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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;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Printed advert for the sale by auction at the Red Lion Inn, Leek, Staffordshire, on the 18th November 1909 of "All that Capital Three Storey Silk Mill known as London Mill with ist "valuable machinery". Challinors & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire. The mill was then occupied by Messrs Gwynne & Company, Mr H. Gould and Messrs J. Rushton & Company.

Fergyson; Challinor; Shaw; Ruston; Gould; Gwynne;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Recognizance, on vellum, for £40 dated 9 August 1869 and signed by Hugh Sleigh. The recognizance was made by Benjamin Edge of Leek, pig dealer, Joseph Edge of Derby Street, Leek, silk manufacturer and Joseph Goldstraw of Ball Haye Green, Leek, silk weaver, and bound them to attend the Magistrates Clerk's Office, Stockwell street, Leek on 16 August to answer information laid by Hugh Mayer.

Sleigh; Edge; Goldstraw; Mayer;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft epitome of proposals in re Sir Thomas Wardle of Leek, Staffordshire and the Trustees of the late Mr Joshua Wardle's Will. Challinors & Shaw, Leek, 17 January 1903. Chiefly concerns dated account of key points in relation to Sheephouse Farm and dealing with the "Raliway Company".

Wardle;Heaton; Menzies; Allen; Young; Challinor; Bishton;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Memorandum of agreement between William Slack of Leek Moor, Leek, Staffordshire, barber, and Josiah Booth of Leek, throwster, on behalf of Thomas Fenton Grosvenor of Leek, dated 14 February 1811. Booth agreed to buy a house and croft on the South side of the road from Leek to Ashbourne, for £170.

Slack; Booth; Grosvenor;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Letter from William Sugden of Leek, Staffordshire, architect, to William Challinor of Leek, dated 3 February 1859. Sugden states that "As far as I can ascertain, the Mill Street works by Messrs Lovatt & Gould have cost about as follows

Clearing site say £1000 -0s - 0d; Boundary wall, Entrance and approaches £450 -0s - 0d; Mill, with engine, boiler houses, dying rooms, workshops, chimney exclusive of the machinery £9500 - 0s - 0d." The total was £10950 - 0s -0d.

Sugden; Challinor;


Cheadle, Leek, Staffordshire; Manchester;

[1] Letter from Miss L. Flint, Portland Place, to William Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire dated 10th January (?). Concerns Compton which was then occupied by Mrs Flint and her remaining at Compton "after the time allowed by law after the testator's death". Mrs Flint she said " if she wishes to stay there should pay all the expenses". Challinor wished to sell all the furniture immediately but Miss Flint did not know what to do. The keys to draws and boxes were in the possession of her sister Elizabeth and she did not wish to go and see her about them. She suggested Joseph Challinor should see Elizabeth and inform her of the sale so that she could select anything she wished for.

[2]Letter from Dr Renand of Piccadilly, Manchester, to Mr Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire dated January 1866. The letter contains a note of Dr Renand's fee for a special visit and consultation at Cheadle Asylum in the case of Miss Flint, in December 1864. The amount of the fee was £5 and the note is signed and stamped to show that it had been paid.

Flint; Challinor; Argyles; Renand;


Leek, Staffordshire;

[1] Requisitions on the title [probably to land forming part of Sheephouse Farm near Leek] in Trustees of the late Joshua Wardle deceased and Sir Thomas Wardle and Mr. George Wardle. Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek. 1906.

[2] Further requisitions on the title [probably to land forming part of Sheephouse Farm near Leek] in Trustees of the late Joshua Wardle deceased and Sir Thomas Wardle and Mr. George Wardle. Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek. 1906.

Wardle; Illsley;


Macclesfield, Cheshire; Shresbury, Salop;

[1] Draft abstract of title of George Fountain and others to a freehold silk mill and premises situated at Church Side, Macclesfield, contracted to be sold to Francis Dickin Brocklehurst. May & Son, Macclesfield 1903. In 1846 the property was described as "a certain manufactory previously used as a cotton manufactory and subsequently for the manufacture of silk standing and being in a certain place in Macclesfield called "School Bank" part of which factory was formerly conveyed into a bakehouse and several dwellings in the occupation of John Lomas and since then of Mary Gratton and also all that building formerly used as a cotton factory and afterwards as a silk factory situated in School Bank and lately occupied by Peter Harpur or his undertenants and afterwards by William Johnson, Aaron Heath, Thomas Mason and John Mason and subsequently occupied by Thomas Jones and since by William Johnson but then in the occupation of Robert Potts."

[2] Draft agreement between George Fountain of Macclesfield, coach proprietor (for himself and John Greenwood of Shrewsbury, Salop, coachman, Sydney Green wood of Macclesfield, coach painter, Martha Ann Greenwood of Macclesfield, spinster, Martha Ann Brown of Colwyn Bay, widow, Ellen Fountain and Jane Fountain of Macclesfield, spinsters, ) and Francis Dickin Brocklehurst of Hare Hill, Macclesfield, for the sale of a freehold silk mill and premises situate at Church Side, Macclesfield, Cheshire, 5 October 1903.

Fountain; Brocklehurst; Potts; Parrott; Henshall; Johnson; Simpson; Burgess; Kitchen; Turner; Smale; Lomas; Gratton; Johnson; Mason; Harpur; Heath; Jones; Godwin; Hammond; Greenwood; Brown.


Macclesfield, Cheshire; London;

Draft lease by Mrs Eliza Slater, widow, Walter Brown, silk manufacturer, both of Macclesfield, Charles Moss of Cheapside, London merchant, Harriet Brown wife of Walter Brown and Florence Gertrude wife of Frank Thompstone of Harrington House, Bosley, corn miller, and Augustus William Hewetson of The Albion Mills, London Road, Macclesfield, silk embroiderer, of the three bottom rooms and other premises in the Albion Mill, Macclesfield, 16 April 1908. The term was 14 years and the rent £110.

The rooms leased were described as All those 3 rooms on the first, second and third floors of the main portion of the Albion Mill, London Road, Macclesfield together with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors in the two annexed wings and a small room in the basement containing the heating apparatus

Slater; Brown; Moss; Thompstone; Hewetson;


Congleton, Macclesfield, Cheshire; Hyde Park, Middlesex;

[1] Copy draft conveyance of land with a mill and other buildings in Wood Street and Pickford Street, Macclesfield by John Barlow of Byrons Lane, Macclesfield, and James Arnold of Buxton Road, Macclesfield, silk manufacturer 31 March 1920. This includes a plan of the site. The 1033 square yards of land etc. was said to have formerly belonged to the personal representatives of Israel Rowson and John Swindells.

[2] Copy abstract of the title of Israel Rowson and others to freehold land and premises in Wood Street and Pickford Street, Macclesfield dated 1900. This abstract starts in October 1875. This includes a plan of the site showing the old and new Depot Mills.

[3] Supplemental abstract of the title of John Barlow to land and a mill or factory in Pickford Street and Wood Street, Macclesfield 1920. This includes two plans of the site.

[4] Solicitor's minutes re the sale of the Wood Street, Macclesfield mill 1920.

[5] Incremental Value Duty on the conveyance of the Wood Street, Macclesfield site by John Barlow to James Arnold for £5000. 31 March 1920.

[6] Eight items including a typed letter signed by James Arnold on 16 February 1920 exercising the option to buy contained in his lease of the Wood Street Mill.

[7] Three items (a) solicitors charges re sale of mill to Arnold, (b) schedule of deeds to Wood Street Mill 1900-1920. And ( c) John Barlow's bill to James Arnold. Arnold had been paying a rent of £200 p.a. for the mill.

Barlow; Arnold; Rowson; Swindells; Mellor; Wright; Hogg; Beard; Rushton; Fowler; Smith; Bond; Thorley; Hammond; Stubbs; Perkin;


London; Leek, Staffordshire;

Two cases on which William Beaumont Badnall's (of Lincoln's Inn) professional opinion had been requested

[1] Case of the will of James Chadwick who died on 16 September 1860 and of Thomas Rhead (Chadwick's executor) who died on 11 March 1882. Opinion dated 13 August 1883.

[2] The case of Morris v Hall -opinion dated 5 December 1871.

[3] Memo re conference with W. B. Badnall re Keys trust December 1869

Chadwick; Rhead; Hall Morris; Kent; Doxey;


Hanley, Leek, Staffordshire; London;

Letter from John W. Wood of Hanley to John Cruso junior, solicitor, of Leek, Staffordshire 28 June 1826. This also includes a copy of a letter to Wood from William Rose Wulbier at the Audit Office dated 26 July 1826. Wood had been trying to get the matter in question settled for over a year and had written to Wulbier to do something to help. The reply from Wulbier who said he couldn't help. Wood states also " I want my Uncle Badnall as well as Mr. Grant to sell my share of the funds".

Wood; Grant; Badnall; Cruso; Wulbier;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft bill from solicitors Challinor & Co, Leek, Staffordshire to Samuel Tatton, silk dyer of Leek. Dated 1868. Settled 1872. Concerns work in connection with the paying off by Tatton of a mortgage to Mr Hammersley.

Tatton; Hammersley; Challinor;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Printed reply from the Patent Office, London to Frederick Hammersley of Leek, Staffordshire re registration of Trade Mark 22227i in Class 30, dated 17 August 1899.

Hammersley; Dalton;


Leek, Staffordshire;

[1] Draft solicitors bill to Mrs Sarah Badnall 1874-77. Income from shares and bonds.

[2]Letter dated 14 July 1879 from William, Joseph and Charles Challinor requesting that £100 a year be paid to Mrs Edward Challinor. Attached to this is a letter dated 3 May 1879 from Mary E. Challinor who stated that she had called on Mrs Edward Challinor and talked with her about "my Uncle's will". She said she mentioned to Mrs Badnall and Her (Mrs Edward Challinor) that "my brothers and I had arranged to make her a present in addition to the 100 guineas which my Uncle had left her of £100 a year so long at any rate as we thought proper and she continued ill".

[3] Solicitors bill to Mrs Badnall and Mrs Bowen dated 1877

Challinor; Badnall.


Leek, Tettonhall, Whitgreave, Staffordshire; Newport, Shropshire; London;

Draft appointment and release by Richard Badnall the elder of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, bankrupt, and his mortgagees and assignees to John Cruso, senior, of the Lynney Meadow otherwise the Mill Lane Lynney, Leek, Staffordshire, 1827. Badnall's mortgagees were the Governor and Company of the Bank of England and his assignees Joshua Walker and Robert William Buttermer of the City of London.

The land is described as a piece of land near the bottom of Mill Street, Leek, Staffordshire, commonly called Lynney Meadow otherwise the Mill Lane Lynney together with the sludge pool or open sewer therein which piece is bounded on the east by a building recently occupied as a silk factory by Messrs Badnall, Spilsbury & Cruso, on the west end or corner thereof by the River Churnet and the turnpike road from Leek to Macclesfield, on the North side by the river and on the South side by the said turnpike.

[2] Direction and authority to Messr Freshfield & Son, solicitors to Mr Joseph Badnal of Leek, Staffordshire, silk dyer, to deliver up the deeds to Mr. Cruso the purchaser of the Lynney Meadow, Leek, Staffordshire. Cruso, Leek, This lists the deeds from 1767 to 1798

Badnall; Cruso; Walker; Buttermer; Daintry; Impey; Ainsbie; Surtees; Grant; Bathurst; Shuttleworth; Mellor; Ward; Leake; Pearson; Holyoake; Stevenson; Elliot Elliot; Ryle;


Bradnop, Ipstones, Leek, Rushton Spencer, Staffordshire;

Draft mortgage by demise, dated 30 August 1815, from John Wardle of Rushton Spencer, Staffordshire, beast jobber (eldest son and heir of Joseph Wardle late of Blackbrook, Ipstones, Staffordshire, farmer to Richard Badnall of Highfield, Leek, Staffordshire one of the executors of the late Samuel Hunt of Leek, silk twister (will dated 31 August 1811). Thomas Ball of Leek, silk dyer, was another of the executors named in the will of Samuel Hunt. Wardle had applied to Badnall for a £300 loan and Badnall was able to pay that sum out of the surplus remaining after settling all demands and claims against Samuel Hunt's estate. Wardle offered two closes within the Manor of Bradnop called the Stone Pit and the Far Barn Croft containing 18 acres and formerly in the tenure of William Birch but then of John Wardle. He also offered land formerly part of the Great Waste called Morridge enclosed in 1766 containing 61 acres 2 roods 21 perches bounded by the Pethill Road to the Northeast,, a stone pit on the South East, by the Ford Road on the South, by ancient enclosures belonging to Sir Walter Blount and Thomas Clifford, the heirs of John Grindey and John Sneyd and on the West by the Ipstones Road. Wardle had purchased these from Joseph Meakin of Birkcumsitch, Ipstones.

Badnall; Wardle; Hunt; Birch; Ball; Blount; Clifford; Sneyd; Grindey;


Basford, Checkley, Hanley, Leek, Roston, Stone, Tean, Tutbury, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire; Earlswood, Redhill, Surrey; Ashbourne, Buxton, Clifton, Ellastone, Snelston, Derby, Derbyshire; Hull, Liverpool; London; Manchester; Stamford; Chester, Congleton, Cheshire; Bristol; North Wales; Reading, Yorkshire; Wocester;

Bundle of items relating to various Broughton trusts.

[1] Re C. J. Broughton deceased. Approximate statements of trust moneys and deficits 3rd September 1883.

[2] Broughton Trusts- Minutes as to deficiencies 7 September 1885. Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire.

[3] Minutes as to family arrangements as to trust deficiencies and costs 11 September 1885. (signed?).

[4] Memorandum re the division of Broughton trust deficiencies being divided amongst the whole funds distributed and undistributed 11 September 1885.

[5] Draft executorship account re the Reverend C. F. Broughton who died on 16 August 1879. Includes payments to legatees covering school fees, servants wages, the charges of the Earlswood Asylum re Bryan Broughton etc.

[6] Account showing amounts due to and from each legatee & ….. Trust if deficiencies are divided pro rata amongst all funds 11 September 1885.

[7] Re C. F. Broughton deceased -List of vouchers ( in addition to Bills for the Testator's debts 1879 to 1995.

[8] C. F. Broughton deceased: List of debts. Undated but watermarked 1880. Gives names, towns, occupations and amount of debt.

[9] Re William Pennell esquire, deceased. Account of moneys received and paid by Mr. Hand 1880 to 1882. May 1885.

[10] Broughton's Trust: Summary of accounts May 1885.

[11] The Revd. C. J. Broughton deceased: Rough draft executor's account 1881 to 1883.

[12] Pennell's Trusts: Draft account of Mr. Hand's receipts and payments. May 1885.

[13] Miscellaneous letters from and other items relating to, the Revd. R. B. Dickson. (1) Minutes for interview with the Rev. R. B. Dickson 2 February 1885. (2) Approval by various Broughton legatees of the solicitor's (Challinor) expenses in Broughton v Hand 11 April 1885 to which is attached approval (dated 14 September 1885) by Grace A. Dickson of Cadmore Vicarage, High Wycombe of the arrangements made by some of her sisters and brothers in Birmingham on 11 September 1885.(3) Six page letter from the Rev R. B. Dickson of Cadmore Vicarage, High Wycombe, to J. Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire 29 May 1885. (4) Letter from R. Bruce Dickson to Mr Hand (Uttoxeter, Staffordshire) 31 May 1882. It concerns the sale of furniture and other items (including the Portland Vase) formerly the property of the Rev. C. F. Broughton. Dickson asks Hand to wind up the estate at once. (5) Letter from the Revd. R. B. Dickson of Cadmore Vicarage, High Wycombe, to Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire 5 August 1885. (6) Approval of Challinor & Co's expenses for journeys to London by T. C. Sneyd Kynnersley, Reginald Broughton, Walter B. Broughton, R. Bruce Dickson and Lucy C, Eliza and Eleanor F. M. Broughton. (6b) Copy approval of Challinor's expenses for journeys to London attached to a letter from Miss R. S. Broughton of Clifton, Ashbourne dated 18 September 1885.

[14] Copy minutes of arrangement as to deficiencies and costs re the estate of the Rev. C. F. Broughton deceased 11 September 1885.

[15] Account of monies received and spent by Mr Hand, solicitor, Uttoxeter with respect to the Pennell Trust 1880 to 1882.

Bednall; Broughton; Freeman; Dickson; Hand; Gibson; Pennell; Sneyd-Kynnersley; Tomlinson; Sandars; Shemilt;Lacon; Minion; Brain; Thorley; Oakden; Roberts; edwards; Vernon; Lasbrey; Millington; Holyoak; Killick; Burton;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Agreement for the sale of Bank Top Mill, Macclesfield between John May of Ridge Hill, Sutton, Macclesfield and John Barlow Lees of Macclesfield, silk manufacturer, dated 1885. The description mentions a silk mill at Bank Top with a reservoir adjoining, steam engine, water wheel, gas pipes, millwrights work fixtures etc. The premises were occupied by the purchaser.

Lees; May; Knight; Mason; Norbury; Davenport; Parrott;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Letter from John Brealey of Leek to Joseph Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire dated 24 July 1893. Brealey states " I cannot be a party to making Station Street through Mr Sleigh's and Mr Phillips's land, it would be most unfair to the late Mr Cruso's Trust in my opinion it will be some years before Station Street will be wanted." He goes on to say that if Challinor & Shaw thought it might be possible to sell the whole of the land it could be offered at once. Mrs Cruso, he said, had no objection to the land being sold in one lot but she objected to it being sold in small lots.

Brealey; Challinor; Shaw; Cruso; Phillips; Sleigh;


Doveridge, Etwall, Norbury, Egginton, Tideswell, Willesley, Derbyshire; Hatton Garden, Essex; Meeson, Newport, Salop; Barlaston, Cheadle, Crakemarsh, Dilhorne, Hollington, Milwich, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Leek, Staffordshire; Coston, Worcestershire; Westminster, London;

Draft abstract of the title of Thomas Mills to a Mansion House in Leek, Staffordshire and lands occupied therewith. Undated. Title runs from 1734 to 1811. Pencil notes on the rear cover state "There are other abstracts that I want engrossed. Mrs Maddocks, Mr Fernyhough, Mr Suttons which are made out. Also agreement between W. Mills and the Dr …. Roads & also the …..adjoining Ashe's yard. Mrs Salts & the power under which Mr Mills has made a jointure to Mrs Mills if it debar her of dower in his lands.

To draw conveyance from Mr Mills to Mr Cruso To suit uses Mr C shall by deed To Mrs Cruso for … To Mr Cruso in fee.

Mills; Cruso; Whywall; Jolley; Mellor; Bagnall; Lockett; Grosvenor; Maddocks; Bagshaw; Parker; Tayleur; Fenton; Harrison; Bostock; Phillips; Holmes; Shilton; Plant; Ferne; Cotton; Welles; Every; Abney; Houghton; Mainwaring; Beard; Bayley; Hollins; Davenport; Clowes; Fletcher; Stubbs; Gilbert; Rawdon; Morris; Hulme; Birds;


Leek, Longsden, Staffordshire; Alderley Edge, Cheshire;

Draft mortgage of houses, shops, land and property in St. Edward Street, Broad Street, Hartington Street and Fynney Street, Leek, Staffordshire, by the Trustees under the will of Henry Bermingham of Leek, silk manufacturer who died on 16 February 1903, and others to the Leek & Moorlands Building Society. Challinor & Shaw, Leek, 31 October 1912. Property included Ladydale House; 74 St. Edward Street and 2, 4 and 6 Broad Street,

Blades; Massey; Bermingham; Arkcoll; Magnier; Goodwin; Rider; Hall; Carr; Baker; Broster; Birch; Grace; Allen; Fynney; Nixon; Marsden; Hulme; Rushton; Tomkinson;Rendell; Challinor;


Leek, Staffordshire; Manchester;

[1] Press copy of table showing a comparison of the cost of foreign patents through agents. November 1891.

[2] Memorandum re Wardle's patents 30 October 1891.



Llanrist, Denbighshire, Wales; Leek, Staffordshire; Hull, Yorkshire;

[1] Draft of George Gould of Leek, yeoman's affidavit under a Commission of Bankruptcy awarded against William Key of Leek, Staffordshire, button merchant. Mills, Leek, Staffordshire 2nd October 1782. Key owed £60 :13s : 6d for principal and interest due on a bond signed by William Key, the late Samuel Lucas of Leek, button merchant, James Lucas of Leek, button merchant on 19 May 1762.

[2] Affidavit to prove debt made by Benjamin Turner of Leek, Staffordshire, chair maker against William Key and James Lucas both late of Leek, button merchants, dealers and chapmen against whom a Commission of Bankruptcy had lately been issued. The sum owed was £ £40 : 11s : 3d for principal and interest due on a note of hand signed by William Key and James Lucas dated 10 May 1779. Sworn in Leek before Mills on 1 November 1782.

[3] Affidavit to prove debt made by John Sutton of Leek, Staffordshire, ribband merchant, against William Roberts of Llanroost, Denbighshire, dealer and chapman against whom a Commission of Bankruptcy had been awarded, for a debt due to John Sutton and his partner Benjamin Sutton of Leek, ribband merchant, for the sum of £13 : 11s : 2d for goods sold and delivered. Sworn at Leek in 1789. An interlining in ink changes the name of the debtor to John Harrison of Hull and the amount owed to £14 : 3s : 10d.

Key; Lucas; Sutton; Mills; Turner; Roberts; Harrison; Gould;


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