Bednall Collection Part 2 (BC2) No.s 776 to 800   

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Leek, Staffordshire;

[1] Prospectus for the Leek Spun Silk and Manufacturing Company Limited, dated 14 February 1889. The company had been formed with a capital of £50000 for the purpose of manufacturing spun silk and other goods and fabrics.  Spun silk in the gray was currently purchased from outside manufacturers by Leek firms who then died it and made it up for sale. The new company was formed by Leek manufacturers who thought it would be more profitable to combine to manufacture this material for themselves.

[2] Directors' Report and Balance Sheet for Leek Spun Silk and Manufacturing Company Limited, registered office, Gordon Mills, Leek, Staffordshire, dated 30 June 1920. In red on the cover is printed notice of the next Ordinary  General Annual Meeting.

Broster; Wardle; Ward; Goodwin; Leech; Sheldon; Hacker; Allen; Whittles; Milner; worthington; Jackman;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Articles of partnership and further Articles of Partnership,  between Henry Bermingham and Henry James Bermingham, dated 18 June 1888 and 23 January 1903 respectively. The company traded under the name "Henry Bermingham & Son", with premises in Duke Street, South street, Cornhill Street and Compton, Leek, Staffordshire.



Leek, Staffordshire;

Two copies of the Leek Chamber of Commerce's "Constitution and Laws passed 17 May 1886". The provisional committee was William Allen, Thomas Henry Booth, Thomas Booth, Henry Davenport, Stephen Goodwin, Anthony Morton, Arthur Nicholson JP, Thomas Robinson, T. J. Smith and Wm. S. Watson. Arthur Nicholson was President, Thomas J. Smith the Honorary Treasurer and Thomas Robinson the Honorary Secretary.

Allen; Booth; Davenport; Goodwin; Morton; Nicholson; Robinson; Smith; Watson;


Oakingham, Berkshire; Sutton, Macclesfield, Prestbury, Cheshire; London;

Assignment, dated 8 November 1808, by William Walker late of Oakingham, Berkshire  and now of Macclesfield, Cheshire, gent, to Thomas Billinge of the City of London, silkman, of a bond executed by Michael Daintry of Sutton, Prestbury, Cheshire, to William Walker, dated  15 February 1802, under which Daintry was to pay Walker and his wife and their successor certain annuities. Walker had become indebted  Billinge for £28 3s and therefore as security for £78 and interest and to cover charges and insurances,  Walker assigned the bond to Billinge.

Billinge; Daintry; Walker;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Memo, dated 2 November 1899,  from Charles Watson to Challinor & Co, both of Leek, Staffordshire re Getliffe's property adjoining the churchyard. Getliffe wouldn't sell part of his property but was prepared to sell it all. The document assesses the value of the property giving rents for various parts, rates  and allowances for dilapidation.  Includes a scale plan of the whole St. Annes Cottage, Ball Lane, Church Lane area (once known as Petty France] of Leek, Staffordshire. Estimated value of Getliffe's property was £840.

Watson; Getliffe; Challinor; Scarratt;


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

Draft reconveyance by the Trustees and executors under the will (dated 27 January 1879)  of Edward Challinor the elder, of Tunstall,  Staffordshire deceased to Charles Challinor of Basford Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, earthenware manufacturer ,and his trustee, dated 18 September 1879. Challinor & Co, Leek, Staffordshire;

Howard; Challinor; Wardle;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Declaration of trust of Mr James Wardle of Leek, Staffordshire,  of money advanced by Mrs Elizabeth Gaunt of Leek, widow, dated 27 March 1851. The land was advanced on the security of buildings erected by Jonathon Cruise on land belonging to Mrs Gaunt, and on the security of the machinery, engines, stock in trade, etc, within them.

Wardle; Gaunt; Cruise; Bloore;


Leek, Staffordshire

Copy articles of partnership between Josiah Gaunt, James Wardle, James Alsop and John Wain, all of Leek, Staffordshire, trading as  manufacturers of silks, ribbons, buttons, and twist, under the name of "Gaunt Wardle & Co".  The document is dated 20  May 1839. The firm had an initial capital of £20000.  Mr Wain was the travelling partner. Provision for Gaunt's Robins grandson to go into the warehouse and Gaunt was to demise his warehouse and counting house at the bottom of Stockwell Street, Leek, to the firm.

Gaunt; Wardle; Alsop; Wain; Rathbone;


Leek, Alstonefield. Staffordshire

Particulars of the Ashenhurst Estate, in the parishes of Leek and Alstonefield, Staffordshire. Mills & Cruso. Undated but prior to 1795. It includes Ashenhurst House and mill and gives farm and field names, acreages, tenants, rents, etc. Numbers against items refer to a plan. Farms include; Roost Hill, Middle Cliff, Golden Farm, Pool Hall,  Stonesteads, Blackmore House, Hob Meadow, Barn Tenement,

Salt; Mills; Cruso; Birch; Mobberley; Grinday; Bowers; Hancock; Hargreaves; Goostrey; Tatton; Moss; Lockett; Brassington; Stonehewer; Simpson; Hall; Alcock;


Leek, Staffordshire;

[1] Messrs Daintry & Ryle's account with the Commissioners of the Inclosure of Lands in Leek, Staffordshire, August 1806. Document marked "A". Gives the Amounts received at sales of land on Ball Haye Green The Roaches and Foker Moor, listing purchasers' names, Lot number purchase, purchase money and deposit paid. A separate piece lists the form in which the cash was received e.g. some many £20 Bank of England Notes, so many £1 Bank of England Notes, Gold, silver and copper, etc.

[2] Related paper designated "B" "Account Lots" and dated 1 December 1806. It appears to list lands bought in the Foker Moor sale.

Daintry; Ryle; Badnall; Chorley; Hulme; Nicolls; Knight; Phillips; Kilmister; Gaunt; Fynney; Emerson;Weston; Heaton; Henshaw; Jones; Boultbee; Rowley; Gould; smith; Picjford;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft appointment of two new trustees under the will of William Badnall of Leek, Staffordshire, dyer, deceased (1806) and an assignment of the trust monies by the Reverend Thomas H. Heathcote and Mr Samuel Phillips, both of Leek, to John Cruso, John Gaunt, Hugh Sleigh and William Beaumont Badnall, all of Leek, Staffordshire, dated 16 November 1849. It cites the will of William Badnall and the names of various trustees who have either died or have moved elsewhere and  or do not wish to be involved in the management of the trust. NB The trust provided Blankets, quilts, clothing and other necessaries for 20 poor widows of good repute and not less than 60 years of age who are resident within Leek and Lowe.

Badnall; Heathcote; Phillips; Cruso; Bentley; Jones;


Leek, Staffordshire; London;

Notice by the Governor and Company of the Bank of England to Richard Badnall of Highfield, Leek, Staffordshire, requiring him to pay £20000 to the Bank and the interest due on it, within one calendar month of the date -the 25 May 1827. Signed R. Best, secretary to the Governor and Company of the Bank of England.  An additional note states" 28 May 1827, served a copy on the above named Richard Badnall the elder personally in the Fleet Prison. Thomas Wright Nelson.  The money was owed by Badnall on a mortgage taken out on 29th and 30th November 1826 which required him to pay 5% interest on the £20000 borrowed.

Badnall; Best; Nelson; Smith; Sale; Cruso; Spilsbury;


Thorpe, Derbyshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

Three letters and a note written by Mrs Jane Elizabeth Badnall of Thorpe Manor, Thorpe near Ashbourne, Derbyshire (widow of William Beaumont Badnall J.P) to Thomas Shaw of Leek, Staffordshire, solicitor, concerning the provisions of her will.

[1] Letter dated 25 February 1913.

[2]Letter dated 30 December 1914.

[3] Note written on a letter from Reeve's Artists' Depots Ltd, Kensington to Mrs Badnall  re the restoration of a painting. It is dated 17 March 1915.

[4] Letter dated 22 March 1915.

Badnall; Shaw; Cock; Reeves; Acton; Machel; Deacon;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Copy report of the Leek Sanitary Commission's enquiry into excess deaths from consumption and kindred diseases in the town of Leek, Staffordshire  1864. Makes comparisons with national statistics, conditions in neighbouring towns and assesses the effect of working and living conditions.



Leek, Staffordshire;

Catalogue of the fixtures at the George Inn, Leek, Staffordshire, "charged to Mr Ridout when he entered upon the said premises 5 September 1805"? The hotel had at least 9 main bedrooms, 2 dining rooms, a hall, bar, kitchen, and "soldiers garret".



Leek, Staffordshire;

Draft covenant between the Revd Richard Bentley, Vicar of Leek, Staffordshire, with the consent of the Lord Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry and the Honourable Earl of Macclesfield as Patron of the Vicarage of Leek and Rosanna Mills widow and William Sneyd (Guardians of Thomas Mills infant) and Richard Bentley and Michael Daintry as Trustees of the Rhodes Charity and also Catherine Hall, consenting to the Commissioners for the Inclosure of the wastes and Commons of Leek,  assigning to the said Richard Bentley and his successor Vicars of Leek, a portion of the allotment(s) from the from the commons and waste lands to the said Thomas Mills, Richard Bentley and Michael Daintry (as trustees of the Rhodes Charity) and the said Catherine Hall, as shall, in the Commissioners' judgment fully satify and compensate for the tithes of such lands etc.

Bentley; Daintry; Hall; Mills;


Macclesfield, Cheshire; Newton Solney, Derbyshire; Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire; London; Coston, Worcestershire;

[1] A summary of all Leek charities. Undated but probably 1805 or 1806 just prior to the death of William Badnall of Leek who bequeathed a £1000 for blankets etc for 20 widows of Leek & Lowe, of good repute and aged over 60. (small piece missing).

In addition to the name of the original benefactor and the date the bequest was made, this document lists the lands in Leek and elsewhere from which the charity money is received.

[2] List of 3 or 4 of the charities with amounts.

Hulme; Armitt; Watson; Dudley; Grovenor; St. Andrew; Gent; Mills; Rothwell; Rudyard; Joliffe;  Stoddard; Debank; Hall; Higginbotham; Jodrell; Meyer; Naylor; Roades; Shallcross; Dethick; Ash; Haywood;


Thorpe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

Papers relating to Mrs Jane Elizabeth Badnall wife of William Beaumont Badnall of Thorpe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

[1] Fifth codicil, dated 3 June 1918, to Mrs Jane Elizabeth Badnall's will, dated 25 March 1895. The changes relate to the revoking of bequests to servants Mary Wright and Albert Bridgewater.

[2] Copy epitome of the executor's account re the estate of Mrs Jane Elizabeth Badnall of Thorpe, Derbyshire, deceased, dated 19 June 1919 to  6 June 1921.

[3] Letter from Challinors & Shaw, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire to Mrs Badnall, Thorpe, Derbyshire, dated 2 August 1919.

Badnall; Sadler; Bridgwater; Wright;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Printed notice re the sale by auction at the George Hotel, Leek, Staffordshire, on 5 February 1872, of a well buitl and substantial 5 storey silk mill occupied by Messrs Joseph Gould & Sons and situated near Horton Street of Stockwell Street, Leek.

Gould; Brealey; Hilliard; Kirby; Alsop; Downes; Milner; Challinor;


Thorpe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire; Leek, Staffordshire; Bechuanaland, South Africa;

Four documents relating to the will and probate of the will of Mrs Jane Elizabeth Badnall of Thorpe Manor, Thorpe, Derbyshire dating between 1895 and 1918.

[1] Copy of the will of Mrs Jane Elizabeth Badnall wife of William Beaumont Badnall, dated 25 March 1895.

[2]Draft codicil to the will of Mrs Jane Elizabeth Badnall dated 16 February 1916.

[3]Buff copy second codicil to the will of Mrs Jane Elizabeth Badnall dated 6 March 1917.

[4]Draft third codicil to the will of Mrs Jane Elizabeth Badnall dated 21 January 1918. To this is attached a letter fromHall Farm, Ashbourne, relating to Mrs Badnall's former servant Mary Wright and two receipts signed by Mary Wright.


The will mentions that one of her husbands nephews Charles May died in Bechuanaland on 7 September 1902.

Badnall; Shaw; Wright; Northcote; Browne; Cruso; Aspinall; Parsons;Angus; Hill; Nivin; Cock; Sadler; Challinor; May; Goodman;  Craven; Acton; Deacon; Buck; Fieldon; Wilson; Searight; Hopkins;Lockyer; Deacon; O'Connor; Towndraw; Smith; Milne; Farrall; Booth; Bridgewater; Knight; Boswell; Haynes; Pinkney; Sambrook; Riack; Adams; Machell;


Derby, Derbyshire; Leek, Staffordshire; Isle-of-White;

[1] Letter from Joseph Clulow of Fairfield (Derbyshire?) dated 26 December 1807 and addressed to Mr Badnall, Leek, Staffordshire. Fairfield asks Badnall to "acquaint me and other tenants of Mr Edmund Swann if we are to expect a chance of taking our farms again and if we shall wait upon you for that purpose, it is now time to be satisfied on account of the manure being got out etc."

[2] Letter from Joseph Gould of Pilsbury, dated 20 February 1808 and addressed to Mr Cruso. This starts " I received your letter of the 16th at Buxton on the following day but too late to give notice to the tenants of Mr. Swann not to attend at the …" He goes on to say he has drawn up an advertisement which he was going to show to Cruso, at Leek, next Monday and mentions Clulow's claim for " a retaking of his farm from Swann in the Isle of White or Mann" and continues "if you see Mr B (Badnall?) tomorrow you will perhaps enquire whether he is appraised of the circumstances."  A note on the cover states " This is to be attended to with Mr Gould tomorrow and advertised by hand bills to be let for the life of Mr Swann aged about 75 years in such lots as he points out - at Logans on Saturday the 5 March if that day suits Mr Gould. May be put once or twice  in Derby paper if Mr Badnall thinks proper "

Badnall; Clulow; Cruso; Gould; Swann;


Leek, Staffordshire;

Documents relating to the  prosecution of William Pilsbury, silk twister, of Leek, Staffordshire for the theft of silk, and Thomas Goodfellow of Endon, Staffordshire, shopkeeper for receiving stolen silk, dated August 1801.

[1] Copy of the examination of William Pilsbury and Thomas Goodfellow by Edward Powys, dated 18 August 1801.

[2] Copy of the examination of William Carr of Leek, Staffordshire, silk manufacturer by Edward Powys, dated 18 August 1801.

[3]Copy of the examination of George Lees of Leek, Staffordshire, by Edward Powys, dated 18 August 1801.

[4]Copy of the examination of G. R. Kilmister of Leek, Staffordshire,  by Edward Powys, dated 18 August 1801.

[5] Copy of the examination of Thomas Goodfellow of Endon, Staffordshire,  by Edward Powys, dated 18 August 1801.

Spilsbury; Goodfellow; Powys; Carr; Thompson; Kilmister; Lees;


Norbury, Knutsford, Winsford, Bramhall, Cheshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

Part of a page from the minute book of the Commissioners of the Sandon (Staffordshire) to Bullock Smithy (Cheshire) Turnpike 1766.

It states on one side:

At a meeting of the Commissioners of the Sandon Turnpike 19 July 1766  Present: Mr Richard Pratt; Mr Thomas Walthall; Mr Joseph Ellis; Mr Michael Daintry;  Mr ? Mellor; Mr George Taylor: Mr Peter Walthall. Ordered that an application be made to the Subscribers for lowering of the present Toll at the Norbury Gate to one half from all such carriers as shall be going to fetch coal of Norbury Pitts the property of Peter Leigh Esquire, upon condition that he effectually stop a road crossing the turnpike road near Norbury Hall leading to Bramshall, Winsford, Knutsford and other places.

On the reverse it states:

At a meeting at the Red Lion (Leek) 7 August 1766

Present' J. Mellor, M. Daintry, S. Hilditch, J. Daintry, R. Bradley, J. Lucas, J. Hulme, A. Cope, J. Ellis, Thomas Pratt.

Agreed to sell and convey to Mr John Sheldon, all the land on the North side of Hollow Lane from Allen ???'s property taking it 4 feet clear from the stoning of the Turnpike until it intersects the Rock upwards. The price 5 Guineas. He to be obliged in the conveyance to have the space between his building and the stoning in a channell and to have no door or opening except windows out of the part of the building to the road and that the building shall consist of stables and conveniences for stables only.

Adjourned to this day month.

Bradley; Cope; Daintry;  Ellis; Hilditch; Hulme, Lucas; Mellor; Pratt; Taylor; Walthall;


Heaton, Leek, Staffordshire;

Notice, dated 21 July 1864, by Thomas Carr of Leek, Staffordshire to George Broadhurst, Bailiff and David Brindley  giving them notice that silk and cotton both wrought and unwrought, in the Dane Bridge Mill, Heaton, Leek, Staffordshire (which had been distrained with  property of Miles Simpson) was his, and had been sent to Miles Simpson for manufacture.

Brindley; Broadhurst; Carr; Simpson;


Rushton, Leek, Stafforshire;

[1] Schedule of deeds and writings relating to a freehold messuage and silk dyehouse in Rushton Spencer, Leek, Staffordshire, dated 8 February 1871. Redfern & son, Leek.  The schedule covers the period from 1811 until February 1870 and was drawn up for and signed by Mary Knight, who had loaned the silk mill owner, James Cook, £400 under an indenture dated 29 June 1864, and had subsequently received the deeds listed.

[2] Receipt signed by Mary Knight to confirm she had received £13 interest on £300 from James Cook. Dated 8 February 1871.

Cook; Knight; Shallcross; Percival; Redfern; Nowell; Phillips;



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