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Leek, Staffordshire;

Printed notice of a resolution made at a meeting of silk manufacturers and representatives of the operatives held at the Town Hall, Leek, on Monday, 30th December 1901, at 7-30 o'clock. The unanimous resolution was that operatives would give up the 5 minutes grace previously allowed on entering the mills at 6.30 and after dinner and that working hours each day except Saturday would be from 6.30 to 5.30 with breakfast half hour from 8.30 till 9.00 and a dinner hour from 12.30 till 1-30. On Saturday working hours were to be from 6 till 12 with the usual breakfast half-hour. The notice was signed by the chairman of the meeting, Arthur Nicholson and printed by Thomas Grace of Lee.

Nicholson; Grace;


Macclesfield, Cheshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

Letter signed by Thomas Stringer and William Johnson of Macclesfield and sent to Messrs Cruso & Coupland, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire on 11 April 1822. The letter contains a valuation of Nixon's property adjoining Broken Cross Lane, Macclesfield and stated to belong to Messrs Ryle, Ward & Nixon. The total acreage was 20 acres 7 rods 58 perch and was valued at £5654 : 11 : 0.

Johnson; Nixon; Ryle; Stringer; Ward;


Wheelock, Cheshire; Cheadle, Leek, Staffordshire;

A Stamp Office receipt & discharge for legacies received from the personal estate of Elizabeth Haywood formerly wife of John Haywood of Leek, Staffordshire, nurseryman, who died on 14th January 1801. The executor was Henry Jones late of Leek "but now of Wheelock in the County of Chester", solicitor, acting under a probate granted at Lichfield on 10 August 1801. The legatee was Ann, wife of Robert Barker of Cheadle, who was a descendant of a brother of the father of the deceased. Her £50 legacy was payable within 12 months after the death of John Haywood and taxed at 4%. A note states that John Haywood died on 25 August 1818. Document is dated 22 January 1820 and signed by Robert and Ann Barker and David Alkin. Witnesses was John Higgs, clerk to Mr Brandon.

Higgs; Barker; Haywood; Jones; Alkin; Brandon;


Osmaston, Derbyshire; Macclesfield, Cheshire; Leek, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire; London;

Indenture between John Norris of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, baker, executor of William Condlyffe late of Leekfrith, yeoman, deceased and surviving trustee for the sale of messuages etc for the payment of William Condlyffe's debts, legacies, etc, on the one part and Edward Parker esq., Of Derby, gentleman, Thomas Parker, esq., of The Inner Temple, London, Robert Wilmot of Osmaston, Derbyshire esquire, and John Wilmot citizen and mercer of London of the other part, relating to cottages and closes in Leekfrith, Staffordshire. Dated 8 December 1704.

Norris; Rathbone; Condlyffe; Clowes; Parker; Wilmot; Harrison; Bateman; Cooper, Hodgkinson;


Leek, Staffordshire; London; Manchester;

Two items.

[1] Printed details of the sale of 14657 square yards of land and Lovatt & Gould's silk mill, in Leek, Staffordshire which was to be sold by auction by William Grundy at the Lion Hotel, Leek at 5 o'clock in the evening, on the 11th March 1859. The steam engine, boilers, pipes, main shafting, mill gearing, millwright's work and other machinery and fittings were also to be sold. Pencilled notes record the bidding which stopped at 11,000 resulting in the mill and land being withdrawn. Another pencilled note (apparently referring to the mill) states 180 feet long, 30 feet wide. The conditions of the sale refer to indentures of lease and release dated 24th and 25th April 1827 respectively, between (1) Thomas Sneyd Kynnersley and George Moore; (2) John Robert Brown Cave and his wife Catherine Penelope;(3) John Sleigh; (4) Richard Gaunt, silk manufacturer and (5) John Cruso the younger. The money raised was be paid into the Bank of England with the privity of the Accountant General of her Majesty's High Court of Chancery, to the credit of the cause of Haley v Hammersley.

[2] Printed inventory of the machinery and fixtures of Lovatt & Gould's silk mill, Leek, Staffordshire. Messrs Cooper & Sons, solicitors, 44 Pall Mall, Manchester.

Lovatt; Gould; Grundy; Hammersley; Haley; Gaunt; Cruso; Sleigh; Brown-Cave; Sneyd-Kynnersley; Moore;


Buglawton, Egerton, Cheshire; Leek, Rushton, Stanley; Endon, Longdon, Tettesworth, Basford, Ipstones, Horton, Chedulton, Heeaton, Swythamley, Rudyard, Essing, Thornley, Mixton Staffordshire;

Mr Rudyard's grant from Sir Ralph Bagnall. Undated -no clear watermark-thought to be late 16th or 1`7th century in date. It starts with an indenture dated 1596/97 between Sir Henry Bagnall, Knight, Marshall of Her Majesties Army in Ireland and Thomas Rudyard, by which Bagnall sold to Rudyard the site of the "Monasterie of Delicres" and all the Manor of Leek and Frith, Staffordshire, with manorial rights including View of Frankpledge, for £512 "and diverse other considerations". The property in Leek included the mill, a smithy, the vicarage, the advowson of the vicarage and "the appointing of the churches and chapels of Chedulton and Horton", Staffordshire. The estate etc, had descended to Sir Henry Bagnall from Sir Ralph Bagnall Kt., and Sir Nicholas Bagnall Kt., and certain pieces of land in the original bequest had been sold to others before this sale was agreed with Thomas Rudyard. Rudyard agreed to pay the yearly stipends of the Ministers of the churches of Chedulton and Horton (£10 13s 4d annually ?). John Rothwell held a lease of the monastery. The tithes of the Rectory of Leek had already been sold by Sir Henry Bagnall and were excluded from the sale. Other indentures are listed including the sale of the Manor of Chedulton to Sir John Egerton of Egerton, Cheshire in 1600/1601.The various documents cited include one relating to the Manor of Buglawton. One document dated mentions property in Milne street. Another deals with a messuage called Whorestone Shaw in Staffordshire occupied by Robert Whittington (1595-96). He also held land called The Moss in Horton, Leek and Chedulton. This particular item also cites a messuage occupied by William Mountford, husbandman, and another occupied by John Hill, in Chedulton. William Sherrat son of Hugh Sherrat of Hollinshurst occupied a messuage in Leek;

Bagnall; Rudyard; Whiston; Simpson; Wolley; Galleymore; Worson; Gibbons; Nall; Holme; Johnson; Jackson; Tofte; Rothwell; Whitchurch; Washington; Jollie; Thorley; Clowes; Broughe; Higginbothom; Egerton; Bagot; Adderley; Bidulph; Whitehall; Fynney; Edge; Wedgwood; Crompton; Hatton; Needham; Audeley; Smythe; Fytton; Horton; Whitney; Davenport; Wentworth; Owen; Fernyhough; Turner; Wolsnam; Greenhalgh; Sherrard; Wood; Askerye; Whitehurst; Snowe; rmett; Jodrell; Damport; Green; Bradshaw; Greensmythe; Plant; Marten;


Biddulph; Leek, Horton, Woolstanton, Staffordshire;

A copy of the will of Joshua Stonehewer signed and sealed on 12 July 1749. He had houses in Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire in the holding of himself, Richard Slack and Widow Pine. Another new erected house in Leek which had been divided into two dwellings. He owned Pickwood which had been lately belonged to Joseph Jackson and Foulchurch which had formerly been John Davenports, and a share in Crowborough in Horton which was held by Richard Bolton and a farm in Biddulph called Cross. Formerly in the possession of Matthew Broadhurst.

Stonehewer; Hall; Grosvenor; Jolliffe; Lucas; Slack; Pine; Jackson; Rowley; Trafford; Finney; Davenport; Moreton; Cope; Bradley;


Adlington, Cheshire; Ballidon, Derbyshire;

Letter dated Leek 28th June 1803 from John Cruso to John Butler, Esquire. It concerns a mine at Ballidon whose tenant was a Mr. Buxton. Following a visit to Mr Buxton, who was out, the author stated his view that his suspicion that " the mine is either in the Kingsfielde so that his Majesty's lessee, which is Mrs Leigh of Adlington in Cheshire is entitled to one 13th of all the ore gotten & rinsed and that it is subject to the Mineral Laws & Customs in Derbyshire. I also find that Lord Macclesfield is the sole proprietor so that it has been and is worked at his sole expense. I also find there are but two minors now employed at the mine and that it is not entirely without hope as there have been some measurements of ore at it. And that I could not obtain the information I wished yet I am lead to believe that a great part of the expense that has arisen to his Lordship has been from having a mineral agent out of Wales to overlook it but who I am now informed has returned home." "As there are but two men employed no very great expense can arise to his Lordship by a short continuance of their labour and it will give me an opportunity of making satisfactory enquiries which I hope to do soon and as, if it were not to be continued working it might if any value be seized and taken possession of by said miners. I thought it best not to say anything about desisting working it immediately. I observe it is an old work or vein which has before been carried on at a higher level and they are now trying it at a lower level. You did not mention in your letter in what parishes the farms in Cheshire are and neither I nor the person I wish to look them over know where to go to, however, we have written to enquire and expect an answer very soon and will fix as early a day as we can make convenient to you to go to see them. I find Buxton of Ballidon a man of property and his lands and house wher he now lives adjoins Lord Macclesfield's Estate the which he rents.

I certainly hope to pay the £3000 very soon though I have not yet received it.
I am etc.
John Cruso".

Buxton; Butler; Leigh;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Tithe of Hay arrears for the period 1793 to 1796,owed by Mr Chorley of Leek, Staffordshire to Mr Thomas Mills esquire and goods distrained 1796. A second note in a different hand has added "Chief Rents". The goods distrained 11 1/2 oz of silver plate in the form of 1 cup and 3 table spoons. The amount owed plus charges, was £2 : 8s : (d.

Mills; Chorley; Maddocks; Walker;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Copy of a mortgage, dated 12 March 1767, by James Hulme of Leek, Staffordshire, joiner, to the Reverend John Rogers of Leek, clerk, of 4 different newly erected messuages etc, situated near the head of Millstreet, Leek. There was a blacksmith's shop "near to". Hulme had erected the houses, shop or smithy on a piece of land called Brewhill in Leek, Staffordshire between quickset hedge and the said lane. The land had been bought by James Hulme from John Badnall, gent., William Badnall, threadmaker, and James Badnall button merchant. The mortgage was security for the sum of £100 etc.`

Hulme; Rogers; Badnall;

686 Leek, Leekfrith, Stanley, Staffordshire;

Final concord, dated 1684-5, between John Fenton and William Sherratt and William Condliffe and Elizabeth his wife and John Ford and Johanna his wife and Mary Lea, widow, deforciants of 3 messuages, 100 acres land, 3 quintagunita acres of meadow, 100 acres of pasture, 100 acres of …with all .turbary and pertinences lying in Frith, Leekfrith, Horton, Norton Super Po…. Standley, Wrinehill and Betley. The plaintiffs, Fenton & Sherrat, gave the deforciants, Condliffe and the others, £30.

Fenton; Sherratt; Condliffe; Lea; Ford;
687 Leek, Staffordshire;

Ten stamped promissory notes in amounts of from £4 to £24, issued by Thomas Knight of Leek, Staffordshire between 11th June and 31st July 1795 and made payable to him at different dates. They all carry the name of William Broughton of 25 Cloth Fair, London and also state "Value received as advised by Mary Maddock. All are endorsed, several time, on the back. All carry a note that they had been "Exhibited to us Thomas Sparrow, William Challinor & Robert Clownan 11 February 1797". Companies mentioned included Gould Saunders & Co.; Jones Barton Lloyd & Co.; George Sykes & Co; J. Mellor & Co; Sleigh Alsop & Co.; Fowler & Inge; Richardson Goodluck & Co; Buckshaw & Roberts;

Knight; Maddock; Challinor; Clownan; Sparrow; Broughton;Cooper; Gould; Saunders; Jones; Sykes; Barton; Jones; Crosley; Hobson; Gartside; Pate; Brook; Mellor; Stanley; Moorhouse; Hargrave; Milne Abbott; Hallowes;Bright; Robinson; Hague; Large; Allcock; Harrison; Daniels; Crane; Harrop; Denison; Erpe; Hotham; Barker; Nightingale; Parry; Wood; Gill; Tounsend; Clay; Whitehead; Styrine; Fenton; Braddock; Bradshaw; Fox; Farrer; Firth; Saunders; Lancaster; Jackson; Kent; Halstead; Minishull; Roberts; Halstead; Buckshaw; Gaskell; Smith;
688 Leek, Staffordshire;

Certificate of Registration of 100 Debentures in the firm of Watson & Co (Leek) dated 13th November 1905

Watson; Bartlett
689 Leek, Staffordshire; London; Halifax, Yorkshire;

Collection of documents relating to the estate of Silas Gibson of Leek, Staffordshire and in particular to bequests to the Brunswick Sunday School and other schools in Leek, which, in 1891, became a Case 1891 G. No. 1325 "Allen v Gibson", in Chancery .

[1] Typed notification of a meeting of the Mill Street Chapel Trustees at Ball Haye Street School at 8 o'clock on Monday to consider matters relating to an annuity left by the late Mr Silas Gibson. It was signed by John Hall and addressed to C. J. Gwynne, Esq. Notes in pencil on the back dated 1st July states "There is some doubt as to whether the Trustees of the two schools can legally consent to a reduction in the legacies. Also a note dated 2nd July which states: " You appear to understand the position of the Trustees. One doubt is to whether a Trustee can give up any part of the trust property that is committed to him. Practically then relinquishment of a part of the legacy is equivalent to giving a present of part of the property which they hold on trust to an outsider. No doubt the Trustees personally would wish to carry out the alterations in the will if they can legally do so.

[2] Undated but probably about the date of [1] above. Appears to be a draft resolution for the Trustees of the Leek schools affected by the short fall in Silas Gibson's estate. It states: " That in as much as the late Silas Gibson of Leek, Silk manufacturer, by his will gave an annuity of £30 to the Leek Wesleyan Brunswick Sunday School and afterwards altered the amount of such annuity to the sum of £20 but inadvertently omitted to have such action attested as required by law, the Trustees of the said school hereby consent to the reduction of such annuity of £30 to £20 per annum and authorise the manager for the time being of the school to receive such reduced amount in lieu of the sum named in the will. Provided that thye Trustees have the sanction and approbation of a Judge of the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice in giving such consent. Interleaved in red pencil here and there are changes to make the note applicable to the Leek Mill Street Ragged School. In the latter case the reduction was to be from £20 to £10 per annum.

[3] List, dated 6 July 1891, of the Trustees and Committee of the Brunswick Sunday School and the Trustees of the Mill Street Ragged School.

[4] Copy letter to Challinor & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire from Messrs Hacker & Allen, solicitors, Leek, Staffs, dated 7 July 1891. Noting receipt of copies of the resolutions re Gibson's charities and undertaking to pay the costs of the Trustees & Committee's if the application was successful. Otherwise (it continues) they must be borrne by the beneficiaries.

[5] Copy of a letter to be sent to various persons who might be summoned to a hearing in Chancery in connection with the case in the matter of the estate of Silas Gibson deceased between William Allen, plaintiff, and Sarah Ann Gibson, widow and Henry Gibson, defendants. Bequests to the Brunswick Sunday School and the Mill Street Ragged School were originally given in Gibson's will, dated 4 September 1879.  The sums given were altered two years later by Gibson but they were not attested and could not be admitted to probate so the original amounts of £30 and £20 respectively still applied. The Brunswick School resolved to accept the lower amount if they could legally do so and a similar resolution was made by the Trustees of the Mill Street Ragged School. William Allen, as the sole trustee of the will of Silas Gibson, took out the originating summons returnable on 8 July 1891 before Justice Stirling. The purpose of the summons was to obtain directions but did not include any immediate reference to a reduction of the annuities. The document goes on to say (to the unknown recipient) "It is proposed that you should attend the summons on behalf of the Trustees and Committee of both the schools". The recipient was to tell the Chief Clerk that the Trustees and Committee wished to carry out the wishes of the testator providing this action was sanctioned and approved by the Judge. If reference to Counsel was required then the writere asks the recipient to refer to Mr J. M. Rigg of 9 New Square, Lincoln's Inn.

[6] Copy affidavit of William Allen in the matter of the estate of Silas Gibson deceased. Sworn 6th July and filed 7th Jule 1891 in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division -Stirling J. This states the facts with regard to Silas Gibson of Leek, silk manufacturer who died on 5th August 1890 and was buried in Leek three days later. Silas Gibson the Elder, the annuitant mentioned in the will died before the testator on 4 March 1887 and another legatee, Louisa Palmer also died before the testator on 18th August 1881. The defendant in the case, Sarah Ann Gibson widow was then 51 years old and the cost of an annuity of £200 per year for life was estimated to be £2427 : 14s. Another defendant, Henry Gibson had recently married but ho no children at that date.

[7] Amended originating summons in Re Silas Gibson deceased, Allen v Gibson in the High Court of Justice Chancery Division. Dated 24 June and returnable 8th July 1891. The list of defendants has been extended to include the school trustees.

[8] Copy of the originating summons in Re Silas Gibson deceased, Allen v Gibson in the High Court of Justice Chancery Division. Dated 24 June and returnable 8th July 1891.

[9] Letter from Hooper & Co, London to Challinors & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire dated 8 July 1891 in re Silas Gibson. Concerns access to the original will.

[10] Letter from Challinors & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire to William Allen, solicitor, Leek, Staffs, dated 10 July 1891, concerning possible transfer of securities representing the annuities to the two charities might be transferred to the Official Trustee. A note adds "It appears that the Brunswick School premises in Ball Haye Street are vested in the "Official Trustee of Charity Lands".

[11] Letter from Rowcliffes of London to Challinors & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire in re the Gibson Trust, dated 13 July 1891. It concerns the summons and evidence in support but gives no details.

[12] Copy affidavit of Arthur William Goodwin of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, in the matter of the estate of Silas Gibson deceased. Sworn 6th July and filed 7th July 1891 in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division -Stirling J. This states that Goodwin was the Superintendent of the Leek Wesleyan Brunswick Sunday School which was managed by a Committee elected under the provisions of the Trust Deed dated 24 April 1827. The latter was a conveyance of land in Derby Street, Leek, bought for the purpose of erecting a Sunday school which was built in 1828 and had been used as a Wesleyan Sunday School ever since. The cost of running it are met by collections and voluntary subscriptions totaling £168 : 11s : 10d on average. A meeting of the Committee and Trustees of the School on 6 July 1891passed a resolution concerning the bequest made by Silas Gibson in his will. [The resolution is quoted in detail.] Engrossed 16 July 1891.

[13]Copy affidavit of William Allen of Leek, Staffordshire, plaintiff, in the matter of the estate of Silas Gibson deceased. Filed 16 July 1891 in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division.

[14] Copy affidavit of John Hall of Ball Haye. Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer, in the matter of the estate of Silas Gibson deceased. Sworn 17th July 1891 at Leek, Staffordshire. Hall was the Treasurer of the Leek Mill Street Ragged School which was established about 1861 by the present and deceased trustees and others. In 1871 a piece of land in Mill Street, Leek, was purchased and conveyed by an indenture dated 25 March 1871. [The deed is outlined]. A building was erected for use as a Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School and also for religious worship. A Wesleyan Day school paid the Trustees £12 per annum for use of part of the building and a similar sum was paid with respect to the Sunday School that was also held there. The whole is carried paid for by voluntary subscriptions and collections amounting to £49 : 14s : 9d excluding the costs of the day and Sunday schools. The sum covers payments for coal, gas, school chapel keeper's salary, insurance, repairs, printing and contributions towards the expense of a minister. When the trustees were informed that the late Mr Silas Gibson had left a sum of £20 to the school that was afterwards reduced to £10, several of the trustees felt that they were morally bound to carry out the wishes of the testator and a meeting held on 6 July 1891 resolved accordingly.

[15] Draft letter sent to Mrs Rowclife's Rawle & Co, London in RE Gibson, Allen v Gibson, 17 July 1891. Discusses Trustees' of the Leek schools dilemma and the Section 51 of the Charitable Trusts Act 1853 enabling Trustees to transfer secuties held by them on behalf off the charity to the Official Trustee of Charities with the consent of a judge. Trustee's costs in the case were to be paid out of the estate of the deceased testator if they lawfully can be and if not, then they wished to be able to use the annuities to defray these costs.

[16] (a)Copy of letter from Rowcliffe's Rawle & Co, London, to Hare & Co, London re Gibson and the case of Allen v Gibson, dated 20 July 1890. This outlines the problem and seeks the attorney General's approval of the resolutions passed by the Trustees of the Leek Mill Street Ragged School and the Brunswick Sunday School, Leek, Staffordshire. Also (b) Copy of interim reply from Hare & Co dated 23 July 1891, stating that, in the opinion of their Mr. Joyce, the attorney General was not likely to have any objection to any order Mr Justice Stirling might make in the matter.

[17] Allen v Gibson deceased four documents consisting of a copy of the originating summons and various draft observations on the case.

[18] Letter from Rowcliffe & Co, London to Challinor & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire dated 27 July 1891 regarding the case of Allen v Gibson. They state they had attended Justice Stirling when Messrs Hare & Co were also present representing the Attorney General. Justice Stirling directed the summons to be amended by entitling it " In the matter of the Charities…." and making the attorney General a party. Justice Stirling said he would then make an order for payment of the annuities, less the £10 each, which (Rowcliffe's said, " being made in the presence of the Attorney General, will we think effectually protect your clients. The order will also provide for payment of the Trustees' costs.

[19] Letter, dated 19 August 1891, from J. Hall to Challinor & Shaw, Leek, Staffordshire concerning the lack of information about the result of their application to Chancery and asking whether the Trustees were properly indemnified.

[20]In Re Silas Gibson deceased, Allen v Gibson in the High Court of Justice Chancery Division. Draft order for account of the estate, debts, legacies etc, of Silas Gibson and enquiries etc, dated 2 December 1891.

[21] In Re Silas Gibson deceased, Allen v Gibson in the High Court of Justice Chancery Division. Copy order for account of the estate, debts, legacies etc, of Silas Gibson and enquiries etc, dated 2 December 1891.

[22] In Re Silas Gibson deceased, Allen v Gibson in the High Court of Justice Chancery Division. Copy Exhibit Account 3, Real Estate, to affidavit of William Allen of Leek, Staffordshire

[23] Original resolution of the Trustees of the Mill Street Ragged School, Leek, with regard to the annuity bequeathed by Silas Gibson, Staffordshire signed by all trustees. Undated.

[24] Original resolution of the Trustees and Committee of the Brunswick Sunday School, Leek, with regard to the annuity bequeathed by Silas Gibson, Staffordshire signed by all trustees. Undated.

Gibson; Allen; Challinor; Hall; Gwynne; Putnam; Johnson; Tatton; Potts; Bull; Newall; Shenton; Fenton; Sheldon; Daniel; Hall; Mien; Gosling; Goodwin; Bill; Sherwin; Knight; Mathews; Birch; Leek; Davis; Keats; Sutcliffe; Broster; Clemsha; Ellerton; Raynor; Knowle; Bailey. Palmer; Fenton; Marsden
690 Warslow, Staffordshire;

Details of Gaunt's Wood Estate near Warslow, Staffordshire. Gives properties, acreages and rents. Mentions leasing of fishing at annual rental of £150 and amounts expected to be realised by the sale of stone from quarries (about £200 in royalties). There is also a list of questions concerning the estates and answers in pencil, for example, what leases on the milk factory, previous owner [the Duke of Devonshire]; Sir Guy's charge on the estate [£11500], income of Lady Gaunt and so on.

Gaunt; Worthington;
691 Leek, Staffordshire; Manchester; London;

 Eleven letters, dating between February & December 1859, relating to the case of Haley v Hammersley in Chancery. The plaintiff questioned advances made to Messrs Lovatt & Gould of Leek, Staffordshire by Hammersley Trustees. Amongst the matters of concern mentioned in the letters are: the sale of Lovatt & Gould's solk mill, Leek, Staffordshire; Eli Atkin's relationship with the Hammersleys; the purchase of property by R. Hammersley and W. H. Hammersley in the sale held on 6 May 1857; Durant & Co's right to machinery in the Lovatt & Gould's mill.

Hammersley; Lovatt; Gould; Haley; Challinor; Atkin; Cooper;
692 Leek, Staffordshire; Allersley, Edgbaston, Warwickshire;

Additional abstract of title of A. J. Worthington to freehold land and silk mills in Leek, Staffordshire 1853. This commences with indentures of lease and release dated 29th & 30th June 1838 between(1) Andrew J. Worthington, W. h. Turner, J. Turner, S. H. Turner and Henry Turner and (2) Charles Powell of Edgbaston, Warwickshire. The latter had advanced £3000, @ 4% interest, to Worthington & Co. on the security of land and 8 mills or factories plus 1400 square yards of land on Ball Haye Green. A later deed makes it clear that Worthington and the Turners were partners in a silk manufacturing business. The Turners collectively and Worthington for himself had each contributed £4746 : 16s : 6d to the capital of the business. By 1851, several of the Turners were dead and their share in the business had passed to the survivors. Another Turner retired and it was agreed that the partnership should be dissolved with Worthington buying out the Turner’s share as from 31 December 1850(?). Turner's share was valued at £10,122: 1s: 2d.

Worthington; Turner; Powell; Higgs; Hodgetts; Ingleby; Knott; Tomlinson;
693 Leek, Staffordshire; Allesley, Edgbaston, Warwickshire; Wyke Regis, Dorset;

Draft schedule of deeds relating to freehold silk factories and land, etc., in Leek, Staffordshire belonging to Mr. A. J. Worthington belonging to A. J. Worthington and in mortgage to Mrs Anne Cruso, William Beaumont Badnall, Revd Hugh Bacon Ford, and Thomas Brealey for securing £2400 and interest at 5%. Dated 16 June 1870.The recital starts with an indenture between Robert Joliffe, esquire and Francis Pedley dated 18 January 1736.


Badnall; Brealey; Cruso; Ford; Worthington; Challinor; Pedley; Joliffe; Rowley; Davenport; Hollins; Buckle; Mills; Barlow; Joinson; Johnson; Walthall; Davies; Nixon; Gaunt; Chorley; Lucas; Ferneyhough, Ridgway; Bartleworth; Spaldon Tomlinson; Hope; Brocklehurst; Goostrey; Howard; Turner; Silvester; Worthington; Powell; Hodgetts; Higgs; Hacker; Ingleby; Wragg; Fowler; Lynes;
694 Leek, Staffordshire; London;

Draft indenture dated 19 August 1828, between (10 Samuel Bower Whittles of Leek, Staffordshire, grocer, (2) G. K. Killmister of Leek, (3) William Challinor of Leek and W. S. Mollat of Leek, book keeper. It starts with a rider concerning an indenture dated 3 June 1818 between (1) Henry Sudell, Wm Fox, William Peploe and the Revd. John Clowes, (2) William Challinor, (3) Mary Laugharn, (4) John James, (5) Enoch Durant, Richard Durant, Robert William Buttermere, William Stone, Thomas Gandolph, Charles Felica, John Alphonse Doxat, Alexis James Doxat, Lewis Doxat, Alphonse Doxat, Henry Doxat, Sir Richard Carr Glyn bart., Thomas Halifax, Richard Plumtree Glyn, George Carr Glyn, Charles Mills, John Heath, John Benjamin Heath and John Furse, (6) John Benjamin Heath, John Pryce, Charles Felica, (7) Richard Badnall the younger, and (8) Samuel Bower Whittles, (9) G. K. Killmister, (10) Charles Barrett and (11) Joseph Perkin, the premises were conveyed to Samuel Bower Whittles. The money that should have been paid for the property on behalf of Killmister & Challinor nor Bower's money was actually paid by and belonged to Killmister & Challinor, Bowers' name only being used in trust for Killmister and Challinor, their heirs and assigns. Bowerss confirmed this and agreed to make a conveyance and assurance of the property. The new indenture was to deal with this. The property consisted of several cottages in Bradnop, Leek, Staffordshire which had formerly been one house which were, formerly, occupied by Thomas Pegg and Benjamin Mycock but now Thomas Pegg and John Phillips. It included land lying near the cottages on the opposite side of the lane, and other land called Longshaw Stony Ley and Ox-hay and part of Longshaw Farm, that belonged to the cottages. Included in the conveyance was a modus or yearly rent of 8s 6d for the Old Barn in Bradnop and land that belonged to it, formerly in the hands of Joseph Hammond but then of John Lant, plus a modus of 16s on The Longshaws and lands, a modus of 4s on a property called Sling Hay and 2s payable out of other lands.

Whittles; Killmister; Challinor; Badnall; Doxat; Barrett; Buttermere; Felica; Heath; Laugharn; Durant; Peploe; Sudell; Fox; Clowes; Stone; Gandolph; Glyn; Halifax; Furse; Pryce; Mills; Hammond; Pegg; Phillips; Mycock;
695 Leek, Loxley, Staffordshire; Snarestone, Leicestershire; Stretton, Derbyshire; Hadley, Shropshire;

Documents relating to Messrs Lovatt & Gould of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturers.

[1] Draft conveyance, dated 6 January 1852, from Miss Francis Gaunt of Leek to Messrs John Lovatt and Joseph Gould of Leek, silk manufacturers, partners trading as Lovatt & Gould, of the Cocklow and land in Leek, Staffordshire. Challinor, Badnall & Challinor. This property had previously been conveyed to Francis Gaunt by an indenture, dated 2 July 1849, between (1) Vernon Royle, John Allen, John Cruso, (2) Louisa Gaunt, Ellen Gaunt, and Catherine Gaunt and (3) Francis Cruso. Gaunt had agreed to sell the property to Lovatt & Gould for £1180, with the premises being conveyed as moieties for the use of their business.

Cocklow is described as a 2acres 0rods 15 perches of land, now used as garden ground, situated near Mill Street Leek and occupied by John Docksey and his undertenants. The land was formerly in the holding of Messrs Fynney & Badnall afterwards of Daniel Nixon but since of Samuel Brookes and his undertenants. The property conveyed to Lovatts also included the 2198 square yards of land, adjoining the northwest side of Cocklow, that had been part of Blincome's Croft and was occupied by Walter Osborne. This plot also adjoined Albert Place. Originally known as Blincome's Croft it later became "part of Cocklow" and had recently been put up for sale as building plots by Frances Gaunt. Lovatt & Gould acquired the right to use a wheelbarrow road from Albert Place to West Street and also a passage leading from Albert Place to Mill Street. A schedule of deeds is included starting with indentures of lease and release dated 24 & 25 April 1827.

Gaunt; Lovatt; Gould; Cruso; Allen; Royle; Challinor; Osborne; Nixon; Badnall; Fynney; Docksey; Brookes; Sleigh; Bowyer-Adderley; Cave; Birds; Moore; Kynnersley; Carr;
696 Leek, Staffordshire; Montreal, Canada;

Draft power of attorney from Frederick Larner Sugden & Joseph Lovatt of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturers trading as Sugden & Lovatt to James A McCarville of 1866 Notre Dame Street, Montreal, Canada, Commission Merchants, dated 27 March 1900. McCarville was to act for the firm in Canada.

Lovatt; Sugden; McCarville
697 Knutsford, Cheshire; Leek, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire; Cheetham, Manchester; Cartmel, Cumbria;

Additional abstract of deeds and documents relating to property in Leek, Staffordshire included in the marriage settlement of Toft Chorley and Miss Ann Strangman. Cruso, Leek. A note on the cover states " For the misses Van Tuyl the purchaser of lot 5 (5 struck out and 4 inserted). The recital starts with a deed of 1830 and ends with one of 1833.

Chorley; Strangman; Cruso; Van Tuyl; Sleigh; Lucas; Harrop; Badnall; Thorneycroft; Sneyd; Kynnersley; Durose; Fish; Chell; Walker; Clowes; Whitworth; Harrop;
698 Prestbury, Cheshire; Middlesex; Leek, Staffordshire;

Appointment and draft release of buildings and land on Compton, Leek, Staffordshire between (1) John Smith Daintry late of Foden Bank, Prestbury, Cheshire but now of Tavistock Square, Middlesex, (2) John Cruso the elder of Leek, Staffordshire and (3) William Challinor, 20 May 1823. Killmister & Challinor, Leek, (4) Joseph Perkin of Leek, Writing Clerk. The land was known as Little Croft and Spout Greaves and was situated near Compton, Leek, on the east side of a road leading from Leek to Sandon and was bounded to the west by another part of Spout Greaves that had been sold to Anthony Ward, John Phillips and William Brookes. The southern boundary was to be formed by a 10 yards wide street from Compton into Spout Greaves, and the northern boundary by other parts of the two fields bought from Samuel Bower Whittles. On one field was a barn that had been converted into a house that was then occupied by Samuel Goodwin and another house nearby formerly occupied with the bowling green which had been purchased from S. B. Whittles.
The schedule of deeds starts with articles of agreement dated 30 August 1738 between (1) Robert Lawton, gent, (2) Richard Goolden, gent and Thomas Britain, tanner, (3) Daniel Seely & Elizabeth Seely spinster. 
A note at the end of the schedule states that the document were seen and approved on behalf of M. Daintry and M. Cruso by Crusos & Coupland 9th May 1823.

Daintry; Cruso; Challinor; Perkin; Whittles; Goodwin; Phillips; Brookes; Ward; Lawton; Goolden; Brittain; Seeley; Pardoe; Powell; Simpson; Bosley; Royle; Willet; Crewe;
699 Leek, Staffordshire;

Lease from John Birtles of Leek, Thomas Mills of Leek, John Davenport of Ball Haye, Leek, Staffordshire, all of whom were Freeholders within the Town of Leek on behalf of themselves and all other Freeholders of the Town, to Samuel Bowyer of Birchalls, Leek, Staffordshire, farmer, of a piece of Leek Town Lands call Westwood Heath for either 12 or 19 years from 5 April 1785. Expires 5th April 1804. Document is dated 3 May 1785 and has been signed, sealed, witnessed and stamped. It cites a 20 year lease to Bowyer commencing 5th April 1783. For the first two years the rent was to be £12 per annum and thereafter £16.

Bowyer; Birtles; Mills; Davenport; Jones; Hilliard; Ball; Beardsley
700 Leek, Staffordshire;

[1] Inventory and valuation of part of the furniture, feather beds and bedding in the King Street, Leek, Staffordshire premises of Mr J. Laye (Large?}, appraised by Robert Fergyson (undated). The rooms included are three bedrooms, a parlour and a kitchen. The articles include a mahogany four post bed, a tent bedstead, cane seated chairs, a painted table and a copper kettle. The total value was £25 : 16s : 8d after correction for a chest of drawers belonging to his daughter. Many of the items listed were subsequently struck through and a new value calculated of £15: 9s: 6d.

[2] Letter dated 20 May 1851 from Alsop, silk manufacturer of Leek, Staffordshire to Challinor, Badnall & Challinor of Leek re Laye's affairs which accompanied papers he had sent with reference to "his (Laye's) furniture.

Fergyson; Laye; Alsop; Challinor; Badnall;


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