Bednall Collection Part 2 (BC2) No.s 951 to 975   

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Last updated 25/02/2007


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951

Leek, Staffordshire;

Leek Town Lands, Lots of lands belonging to the poor of Leek, Staffordshire, to be let by auction on 25 February 1803 for a term of 7 years. The lots were: [1] Oulton Farm in Rushton now in the occupation of Thomas Lockett; [2] part of Leekfield occupied by Mr Samuel Bradock; [3] land near Cornhill Cross, Leek occupied by Mr Cruso; [4] land at Cornhill Cross, Leek, occupied by T. Bailey.
Also one lot to be sold by auction on 9 March 1803 at Leek, consisting of "capital timber numbered with scribes and growing in Rushton 5 miles from Leek and 7 miles from Macclesfield and within half a mile of the Turnpike road leading from Leek to Macclesfield and not more than 100 yards from a good road where the timber mat be conveyed with ease, viz 198 oaks, 3 Cyphers; 2 ashes; 1 alder. Mr Kent at the Robin Hood public house in Rushton will shew the timber."

Cruso; Braddock; Bailey; Kent; Lockett;

952

Leek, Staffordshire;

Memorandum of agreement by the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands with Mr Robert Emerson for the rental of Westwood Heath part of Leek Town Lands for one year, dated 9 March 1812.  Emerson was to take the land at "the old rent" provided he  took upon himself a debt due from Mrs Pedley to the Trustees and pay the trustees 12s in the pound on the debt.   It was also agreed that Emerson on the piece of land called "Leek Field" lately occupied by Thomas Woolliscroft "at the like sum of £15-10s" which Woolliscroft paid.  Document was signed by John Cruso; Thomas Phillips; Toft Chorley; John Sleigh and Robert Emerson.

Emerson; Cruso; Chorley; Phillips; Pedley; Woolliscroft; Sleigh;

953

Abbotsholme, Derbyshire; Hanley, Leek, Staffordshire;

Copy contract between Thomas Goodwin of Hanley, Staffordshire, builder and Dr Cecil Reddie, principal and proprietor of Abbotsholme School, Derbyshire,  for extensive alterations to the new school at Abbotsholm,  -Division B: Section 1- Dining Hall & Chapel: Section 2- Kitchen Block. William Sugden & Son, architects, Leek, Staffordshire, 6 July 1898.Goodwin offered to carry out the work for £8500 with the work to be completed before the 29th 1899 with the roofs being covered in before the 31 December 1898.

Reddie; Goodwin; Sugden; Hooper;

954

Leek, Staffordshire;

Partners' Ledger to 31st December 1876 for the firm of solicitors Challinor, Badnall and Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire.

Challinor; Badnall; Lewthwaite; Burnett; Johnson; Pemberton; May; Smith; Shaw; Binns; Trunock; Shaw; Byrne; Robinson; Gemmell;Manifold; Shrigley; Lowndes; Sneyd; Cooper; Shenton; Turner; and others.

955

Leek, Staffordshire;

Ledger of Subscribers to the Leek Parish Church School (Leek, Staffordshire) and the subscriptions they paid from 1886 to 1904.  Subscribers are listed annually, in alphabetic order.

[1st year only] Allen; Argyles; Byrom; Badnall; Bamford; Bradshaw; Brindley; Brealey; Bray ; Birch; Bull; Beardmore; ; Carr; Cartwright; Challinor; Clowes; Cruso; Critchlow; Carding;` Cannings; Dakeyne; Deacon; Davenport; Eaton; Eddowes; Finney; Fynney; Fallon; Goddard; Glover; Hartley; Henshaw; Howard; Howes; Hopkins; Hulme; Heath; Hill; Henry; Lea; Lowe; Lockett; Platt; Pilkington; Mark; Macclesfield; Massey; Marsden; Maskery; Milner; Myatt; Moss; May; Robinson; Redfern; Oliver;Phillips; Platt; Prince; Swift; Shufflebotham; Shaw; sleigh; Smith; Simister; Sawer; Searight; Swindells; Turnock; Taylor; Towndrow; Ward; Wardle; Whittles; Woodhead; Warrington; Walwyn Watson; Young;

956

Leek, Staffordshire;

Mr Ralph Grainger's opinion concerning the rent charges paid for the Almshouse, Leek, Staffordshire, dated 11 May 1694.  He states that he had "praised the grant of ye rent charge from Mr Jolliffe to Madam Ash of £40 a year: "which he took to be "well secured out of the farm they sold to him and another farme of his: and the settlement afterwards made by Mr Jolliffe will  …  … in the estate of the rent: and Mr John Jolliffe as also his wife after his death upon whom the lands are settled out of which the rent is to be paid must pay this rent and so must every one to whom …  lands shall belong to their hair (heir)

The £100 given by ye Lady Dethick and put out to the Batemans upon bond ought to be got in and ….. Charge purchased in ye name of Madam Ashes trustees therewith to be imployed as ye £40 a year is appointed to be by deed."  A note on the obverse states "this is ye opinion of anable counsellar counsellar ye Allms hous" and is signed "E. Ashe".

Jolliffe; Ashe; Dethick; Grainger;

957

Biddulph,  Cheddleton, Ipstones, Leek, Longnor,  Onecote, Staffordshire;

Messrs Challinor, Badnall & Challinor, solicitors, Leek, Staffordshire, Clients Account Book, commencing May 1850. Indexed.

Badnall; Challinor; [many names]

958

Leek, Staffordshire;

Memorandum re a meeting at the George Inn, Leek, Staffordshire, of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, on 13th April 1798, concerning the state of lands belonging to the town of Leek.  The meeting agreed that Mr. Sleigh should survey the lands and houses, with, if required, the assistance of Mr Nuttall or any other surveyor.   They were asked to fix reasonable rents, considering the circumstances of each place, so that those occupiers who wished to, could take a lease of the property for 11 years.  A further resolution agreed that the purchaser of Mr Mellor's part of Nab Hill should have liberty to hold the "land of the Town now enjoyed therewith" for 5 shillings per acre, clear rent, for 11 years. The document was signed by 10 individuals.  Notes relating to a case in Chancery in 1854 indicate that it was shown to  Thomas Redfern and to John Cruso when they swore their affidavits in February that year.

Sleigh; Nuttall; Fowler; Phillips; Challinor; Lees; Jackson; Debank; Mathason; Redgrave; Cruso; Baynham; Bloore;

959

Leek, Rushton Spencer, Staffordshire;

Ten items relating to the Leek Town Lands. 

[1] Conditions for letting the Leek Town Lands allotment of 5 acres 1 rood 19 perches on Leek Moor,  by auction at the Red Lion Inn, Leek, Staffordshire, dated 24 March 1825. The land was then occupied by John Finney esq., a silk manufacturer, and the lease was to last for 7 years.

[2] Conditions for letting the Oulton Lands at Rushton Spencer, Staffordshire, by auction at the Golden Lion Inn, Rushton Spencer, on 19 December 1837. The lands were to be let by the year.

[3] Conditions for letting the Leek Town Lands, for seven years,  by auction at the Red Lion Inn, Leek, Staffordshire, dated 9 February 1843.

[4] Receipt for £35 received by Thomas Brealey on behalf of Mr Cruso, from the Trustee of the Leek Town Lands as the sum allowed to Mrs Searight on account of buildings removed to widen Stockwell Street, Leek, in 1845, dated 24 June 1846.

[5] Receipt for £50 received by John Leech, surveyor, from the Trustee of the Leek Town Lands  towards the new culvert in Mill Street, Leek, dated 27 May 1846.

[6] Receipt for £40 received by Henry Haynes for Messrs Hammond & Brunt, from the Trustee of the Leek Town Lands  towards the amount of paving, dated 4 February 1846.

[7] Receipt for £8 received by B. Barlow, from the Trustee of the Leek Town Lands  for two year allowance towards his salary as organist of Leek church for the years ending Lady Day 1839, dated 8 April 1840.

[8] Receipt for £4 received by B. Barlow, from the Trustee of the Leek Town Lands  being an  allowance for his salary as organist of the parish church of Leek  for the year ending Lady Day 1846, dated 25 June 1846.

[9] Receipt for £1 received by George Rider, from the Trustee of the New Market Ground (Leek Town Lands)  for one year's salary for superintending the New Market Ground during the year ending 24 June 1845, dated 3 July 1845.

[10] Receipt for £1 received by George Rider, from the Trustee of the Cattle Market Bottom of Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire (Leek Town Lands)  as salary for superintending the gates etc, during the year ending 21 June 1846, dated 22 July 1846. As he had already received a fine of 5 shillings paid by Mr Henshaw the actual cash paid by the Trustees was 15/-.

Gorman; Braddock; Turnock; Finney; Brealey; Cruso; Searight; Leech; Haynes; Barlow; Rider; Henshaw.

960

Leek, Staffordshire; London;

Letter from J. Davenport, London to Mr Cruso, junior, Leek, Staffordshire dated 19 November 1831.  In it Davenport first mentions a "melancholy event" and offers Cruso his condolences continuing "no one could have felt more than I have done and for which you know I have much reason.  Indeed I was so shocked and grieved that I could not find courage to write to you at the time and am now at a loss to know how to express the feelings of regret which my son's news of the death of your good and aimiable parent has occasioned".    After mentioning that he had not received an agreement that Cruso had previously mentioned to him (Leek Town Lands?) he asked to be remembered to Cruso's father and family and sent his sincere wishes to Michael Daintry Cruso and "his lady". Evidently Michael Cruso had become engaged or had just married.

Cruso; Davenport;

961

Leek, Staffordshire:

List of 68 names and ages of males living in Leek, Staffordshire, undated but on paper water marked 1796. Ages of known individuals indicate that the list was written in 1803. Ages range from 16 to 74 and all but one of those aged 60 or over are ticked.  The purpose of this list is unknown but it may be a draft militia list.

Armitt; Asburn;  Brassington; Badnall; Ball; Birch; Booth; Bould; Bowcock; Bratt; Bramwell;  Brunt; Bullock; Clark; Cope; Copestake; Crompton; Cumberlidge; Davenport; Earls; Ensworth; Hall; Hammond; Hargraves; Hease; Holroyde; Hulme; Hunt; Jackson; Johnson; Kirckam; Lees; Lovatt; Mottershead; Nixon; Perkins; Pichril; Pickford;  Pirchin; Rigbey; Rowley; Smith; Stonehewer; Tatton; Taylor;  Walmsley; Wakefield; West; Wheilden; Wiston;

962

Middlewich, Cheshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

Promissory note, dated 1st July 1754, signed by Joseph Jackson of Leek, Staffordshire (he made his mark) and witnessed by John Davenport, for the repayment of forty pounds  and interest for money borrowed from William Sparrow of Middlewich, Cheshire.  The receipt of interest payments by Mary Sparrow , in 1765 and 1767, is recorded on the back.

Jackson; Sparrow; Davenport;

963

Leek, Staffordshire;

Items relating to  the  Town Lands, Leek, Staffordshire:

{1} Biddings for Westwood Heath dated 5 March 1800.

[2] Biddings for Leek Town Lands at the Red Lion Inn, Leek, on 1 March 1803.

[3] Biddings for Westwood Heath and Cornhill Cross lands, at the Red Lion Inn, Leek, Staffordshire on 9 February 1804.

[4] Biddings for Cornhill Cross lands,  Leek, Staffordshire on 22 February 1805.

[5] Mr Joseph Gould's award respecting the rent to be paid by Mr Emerson for Westwood Heath part of Leek Town Lands, dated 26 March 1819. The letting had been taken by Mr Griffin on Robert Emerson's behalf and the award was that he should pay £54 a year rental for the letting.  He was not to claim property tax and the Trustees were not to claim interest.

[6] Three receipts signed by Robert Emerson as surveyor of the Roads for Leek, Staffordshire, for money received from Mr Cruso between February and June 1811. They include £23-3s-3d "for overseeing the roads" (14 February), £23-10s "for five years property upon £47 per year" ( 4 June] presumably interest paid to him for non-receipt of wages, and  £41-1s-3d "being the balance due to me as surveyor of the highways" [4 June].

[7] Eight receipts for the payment by the Trustee of the Leek Town Lands towards the salary of the organist of the parish church, Leek, Staffordshire 1808 to 1811 and 1845 to 1848. The payment was £4 a year.

Alcock; Alsop; Ash; Bailey; Barlow; Barrow;  Bourne; Braddock; Cope; Cruso; Emerson; Fowler; Fynney; Gaunt; Goodfellow; Goodwin; Gould; Griffin;Hulme; Joinson;  Killmister; Larkin; Leason; Lockett; Lowndes; Maskery; Millward; Pedley; Percival; Sutton; Taylor; Turnock; Warden(?);

964

Leek Staffordshire;

Three items relating to the Leek Town Lands, Leek, Staffordshire.

[1] Statement of facts in a case brought by the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands for the ejectment of Francis Bowcock from trust property at Nab Hill, Leek, Staffordshire-undated but probably after or about 1841.  It lists rents paid by Bowcock family from 1811 to 1833.

[2] Copy declaration, plea and issue in John Doe on the demise of John Sleigh & John Cruso v Richard Roe, in the Court of Common Pleas, Staffordshire, Easter Term 1839-40.(sent by Jennings Bolton & Jennings of London to John Cruso junior of Leek, Staffordshire on 19 May 1840]. This concerns the case of Francis Bowcock who claimed title as tenant to 2 messuages, 2 cottages, 2 outhouses, 2 yards and two gardens with all appurtenances in Leek, Staffordshire.

[3] Formal request Robert Fergyson and Mr Gay of Leek to distrain the goods and chattels of Mrs Brooks widow of the late John Brooks of Leek, Staffordshire for £2 12s 6d, being rent and arrears of rent due to John Sleigh, the Trustee of the Leek Town Lands. Dated 22 June 1844 and signed by John Cruso as agent for the Trustee.

Birtles; Bowcock; Bowler; Brooks; Brindley; Cruso; Fergyson; Fern; Gay; Griffin; Mills; Sleigh; Steel;

965

Leek, Staffordshire;

Three documents relating to the application by the Technical Instruction Committee of the Leek Improvement Commissioners, to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands for a grant for the "furtherance of Technical Education" 1891-92.

[1] Letter from C. Henshaw as Clerk to the  Improvement Commissioners, Leek, Staffordshire, to Thomas Brealey & Son of Leek asking him to submit a request for a grant from the Technical Instruction Committee to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, dated 25 July 1891.

[2] Letter from the Charity Commissioners to  Thomas Brealey & Son, Leek, Staffordshire approving the granting of income from the Leek Town Lands Charity for the purpose of providing technical education in Leek, dated 10 December 1891.

[3] Technical Instruction Committee's estimate of income and expenditure for the year ending 25 March 1892. Their income consisted of £160 from the local rates, £60 from student's fees; and grants of £60 and £50 from the County Council.   The expenditure shows the subjects being taught, i.e. commercial arithmetic and correspondence; physiology,  hygiene and the "Laws of Health"; Chemistry and the theory of dyeing reagents and apparatus fittings; wood carving and modelling; joinery and carpentry;  dress making, and typewriting.  Teacher's fees amounted to £173 -8s-6d.

Henshaw; Brealey;

966

Mansfield, Warsop, Nottinghamshire; Leek, Staffordshire; Harrorgate, Yorkshire;

Letter dated 15 October 1849 from Robert Matson at the Swan Hotel, Mansfield to Mr Brealey of Leek, Staffordshire (who was in Harrogate at the time) concerning the sale and conveyance of land  by the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands to the railway company. In particular it concerns a dispute over compensation relating to land for spoil banks.  The letter points out  that the original contract of 24 October 1848, with the railway company contained a clause that stipulated " that any further land of the said Hugh Sleigh which shall be taken and used by the said company as spoil banks or depositories of rubbish shall be paid for after the same rate per acre as the land before mentioned".   The letter also mentions "Mr Frank" (possibly Frank Cruso) and states that they hope to reach Leek that evening. Matson said that Mr Frank had been "very sadly indeed" and instead of accompanying him to Warsop "to settle Sir Henry's purchase" had to be left in bed here [Mansfield] under the care of a medical gentleman". Evidently the business in Warsop involved the Manor Court because Mr Walkden the Steward of the Court "gave me a seat in his carriage and brought me back here in a couple of hours".

Matson; Brealey; Walkden; Worthington;

967

Leek, Staffordshire;

Leek Town Lands: Documents relating to an agreement with Mr Birchenough re land at Nab Hill, Leek, Staffordshire 1838-39.

[1] Memorandum of agreement between William Birchenough of Leek, Staffordshire, silk twister, and George Keates of Leek, yeoman,  by which Birchenough sold to Keates the tenant right and actual possession of "all that dwelling house with garden and croft situate at Nab Hill near Leek in the occupation of Edward Perkin, the said William Birchenough and George Thorpe" for £20. Birchenough made his mark.

[2] The original agreement between George Thorpe and Birchenough by which Thorpe agreed to pay Birchenough  £10 annual rent for the house, field and large garden at Nab Hill as from 25 March 1836. Signed and witnessed on 28 January 1836. Birchenough and one of the witnesses (Lovatt) made marks.

[3]Memorandum of agreement between George Keates of Leek and George Thorpe  that George Thorpe should become tenant of "all that dwelling house with garden and croft situate at Nab Hill near Leek now in the occupation of George Thorpe" from 25 March 1839, paying an annual rent for this of £10. Thorpe was to keep the property in good repair, pay the taxes and was not to "plough or have in tillage any part of the croft". Dated 26 March 1839.

[4]William Birchenough's receipt for £20 received from George Keates for tenant right and actual possession of a house and garden and land at Nab Hill, Leek, Staffordshire, dated 25 March 1839.

[5]Formal notice to quit a house and land at Nab Hill, Leek, Staffordshire issued by William Birchenough against George Thorpe the occupant on 29 August 1838. A note on the rear states that a copy of the notice was served  on Thorpe by William Bestwick "in Stockwell St." NB the last digit of the date looks like a 5 but the paper is watermarked 1837.

[6] Letter from James Bloore of Leek to Mr Keates enclosing "the duplicate of the notice you alluded to" and dated 25 March 1839.

Birchenough; Keates; Thorpe; Perkin; Seles; Lovatt; Osborne; Magnier; Bestwick;

968

Leek, Staffordshire;

Documents relating to Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire, part of the Leek Town Lands.

[1] Lease of Woodcroft Heath for a term of seven years, by the Toft Chorley, Hugh Ford, John Sleigh and John Cruso,  Freeholders of Leek and Lowe, Staffordshire and trustees of the Leek Town Lands, to John Tatton of Leek, farmer,  dated 25 March 1823. The lease was to commence on Lady Day 1823 and finish on Lady Day 1830. The annual rent was £20 per annum and an additional  ten pounds per annum for every for every acre of land that he mowed or cut the grass "thereof" and twenty pounds per acre per annum if he omitted to manure the same after taking two cuts. Signed, sealed and stamped.

[2 Lease of Woodcroft Heath for a term of five years, by the Toft Chorley, Hugh Ford, John Sleigh and John Cruso,  Freeholders of Leek and Lowe, Staffordshire and trustees of the Leek Town Lands, to Thomas  Pointon of Leek, wheelwright,  dated 25 March 1825. The lease was to commence on Lady Day 1825 and finish on Lady Day 1830. The annual rent was £31 per annum. Increases in rent for mowing grass and for omitting to manure the lands as specified also applied. Signed, sealed and stamped.

[3] Draft advertisement for the letting of Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire, by auction at the Red Lion Inn, Leek at six o'clock in the evening, on 10th January 1823. Dated 31 December 1822.

[4] Conditions for letting Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire, containing 7 acres 3 rood 33 perch, by auction at the Red Lion Inn, Leek on 10th January 1823. Document is dated 10 January 1823.

[5]  Bond, in the sum of £150, for performance of a covenant in a lease of Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire, from Thomas Pointon of Leek, wheelwright, and Mr William Pointon of Horton, Staffordshire, wheelwright, to Toft Chorley, Hugh Ford, John Sleigh and John Cruso, trustees of the Leek Town Lands, dated 25 March 1825.  The document is signed, sealed and stamped.

[6] Conditions for letting Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire, part of the Leek Town Lands containing 7 acres 3 rood 33 perch, by auction at the Red Lion Inn, Leek on 180th March 1830. The period of the lease was 5 years. Document is dated 18 March  1830.

[7] Thomas Allen's  receipt, dated 6 November 1802, in connection with his bill for measuring Woodcroft Heath ( 7a 2r 35p) and Westwood Heath (18a 1r 34p),  two parts of the Leek Town Lands, in October 1799.

[8] Abner Wedgwood's receipt  for £5 received from the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands for manure from Leek Wharf sold to John Clark for Woodcroft Heath lands. Stamped and dated 18 February 1845.

Chorley; Ford; Sleigh; Cruso; Tatton; Mills; Phillips; Smith; Pointon; Braddock; Coupland; Keates; Redfern; Barlow; Clark; Wedgwood; Allen;

969

Leek, Staffordshire;

Miscellaneous items relating to the Leek Town Lands and other charities in Leek, Staffordshire;

[1] Four receipts for expenditure on behalf of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands 1832-1833.

(a) Richard Gaunt and Anthony Ward's joint receipt for £110 being the amount agreed by the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands towards "removing the corner of the building in the Market Place (Leek) in the occupation of George Sutton, druggist and improving the highway", 28 December 1832.

(b) Thomas Griffin's receipt for £3 received from the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands for collecting rents and making payments for the year ending  24 June 1832.

[c ] George Rider's receipt for £18 received from Thomas Griffin  for "the improvement in the top of Spout Street [Leek]" incurred between 3rd November  to 12 December 1832.

[d] William Critchlow (church warden) receipt for £4 received from the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands via Mr Griffin for expenditure towards the organist's salary due 25 March. Dated 2 June 1833.

[2] An agreement between John Sleigh and John Cruso of Leek, Staffordshire  and William Birchenough of Leek, twister, for the hire of 3 cottages with gardens and croft in Leek, belonging to the Town, and late in the holding of Hannah Birchenough and others. The agreement was to run from year to year and the annual rent was £3. Document is dated 10 September 1836. William Birchenough made his mark.

[3] Letter from Richard Gaunt of Leek, Staffordshire to Mr Porter, Leek, enquiring about the £110 the trustees of the Leek Town Lands were to give Mr Ward and him and "if I am to advance it" to get him a proper undertaking from them. Dated 5 December 1832.

[4] Three notices to quit land held by the vicar, churchwarden and overseers of Leek "in trust for the Poor of Leek"'

(a)Notice to William Goodfellow to quit the Oulton Farm, Rushton Spencer, Leek, Staffordshire, signed by the Vicar, churchwarden and overseers of Leek and dated 5 September 1807.

(b) Notice to James Braddock and Thomas Wooliscroft to quit lands called Leek field, Leek, Staffordshire, signed by the Vicar, churchwarden and overseers of Leek and dated 5 September 1807.

(c)Notice to John Fynney to quit lands which he held of the "Trustees of Rhodes Charity" Leek, Staffordshire, signed by the Richard Bentley, Vicar of Leek and Michael Daintry, dated 24 September 1807. NB All these notices were served on the persons concerned by B. Oakden.

Griffin; Birchenough; Gaunt; Ward; Sutton; Rider; Critchlow; Fynney; Oakden; Bentley; Daintry; Lees; Ford; Braddock; Wooliscroft; Goodfellow;

970

Leek, Staffordshire; London;

[1 ]Petition to the Lord Chancellor to appoint 5 new trustees in the place of 5 deceased trustees of the Town Lands, Leek, Staffordshire, Cruso, 1837.  The opinion of barrister S. Lovat of Lincoln's Inn, dated 9 February 1837, is given on the back.

[2] Copy of the opinion of  Nassau W. Senior of Lincoln's Inn, concerning the powers of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, 2 January 1832.

Cruso; Sleigh; Chorley; Mills; Ford; Phillips; Smith; Lovat; Senior;

971

Leek, Staffordshire;

Order of a meeting of the Committee of the Freeholders of the Leek Town Lands, held at the House of Industry, Leek, Staffordshire 2 January 1810. The order was to apply to Mr Cruso to settle the accounts of the Town's Land and cause the same to be laid before the Committee on the 30th January 1810. Thomas Griffin was clerk to the committee.

Hulme; Chorley; Phillips; Sleigh; Ford; Smith; Crompton; Fowler; Bentley; Badnall; Haywood; Lowndes; Lockett; Griffin;

972

Leek, Staffordshire; London;

Letters relating to the trustees of the Town Lands, Leek, Staffordshire 1824 to 1833.

[1] Letter from Thomas Griffin of Leek to Charles Coupland, Leek, dated 7 April 1824.  Griffin fixes the 18 May  1821 as the day for payment of the balance of Mrs Emerson's rent for premises in the Sheep Market, Leek. Mrs Emerson was said to be "now at Derby".

[2] Letter from John Leech of  Leek, Staffordshire,  to Messrs Cruso, Chorley, Sleigh and Ford, Leek, Staffordshire, trustees of the Leek Town Lands, dated 19 May 1828.  It contains a sketch "of the alteration in the road from Leek to Westwood through the Town Land which is now completed". Both the old and the new roads are shown and adjacent land owners given.

[3] Letter from John Davenport of Westwood Hall, Leek to John Cruso of Leek, dated 4 March 1830. Davenport states that he had " now completed some purchases of land which I can offer in exchange for what I now hold from the Trustees of the Town Land".  He offers in exchange land he had bought from Mr Daintry at Cornhill Cross and at Barngates. 

[4] Letter from John Leech of Westwood Hall, Leek to John Cruso junior, of Leek, dated 18 November 1831. Leech states that Mr Davenport still wished to make the exchange with the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands and was willing to pay the cost of an Act of Parliament together with all the expences incurred.

[5] Copy letter from John Cruso, junior, of Leek to John Davenport, Fleet Street, London, dated 21 November 1831.  Cruso had raised Davenport's proposal with regard to an exchange with the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands. Cruso thought that if Davenport went through with the exchange he would have to make a considerable sacrifice and ensure there would be a bonus "in favour of the Town".  Suggests some of the problems would disappear if the Trust was a charity but in his opinion" it is not a charity".
[6] Letter from John Davenport, Salisbury Square, London to John Cruso, junior, of Leek, dated 7 December 1831. Reviews his previous thoughts on the need for an Act of Parliament to empower the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, amongst other things,  to make an exchange of lands.  He supported Cruso's suggestion that the matter be put before counsel and said he was "prepared for all the contingencies you alluded to". Davenport also discusses an agreement with the Earl of Macclesfield re respective rights of draining their lands and gaining access to the other's land to do so. 

[7] Copy letter from John Cruso of Leek, Staffordshire to John Daveport dated 15 December 1831. The letter concerns several matters including the Davenport's proposed exchange of lands with the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands.  In relation to this, Cruso mentions that Mr Ford was "the person who made the chief objection to the exchange" when it was made two years ago.   The other matters mentioned include an agreement between Davenport and the Earl of Macclesfield and  the question of access for soughing. Much of the letter is devoted to "The Road" about which Cruso states "The Trustees are now doing a deal they have commenced taking down some hills through Rudyard and straightening the road. The cutting through Nab Hill has not been mentioned lately but there has been a good said about going up Back o'th Street commencing in Mill Street and so up the road to Westwood and taking a direction to the right at the end of the houses or going through the Plough and by Mr Phillips' house.  The want of unanimity amongst the trustees no plan can be agreed upon they have therefore for the present I think abandoned the accomplishing so great an undertaking.  43 labourers belonging to the townships of Leek and Lowe, Rudyard and Leekfrith are now in good work at 2 shillings a day with a man to look after them.  Pool End is to be improved or at least altered.."

[8] Copy letter from John Cruso, Leek, Staffordshire to John Davenport dated 18 January 1832. Concerns the exchange of land proposed by Davenport and uncertainty concerning the views of Mr Chorley and Mr Sleigh, two of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands.  He thought they would follow the wishes of the Freeholders and as a result he thought there was not much of chance of resolving the matter.

[9] Letter from John Cruso of Leek, Staffordshire to James Bloore of Leek, dated 1 November 1832. The writer describes difficulty in obtaining access to the Town Book attornments and papers he required through Mr Griffin who, he said, "refuses to give any assistance to prevent the possessors of the Town Lands from establishing their claim to them as freeholders". Asks recipient to call on Mr Chorley and Mr Sleigh about this suggesting  that it might be considered "a breach of trust in them" in not trying to keep the lands for the use of the town.

[10] Letter from John Davenport of Westwood, Leek, Staffordshire to John Cruso junior of Leek, dated 1832. Asks Cruso " to arrange the Trusteeship for me" and expresses his "fear too we have all forgotten the Town Land exchange".

[11]  Letter from John Davenport of Westwood, Leek, Staffordshire to John Cruso junior of Leek, dated  16 December1832. Asks Cruso to arrange the settlement of money to be paid by the Trustees for the improvement at Sutton corner". He states " I want to pay all the bills, after which Mr Gaunt and myself can fix a price  for the house and likely dispose of it at once."

[12] Letter from John Davenport of Westwood, Leek, Staffordshire to John Cruso junior of Leek, dated  3 January 1833. Davenport mentions that he had heard from Leech that, at a town meeting, Cruso had received directions to arrange the exchange of Town Lands with him. and states that "I should be very glad to have the matter settled as it prevents me making some improvements".

[13] Letter from John Davenport of Westwood, Leek, Staffordshire to John Cruso junior of Leek, dated  7 January 1833. Davenport wished to know the cost of "the Act" before he met the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands.

[14] Letter from John Davenport of Westwood, Leek, Staffordshire to John Cruso junior of Leek, dated  15 January 1833. Davenport had contacted a Mr Browne not knowing that the latter was Cruso's " agent in Town". From Brown he had received two copies of an Act one of which was for Cruso. Davenport suggested Cruso came up to Westwood the following day " to discuss the matter and try to make an end of the affair".

[15] Proposal  for an exchange of lands delivered by Mr Leech on behalf of John Davenport to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands and the freeholders at a meeting held on 1 February 1833. Iif the exchange could not be made without an Act of Parliament, Davenport offered to buy the land he wanted at a price " considerably above its value"  -£1800.  Alternatively Davenport offered land equal in value and £300 towards the Act or land of equal value and £300 more in land without an Act.  The Town Land in question was currently leased at £50 per annum which Leech stated was" too high" and would not be obtained when the current lease (2 years) ran out, whereas the land he could offer in exchange could be let for £10 more.

[16] Letter from Michael Daintry Cruso Leek, Staffordshire to his brother John Cruso junior,  dated   9 February 1833. Concerns the exchange of lands between Mr Davenport and the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands and a forthcoming meeting in London, between Mr Ward, representing the Trustees' committee set up to deal with the matter, and Mr Davenport. Ward's address in London was Miss Surrs, 25 Friday Street, Cheapside. Ward stated that he also wanted John Cruso to join him in " nameing to Davenport the bad state of the Newcastle Road generally but especially Spooners Lane" which Matthew Cruso said was "in an indictable state".   The recent death of Mrs Byrom and the forthcoming wedding of Frank Cruso are briefly mentioned.

Leech; Cruso; Chorley; Sleigh; Emerson; Griffin; Coupland; Ford; Fowler; Davenport; Grosvenor; Browne; Ward; Surr;

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Draft indenture, dated 19 January 1836,  by John Sleigh and John Cruso  both of Leek, Staffordshire, (surviving trustees of the Leek Town Lands, appointed by the award of the Commissioners for the Inclosure of waste lands in the parish of Leek) to Samuel Phillips of Leek, Thomas Smith of Knivedon, Leek, Joshua Chorley of Haregate, Leek, John Cruso of Leek the younger and John Gaunt of Leek, banker. It cites  indentures of lease and release, dated 15 & 16 August 1827,  between (1) John English Dolben of Finedon, Northamptonshire, bart, eldest son of Sir William Dolben deceased, the surviving trustee of the settlement made on the marriage of George, Earl of Macclesfield and Mary Francis late Countess of Macclesfield his wife formerly Mary Francis Drake, spinster, dated 23 and 24 May 1780 and (2) George, Earl of Macclesfield,  and (3)Toft Chorley, Hugh Ford, John Sleigh and John Cruso of Leek,  trustees of the Leek Town Lands. The land in question was a croft which was " particularly adapted to being thrown open for public purposes for the accommodation of the inhabitants of the town of Leek and other persons visiting the said town".  The land was to be vested in the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands and the Earl, whose land it was, agreed that it should be conveyed to specified uses in consideration of £100.  The land is described as a piece or parcel of land situated  at or near the bottom of Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire, and lying between the turnpike road from Leek to Ashbourne and the road leading from the Town to the reservoir, containing 2 roods  10 perch (No. 221 on the plan of the Leek Estate), whereon a blacksmith's shop formerly stood. The premises were formerly in the occupation of Ann Williams "but then or late of John Lees, blacksmith".  The document was engrossed by William Cope on 31 December 1835.

Cruso; Sleigh; Chorley; Ford; Parker; Gaunt; smith; Phillips; Cope; Drake; Dolben; Lees;

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Miscellaneous items relating to the Trustees of the Leek Townlands.

[1] Memo of a meeting of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands at Mr Brealey's office, on 21 March 1901. Chiefly concerned with the purchase of property in the Bell Vue Road area of Leek, the resignations of Hugh Sleigh and Vernon Myatt (as a trustees) and Brealey & Son as agents to the trustees and the appointment of Hugh Sinclair Sleigh and John Brealey as trustees and Thomas Brealey as agent. Other resolutions concern the disproportion between trustees representing Leek (population 15000 and those representing Lowe (population 400) should the Leek  UDC appoint 4 trustees to represent them and 3 others to represent Lowe.

[2] Inland Revenue demand notes re 5acres 24 perch of land at Knivedon and 12 acres 1 rood 33 perch of land on  Newcastle Road, Leek, Staffordshire January 1914.

Sleigh; Mycock; Day; Wardle; Nicholson; Ward; Bermingham; Shaw; Brealey; Jones; Gaunt; Beaumont;

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Leek Town Lands, Poor House land. Extract from an Act for Inclosing the Parish of Leek in the County of Stafford" 45 George 3, (1805).  Michael Daintry, Richard Smith, Thomas Phillips and John Fowler, as Trustees of the Poor House of Industry, had, with the consent of George, Earl of Macclesfield, decided to enclose from Leek Moor, part  of  the commons and waste, a piece of land on the north side of the turnpike road from Leek to Ashbourne, containing about 2 and a half acres, and convert this land into a garden for the use of the Poor House. The Commissioners were to assign, set out and allot this land to be so enclosed to the Trustees in lieu of the rights of common they would otherwise be entitled to.   The document goes on to consider the Town Lands within the townships of Leek and Lowe and the nomination of seven trustees from the freeholders.

[2] Conditions for letting the Poor's lands. Undated 

[3] Conditions for letting the Church lands on Leek Moor for 7 years, 11 April 1836  One of the Lots consisted of two pieces of meadow adjoining  the Upper Reservoir and the Leek Moor road containing  8 acres 2 rood 10 perch. The other was meadow adjoining Lot 1 and the Leek Moor and Knivedon roads containing 9 acres 0 rood 29 perch.  The document was signed by Richard Ratcliffe of Leek, Staffordshire, stone mason, who took the lease at £19 a year.

[4] Conditions for letting the Town Lands and Charity Lands in Leek, Staffordshire by auction at the Red Lion Inn on 26 November 1863,  for 7 years,  from 25 March 1864.  Six people James Naden & Thomas Gould, Adin Mycock, Thomas Robinson, Edwin Trafford and George Caley took lots 3, 4, 7, 5 and 1and 2 respectively.

[5] Conditions for letting the Town Lands and Charity Lands in Leek, Staffordshire by auction at the Red Lion Inn on 3 January  1871,  for 7 years,  from 25 March 1871. Includes the declarations  by 5 purchasers that they had taken their respective lots at the price bid.

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Brealey; Caley; Critchlow; Cruso;  Daintry; Phillips; Fowler; Gould; Hunt; Mellor; Mycock; Naden; Olley; Ratcliffe; Ridgway; Robinson; Smith; Trafford;

 

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