Bednall Collection Part 2 (BC2) No.s 926 to 950   

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Last updated 30/01/2007


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926

Stockport, Cheshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

No. 1 Carr's Charity. Trustees' Minute Book 1886-1980. This commences with a photograph of Charles Carr of Leek, Staffordshire and a full copy of the trust deed dated 28th October 1886. Carr founded the Charity with a gift of £1250 of London Nowrth Western Railway, perpetual 4% consolidated guaranteed preference stock and  £1000 of Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee debenture stock B,  5% of the North British Railway Company.  After paying annuities to Elizabeth Kay of 45 Windmill Street, Stockport, Cheshire and to Ann, wife  of James Morley of 1 Lark Hill, Brinkway, Stockport, the receipts from this investment were to be applied to the relief and assistance of the deserving poor, sick, reduced and infirm people who were inhabitants of Leek and not receiving parish relief.  To qualify, people had to have lived in Leek (or within 5 miles of the town) for at least two years.  The money could be used to pay rents, provide food, fuel, clothing, sheets, blankets and other necessaries or pay for medical attendance.. To prevent people pawning the articles, they were to be stamped or marked. The trustees could also make small payments in cases of misfortune, penury or death.  The book records decisions taken at meetings of the trustees i.e. the approval of tenders for items supplied to applicants for charity, listings of those  who are to benefit from the charity, the appointment of new trustees, the death of annuitants under the charity, etc. and gives the full text of relevant wills e.g. that of William Carr.  Printed annual reports have been inserted. Prices paid for coal are given for much of the period covered by this book.

Carr; Ward; Allen; Myott; Kay; Walmsley; Morley; Milner; Goostrey; Tatton; Critchlow; Hunt;  Murfin; Birch; Cumberlidge; Taylor; Beswick; Biddulph; Hill; Smith;  Fisher; Mountford; Brassington; Heathcote; Goodwin; Gyte; Loton; Adams; Poultney;  Sheldon; Sigley; Newall; Deaville; Braddock;  Campbell; Goldstraw;  Simpson; Nadin; Haldern; Tuffley; Mellor; Greenwood; Cottrill;  Needham; Lowe;  Buxton; Cade; Ridgway; Hassall; Ash; Moss; Brooks; Hollinsheads; Vigrass;  Lace; Frost; Meakin; Lovatt;  Braddock; Lees; Donough;  Sales;  Millward;  Gibson; Astles; Hawley;  Blackwell;  Rowlands;  Hooley; Forster; Bradley;  Sharpe; Piercy;  Bowyer; Tomkinson; Thompson; Oldway; Fisher;  Yates; Morris; Hughes; Whiston;  Taylor; Jones;  Turnock; Wibberley; Macdonald;  Proctor; Montgomery; Pickford; Orme; Walker; Trafford; Wheeldon;  Bowcock; Sheldon;  Cooper;  Osborne; Sherratt; Plant;  Johnson; Fouldes;  English; Kidd; Keates; Lomas; Kinsey; Turner; Cothill;  Rodgers; Peacock;  Holdway;  Astin; Foster; Cooper; Whielden; Tipper;  Crinks; Rowley; Deane; Heathcote; Clarke;  Goddard;  O'Leary;  Malkin; Stevenson; Nolan; Bishop; Wilson;  Crombie; Anderson;  Leese;  Frith; Swift; Davenport; Rushton; Yeomans; Torr; Carter; Gould; Morton; Broster;  Goodier; Hutchinson; Poyser; Anderton; Byrne; Murray; Pointon; Earls; Macdonald;  Unwin; Knott; O'Brien; Russell; Prince McDonugh; Harrison; Hogan; Yates; Lombard; Capper;  Brindley; Gibbons; Clulow; Binns; Pethers; Lovenbury; Moss; Hogan; Grindey; Brealey; Mould; Swarbrook; Pocock; Challenor; Done; Grindrod; Vickerstaff; Tipper; Prime; Flannagan;   Alcock; Travis; Crawshaw; Bevan; Haywood; Kirkham; Tate; Decine; Salt; Lindop;  Ashton; Teesdale; Stonehewer;  Brocklehurst;  Phillips; Dickenson; Heath; Longman; Bould;  Wardle; Flynn;  Walker; Worthington; Fogg;  Rider;  Giddings; Hazeldine; Godwin; Hall; Whitehouse;  Poole; Lockett;  Stubbs; Schoefield; Whitehouse;  Roe; Reade; Longmore;  Warbrick; Fleming; Sharp;  Dale; Shenton; Barber;  Gee; Forrester;  Nichols;  Fitzgerald;  Tunnicliffe; Hudson; geston; Armitt;   Challinor; Watson; Bradshaw; Oliver; Charrock; Fowler; Bayley; Edge;

927

Leek, Staffordshire;

Sales catalogue with plan for the sale of a "Residence" known as Hall's Croft and other property in or near St. Edward Street, Leek, Staffordshire, by auction at the Red Lion Hotel, Leek on the 24th November 1904. The main property was formally occupied by "the late "Stephen Goodwin and included four houses, a cottage and an acre of land at the rear. Goodwin had partially rebuilt and modernised the house.  The rest of the property included numbers 41, 43 and 45 St. Edward Street, Leek, numbers 15 and 17 Brook Street, numbers 36, 37, 38,38 and 40 Pickwood Road, no.2 York Street and no. 18 Deansgate, Leek.

Goodwin; Ash; Tibbits; Mottershead; Keeling; Birch; Daniels; Trafford; Turner; Sales; wright; Waring; Robinson; Eckershall; Miller; Fernyhough;

928

Leek, Staffordshire;

Bundle of 41 receipts and bills materials provided or work carried out in connection with the Inclosure of the wastes and commons of the town of Leek, Staffordshire  1806-1811.  The receipts include payments to the surveyors Weston & Heaton (items 34 to 42] totalling £1250; the auctioneer [item 1compensation payments for loss of land [item 30], loss of a cottage [items 15,  26]; for building a bridge over Cartledge Brook [item 25]; for the Platt in Ball Haye? [items 4, 5 and 18]; for staking out the roads [items 12, 13].; for stakes and other materials [items 8 to 10, 17, 19, 23, 21, 22, 24, 28,  31 ]; Commissioners' expences [items 6, 25,].

Cruso; Jones; Boultby; Rowley; Daintry; Ryle; Henshaw; Ridout;Pickford; Emerson; Gould; Weston; Heaton; Smith; Ash; Brough; Hammersley;Plant; Dane; Lowndes; Sherratt; Barlow; Turnock; Howard; Oakden;

929

Leek, Staffordshire;

Two items relating to the silk firm A. J. Worthington & Co. of Leek, Staffordshire:

[1]List of trade debts owing at the death of Mr E. A. Worthington, dated 27 January 1897 and drawn up by Henry J. Bagley of Leek.

[2] Epitome, dated 16 September 1890, of the articles of partnership  between E. A. Worthington and P. J. Worthington, on 27 March 1888.

Worthington; Bagley;

930

Leek, Staffordshire;

Manuscript  draft  of evidence of the  Sanitary Inspector for Leek, Staffordshire,  Robert Farrow, to the Leek Commissioners concerning the discharge of dye refuse by William Henry Hammersley of Leek, Mr Tatton and Mr Wardle in the Ball Haye Brook and the River Churnet in the 1860s. The document is dated 1880.

Farrow; Wardle; Hammersley; Tatton;  Frost; Slagg;  Hulme; Robinson; Davenport;

931

Oxford, Oxon;  South Africa;

Letter, dated 10 June [1847] from Robert Gray D.D. in Oxford to an unnamed person.  It it Gray mentions that he had "received the honors of the University (Oxford) to-day, having been admitted to the degree of D.D." Shortly after this date he was consecrated Bishop of Capetown.  Originally, a letter written to him by someone who he describes as "one of your number, was included with this letter and Gray asked the person with whom he was corresponding to tell him what he knew about the man  "Should you recommend me to engage his services, should I be able to do so" The letter continues "Should you see the Archdeacon will you be kind enough to say that several of the clergy have asked me about the circular letter from the Archdeacon.  I suppose it has been distributed for some time, but certainly several of them have never received it."

Gray;

932

Leek, Staffordshire;

Ten notices to quit  tenancies in the parish of Leek, Staffordshire, all dated between 26 & 28` September 1814 and signed (with a cross) by John Bagnall.

Bagnall; Lea; Oakden; Brindley; Bloor; Fowell; Woodward; Salt; Garner; Mayer; Stonehewer;

933

Brockberry, Herefordshire; Barlaston, Carswell, Ingestry, Leek, Staffordshire; Charing Cross, London; Blisworth, Northamptonshire; Doncaster, Yorkshire;

[1] Draft assignment by John Cruso the elder of Leek, Staffordshire and Ralph Adderley and his wife Rosamund of Barlaston Hall, Staffordshire (by the direction of George Etches late of Leek but then of Doncaster, Yorkshire, mercer & draper ) to John Cruso junior of Leek. of a messuage, croft, stable and garden in Leek, Staffordshire for the residue of 3 several terms of 1000 years, 500 years and 500 years, in trust for Mrs Sarah Brentnall of Leek and to attend the inheritance, Cruso, Leek, dated 4th August 1836.  It cites a deed, dated 27 September 1781, in which the property is described as consisting of 4 messuages or dwellings situated  near the west end of the churchyard which were then in the holding of Samuel Johnson, Roger Tunnicliffe, Lewis Davies and Elizabeth Taylor, widow, a building, then used as a joiner's shop, adjoining the house of Samuel Johnson, together with a garden then used as a timber yard in the possession of Thomas Pratt.  Pratt wills, bankruptcy and dates of death etc, given.
A note states that the document was read and approved by Redfern the solicitor acting for George Etches.

[2] Abstract of the title of Mrs Ann Pratt and Mr George Etches to messuages and premises in Leek, Staffordshire, dated 1836. The abstract covers the period from 1761 to 1836. Attached is a list of those who received a legacy under the will of Sarah Brentnall dated 1836.  A final note states the will was executed 19 June 1843. The recital starts with deeds of lease and release dated 1 & 2 April 1761 between members of the Biddulph family and Thomas Pratt of Leek, Staffordshire concerning a messuage, burgage or dwelling house standing near the West end of the churchyard and an adjoining building to the West called "the School House".

[3] Mr Pratt's & Mrs Etches'  title. Queries raised upon abstracts to be answered by Mr Redfern.  This mentions the Endon family.

[4] Letter, dated 4 August 1836, from Michael Daintry Cruso, Leek, Staffordshire to Ralph Adderley of Barlaston Hall, Staffordshire concerning  George Etches, mercer and draper, formerly of Leek but who had gone to live in Doncaster and had sold his estate in Leek.

Adderley; Cruso; Etches; Brentnall; Johnson; Taylor; Davies; Pratt; Walthall; Tunnicliffe; Challinor; Smith; Elliot; Daintry; Ryle; Badnall; Sleigh; Hand;  Ferne; Mills; Brownlow;  Thornycroft; Stubbs; Sutton; Clowes; Godwin; Harrall; Ford;  Mellor; Davenport; Chorley;  Booth;  Hammond; Walmsley;  Ince; Travis; Hallowes; Brunt; Carter; Redfern; Biddulph; Vaudrey;  Lovatt; Hollins;  Sleigh; Baker; Cope; Fernyhough; Perfect; Fenton; Wild; Wardell; Marshall; Ball; Brindley; Wate; Van Tuyl; Gaunt; Rawlinson; Condlyffe; Faulkner; Flint; Joinson; Endon; Arderne;  Jolliffe;

934

Ingestre, Leek, Staffordshire;

Four items (bills) between John Hulme and John Griffin and a solicitors bill relating to the same 1829-1830.

[1] Copy of John Griffin's bill against John Hulme covering the period 1821 to 1829 and  remarks on this.  The items supplied by Griffin include malt, flower, clover, grass, bridles, tackle for horses, garters, a knife board and "cash for a ferret!.

[2]Copy of John Hulme's grocery bill against John Griffin covering the period 1819 to 1825 and the solicitor's remarks on this. This includes usual household items, tea, coffee, currants, sugar, soap, candles, blue, treacle, ginger etc, and also ashes, tobacco and tobacco pipes.

[3] Copy of John Hulme's bill against John Griffin for grass, potatoes, board and lodging covering the period 1825 to 1829 with remarks on this.  This also includes "Lent to Mrs G to pay Leichwoman for bleeding 5s".  6 weeks board and lodging for Mr & Mrs Griffin and "George" cost £6 in March 1826.  To pay for "a letter from London Hulme lent Mrs G 2 shillings in Jule 1828.

[4] Copy of John Hulme's bill for  gin, rum, porter, brandy, and ale against John Griffin covering the period April  to December 1829 with remarks on this.

[5] Blagg (solicitor Cheadle, Staffs) account in the case of Griffin versus Hulme 1830.

Armitt; Griffin; Hulme; Redfern; Coupland; Turnock; Whiston; Walmsley; Mellor; Turner; Allison; Brindley; Lees.

935

Staffordshire;

Plea in the Court of the Exchequer at Westminster, Trinity, in the third year of the reign of William and Mary [1691-92] concerning William Dudley, a "debtor of the King and Queen" who,  through Samuel Anderson his attorney, entered a plea in the Court at Westminster against Elizabeth Booth, widow and executor of Ralph Booth deceased [TO BE COMPLETED}

Dudley; Booth; Anderson; Hawes;

936

Cauldon, Horton, Leek, Staffordshire;

Five "Common Summons", issued by Staffordshire J.P., T. H. Heathcote,  between July and December 1844.

[1] Summons issued to the Constable of Leek on 8 July 1844 on information and complaint by Thomas Yeomans of Leek, police officer,  requiring John Yeomans of Leek, labourer, to appear before the Justice of the Peace at the Red Lion Inn, Leek on the 10th July 1844 to give evidence in a case of assault brought against Joseph Vickerstaff. The assault was alleged to have taken place on the 7th July.

[2]  Summons  to the Constable of Fawfield Head, Staffordshire on 19 July 1844 on information and complaint by Martha Kidd of Fawfieldhead, Alstonfield, spinster,  requiring Abraham Lomas of Fawfieldhead, stone mason, to appear before the Justice of the Peace at the Red Lion Inn, Leek on the 24th July 1844 to answer the charge of assaulting the complainant on the 17th July at Fawfieldhead. [Notes on the rear state" served 20 July"; " Witness -John Mellor of Fawfield Head at Mr Billinge" and  that the hearing was adjourned to the following 7th of August.

[3] Summons  to the Constable of Horton, Staffordshire on 5th August 1844 on information and complaint by John Russell of Leek, Staffordshire, Inspector of Police,  requiring James Brough of Horton, Staffordshire, labourer,  to appear before the Justice of the Peace at the Red Lion Inn, Leek on the 7th August 1844 to answer the charge of riding a cart on the 2nd August 1844 without having a person on foot to conduct the same and without having reins attached, on the highway leading from Horton to Harpurs Gate, contrary to the statute. List of costs on the rear: Constable 2s 6d; ….1s;  Inform, serve & copy 2s 6d; Fine 6d; Total 6s 6d.

[4] Summons  to the Constable of Leek, Staffordshire on 16th December 1844 on information and complaint by Thomas Yeomans of Leek, Staffordshire, policeman,  requiring Martha Heapy of Leek, beerhouse keeper,  to appear before the Justice of the Peace at the Red Lion Inn, Leek on the 18th December 1844 to answer the charge of keeping her house and premises licensed for the sale of beer open after the hour of 11 o'clock at night, on 23 November, contrary to the statute. The summons also states that the population of Leek at the last parliamentary census exceeded 2500. Note on the rear states that Edward Johns, police constable, served a copy of the summons on Martha Heapy on 16 December 1844.

[5]Summons  to the Constable of Cauldon, Staffordshire on 16th December 1844 on information and complaint by Edward Johns of Leek, Staffordshire, policeman,  requiring Philip Critchlow of Cauldon, beerhouse keeper,  to appear before the Justice of the Peace at the Red Lion Inn, Leek on the 18th December 1844 to answer the charge of keeping his house and premises licensed for the sale of beer open during the usual hours of the afternoon divine service in the Church of the parish of Cauldon "at about 3 o'clock) on 8th December 1844, contrary to the statute. Note on the rear states that William Ash, police constable at Waterhouses, served a copy of the summons on Philip Critchlow on 17th December 1844 at 11 a.m..

Ash; Billinge; Brough; Critchlow; Heapy; Heathcote; Johns; Kidd; Lomas; Mellor; Russell; Yeomans; Vickerstaff;

937

Congleton, Cheshire; Leek, Staffordshire;  Manchester;

Notes re the leasing of rooms in a Leek mill by "Thomas Robinson, manager in a large firm of fustian cutting at Congleton and William John Smith of 132 Mill Street".  Who wished to take " two rooms formerly occupied by Messrs Watson and afterwards by Messrs Bailey & Hammersley."  The note continues " There is no machinery or implements in the two rooms but the engines and machinery used for them is in the lower part of the building"  The two partners also wished to borrow  £100 on the security of the machinery they wished to buy. Their principal customers were Andrew Roberts & Co, Messrs Lea & CO, and another fustian firm in Manchester.

The items also include a letter, dated 16 July 1881, from Joseph Challinor  to his son Edward  concerning the matter. The letter also mentions that the writer had written to "Mrs Hand?" about "the pony carriage for Mrs Ingleby if she wanted it"

Bailey; Challinor; Hand; Hammerlsley; Ingleby; Lea; Roberts; Robinson; Smith; Watson;

938

Leek, Staffordshire;

Miscellaneous documents relating to the Leek Town Lands and in particular to the fire engine and "Engine House".

[1]Killmister's bill, dated 9 February 1810,  to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands with respect to costs incurred in connection with the fire engine between 1804 and 1809. The costs include "Annual and other payments for playing fire engine  £4-10-0".

[2] Robert Emerson's bill, dated 4 June 1811,  to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands with respect to "the care and working of the engine for 3 years --£6-6-0" and repairs to the engine …  £8-2-0".

[3] John Lomas Pimlott's bill to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands for work in the cattle market in 1842-43, dated3 March 1843.

[4]William Challinor's receipt for £8 received from John Cruso as an allowance by the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands in respect of the fire engine, 24 June 1843.

[5] William Challinor's receipt for £12-2s-11d received from  the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands as allowance for repairs to the fire engine, 22 August 1843.

[6]Resolution of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands regarding the erection of a fire engine house and cottage at the far end of the Cattle Market in Leek, Staffordshire, and accepting the lowest tender (that of Mr Fernyhough] for its construction. John Cruso chaired the meeting. Dated: 1 October 1849.

[7]Henry Haynes  estimate for the cost of building the engine house and cottage for the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, 28 September 1849.

[8]Joseph  Fernyhough's tender for the cost of building the engine house and cottage for the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, undated but probably September 1849.

[9] Authorisation by Joseph Fernyhough of William Challinor, solicitor, to receive £100 from the Leek Town Lands Committee, dated 6 November 1849, together with a stamped receipt for the sum of £100 "on account of Mr Joseph Fernyhough's contract for erecting house and engine house in Leek", signed by Wm. J. Mollatt for Wm. Challinor and dated 24 April 1850. Also a letter, dated 27 February 1850 from Joseph Fernyhough to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands (via Mr Br(e)aley) asking them to pay £9 to Thomas Wright and charge the same to his account. Wright's receipt is written on the back of the letter.

Challinor; Cruso; Emerson; Pimlott; Killmister; Fernyhough; Haynes; Clee; Nixon; Wright; Mollatt;

939

Leek, Staffordshire; Wolverhampton.

Miscellaneous items relating to the Leek Town Lands, Leek, Staffordshire

[1] Undated but probably early 19th century. "Loose enquiry of George Lees as are drawing the Town Account, by saying I see the cart for the scavenger was paid for to him --suppose it was wore out -Q who was the scavenger" On the other side of this note it states "Geo Lees 245. Scavengers.  George Lees says it was a low cart and drawn by an ass and made by George Bold and some man at Cornhill Cross was to have drawn it himself, but was not able, therefore shafts were put to it. Does not remember  that he was paid for it but perhaps he may when Constable -- Supposes it was wore out, says he once took a pauper in it to W:Hampton."  [Pencil list of shares in something not specified]

[2]William Gorman's receipt for £15-0-0 received from  the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands as an allowance for the "use of the large room at the Red Lion Inn [Leek, Staffordshire] for a barracks for the soldiers in 1842"'

Lees; Gorman; Cruso; Bold;

940

Leek, Staffordshire;

Letter, dated 25 November 1909, from W. E. Beacham, surveyor for the Leek Urban District Council to R. W. Brealey, Agent for the Leek Town Lands Trustees, re proposed extensions of the new machine house and the underground convenience on the North side of the weighing House in Derby Street [Leek, Staffordshire], asking him to seek permission for the erection of the property on their land. The letter points out that the proposed convenience would come under the footpath on the Ball Haye Street side. 

[2] Plan included with the letter dated 25 November 1909 [Item 1 above] showing the proposed extension to the convenience and machine in Derbys Street, Leek, Staffordshire.

[3] Letter, dated 27 November 1909, from R. W. Brealey to Sir Arthur Nicholson re the letter from Mr Beacham concerning rebuilding of the machine house and the underground convenience in Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire. Originally a minute (No. 321) of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands  referring to the erection of an above ground urinal in the cattle market,  was included together with the letter and map from Beacham, and Brealey asked Nicholson if the Minute was sufficient "without calling a further meeting of Trustees to consider it.  A note by Nicholson "states "I think the minute is sufficient. It is better underground".

Brealey; Beacham; Nicholson;

941

North Rode, Cheshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

Trustees of the Leek Town Lands accounts.

[1] Short statement of accounts-undated but probably late 18th century.

[2] Accounts of the rents of the several Town Lands in Leek appropriated to the repairs of the streets, highways, repairs of the engine part of the salary to the organist and for other matters for the use or benefit of the Town for four years viz from Lady Day 1809 to Lady day 1811 (the latter inclusive) how much of the said rents have been received by Mr John Cruso and what remains in arrear at Lady day 1811.

[3] Leek Town Lands receipt paper 6th March 1810 -appears to relate to rents due and received and arrears.

[4] Leek Town Lands receipt paper 26th February 1811 -appears to relate to rents due and received and arrears.

[5] An account of the messuages, lands and tenements situate in the Townships of Leek and Lowe, parish Leek, county Stafford - called "Town Lands, dated 31 January 1833. It tabulates the number on the plan, the "Parcels", the quantity of land, yearly rent and occupiers with notes given under "Observations.

[6] An account of the messuages, lands and tenements situate in the Townships of Leek and Lowe, parish Leek, county Stafford - called "Town Lands, dated 31 January 1833. A note on the front states "In Chancery.  In the matter of Leek Town Lands this paper writing marked with the letter S was produced and shown to John Cruso at the time of his swearing an affidavit in this cause the 28th day of July 1853, James Bloore".

[7] Trustees of the Leek Town Lands: receipts and payments to 1st February 1840.

[8] Draft account of receipts and payments on account of Town Lands in the year ending Lady day 1840 [Leek, Staffordshire].

[9] Draft account re the Leek Town Lands from Lady day 1840 to Lady day 1841;

[10] Account of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands for one year ending Lady day 1844.

[11] Draft account of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands for one year ending 25 June 1845.

[12] Leek Town Lands: Annual statement of the account for one year to the 25 June 1846.

Birtles; Mills; Cruso; Emerson; Bournes; Mellors; Davenport; Pickering; Birchenough; Stonehewer; Mills; Cope Scragg; Milner; Shufflebotham; Johnson; Simcock; Bennett; Boocock; Challinor; Killmister; Larkin; Lowndes; Nixon; Wood; Harrison; Brooks; Lockitt; Gaunt; Yarwood; Stonier; Plant; Walker; Bowyer; Tatton; Hunt; Bold; Shallcross; Pointon; Brindley; Perkins; ainsworth; Mellor; Lees; Pickering; Bullock;  Walmsley; Badnall; Daintry; Cave; Thorpe; Griffin; Fowler; Rider; Leech; Leese; Frst; Sheldon; Moss; Barlow; Hale; Wright; Clark; Cumberlidge; Smith; Ball; Kirkland; Arnold; Moorcroft;

942

Leek< Staffordshire;

Printed notice of the letting of Westwood Heath and land at Cornhill Cross, Leek, Staffordshire by auction at the "Swan-With-Two-Necks" in Leek on the 9th February 1804. Inside, the conditions for the letting of Lot 2 (the land at Cornhill Cross) are given. A note states that Mr Robert Emerson bid on behalf of Robert Leason and that the latter agreed to be bound by the conditions of letting.

Boyer; Turnock; Mills; Cruso; Jones; Hilliard; Emerson; Learson;

943

Leek, Staffordshire;

Seven bills relating to expenditure by the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands on paying and clothing the Beadle, Thomas Pilsbury, between 1801 and 1807.  The Beadle' annual salary was £2-12s-0d or one shilling a week. He wore a coat, waistcoat (both with metal buttons) canvas breeches and a gold laced top hat.

Pilsbury; Lownds; Howard; Barker; Cruso; Birch;

944

Leek, Staffordshire;

A release, dated 22 March 1880, by the Members of the Leek Male & Female Human Friendly Society with the officers of such society . This Society met in the Brunswick Chapel School Room in West Street, Leek , Staffordshire and the document carries the signatures of 68 persons and in the case of some of the women, their husbands also signed.

Vigrass; Tomkinson; Mien; Goodwin; Clulow; Parker; Doxey; Garner; Leah; Clowes; Henshaw; Ball; Slater; Salt; Gibson; Ratcliffe; Rushton; Moreley; Copeland; Astles; Lees; Osborne; Rigby; Gould; Courte; Booth; Nean; Mottershead; Lowe; Redfern; Wardle; Nixon; Buxton; Sheldon; Rogers; Pickford; Fogg; Morton; Fitch; Bennett; Forster; Birch; Pickering;  Smith; Bratt; Tatton; Austin; Cumberbach; Pegg; Lovatt; Bestwick; Whilam;

945

Leek. Staffordshire;

Merger of rent charges by Hugh Sleigh acting as sole Trustee of the Leek Town Lands, in connection with impropriate tithes in Leek & Lowe. Signed and sealed by Sleigh on 28 August 1850 and confirmed by the Tithe Commissioners for England & Wales. Challinor, Badnall & Challinor, Leek, Staffordshire.

Sleigh; Badnall; Challinor; Buller; McLamie; Shaw;

946

Leek, Staffordshire;

Case in connection with the Leek Town Lands, drafted by John Cruso of Leek, Staffordshire,  for the opinion of Mr Senior, 2 January 1832. It states that there are messuages and lands in the town of Leek, Staffordshire which are called " The Leek Town Lands" but that it is not known how they came to be so designated nor how the Freeholders became possessed of them.   For time "past the memory of man" the rents had been paid out for public purposes. The Act of Parliament for Inclosing Lands in the parish of Leek, Staffordshire 1805, contains a clause requiring the Commissioners to appoint 7 persons from Freeholders resident in Leek as Trustees both in respect of any allotments  under the Act but also with respect to  the "Messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments called "Town Lands"…"Only three of the trustees appointed in 1811 were then alive, Cruso asks (1) what if any powers they have to appoint trustees in the place of those dead or whether the trust devolves on the survivors and their heirs. He also asked (2) Whether the trustees could make a legal exchange and grant building leases  without obtaining an Act of Parliament and the whether the legislature would pass such an act. Finally, he asked (3) If the  Legislature would grant power enabling the trustees to appoint fresh trustees from time to time in the same Act.  Mr Senior's reply is written below.

Cruso; Senior;

947

Leek, Staffordshire;

Detailed tabular statement of income and expenditure by the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands for the period from 1711 to 1848, prepared by Mr Alcock and used in a Chancery case  in connection with the Leek Town Lands in 1854. 

Income Headings: Woodcroft Heath; Westwood Heath; Nabb Hill; Cottages; Allotment Leek Moor; Deductions Total; Subscriptions Highways; Interest; Sundries;


Expenditure Headings:, Paving & soughing; Cleaning Spout;  Spent at Passing the Accounts; Just for defence of the title of the freeholders to the said lands; law charges; purchase of land for widening streets; Market House & Lock Up (Town Hall); Land bottom of Derby Street; Fire engine; Organ repair and organist's salary;  Allotment Leek Moor; Compensation to tenants; allowance to tenants; Beadle's clothing and salary; Scavengers; Tithes; Income Tax; Repairs; Expenses letting land; Receipt of rents; Stamps.
 

List of Town Lands:

Woodcroft Heath                     7a   2r   35 p
Westwood Heath                   18a   2r    3p
Nabb Hill (part remaining)      1a    2r    37p
Allotment Leek Moor              5a   1r     19p
Cottages                                    0a   2r     10p
Total                                        34a    0r     26p

 Lost Part of Nabb Hill            6a    0r       0p
Cottages                                    4a    0r    11p
Total                                         10a    0r    11p

Alcock; Cruso; Bloore; Kirkland; Birchenough; Lockett; Sherratt; Hollinshead; Mills; Wardle; Ford; Maddocks;Gaunt; Grosvenor; Ward; Sutton; Searight; Rider; Henshaw;

948

Leek, Staffordshire;

Documents concerning the rights of common in Leek, Staffordshire.

[1] Memorandum of resolutions made at a meeting of the freeholders and others having rights of common on the commons and waste grounds of the Manor of Leek and Frith in the County of Stafford, taken in a meeting held at the house of Thomas Getliffe the Marquis of Granby in Leek, on 3rd July 1790 "in pursuance of certain articles of agreement bearing the date 21st June 1790."  The resolution was that several persons who have signed the Articles of Agreement mentioned do meet at this place on Saturday the 2nd day of October next at 6.0 o'clock in the Evening to further consider the proper steps to be taken for preserving the rights and interests in the said commons according to the said articles entered into for that purpose. And that William Smith be appointed (until further order) to overlook the said commons and prevent persons turning thereon who have no right and also to prevent the said commons being surcharged".  The document was signed by Thomas Fenton Grosvenor, Richard Smith, William Rowley, Thomas Bowyer, Anthony Appleby and William Alcocks.

[2] Extracts from the Leek Inclosure Act Award 3rd July 1811 showing the appointment of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands. Cruso, Leek, about 1825.  The Trustees appointed were:Thomas Mills; Toft Chorley; Thomas Phillips; Hugh Ford; John Sleigh; John Cruso; Richard Smith;

[3] Draft or copy agreement and consent by Richard Bentley, clerk Vicar of Leek, Staffordshire, the Rt. Hon. George, Earl of Macclesfield as Patron of the Vicarage of Leek, Rosamund Mills, widow, and William Sneyd, as trustees of infant, and the said Richard Bentley and Michael Daintry as Trustees of the Rhodes Charity, and also the said Catherine Hall to the assignment to Richard Bentley and successor Vicars of Leek, allotments to be made from the Commons and Waste Lands to the said Thomas Mills and the said Richard Bentley and Michael Daintry (as Trustees of the Rhodes Charity) and the said Catherine Hall respectively, as compensation not only for the tithes of lands and grounds subject thereto but of the allotment or allotments to be made. Signed 25 September 1807.  This document gives the lands in Leek subject to tithes of corn to the Vicar as: "A piece of land in the township of Leek called Browns Field or Beggarsway Field the inheritance of Thomas Mills an infant; two pieces of land near  Cornhill Cross belonging to the Rhodes Charity; the Northwardly end of land called Halls Furlong containing about two days work of which Mrs Catherine Hall is tenant for life; and  four other days work of land not yet satisfactorily made out."

[4]  Minutes of a meeting of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands at the Red Lion Inn, Leek, Staffordshire, on 1st February 1833. Document is dated 8th February 1833. The meeting had been called "in consideration of the state of the lands and adopting such measures as might be necessary" After discussion a Committee was formed consisting of Mr Carr, Mr Abbott; Mr Smith; Mr Milward and Mr Ward, to ascertain the state of the town lands and the rents from these, and to receive proposals from tenants. The Committee was also to consider "any offer which John Davenport might make respecting an exchange of lands"

The members of the Committee met at the Town Hall, Leek on the 8th February 1833 and proceeded to inspect the cottages and lands at Back o' the Street, Kiln Lane and Nab Hill and particularly to inspect Westwood Heath, then held by Mr Davenport and Woodcroft Heath held by Thomas Pointon. That evening the Committee met again at the Town Hall and resolved to reach a compromise with persons who had in their possession small allotments of land on which they had built cottages and to dispose of such land by public auction or private contract. The money raised to be laid out either in the purchase of land or invested in public funds -the Committee strongly recommended the latter course of action as being less troublesome and most likely to raise the largest amount of annual income. However, the Committee realised that they had no powers to accomplish this object and therefore recommended that an Act of Parliament be obtained appointing 7 trustees with power to re-elect on the death of any one of them and powers of sale, exchange and management of Trust property.  Mr Davenport having agreed to pay a sum for the 18 1/2 acres held by him and to pay the expences of obtaining the Act of Parliament, the Committee recommended that his offer be accepted with the provision that the Act to be obtained should be exclusively under the management of the Freeholders or the Trustees and their Committee.

Grosvenor; Smith; Rowley; Bowyer; Appleby; Alcocks; Mills; Chorley; Phillips; Ford; Sleigh; Cruso; Hall; Daintry; Bentley; Sneyd; Parker; Davenport; Pointon; Ward; Milward; Abbott; Carr;

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Leek, Staffordshire;

Bank book of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands in account with Messrs Fowler, Gaunt & Co., for December 1839 to January 1847.

Fowler; Gaunt; Cruso; Moss; Rider;  Barlow; Russell; Young; Phillips; Pimlott; Hacker; Carr; Challinor; Pointon; Brealey; Ratcliffe; Frost; Cumberlidge; Davenport; Clarke; Lockitt;

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Leek, Staffordshire;

Items relating to the letting of Leek Town Lands

[1] Conditions for the letting of  Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire to  Thomas Johnson for 21 years at an annual rent of £12 from Lady-day 1778. Part missing.

[2] Conditions for the letting of  Westwood Heath, Leek, Staffordshire to  Allen Ireland at an annual rent of £22 , March 1778. Part missing.

[3] Conditions for the letting of  Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire  for 11 years, from Lady-day 1779.  The land is described as "All that piece or parcel of land esteemed part of Leek Field situate lying and being within the parish of Leek and commonly called by the name of Woodcroft Heath know and for sometime past divided into three pieces containing  together 7 acres 2 roods 35 perches or thereabouts……Subject to tithes hay.

[4] Printed conditions for the letting of  Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire  for 11 years, from Lady-day 1800.

[5] Conditions for the letting of two pieces of land at Cornhill Cross near Leek, Staffordshire containing 3 acres  2 roods  25 perches and in the occupation of Robert Leason for one year to begin on 25 May 1805.  The land was  let by auction at the Swan Inn on 22 February 1805, to William Lowndes at an annual rent of £23.

[6] Conditions for the letting the Vicar's Allotment and Charity Allotments, for 21 years, by auction at the George Inn, Leek, Staffordshire on 17 May 1808. They were let to Mr Emerson for Josiah Gaunt at an annual rent of £31.

[7] Conditions for the letting of Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire by auction at the Roebuck Inn, Leek, on 8th March 1810. Lot 1 was then in the occupation of James Bourne.

[8] A further copy of the conditions for the letting of Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire by auction at the Roebuck Inn, Leek, on 8th March 1810. This only concerns Lot 1 of the lands listed in [7] above.

[9] A draft of the conditions for the letting of Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire by auction at the Roebuck Inn, Leek, on 8th March 1810.

[10] Conditions for the letting of Westwood Heath and Leek Field, by auction at the Red Lion Inn, Leek, Staffordshire on 23 March 1813.

[11] Conditions for the letting of Westwood Heath, Leek, Staffordshire to Thomas Griffin for 7 years from 25 March 1813 at an annual rent of £65.

[12] Draft conditions for the letting of Westwood Heath, Leek, for 7 years, by auction at the Red Lion, Leek, Staffordshire on 15 December 1820.

[13] Conditions for the letting of Westwood Heath, Leek, Staffordshire to John Davenport for 7 years from 15 December 1820 at an annual rent of £56.

[14] Conditions for the letting of Westwood Heath, Leek, Staffordshire to John Davenport for 7 years from 15 December 1820 at an annual rent of £56.

[15] Conditions for the letting of Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire to John Tatton for 7 years from 25 March 1823, at an annual rent of £20.

[16] Conditions for the letting of Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire to Thomas Pointon, wheelwright,  for 5 years from 25 March 1825, at an annual rent of £31.

[17] Conditions for the letting of Westwood Heath, Leek, Staffordshire to John Davenport for 7 years from 25 March 1827, at an annual rent of £50.

[18] Conditions for the letting of Woodcroft Heath part of Leek Town Lands Leek, Staffordshire to Thomas Pointon of Leek, carpenter, for 5 years from 25 March 1830, at an annual rent of £16.

[19] Conditions for the letting of Westwood Heath part of Leek Town Lands, now in the occupation of John Davenport, for 7 years from 25 March 1835, by auction at the Red Lion Inn, Leek, Staffordshire on 2 December 1834.

[20] Conditions for the letting of the Leek Town Lands, for 7 years from 25 Marcy 1843, by auction at the Red Lion Inn, Leek, Staffordshire on 9th February 1843.

Mills; Birtles; Davenport; Walthall; Ireland; Johnson; Hargrave; Jones; Lowndes; Leason; Bourne; Wooliscroft; Emerson; Pointon; Tatton; Ireland; Gaunt; Bourne; Griffin; Leech; Barlow; Gorman;

 



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