Bednall Collection Part 2 (BC2) No.s 651 to 675   

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Congleton, Cheshire; Matlock Bath, Derbyshire; Whitechurch, Oxfordshire; Biddulph, Bridgford, Butterton, Cheadle, Hilderston, Leek, Marston, Milwich, Salt, Seighford, Stafford, Tillington, Walton by Stone, Whitgreave, Staffordshire;

Abstract of the title of Edward Trafford Nicolls, esquire, to the Manor and sundry estates at and near Whitgreave in Staffordshire. Mr Balguy to peruse and advise on title on behalf of James Beech esquire, who has agreed to advance £3000 to pay off Mr Wilson and another sum ro Mr Nicolls on security of the within mentioned premises if the title is approved of. Blagg, Cheadle, 10 October 1809.

The title starts with the directions given by Thomas Wolrich of Congleton, Cheshire, gent, in his will dated 2 September 1718 with regard to his estate. His trustees were John Sutton, John Jackson and Ralph Stonier. The benefits of the trust were to go first to his son, Thomas Wolrich and his heirs, etc and in default to the testator's daughters Sarah and Mary Wolrich and their heirs. This trust was limited by a clause requiring the trustees to pay to his mother Elizabeth Wolrich an annuity of £20 out of the profits of the estate. His daughters Sarah and Mary were similarly to receive yearly payments of £13.10s and £11.10s respectively until they reached the age of 21. When they reached 21 years of age, they were to receive the sums of £270 and £230 respectively. His other daughter Ann was to receive £100 at the age of 21, from the testator's son Thomas if living or his heirs. If Thomas was dead and had no issue when she reached the age of 21, then Ann was to receive £300.

Wolrich died soon after making his will and in January 1721, one of the executors and trustees, John Sutton, refused to share the burden of the executorship. Thomas Wolrich junior, was alive when his father died and afterwards was in the guardianship of William Browne the younger.

Later an indenture dated 26 May 1733 is cited, This was between [1]William Badnall of Mill Street, Leek, Staffordshire, mohair dyer and Mary Brooke, widow and relict of William Brooke of Biddulph late deceased and surviving daughter and devisee of Thomas Wolrich deceased, and [2] Samuel Walker of Whitechurch, Oxfordshire, clerk. William Badnall & Mary Brroke granted, sold, etc, the Manor of Whitgreave to Samuel Walker fo £2600. An indenture of bargain and sale dated 26 & 27 May 1733,was enrolled in the High Court of Chancery on 24 June following. Walker only acquired title to one part of the premises as a later indenture shows.

Badnall; Bailey; Baker; Balguy; Beech; Birtles; Brooke; Browne; Chilton; Debank; Dent; Gime; Hall; Hill; Hodgetts; Hodson; Holland; Nicholls; Moore; Morton; Podmore; Rider; Sheffield; Smallwood; Smith; Vernon; Walker; Whistler; Wilson; Wolrich; Worsey; Ward; Lycett; Till; Amery; Robins; Sutton; Jackson; Stevenson; Stonier;


Hulland Ward, Derbyshire; Consall, Ipstones, Leek, Longton, Staffordshire; London;

Printed abstract of the title of Mr & Mrs Shoobridge to freehold property in Leek, Staffordshire. 1871.

The abstract of title starts with indentures of lease and release dated 23 and 24 February 1841 between John Prince of Roughstone Hall, Bradnop, Leek, farmer, William Condlyffe of Leek, James Nixon of Leek, joiner & cabinet maker and William Nixon of Leek, joiner and cabinet maker. This in turn cites similar indentures dated 28th 29th September 1780 between John Mills, Hugh Ford and John Condlyffe, executors of John Milnes deceased, and Robert Johnson of Hullans Ward, Derbyshire, husbandman, Joseph Johnson of Consall, Staffordshire, cordwainer and Joseph Conlyffe of Leek.

The abstract of title cites Robert Johnson's will.

The property is described as "seven separate houses with gardens and outbuildings to the same belonging, together with two pieces of land called the Big Croft and the Little Croft situate lying and being in Derby Street, Leek". A later definition describes seven houses in Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire with a barn and two crofts at the back of the houses. The property was on the south side of Derby Street.

Shoobridge; Nixon; Condlyffe; Johnson; Milnes; Ford; Mills; Taylor; Prince; Corden; Redfern; Gouldstraw; Rowley; Smiith; Goostrey; Cope; Simpson; Abbott; Rose; Peacock; Hall; weston; Aston; Watson; Meakin; Beardmore; Hankinson; Shaw; Gaunt; Brough; Johns; Carter; Fogg; Brindley; Davenport; Challinor; Palmer; Yates; Wardle; Morris; Jones; Mycock; Brough; Heywood; Wood; Hulme; Howard; Harrison;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft affidavit of the debtor John Torr of Non Marche, Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire, draper re a deed of assignment of property he had made. 1893.



Burslem, Leek, Staffordshire; London;

Notice of second mortgage to John Cruso, esquire of Leek, Staffordshire and the Reverend Hopkins Badnall by the Secretary the Leek & Moorlands Permanent Benefit Building Society that Charles Bower May and Joshua Bulkeley May of Sneyd, Burslem, Staffordshire, coal masters, and the Society's Trustees had conveyed shares in property in Pentonville, Cold Bath Square and Hatton Garden, London, to the society. Dated 20 March 1858.

Badnall; Cruso; May; Brough; Hammersley; Heaton; Ward;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Seven printed catalogues for the sale of the Highfield Hall Estate, Leek, Staffordshire by Messrs W. W. Bagshaw & Sons at the Red Lion, Leek, Staffordshire on 15th May 1939. Many contain notes and one [BC2/655/1] contains a plan of the estate.

Heath; Milward; Bailey; Thronger; Hulme; Wynne; Hepburn; Nicholson; Clowes; Glover; Buckwell; Davenport; Allen; Hand; Johnson; Hammersley; Badnall; Shaw; Bowen; Robinson; Parker; Fane; Heaseman; Gregg; McLellan;


Leek, Staffordshire; Hartington, Derbyshire; New Haven,

Miscellaneous Cruso related items.

[1[ Letter from Cornelius Flint of Hartington, Derbyshire to Messrs Mills & Cruso [Leek, Staffordshire] dated 5th August 1785. It concerns expenses relating to a mineral lease.

[2] Letter from Cornelius Flint of Hartington, Derbyshire to Messrs Mills & Cruso [Leek, Staffordshire] dated 22nd February 1786. It asks for an abstract of the title deeds to the Hurst Estate lately sold by a Mr Winsor to be sent to him via the bearer of the letter, Mr Cantrill. He asks the solicitors to let him know of any instructions that it is necessary "to be mad known to Mr Hall about the title". Mr Hall was to "hold a Court at New Haven on Friday next".

[3] Brocklehurst & Shaw -agents further costs June-July 1836. This relates to a conveyance involving Messrs Lowe & Co.

[4] Account of Messrs Nixon & Cutting trustees under Mr Lay's deed of assignment, to Mr John Cruso, junior. 1838-40.

[5] Case for the opinion of Mr Fawcett re Michael Daintry Cruso ex Henry Beaumont Cruso -both deceased. Challinor & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire 8 August 1894.

[6] Draft statutory declaration by John Brealey of Leek, Staffordshire, Land Agent concerning the two Lower Closes and the Whitefield with barn, situated at the bottom of Derby Street, Leek, owned by Francis Cruso of Leek, who died in 1854. Challinor, Leek 5 January 1874.

Flint; Cruso; Mills; Barker; Lowe; Cruso; Brealey;


Macclesfield, Wincle, Cheshire;

Copy surrender of an estate in Wincle near Macclesfield, Cheshire by John Cruso and John Smith Daintry to John Cruso and Thomas Ryle Daintry 8 January 1830. The estate included Hambleton, The Lane House, Nettlebeds; and Benneth Hill, White Lee, and Backston Farm. Also two public houses -The Angel and The New Inn.

Cruso; Daintry; Grimsditch; Wildgoose; Browne; Stanley; Gosling; Shaw; Maydew; Pownall; Ainsworth; Chappell; Wharton; Dawson; Cottrell; Gee; Corbishley; Mitchell; Woodward; Shaw;Whitten; Milward; Hopes; Cundy; Skellon; Bagnall; Braddock; Wheelton; Sutton; Plant; Fernyhough; Shufflebotham; Vigors; Goodwin;


Alton, Cheadle, Kingsley, Staffordshire;

Draft appointment of special constables dated 1847. Pencil notes indicate its intended use in the parishes of Alton, Cheadle and Kingsley, Staffordshire.



Leek, Staffordshire;

Letter dated 20 February 1889 from William Allen of Leek, Staffordshire to Messrs Challinor & Shaw of Leek, informing them that he was obliged by the invitation of the Committee of the Leek Association for the Prosecution of Felons to preside at the Annual Dinner on 28th February 1889, and accepting the invitation.

Allen; Challinor; Shaw;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft extracts from the late James Clulow's lease from John Welles, deceased, for Mrs Clulow, widow of the above James Clulow. Cruso, Leek, 16 November 1815.

Clulow; Welles; Cruso;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Miscellaneous items relating to Leek Charities;

[1] Handwritten pencil notes concerning two widows- Mrs Ann Bowcock, age 65, and Mrs Harriet Barber, age 72, who had applied to one of the charities. Details are given of character, relatives, health and referees.

[2] Cheque book stubs relating to expenditure on the Maude Church School between 25 February 1899 and 1st December 1900.

[3] Printed letter from R. W. Brealey, Hon. Sec. Of the Maude Church Institute concerning a meeting of the trustees and committee on 10 February 1926. The names and addresses of applicants for a vacant cottage are listed.

[4] Leek Charity Organisation receipt to Miss Edith Smith for her annual subscription of five shillings. 29 December 1896.

[5] A receipt and three letters relating to the Ashton Charity 1896-97

[6] Five items relating to the Condlyffe Charity 1916-1919. Four are receipts ( gas for the almshouses and fire insurance) and one is a bill for work done by Belsich & Sons of Upper Hulme, Leek, Staffordshire at Mr Robinson's of Upper Hulme in November 1919.

[7] Handwritten note re an application for an almshouse in Leek, Staffordshire, dated 7 March 1898. The applicant was Mary Challinor of Wellington Street, Leek who was 69 years old on 15 February 1898. She was a widow with two married children and "used to clean the Police Station as long as she was able". Her application was supported by Superintendent Breton.

[8] Gas bills re St Edwards School [Leek, Staffordshire] October to November 1886.

Bowcock; Barber; Brealey; Ball; Bowyer; Buxton; Collier; Dale; Doxey; Gibson; Haywood; Hammond; Hambleton; Joyce; Keates; Meakin; Morris; Pickford; Plant; Page; Robey; Smith; Shipley; Stanway; Tipper; Vigrass; Vernon; Wood; Wragg; Watson; Woodcock; Wood; Liddesdale; Horton; Dunning; Smith;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft authority by John Carter & Mrs Ann Brunt, trustees of Robert Heath of Leek, deceased. to repair three houses in St. Edwards Street, Leek, Staffordshire and dated 10 February 1869. The authorisation concerns the removal of thatched roofs and the fitting of slated or tiled roofs as required by th Commissioners of the Leek Improvement Act. The roofs (which were dilapidated)) were to be substantially repaired. The total cost was not to exceed £200.

Heath; Carter; Brunt;


Leek, Stafford, Staffordshire; London;

Ten letters from (chiefly) William Sugden & Son, architects, Leek, Staffordshire to Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, re the new Leek Police Station and surplus land. January to May 1895

Sugden; Shaw; Blakiston; Roscoe;


Leek, Staffordshire; Manchester; London; Birkdale, Lancashire;

Printed Memorandum & Articles of Association of Messrs Stephen Goodwin & Tatton (1904) Limited. 31 October 1904.

Tatton; Morrison; Goodwin; Barratt; Summerling;


Leek, Staffordshire; Bath, Gloucestershire;

Printed Memorandum & Articles of Association of Anthony Ward & Co., Limited of Leek, Staffordshire 28 April 1905.



Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Particulars of return of income made by Alfred Sutton, silk weaver, of Showbridge Cottage, Black Road, Macclesfield 23 July 1942. Includes separate list of life assurances.



Leek, Staffordshire;

Printed notice of the sale of a freehold silk shade in Leek, Staffordshire. On the back is a handwritten "account of Dunwood rent" dated 15 November 1887. The silk shade was in a building in No. 10 Court, St. Edward Street. Leek and adjoined Strangman's Walk to which it had a frontage of 82 feet. It was occupied by Mr Whittles and others and comprised 5 twisting rooms about 78 ft 6 inches long by 24 feet wide. The building was described as substantial with the walls of the three lower rooms being about two feet thick and the whole of the beams and joists of old black oak and the floors almost double.

Fergyson; Tatton; Whittles; Cr;


Leek, Staffordshire; London; Manchester; Richmond, Yorkshire; Dublin; Glasgow; Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire;

Papers relating to the affairs of Messrs Orpe Brothers of Leek, Staffordshire 1872-73

[1] Account of Orpe's estate

[2] Minutes of resolutions of a deputation of creditors 21 December 1872.

[3] Draft account of assets and liabilities presented at a meeting held on 21 December 1872.

[4] Minutes of resolutions of a committee of creditors 18th January 1873.

[5] Minutes of resolutions of a committee of creditors 20 January 1873.

[6] Minutes of resolutions of a committee of creditors 17 May 1873.

[7] Amount received re Orpe Brothers -List A 1872-1873.

[8] Statement of the affairs of Messrs Orpe Brothers 28 November 1873.

[9] Statement of amounts received to this date and dividends payable to creditors of Orpe Brothers, 28th November 1873.

[10] Statement of the affairs of Messrs Orpe Brothers -undated.

[11] Bundle of 13 miscellaneous memo, receipts, letters etc. re Orpe Brothers 1872-73.

Orpe; Clemsha; lowe; Rider; Travis; Bank; Adams; Summerville; Daniels; Allsopp; Millard; Consedine; Cochrane; Richmond; Eardley; Bull; Knight; Ashley; Box; Shardlow; Fogg; Davenport; Mellor; Challinor; Jones; Howard; Ball; Trafford; Edge; Williamson; Flanagan; Wardle; Mewis; Hayes; Tarratt; Burgess; Hudson; Wilford; Heathcote; Dossrell; Williams; Fraser; Drewery; Horobin; Numeard; Rushton; Fallon; Chandler; Hartley; Cox; Coles; Bradbury; Baskerville; Jones; Berrams; Rawle; Tatton;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Letter from Philip [Worthington] or [Walmsley] dated Leek, 28 March 1849. It concerns offence he might have given with regard to a Mr James Plant and his leaving the unnamed recipient of the letter. A warehouse is mentioned.

Bowers; Walmsley? Worthington?


Leek, Staffordshire;

Letter from Joseph Challinor, solicitor, of Leek, Staffordshire to Right Honourable Sir James Bacon re the case of Jackson v Shenton. Dated 6th December 1889. In it Challinor refers to a pamphlet on the Court of Chancery he had written some years before on the suggestion of Joseph Hume M.P. which had "got into the hands of the late Mr Charles Dickens who made it the foundation for his work entitled "Bleak House" as referred to in the preface therein and in the third volume of the life of Dickens by Mr Foster.."

Challinor; Dickins; Jackson; Shenton; Hume; Foster; Goldstraw;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Two items relating to the silk industry in Leek, Staffordshire.

[1] Printed circular issued by the Leek Chamber of Commerce on the 6th May 1899. It concerns the rapid increase in the world wide consumption of raw silk and a consequent increase in the price of raw silk which had forced Leek manufacturers to increase their prices. Document lists details of World production and consumption of raw silk from 1894 to 1898 and is signed by the Honorary Secretary Thomas Robinson.

[2] Printed notice issued following a meeting of silk manufacturers and representatives of "the operatives" at the Town Hall, Leek, Staffordshire, on 30th December 1901. The notice concerns an agreement to come into force on 1st January 1902 allowing operatives 5 minutes grace on entering the mills at 6.30 a.m. but requiring them to give up the 5 minutes grace allowed currently on starting work and resuming work after dinner. The working hours were to be 6.30 to 5.30 with breakfast from 8.30 until 9 and a dinner hour from 12.30 to 1.30 except for Saturdays. On Saturdays, the working hours were to be from 6 to 12 with the usual breakfast hlf hour. Signed Arthur Nicholson, Chairman of the Meeting.

Robinson; Nicholson;


Leek, Staffordshire; London;

Sale catalogue relating to the sale of houses, gardens, silk twisting shade, meadow, arable and pasture land, in and near Leek, Staffordshire to be sold at the Red Lion Inn on 27th November 1837. Cruso, & Redfern, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire. Jennings & Bolton and Hindeman & Goddard were the London solicitors. The main house in Spout Street, Leek, had formerly been two dwellings, the upper one built of stone and the lower of brick, and parts had once been used as silk warehouses, counting houses etc. The buildings at the rear could also be used as warehouses. The property had formerly been the home of Todt Chorley, Esq., deceased and featured a lobby, entrance hall, breakfast, dining and drawing rooms. The latter led to a conservatory. Other ground floor rooms were the butler's pantry, the kitchen, the laundry and the scullery. The house boasted 14 " excellent" bed and other rooms, two large cellars and two water closets. The garden at the rear was planted with fruit trees and evergreens and contained a summerhouse. The silk twisting shade for six gates was situated at the top of Strangman's Walks in Leek and was then occupied by Messrs Lucas & Co.

Lot 3 was a 5 acre meadow called Ludcroft or Milkfield which was "irrigated by the town wash" and had a "sludgepool at the top. The field also contained a well known as "The Dungeon" whose water was " most pure and excellent" and was never known to run dry.

Chorley; Lucas; Cruso; Redfern; Bowyer; Pointon; Wright; Ball; Bradley; Garner; Leech; Strangman; Forbes; Cotton; Gillies; Barlow;


Congleton, Cheshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

Lease by Thomas Harrar of Congleton, Cheshire, gentleman, to Richard Cartwright of Over Hulme, Leek, Staffordshire, farmer, of an estate at Lowe in the parish of Leek, Staffordshire and of the Churnet Meadow in the same parish. Dated 15 March 1788. The farm was then occupied by James Rowley and the Churnet Meadow had been formerly occupied by Ralph Wood. The term of the lease was 11 years and the rent £30 for the first year and £34-10s for the next four years, and thereafter £39-10s for the rest of the term of the lease. In addition several other, conditional, payments were required. The property was to be occupied by James Rowley. Document is signed, sealed and stamped. The signatures of Harrar and Cartwright were witnessed by Edward Tatton, Joseph Harrar and Peter Tipping.

Harrar; Cartwright; Tipping; Tatton; Rowley; Wood;


Bradnop, Leek, Staffordshire;

Bond by William Smythe of Bradnop, Staffordshire, yeoman, to William Fairefield of Lowe, Leek, Staffordshire, yeoman re fulfilment of an agreement between them, dated 3rd March 1600. Document was signed and sealed and witnessed by Roger More, Jer. Smythe of Bradnop, Lawrence Moore and William Drakeford.

Smythe; Fairfield; More; Moore; Drakeford;


Congleton, Macclesfield; Harracles, Horton, Leek, Lichfield, Meerbrook, Stanley, Staffordshire;

Copy of the will of William Bostock of Leek, Staffordshire, gent, dated 23 February 1724/5, extracted from the registry o the Bishop of Lichfield by the Revd. R. Walpole Houghton for his friend the Revd James Turner, Incumbent of Meerbrook. It was examined on 3rd October 1845 by the Deputy Registrars of Lichfield, J. Mott and Jn Haworth. The will shows that William Bostock of Leek was a brother of John Bostock of Congleton, Cheshire, yeoman and also of Francis Bostock.

Bostock; Houghton; Mott; Turner; Haworth; Yates; Ford; Foster; Babb; Lees; Capy; Read; Wedgwood; Hollins; Doxy; Myott; Stanway; Locket; Milton; Oldham; Nickson; Bourne; Gent; Robinson;


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