stretching machine.

Hammersley; Challinor; Lovatt; Gould; Haley; Cooper; Heath; Morrow;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Inventory of fixtures and effects in the Crompton Road, Macclesfield dyeworks owned by Mr William Broome and let to Messrs Horrobin & Whitehurst. 1 December 1879.

Broome; Whitehurst; Horrobin;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Annual report of the directors of James Arnold & Company Limited, of Wood Street, Macclesfield 31 December 1931. The balance sheet showed a loss of £4492 3s 5d. On an issued capital of £58822.

Arnold; Forrester; Davidson; King; Crowder;


Staveley, Derbyshire; Leek, Staffordshire; Hazel Grove, Cheshire; Denton, Bury, Lancashire; Halifax, Yorkshire; Liverpool; London Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow; Edinburgh. Belfast; Dublin, Manchester, Plymouth; Brussels; Buenos Ayres, Montevideo, South America; Rotterdam, Holland;

[1] Balance sheet for the firm of Frederick Hammersley & Company, Leek, Staffordshire, 1st January 1877. It contains separate accounts for F. Hammersley and Thomas Hammersley. It also lists all debtors and creditors.

[2] Estimated value of Mr. W. H. Hammersley's property. Undated. This includes a share in the Leek Brewery, Land called the Hill-about 12 acres; the Lowe dyehouse and machinery; and the silk mill on Mill Street, Leek.

Hammersley; Chrichtons; Bell; Allen; Bull; Brough; Broster; Burlart; Clayton; Chadwick; Farrand; Gunson; Howard; Plant; Sharp; Sutcliffe; Turnock; Williamson; White; Withers; Surr; Johnson; Bradwell; Bullock; Aikman; Martin; May; Murdock; Pilkington; Czerminski; Shroka; Stewart; McDonald; Adam; Wright; Selkirk; Loughland; Mann; Carter; Dickson; Morrison; McEachan; Loudon; Bryers; Caskie; Ferguson; Harrington; Robertson; Forier; Hunter; Tait; McCallum; Muir; Mitchell; Fyfe; McLaren; Heggie; Crawford; Craig; Black; Leith; Paterson; Marshall Barclay; Knox; Dixon; Wilson; Mathieson; Thompson; Garriock; Shanks; Taylor; Fraiser; McCraiken; Wyllie; Carr; Gill; Gray; Richardson; Brown; Laidlaw; Hilliard; Macdonald; Littlejohn; Mellor; Barron; Edmonds; Harrison; Compton; Roberts; Worthington; Gaddum; Gibson; Heaven; Kingston; Folle; Rae; Donaldson; Benjamin; Blagdon; Walls; Wolfendon; Axon; Grundy; Gibson; Little; Mayne; Anderson; Bell' Pearson; Squire; Sissons; Tunnicliffe.


Cadmore, Oxfordshire; Clifto, Ashbourne, Derbyshire; Affpuddle, Dorset; Wortley, Yorkshire; Portskewett, Monmouthshire; Middlesex; Great Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire;

Broughton family papers.

[1] Draft settlement previous to the marriage of the Reverend Robert Bruce Dickson M.A. of Cadmore Vicarage, Oxfordshire, and Miss Grace Agnes Broughton of Clifton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. J.B. Hand, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, 6 July 1881.

[2] Draft transfer of a mortgage on 24 messuages, land and hereditaments in Granville Street, Great Fenton, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire from Miss Grace Agnes Broughton to the Reverend H. P. W. Freeman and others, to secure £1300 and interest. Hand, Uttoxeter, 6th July 1881.

[3] Draft will of Mrs Grace Agnes Dickson wife of the Reverend R. B. Dickson of Cadmore Vicarage, Oxfordshire. Hand, Uttoxeter, 1881.

[4] A black edged letter dated 5 June 1881, from H. Williams, Freeman of Affpuddle Vicarage, Dorchester to F. B. Hand, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire stating her willingness to be a trustee under Grace's [Mrs Grace Agnes Dickson] will.

Broughton; Hand; Pearson; Williams; Dickson; Freeman;


Leek, Staffordshire; bangor, Caernarvon, Wales;

Draft abstract of the title of James Nixon of Leek, Staffordshire, to land on Leek Moor, Leek, Staffordshire. Challinor, Badnall & Challinor, Leek, 1851. The title commences in 1844 with an indenture citing others dated 15 & 16th April 1832 which shows that the land was a part of Pedley's Closes or Pilsbury's Crofts (Fountain Street) and comprised a total of 3320 square yards

Nixon; Gaunt; Johnson; Pedley; Pilsbury; Cruso. Higgs;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Letter from Thomas Wardle of St. Edward Street, Leek, Staffordshire to Thomas Shaw, solicitor, Leek, dated 5 March 1890 re his indebtness to the District Bank.

Wardle; Shaw;


Macclesfield, Cheshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

Documents relating to the bankruptcy of James Birchenough of Novi Lane, Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer. The hearings took place in the County Court of Cheshire at Macclesfield.

[1] 9th April 1877 Report of the Trustee as to the debtors discharge. This states that a general meeting of the creditors of James Birchenough was held in Challinor & Co's office 10 Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire on 18 August 1877. The document was accompanied by copy resolutions. It also certified that Birchenough had paid the whole of the 4 instalments of his 10/- in the £ composition and all costs incurred and so the debtor was entitled to a discharge in accordance with a special resolution of the meeting.

[2] List of Creditors present at the meeting on 18 August 1877 (5 in all).

[3] Draft resolutions taken at the meeting of creditors in Leek on 18th August 1877.

[4] Order to confirm the resolutions made by the creditors of James Birchenough of Leek, Staffordshire, following an application made on 18 August 1877. Signed and sealed by Deputy Registrar of the Court on 20 August 1877.

Birchenough; Bradwell; Davenport; Clowes; Pierpoint; Brunt. Merrill; Shaw;


Leek, Staffordshire; Manchester;

Draft bond by Ralph Bott of Leek, Staffordshire and his son-in-law Joseph Broster of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturers, to Thomas Carr of Leek, silk manufacturer, Henry Carr of Manchester and Edward Newton Carr of Manchester, silk manufacturers and partners in trade, as guarantee for the payment of £300. Redfern, Leek, Staffordshire, May 1888. Bott and Broster had business dealings with the Carrs and purchased silk from them The Carrs had asked them to provide security for further goods sold to them "in way of trade" up to an amount of £300.

Bott; Broster; Carr; Redfern;


Macclesfield, Cheshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft conveyance from Charles George Draeska of Broad Street, London and William Burnett of Macclesfield, dyer, to Thomas Bowers of Leek, Staffordshire, dated 1833. It cites a contract dated 27 April 1833 in which Thomas Bowers contracted to purchase a half share in 3540 square yards of land off Strangman's Walks, Leek. The westward end of the plot had formerly been part of a field called Nixhill. On the larger part of the land in question stood a "shade or shed" for twisting silk and adjoining buildings including two cottages. Part had formerly been used as a garden and contained "a summer house or grotto".

The other half share of this property was held by William Beaumont Badnall and his heirs.

Draeska; Burnett; Spilsbury; Bowers; Badnall; Cruso; Challinor;


Ruabon, Wales; Alstonfield, Leek, Staffordshire; Upton, Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Documents relating to the case of Dakeyne v Flint in Chancery:

[1} Further answer of Matthew Gaunt one of the defendants in the original Bill and his answer to the amended bill of complaint of Mary Dakeyne, wife of Henry Charles Dakeyne. G.F.Hudson & Co. Filed 9th March 1853.

[2] Answers of Charles Flint and John Towgood two of the defendants to the amended Bill of Complaint of Mary Dakeyne, wife of Henry Charles Dakeyne. Undated but after 1851. Schedules relating to property sold and other matters.

[3] Opinion of Mr R. Palmer on a clause in the will of Mrs Fowler, deceased. Undated but about 1850-51.

Watt; Fowler; Flint; Dakeyne; Chorley; Towgood; Alsop; Brocklehurst; Bagshaw; Wynn; Biddulph; Cruso; Clowes; Lea; Allen; Wright;


Leek, Stafforshire;

Draft conveyance of The Highfield Estate, Leek, Staffordshire from Matthew Gaunt of Rudyard Vale, Horton, Staffordshire, William Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire, Frederick Gaunt of Horton Hall, Staffordshire and Lydia Gaunt of Horton Hall, Horton, Staffordshire to Edwin Cliffe Glover of Mear House, Stone, Staffordshire. Challinor & Co., Leek, 22 April 1871. Document starts with a recital of the deeds of lease and release of the 19 and 20th December 1827 between the Governor & Company of the Bank of England and Sarah Fowler, Matthew Gaunt and Josiah Gaunt. It details the estate in a schedule. Total acreage: 72 acres 3 rood 5 perches. The document was signed as having been approved by the various parties to it.

Gaunt; Glover; Challinor; Fowler; Badnall; Johnson; Dakeyne; Smith; Clowes; Knight; Cruso; Rogers; Griffin; Porter; Cave; Kynnersley; Adderley; Holroyd; Emmerson; Wardle; Warrington; Goostrey; Pilkington; Gibson; Plant; Swan; Lockett; Stonehewer; Stevenson; Hammersley;


Barlaston, Leek, Woolstanton, Staffordshire; London; Manchester, Lancashire;

[1] Abstract of the title of the trustees under the will of Elizabeth Debank, deceased, to a house, garden and premises in Spout Street, Leek, Staffordshire. Killmister and Challinor, Leek. About 1814. The document starts with indentures of lease and release dated 22-23 August 1732 between Dudley Hulme of Leek, Staffordshire, gent (grandson and heir of James Harrison late of Leek, innholder deceased) and Richard Lancellot of Leek, silk weaver. Dudley Hulme was to marry Mary the daughter of Richard Lancelott and Lancellot had, at Hulme's request, advanced £50 to enable Hulme to pay off debts. Because of this and in view of the impending marriage, to provide certain and separate maintenance for Hulme's future wife and children, Dudley Hulme sold to Richard Lancelott and his heirs, a house in Spout Street, Leek where Samuel Lucas, button merchant, then lived with all buildings, gardens, tithes, etc all of which had formerly been the inheritance of James Harrison. Lancelott and his heirs were to hold the property in trust for the benefit of Hulme's wife and children and heirs "of the body of the said Mary his wife lawfully begotten" and finally to the use of the heirs of Isabella Lancellot her heirs and assigns for ever. In 1746, the property was purchased by Samuel Lucas and his title to it was confirmed in 1751 by Mary the daughter and only child of Dudley and Mary Hulme. In a fine of 25-26 George 2nd, the property is described as 2 messuages, two gardens, one acre of land, common of pasture for all manner of cattle and common of turbary with the appurtenances in Leek and the parish of Leek and all manner of tithes whatsoever yearly arising, growing or renewing from and out of the premises. In 1757, Samuel Lucas lived in the house and a deed of that date states "the dwellinghouse had been lately rebuilt and erected by him the said Samuel Lucas". In the fine of 31 George 2nd the property is described as " one messuage, one garden and half an acre of land etc." In his will, Samuel Lucas bequeathed the property to his son James and in default of issue to his younger son William and in default of issue to his daughter Elizabeth Routh wife of Christopher Routh of Manchester, grocer for life and failing issue to the right heirs of Samuel Lucas. The property passed to James Lucas who was a manufacturer of mohair buttons, button twist and sewing silks. In August 1781 Lucas and his partner William Key became bankrupt and the property was eventually assigned to John Daintry of Leek, silk merchant and Joseph Badnall of Leek, dyer, to be sold for the benefit of creditors. In January 1784, Daintry and Badnall sold the property to Isaac Cope and Simon Debank who agreed that the property should be conveyed to John Birtles. A fine was subsequently levied confirming the property to Birtles. John Birtles (only surviving son of Thomas Birtles) died on 4 March 1788, intestate, leaving only one daughter Elizabeth who married Simon Debank. In 1798 when Simon and Elizabeth Debank took action to destroy an "estate tail", the house was occupied by William Challinor. The aim of the document was to place it in a trust for Elizabeth Debank and her heirs and assigns. In her will dated 22 January 1814, Elizabeth Debank bequeathed her estate to John Stevenson Salt in trust for the benefit of her daughter Jane (wife of William Sneyd of Ashcombe, Staffordshire) for life. It was subsequently to pass to her daughter's children and grandchildren. Her house on Spout Street (formerly Lucas's then divided into two dwellings and in the possession of Mr Lucas and Mrs Bullock) to the use of her 4th grandson Thomas Sneyd. The will was proved in the PCC on 19 July 1814.

[2] Additional abstract of the title of the Trustees of the late Elizabeth Debank deceased to a house, garden and premises in Spout Street, Leek, Staffordshire. Killmister & Challinor, Leek, undated but about 1814. This is an indenture dated 27 January 1784 between {1} Joseph Myott of Leek, Staffordshire, button merchant, {2} John Daintry of Leek, silk merchant and Joseph Badnall of Leek, dyer, (assignees of the estates etc of James Lucas late of Leek, button merchant, dealer and chapman -bankrupt) {3) James Lucas, (4) John Birtles of Leek, gent, and Simon Debank of Leek, esquire. It cites an indenture dated 30 August 1728 between Dudley Hulme of Leek and Joseph Myott of Leek, silkweaver, relating to the previous enfeoffment of Joseph Myott by Dudley Hulme in a burgage in Church Street, Leek, in which Joseph Myott then lived. Myott paid Hulme £58 :19s. The new indenture related to the house on Spout Street in which Samuel Lucas then lived and assigned a 500 year term in the property to Myott to ensure that Myott could enjoy the undisturbed use of the Church Street property that he had bought. The new indenture was to ensure that the remainder of the 500 year term in the Spout Street property was assigned to Simon Debank.

Hulme; Lancelott; Harrison; Lucas; Toft; Welles; Key; Mills; Walthall; Sparrow; Daintry; Beard; Challoner; Cope; Debank; Birtles; Badnall; Dewbery; Moreton; Tompkinson; Stevenson; Bullock;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft plan of the ground floor of the George Inn, Leek, Staffordshire drawn in 1828 by James Burton 1" = 8ft. The plan was prepared/used(?) for the sale of the Inn by auction on 8th January 1834. Pencilled notes show some of the alterations proposed for the various lots into which the inn was divided. A note on the cover states " For Ms Thorneycroft's Trustee Mr Clowes. Killmister & Challinor, Leek,

Hargreaves; Burton; Emerson; Barnes;


Leek, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire;

[1] Draft transfer of mortgage from F. B. Hand of Uttoxeter to Mrs Sarah Badnall, widow, of Leek, Staffordshire 1873. This relates to the estate of the Phillips family of Leek, Staffordshire and in particular the will of William Phillips, Mrs Badnall's uncle. William Phillips died on 4 January 1871 and probate was granted to his executor F. B. Hand on 28 February 1871. Hand had requested that £1000 owing to the estate should be paid off and Mrs Badnall agreed to this in return for a transfer of the sum due and all rights and interest in it.

[2} Draft conditions of sale of a house and pleasure grounds in Church Lane, Leek, Staffordshire formerly belonging to Mrs Sarah Badnall late of Leek, widow, deceased. Challinor & Co., Leek, 23 March 1886. Title to the property was to commence with a conveyance of 29 September 1843 between George Nathaniel Best and Mrs Sarah Badnall

Badnall; Hand; Best; Phillips; Sant; Milne; Allen;


Leek, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire; Lancaster; Handsworth, Sheefield, Yorkshire; Ashbourne, Derbyshire;

Documents relating to the Phillips Family of Leek, Staffordshire;

[1]Account of the executors under the will of Samuel Phillips, deceased, debtors to Messrs Hacker & Allen of Leek, solicitors. 1850 to 1853.

[2] Instructions given by the late William Phillips to Mr Allen for the codicil to his will. It states "Whereas I William Phillips of Leek in the County of Stafford do by this codicil to my will dated 29 May 1840 and codicil dated 12 July 1852, give and bequeath unto my nephew the Revd. John Hand of Handsworth, Yorkshire the full half share of the residue as left by my said will and codicils and I give and bequeath to Sarah Badnall the sum of Five Hundred Pounds in addition the Fifteen Hundred already given to her. I give the like sum to Mary Anne Bowen now residing near Lancaster Mrs Badnall's sister making the amount of both sums or legacies two thousand each. I give and bequeath unto my nephew Francis Bryan Hand solicitor, Uttoxeter, the sum of five hundred pounds and I give to my servants if they happen to be in my service at the time of my decease, Ellen Canlin, Harriet Stubbs and Harry Wardle forty pounds each and to Andrew Dale and William Dale I give in addition to what I may have given them before the sum of twenty pounds if they continue in my employ. It is my wish and desire that they should be furnished with respectable mourning. Witness whereof I have this fifth day of Sept set my hand in the year of our Lord 1865."

[3] Copy draft second codicil to the will of William Phillips of Leek, Staffordshire. Hacker & Allen, Leek, 11 August 1865.

[4] Letter from Richard Cooper, Leek, Staffordshire to Mr. N. C. Milne dated 18 January 1866. It concerns a remark Cooper (a doctor) is said to have made to Mrs. Badnall about William Phillips' general health and the less distressing and sometime less frequent "character of his delusions". Dr Cooper was reporting every three or four weeks to a Dr. Noble.

[5[ Letter from N.C. Milne, Temple, London to John Hand 23 November 1865. Merely concerns a mortgage on property in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

[6] Letter from N. C. Milne dated 1866 concerns payments to be made to Mrs Cursham which were the dividends received by the persons written to "under a power of attorney from her uncle Mr William Phillips". N. C. Milne was a nephew of William Phillips.

[7] Letter from N. C. Milne, 21 Paragon, Barnsgate, dated 17 November 1866. Re. William Phillips. He wished to visit his Uncle but didn't want to "put his foot in it".

[8] Letter from N. C. Milne, Temple, dated 19 March 1866. Re. William Phillips

[9] Several pages of letters from N. C. Milne all dated 1866.

[10] Estimate by Henry Rendell, painter, of Stanley Street, Leek, for painting the house of Mr William Phillips in Leek, Staffordshire dated 14 June 1869.

[11] Memo re examination by unnamed person of "his papers" concerning Ashenhurst Mill and land which it was proposed to lease to Benjamin Bailey and had formerly belonged "solely to Mr. Samuel Phillips".

[12] Letter dated 8 February 1866 from Challinor & Co, Leek, Staffordshire to the Revd. John Hand, Handsworth Rectory, Sheffield. re the receipt of interest on £2000 due the estate of William Phillips of Leek, deceased, from William Simcock..

[13] Letter dated 8 June 1867 from Challinor & Co, Leek, Staffordshire to the Revd. John Hand, Hansworth Rectory, Sheffield. re the receipt of interest on £1050 due the estate of William Phillips of Leek, deceased from the executors of Thomas Smith deceased.

[14] Copy of a letter written by J. Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire to Mr N.C Milne, Temple, London on 17 June 1867.It concerns money owed by the Reverend John Sneyd to the estate of Mr William Phillips, deceased, secured on a farm in Bradnop. Sneyd was about to sell the farm and pay off the debt. Challinor suggested that Thomas Smith's trustees might also wish to clear their debt to the Phillips Estate. Another debtor, James Cook, was about to be made a bankrupt.

[15] Letter dated 7 September 1867 from Challinor & Co, Leek, Staffordshire to the Revd. John Hand, Handsworth Rectory, Sheffield. re the sale by the Revd. John Sneyd of the farm mortgaged to William Phillips, and Sneyd's intention to pay off his debt on 25 March 1868.

[16] Letter dated 4 September 1867 from Edwin Heaton of Basford Hurst, Staffordshire to Challinor & Co, Leek, Staffordshire forwarding his rental account with William Phillips. It discusses two debtors to the Phillips estate -Samuel Stubbs and Thomas Chappells.

Hand; Phillips; Badnall; Bowen; Dale; Canlin; Stubbs; Allen; Wardle; Cooper; Milne; Noble; Cursham; Chappells; Subbs; Simcock; Sneyd; Bail;ey; Rendell;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft conveyance of a plot of land on the east side of Wellington Road, Leek, Staffordshire by George Hammersley and others mortgagees to Mr William Putman, Challinor & Co., Leek, 10 September 1856. The land had been carved out of a close called Nixhill.

Alsop; Hammersley; Putnam; Heaton; Brough; Badnall; Birch; Chorley; Cruso;


Leek, Staffordshire; Drayton in Hales, Shropshire;

[1] Draft conveyance by George Davenport of Leek, Staffordshire, silk throwster, To William Young of Leek of a silk mill, lands, etc, for the sum of £3000. Challinor & Co, Leek, Staffordshire 2 January 1870. The mill is described as "a building of four stories or otherwise situate and being at the bottom of Mill Street in Leek aforesaid with the engine house and appurtenances thereunto belonging part whereof was formerly used as a colour mill but the same with the additions erected thereto has been and is now used as a silk factory and was formerly in the occupation of Messrs Badnall, Spilsbury & Cruso their undertenants or assigns afterwards of Nathan Davenport since deceased but now of the said George Davenport".

[2] Draft assignment of policies of life assurance for £499 : 19s : 0d and £500 respectively by George Davenport of Leek, Staffordshire, silk throwster, to William Young of Leek, Staffordshire, Challinor & Co., Leek, 31 March 1871.

[3] Balance sheet for Messrs George Davenport & Co. of Leek, Staffordshire. 31 December 1880.

[4] Notice to the Manchester & Liverpool District Bank of the mortgage by William Young of Leek, Staffordshire, to John Robinson of Westwood Hall, Leek, Staffordshire of a silk mill in Leek, Staffordshire and a water corn mill in Drayton in Hales, previously mortgaged to it Dated 1881

[5] Another copy of [4]

[6]Statement of Messrs George Davenport & Co., Leek, Staffordshire 31 December 1878. This includes General Balance Account, a profit and loss account for the year ending 31 December 1878 and a valuation of stock on hand. It seems to have been drawn up Stead Taylor & Stead, accountants, Liverpool whose accountant signed it on 7 February 1879. There are several pages of names of firms with whom they were trading.

Davenport; Young; Badnall; Spilsbury; Cruso; Challinor; Maskery; Daintry; Green;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Bundle of documents relating to the liquidation by arrangement of the firm George Davenport & Co, of Leek, Staffordshire, instituted by George Young of Leek, silk manufacturer. 27 May 1881.



Leek, Staffordshire; Edinburgh;

Documents relating to one of the trademarks of Messrs F. Hammersley & Co., Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturers.

[1] Printed circular to customers of F. Hammersley & Co, concerning the use of their label by Messrs Wardle & Davenport of Leek, silk manufacturers. Dated May 1887.

[2] Statement on headed paper showing the amount of silk bought of T. Flanagan & Co, silk manufacturers, Leek, Staffordshire. Dated May 1893.

[3] Draft undertaking re Hammersley's trade mark by Messrs Flanagan & Co, silk manufacturers, Leek, Staffordshire. Dated June 1893. Also a press copy.

[4] Note of papers re Hammersley's trade mark left with the solicitors by Mr Flanagan. Dated 2 June 1893.

[5] Memo from F. Flanagan of Flanagan & Co, Leek, Staffordshire to Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire, dated 12 June 1893, re Hammersley & Co., trade mark. He offers to pay 26 shillings plus Challinor & Co's account (£5 : 5s) in settlement of Hammersley's claim.

[6] Memo from F. Flanagan of Flanagan & Co, Leek, Staffordshire to Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire, dated 13 June 1893, re Hammersley & Co's trade mark. Flanagan requests a detailed bill.

[7] Copy of correspondence between Messr G. Barclay & Son of Edinburgh and Messrs J. Flanagan & Co, silk manufacturers, Leek, Staffordshire 6 October 1892 to 22 May 1893.

Hammersley; Davenport; Flanagan; Barclay;


Leek, Staffordshire.

Miscellaneous Hammersley documents,

[1] Statement of account received from Messrs Hacker & Allen. Solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire re Messrs F & T Hammersley & Co., and Messrs F. Hammersley & Co., silk manufacturers of Leek, Staffordshire. Dated 17 May 1877.

[2] Memorandum of the terms of settlement between Frederick Hammersley and his brother Thomas Hammersley re claims that the latter had against the "late firm" of F. Hammersley & Co. Leek, 19 May 1877.

[3] Memorandum as to the fixtures and fittings (silk mill) in the holding of Mr F. Hammersley. January 1877.

[4] Memo as to articles to be given to Mr. Thomas Hammersley. 11 May 1877. These include a press bo..s, swifts, shafts, "bits of machine silk and 50 yard reels.

[5] Account for bills of exchange re Mr Fred Hammersley to Mr Thomas Hammersley, dated 19 May 1877.

[6] Twelve miscellaneous letters and memos.



Leek, Staffordshire;

Reprint from "The Drapers' Record" of "The Royal Visit To Leek" April 23, 1913. The King and Queen inspect the silk mills of Messrs Brough, Nicholson & Hall, Ltd.

Nicholson; Hall; Harcourt; Wardle; Moore; Salt; Tatton;


Leek, Staffordshire; Aldercar, Swanwick, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Sheffield, Yorkshire;

Assignment of a mortgage of Highfield House, Leek, Staffordshire for the residue of a 1000 year term by the Reverend John Smith of Aldercar Park, Derbyshire, Broughton Benjamin Steade of Beauchief Abbey, Derbyshire, the Reverend John Wood of Swanwick, Derbyshire and the Reverend William Smith of Dunston Hall, Derbyshire, the Executors of Smith deceased to Margaret and Jane Milnes Smith of Dunston Hall, Derbyshire, for £5000 and interest at 4.5%. Dated 31 May 1830. Also indentures of lease and release dated 25 and 26 December 1827 between (1) the Governor & Company of the Bank of England, (2) Sarah Fowler, (3) Matthew Gaunt and (4) Josiah Gaunt. The will of Mrs Elizabeth Mary Smith, proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 14 April 1830 is also cited. On vellum, signed, sealed and stamped. The capital and interest was repaid by Matthew Gaunt on 15 July 1834.

Badnall; Smith; Gaunt; Binney; Heade; Lancaster; Fowler; Knight; Steade; Wood;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft indenture dated 1734 between (1) John Sinkcock (sic) of the Backhouse Street, Leek, Staffordshire, silkweaver, and Thomas Sinkcock his son and heir apparent, and Benjamin Whiston of Leek, miller, (2) William Hulme of Mill Street, Leek, mohair twister. In this the Sinkcocks and Whiston granted to Hulme his heirs and assigns forever " all that Twisting Alley lying and being at the back of the Kiln up Backhouse Street aforesaid now in the occupation of the said William Hulme, containing in length 28 yards or there abouts and leading Westerly from the ….owell end erected at the East end of the aforesaid alley to the Gable end of the house now in the occupation of the said John and Thomas Sinkcock, and in breadth 5 yards and a half be the same more or less and also all that piece of land in the Backhouse Street aforesaid lying to the West end of the said house occupied by the said John & Thomas Sinkcock and leading through the garden belonging to the said house containing in length 25 yards and breadth 6 yards whereof is taken in and inclosed from a certain close or croft lying to the South West of the said house which last mentioned piece of land is now in the possession of John and Thomas Sinkcock and all….." Hulme was to pay 4 shillings on 25 March each year to John Sinkcock during Sinkcock's life. He also had to pay any due and accustomed rents to the Freeholders of Leek or their successors.

Sinkcock; Hulme; Whiston;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Plan of an estate in Leek, Staffordshire, the property of John Davenport, esquire, 1836. The plan is in pencil, gives field names and numbers and shows the acreages of fields and the names of owners of adjacent land.

Davenport; Walmsley; Phillips; Hulme; Chorley; Fowler;


Leek, Staffordshire;

The will of Hugh Sleigh of Ball Haye, Leek, Staffordshire, ribbon merchant, 19th October 1787. The will has been signed, sealed and witnessed. Witnesses were William Challinor, Mary Challinor and William Lancaster. The seal bears a crest .

To his will he bequeathed an annuity of £100 the rest of his estate was to go to any children he and his wife might have and in the absence of surviving children then his mother was to have an annuity of £5 free of all deductions. He gave his two sisters Mary Smith and Elizabeth Ashmore, £100 each. To Thomas, Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary and Samuel Ashmore, his sister's children, he gave £100 each to be paid when they reached the age of 21 or on the day that they married. To Joseph Shufflebotham, William Shufflebotham, Philip Ball and all " my domestick servants" he gave "decent mourning"; to Mr Joseph Alsop, a ring . Subject to the foregoing, he bequeathed all his estate and effects both real and personal to his brother Samuel Sleigh. His brother Samuel and his brother-in-law John Smith were made his executors.

Sleigh; Smith; Ashmore; Shufflebotham; Alsop; Challinor; Lancaster;


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