Bednall Collection Part 2 (BC2) No.s 976 to 985   

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976

Leek, Staffordshire;

Newspaper extracts relating resolutions of the Leek UDC affecting local charities including the Leek Town Lands.

[1] Letters from The Standard re Ecclesiastical Charities November 1898.

[2] Letters from The Standard re Ecclesiastical Charities 22 October, 1 November and 15 November 1898.

[3] Letters from The Standard re appeal cases in connection with Ecclesiastical Charities 18 November 1898.

[4] Newspaper reports of meetings of the Leek UDC with respect to charities 25 March 1898.  A Leek UDC Agenda Paper for 4 April 1889 was used as a wrapping.

[5] Letter fro the Charity Commissioners to C Henshaw , about the number of Trustees to be appointed (re Leek Charities 9 January 1900. The letter is contained in an extract from the newspaper.

Henshawe; Maude; Joddrell; Badnall; Rhodes; Birtles; Watson; Cruso;  Hulme;  Kirkham; Newbigging;

977

Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire;

Letters etc, relating to the intention of the Leek Urban District Council to take the powers of a parish council in order to obtain a share in the management of local charities - 1895- 1899.

[1]  Letter, dated 12 September 1895 from Thomas Wardle of Leek, Staffordshire to J. Brealey of Leek suggesting that the Charity Commissioners be made aware of the intention of the Leek Urban District Council to "deal with charities under Section 33 of the Local Government Act. Wardle thought Brealey should suggest that it might be an undesirable think to allow the Council to do.

[2] Copy of Sir Thomas Wardle's resolution  as to the Leek Town Lands and the Leek UDC 25 October 1898.

[3] Copy, dated October 1898, of a letter from the Charity Commissioners to the Cheddleton Freeholders   as to "cautionary and other lands", dated 11 June 1897. The Assistant Commissioner had visited Cheddleton on 23 June 1896 to hold a public enquiry into the administration of charities in the parish.  With regard to the "Cautionary lands" appointed by an award of Inclosure Commissioners dated 25 March 1737 for the protection of the Lord of the Manor and Commoners of Cheddleton, the position was that legal estate in the lands remained with the Lord of the Manor whilst there administration for public and charitable purposes was vested in "a body of persons who are now represented by the freeholders of Cheddleton". The writer suggests that to simplify administration by the freeholders, trustees should be appointed upon which the Parish Council might be represented. The Commissioners would, the writer said, on application from the Lord of the Manor, make a scheme for administration of the charity and appointment of trustees, consisting of the Lord of the Manor, the Rector of the Parish ex-officio, five persons appointed by the Freeholders and three persons (two of whom should be freeholders) by the Parish Council.

[4] Sir Thomas Wardle's resolutions (draft?) with regard to the acquisition by the Leek UDC of the powers of a Parish Council  which would, he said, "disturb the peaceful administration of the Charities of the Town". Undated.

[5]Press copy of a letter, dated 25 October 1898,  from John Brealey the agent of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands to the Charity Commissioners as to the Leek UDC taking over the Trust under the Powers of Parish Councils Act. The letters contains copies of the minutes of the Trustee's last meeting (25 October 1898).

[6] Proposed letter, dated 8 November 1898,  from the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands to the Local Government Board concerning a resolution, taken at the Trustees last meeting, to oppose the application by the Leek Urban District Council to the Local Government Board for the powers of a parish council "and more particularly the powers they seek to obtain to take over the entire management of the Leek Town Lands Trust."

[7] Letter, dated 16 November 1898, from Messrs Hacker & Allen, Leek, Staffordshire to the Leek UDC as to the Commissioner's Report. [letter appears to be missing from wrapper]

[8] Letter, undated,  from the Reverend W. Bersford to Mr Brealey, Leek, Staffordshire with a rough draft of a letter to the Board of Trade opposing an application by the Leek Urban District  Council to the Board for the powers of a parish council "to deal with the charities under our care". He mentions the Town Lands Trust, Watson's Charity and the Ash's Almshouses  as a selection of the charities which showed "the spirit of the application".

[9] Draft letter, dated October 1898,  from the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands to the Local Government Board. Amongst other things states the boundaries of the Leek Urban District Council" " does not include the whole of the townships of Leek and Lowe, but is a district within an imaginary boundary which includes all property within a circle  3000 yards diameter having the lamp in the Market Place being the centre -this area includes the greater portion of the township of Leek, only a small portion of Lowe and also small portions of the townships of Leekfrith and Tittesworth".  It also points out that the area which benefits from the Trust "is the whole of the townships or parishes of Leek, Lowe,."  The origin of the Leek Town Lands Trust was, the writer, states, "not known, but is supposed to have been from lands left for Burgesses acres -the earliest record is an old Account Book commencing 1711 which gives an account of all the receipts and payments from that date, the Freeholder's meetings when the accounts were passed and since 1811, of the Trustees appointed under the Leek Inclosure Award."

[10] Proposed letter, undated,  from the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands to the Local Government Board concerning the Lee UDC's application for the powers of a parish council with respect to local charities. A pencilled note states "  the Vicar (W. Feason) would not send this".

[11] Leek Urban District Council Agenda Paper for a council meeting held on 1 November 1898. Under "Special (Parish Council) it states "The Committee further considered the question as to what application should be made to the Local Government Board and it was decided to apply for the Powers of a Parish Council with reference to the administration of the Town Lands Trust, Watson's Charity, Ash's Almshouses etc."

[12] Copy, dated December 1898, of the appeal by the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands Trust to the Local Government Board as to the Leek Urban District Council's application for the powers of a parish council. A note states "Fair copy signed by Mr Sleigh and sent to L.G.B. 8/12/98  JB."

[13] Local Government Board letter, dated 9 December 1898, acknowledging the receipt of a letter from the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands.

[14]Letter, dated 23 January 1899,  from the Local Government Board to the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands stating they had consulted th Charity Commissioners on the objections raised and did not see any sufficient reason for withholding from the Leek UDC the powers of a parish council with respect to Leek charities. However, when the question of the UDC's representation on the managing bodies of the various charities arose, then they would consult the trustees of those charities before deciding the question.

[15] Copy note, dated 28 January 1899,   from John Brealey to Sir Thomas Wardle. Brealey states that he had seen Mr Ward with the letter from the Local Government Board and that Ward was of the opinion that it was "too late for any further opposition".

[16[ Letter, dated 2 February 1899, from Sir Thomas Wardle, Leek, Staffordshire to Mr Brealey stating "I think your letter a very good one and I don't see how it can be mended. I shall be glad to sign it. I think we ought to have taken earlier action in the matter, and made more noise at first."

[17] Memo, dated 13 February 1899, re Rothwell's Charity and Rudyard's Charity's rents. Includes other charities including Jolliffe's.

[18] Resolution passed by the Leek Urban District Council as to an application to the Charity Commissioners 21 March 1899. This lists all the Leek charities giving the representation that they wish to have in the administration of these. In all cases, they asked for "sole control" and wanted 7 trustees appointing to represent them.

[19] Letter, dated 22 March 1899, from William Allen, Leek, Staffordshire, to John Brealey, Leek, stating he was sending two volumes of law journals so that he could read two decided cases on ecclesiastical charities both of which had been affirmed by the Court of appeal. In one the Charity Commissioners were held to be in the right and in the other -wrong.

[20]  Printer letter dated 23 March 1899, from John Brealey & Son, Leek, Staffordshire, stating that a meeting of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, of the Joliffes Almshouses and other charities of the Town was to be held in their Stockwell Street office the following day.

[21] A draft copy of [20] above letter listing (on the back) the trustees of three charities -the Leek Town Lands Trust, the Joliffe's Almshouses and Naylor's Charity.

[22] Copy of resolution passed at a meeting of the trustees of various Leek charities  held on 23 March 1899. The Resolution was to communicate with the Charities Commissioners expressing the trustee's surprise at the powers of sole control given to the Leek Urban District Council and asking that a commissioner be sent down to hold an enquiry into the present condition and administration of all the charities before any additional trustees are appointed. It points out that parts of  the parishes of Leek and Lowe now outside the area of the Leek UDC's jurisdiction should be represented on the charities.

[23] Draft letter to Mr Henshaw dated 30 March 1899 in which the writer states his intention of calling attention of the Council to the wording of the resolution passed by the committee for obtaining the powers of a parish council and to the resolution of the Council passed on the 21st and Councillor Ingham's statement that the Committee had no wish to oust the existing trustees of the various charities. The writer was also going to propose that an application be sent to the Charity Commissioners in accordance with these.

[24] Copy of a resolution at the vestry of Leek parish church, dated 30 March 1899, that a committee be appointed consisting of  members of the congregation of this Church, St. Lukes and All Saints' Churches, to act with the existing trustees and to take steps as they think necessary to protect the interest of the Church and the proper administration of those charities of the Town and of which the Urban District Council of Leek are seeking powers to have the sole control and entire management.

[25] Letter, dated 29 March 1899,  from the Charity Commissioners acknowledging receipt of the letter from the Leek Town Lands and other charities (with resolutions signed by Mr Sleigh) and stating that no application by the Leek UDC had been received.

[26] Letter, dated 8 April 1899, from the Reverend W. B. Wright, all saints Vicarage, Leek, Staffordshire to Mr Brealey stating that a Vestry Meeting had appointed the two churchwardens, H.D Bayley and G. Marshall, together with W. Howard of Rosebank to "act with the trustees of the Ecclesiastical Charities of the Town."

[27]Metting of the representatives of the three ecclesiastical districts of Leek, Staffordshire 13 April 1899. Resolved that Howard, Shaw and Brealey draw up a memorial to the Charity Commissioners requesting an enquiry.

[28] Draft memorial from the representatives of the three ecclesiastical districts of Leek, Staffordshire to the Charity Commissioners, requesting an enquiry into the present administration of all the charities in the town before the Leek UDC are granted powers of sole control of the various charities, dated 13 April 1899.

[29] Copy of a letter, dated 6 July 1899, from J. Brealey, Leek, Staffordshire to R. S. Milner . Brealey apologises for "leaving the Committee meeting last evening with you in the Chair without asking your permission. I am excitable and ought not to attend meetings when I know, in all probability, I shall be met in the way I was and contradicted so frequently but when W. Morton joined Mr. Robinson and said a Charity which is left to the Vicar of Leek to distribute in the Church immediately after evening service is not intended for church people or compulsarity on recipients to attend church. I could not stay after this."  Other matters related to the Leek Town Lands are discussed including the dispute caused by a man who had possession of the Leek Town Hall newsroom and refused to close it on Sundays. Brealey gives the costs of the resultant case in Chancery (1853-1858)  which totalled £1541 -6s-6d.

[30] Letter, dated 10 July 1899,  from R. J. Milner  of Leek, Staffordshire to J. Brealey replying to Brealey's letter of the 6th July [29].

[31] Draft letter, dated 10 July 1899, probably from J. Brealey to R. S. Milner of Leek, Staffordshire in response to Milners letter of the same date [30]. Brealey points out that if the Charity Commissioners granted the Leek UDC the powers they wanted (i.e. sole control of Leek Charities)  the existing trustees would not give up their trusts or surrender their property without a just cause being shown.

[32] Memo concerning the Leek Town Lands, dated  March 1899. Concerns the details of the Leek UDC's application to the Charity Commissioners for sole control and the representation on the various committees  of trustees of Leek charities.  Also a note re the dispute over the newspaper room in Leek Town Hall and the subsequent suit in Chancery.

Wardle; Brealey; Beresford; Feason; Heath; Lowe; Conway; Phillips; Newall; Mason; Hill; Carding; Robinson; Sleigh; Ward; Nicholson; Bermingham; Myatt; Beresford; Challinor; Worthington; Wright;Shaw; Watson; Bayley; Marshall; Howard; Milner;

978

Leek, Madeley, Norton in the Moors, Staffordshire; Birmingham; Worcester;

A bundle of deeds relating to property in Spout Street and Brook Street, Leek.

[1] Conveyance by Samuel and William Phillips of Leek Staffordshire to James Johnson of Leek, silk manufacturer, of two messuages situated behind the Union Inn, Spout Street, Leek, Staffordshire, formerly in the occupations of William Titley, Thomas Poole and Benjamin Turnock  and now of Ellen Carter, William Barker and Thomas Mellor, for £120.  It includes a covenant for the production of deeds and the assignment of the residue of  a 1000 year term to attend, etc., dated 5 September 1844.  Lilley Ellis, John Russell and Samuel Clowes, silk manufacturers and partners of Leek were also parties to this conveyance.

[2] Conveyance of No. 69 St. Edward Street, Leek, Staffordshire and 5 houses in Court Number 1 Brook Street, Leek, (occupied by Isaac Johnson, Henry Bennett and Mrs Milward;) by George Allen Smith of Bridge End, Leek, William Allen of Leek and Sydney Howard Hossell of Newhall Street, Birmingham,  to Stephen Goodwin of Leek, silk manufacturer for £640, dated 31 December 1886. Incorporates a plan and cites the will of  James Johnson of Leek, silk manufacturer. Dated 14 October 1845.. No 69 Spout Street, Leek was formerly occupied by Samuel Washington.

[3] Conveyance of a plot of land in Brook Street, Leek, Staffordshire by the Leek Improvement Commissioners to Stephen Hall Goodwin of Leek, silk manufacturer, for £15.  dated 24 June 1890. Includes a plan.

[4] Abstract of title (1806 to 1886) of the trustees of James Johnson deceased to No. 69 St. Edward Street, Leek, Staffordshire and two cottages (no.s 1 & 2) in Court 1, Brook Street, Leek.  For Mr S. Goodwin the purchaser, Hacker & Allen 1886.

[5] Abstract of title (1886 to 1888) of the trustees of the late Stephen Goodwin to a lodging house and hereditaments situate in or near Brook Street, Leek, Staffordshire, Challinor & Shaw, Leek, 1899. Includes plan.

[6] Deed releasing rights of way to property in Brook Street, Leek, Staffordshire, from Richard Forrester of  Dales Farm, Dunwood, Leek, farmer,  to Mrs Esther Goodwin, widow, Stephen Hall Goodwin of Leek, silk manufacturer, and others, for £3, dated 21 August 1889. Includes plan showing the land and right of way concerned. Also includes loose queries and answers regarding title to the right of way.

[7] Plan showing land belonging to the Leek Commissioners and also that belonging to the trustees of Stephen Goodwin, at the back of the Unicorn Inn, St. Edward Street, Leek, Staffordshire.

[8]Notes of a meeting at Mr Shaw's office of Mr Benson, S. H. Goodwin and Mr Myatt on 16 April 1890.  The meeting concerned the provision of a right of way to property at the rear of the Unicorn Inn, St. Edward Street, Leek, Staffordshire, for Mr Goodwin. Other items including a letter from the Leek Improvement Commissioners, receipts and a Phoenix Fire Office receipt are attached.

Allen; Ball; Bennett; Birch; Bloore; Barker; Blackshaw; Brentnall; Carter; Catlow; Challinor; Clowes; Cruso; Ellis; Ford; Foster; Forrester; Goodwin; Hacker; Hand; Hilliard; Hossell;  Hulme; Knight; Mellor; Middleton; Milward; Phillips; Poole; Russell; Salt; Shutt; Smith; Stretch; Titley; Turnock; Johnson; Walmsley; Washington;

979

Leek, Staffordshire;

Schedule of  deeds and writings  relating to the title of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands to lands and premises in Leek, Staffordshire, in mortgage to James Bloore and Thomas Carr for securing £1000 and interest at 5% per annum, dated 14 January 1858.

Bloore; Brough;  Carr; Hammersley; Sleigh;  Wooley; Worthington;

980

Leek, Staffordshire; London;

Documents relating to petitions to the Lord Chancellor to appoint new trustees  in the room of 5 deceased trustees of the Leek Town Lands.

[1]  Draft petition to the Lord Chancellor to appoint new trustees  in the room of 5 deceased trustees of the Leek Town Lands, Cruso, Leek, 1837. A note on the cover states "To be fair copied and sent to agents".

[2] Draft petition to the Lord Chancellor to appoint new trustees  in the room of 5 deceased trustees of the Leek Town Lands, Cruso, Leek,  A note on the cover states "See the opinion on the back of the second sheet. The opinion of S. Lovat of Lincoln's Inn on the 2nd sheet is dated 9 February 1837.  Lovat's opinion was that the Court lacked the power to appoint trustees and that the appointment of trustees could only be obtained by a Bill in Equity of the Cestin que trusts, suing on behalf of themselves and all  other the Cestui que trusts.

[3] Letter, dated 4 February 1837,  from John Cruso, solicitor, Leek, Staffordshire to Jennings & Bolton, London  re the appointment of new trustees of the Leek Town Lands, asking them to "extract from the award and case with Mr senior's opinion please to lay the papers before Mr Lovat who will advise on the proper mode of accomplishing the wishes of the Trustees".

[4] Outline of a Bill to enable the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands to sell lands and hereditaments and invest the money, drafted by John Cruso the younger of Leek, Staffordshire. Undated.

Bolton; Chorley; Cruso; Ford; Jennings; Lovat; Mills; Sleigh; Phillips;

981

Leek, Staffordshire; ;

Leases of Leek Town Lands.

[1] Lease by John Sleigh, Trustee of the Leek Town Lands to William Cumberledge of Leek, Staffordshire, farmer, of a piece of meadow or pasture on the easterly side of the Leekmoor Road, Leek, Staffordshire, now in the occupation  of Josiah Gaunt senior. The lease was to commence 25 March 1843 and run for 7 years, at a rent of £12.  Document dated February 1843.

[2]Draft lease by John Sleigh, Trustee of the Leek Town Lands to John Clark of Leek, Staffordshire, farmer and coal dealer, of Woodcroft Heath, Leek, Staffordshire, late in the occupation of Thomas Pointon.  The lease was to commence 25 March 1843 and run for 7 years, at a rent of £20.  Document dated February 1843. The document has been overwritten with details of the subsequent lease to William Cumberledge [as 1 above].

[3]  Agreement between the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands and John Nadin of Leek for the letting of Nab Hill Cottage and Westwood Heath lands from Lady day 1869, for one year at a rent of £52 per annum and " an increase of 5% on all moneys which the said Trustees shall pay out and expend in improvements". Dated  6 February 1869.

Caley; Clarke; Cumberledge; Gaunt;  Nadin; Pointon; Sleigh'

982

Leek, Staffordshire; ;

Miscellaneous items relating to the Leek Town Lands.

[1] Letter, dated 27 June 1845, from Nathan Davenport, Leek, Staffordshire to Geo Keates, Leek , stating "if you commence law proceedings against Sam Brooks, it is the intention of the  Freeholders to call a public meeting and at which they will attempt to pass several very strong resolutions condemnatory of  such proceedings, as vindictive oppression". He went on to say that they intended raising a subscription to defray Brooks costs in defending himself against their charges. He also said that  Cruso had hinted, (at the meeting yesterday] that he had, at sometime or other, done Davenport a great favour. Davenport couldn't think what this favour might have been and asked to be reminded (through Keates) what it might have been.

[2] Leek Town Lands. The attornment of Samuel Brookes, 14 March 1846.  This is the attornment by Samuel Brooks of Leek, Staffordshire, rakemaker, as tenant of four messuages in Back o'th' Street (occupied by Alfred Sheldon, Mary Goldstraw, Henry Whittaker and Frederick Bruce] to John Sleigh one of "the Lessors" in the case in the Queen's Bench between John Doe on the several demises of John Sleigh and William Lockett -Plaintiff and Samuel Brooks, defendant.  The document is signed by Brooks (with a mark) and witnessed by Thomas Redfern and Thomas Hallowes.  A note on the back states that the document was shown to John Cruso when he swore his affidavit in "The matter of the Leek Town Lands" in Chancery, on 10 February 1854.

[3] Memo of questions and answers re the whether the estate is of the  Leek Town Lands is vested in Mr Sleigh as surviving trustee or in the churchwardens and overseers of Leek. The question as to whether, if the estate was vested in Sleigh, new trustees could be appointed and powers of sale and exchange obtained otherwise than by an Act of Parliament. Undated.

Brooks; Bruce; Cruso; Davenport; Goldstraw; Hallowes; Keates; Lockett; Redfern; Sheldon; Whittaker;

983

Leek, Staffordshire; ;

Miscellaneous agreements relating to the Leek Town Lands.

[1]Agreement  between the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands and Henry Simpson of  Leek, for the rental of the Engine House Cottage (then in the occupation of Henry Simpson) at a quarterly rental of £1-5s  from 2 December 1858. Document dated 3 March 1859.

[2] Agreement between Mr. Mills and Samuel Boyer for the leasing of Westwood Heath, part of the Leek Town Lands, by Samuel Boyer for 14 or 21 years from 5th April next,  at a rent of £12 for the first 4 years and £16 for the remainder of the term, dated 11 April 1783. Document  carries the signatures of Simon Debank; Joseph Cope; Thomas Walthall; Thomas Phillips; Phoebe Hough; John Birtles; John Davenport; Sarah Grosvenor, John Daintry; Joseph Mellor, Ralph Bagnall; Joshua Strangman Thomas Sutton; Barnett Young and John Hulme approving the agreement.

[3] Lease, dated 15 December 1856,  of a piece of land on Leek Moor, Leek, Staffordshire by the Rev. T. H. Heathcote, Vicar of Leek,  to John Matthews of Leek, joiner & builder, for 7 years at an annual rent of £32-5s-0d, from 25 March 1857.

[4] Lease, dated 15 December 1856,  of a piece of land on Leek Moor, Leek, Staffordshire by the Rev. T. H. Heathcote, Vicar of Leek,  to Samuel Nixon Haynes of Leek, grocer and provisions dealer,  for 7 years at an annual rent of £33-15s-0d, from 25 March 1857.

[5] Agreement by the the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, to let lands at Westwood Heath and Nab Hill,  Leek, Staffordshire, to George Caley of Leek, for 7 years at an annual rent of £51-1s-0d, dated 27 November 1863.  Document is overwritten in red ink to provided a draft for a lease to Ephraim Ridgway.

[6] Agreement by the the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, to let lands at Longdale and Woodcroft Heath,  Leek, Staffordshire, to James Nadin of Leek, shopkeeper and dairyman, for 7 years at an annual rent of £42, dated 27 November 1863.  Incorporates plan of the lands and also a surety by  James Wilson.

[7] Agreement by the the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, to let lands at Westwood Heath and Nab Hill,  Leek, Staffordshire, to George Caley of Leek, for 7 years at an annual rent of £51-1s-0d, dated 27 November 1863.  Incorporates plan of the lands.

[8] Agreement by the the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, to let land on Leek Moor,  Leek, Staffordshire, to Adin Mycock of Leek, butcher and farmer,  for 7 years at an annual rent of £18, dated 27 November 1863.  Incorporates a plan of the lands and a surety by Thomas Plant for the due payment of rent. 

[9] Agreement to let lands on Leek Moor, dated 27 November 1863, by the Rev. G. E. Deacon, Vicar of Leek, to James Robinson the younger, of Leek, farmer, for 7 years from the 25 March next, at an annual rent of £31-5s-0d. Incorporates a plan of the lands and a surety by James Dale for due payment of rent.


[10] Agreement to let lands on Leek Moor, dated 27 November 1863, by the Rev. G. E. Deacon, Vicar of Leek, to Edwin Trafford, of Leek, silk twister and dairyman, for 7 years from the 25 March next, at an annual rent of £31.  Incorporates a plan of the lands and a surety by William Trafford for due payment of rent.

Alley; Bagnall; Birtles;  Boyer;  Brough; Caley; Condliffe; Cope; Critchlow; Cumberlidge; Dale; Daintry; Davenport; Debank; Fernyhough; Gaunt; Grosvenor; Hallowes; Haynes; Heathcote; Hough; Hulme;  Matthews; Mellor; Mills; Mycock; Nadin; Phillips; Plant; Ridgway; Robinson; Sleigh; Strangman; Sutton;  Trafford; Wilson; Worthington; Young;

984

Durham; Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire; Chelsea, Westminster, London; Manchester, Lancashire; Shephall Bury, Middlesex; Biddulph, Leek, Madeley, Staffordshire;

Documents from the Leek Town Lands trunk.

[1] Abstract of the title (1805 to 1853) of Joshua Brough to land on Ball Haye Green, Leek, Staffordshire, which (with the footpath to Foulchurch Farm across it)  Brough quitclaimed  to the owners and occupiers of lots 1 and 2  put up for sale in 16 June 1853. Challinor, Badnall and Challinor, Leek, 1853. This commences with James Hulme's claim to the Leek Inclosure Commissioners with respect to 7 acres 3 rood 21 perches of land on Ball Haye Green abutting the Hare Gate Road on the south and old inclosures on the west. The abstract mentions an estate in Lower Tittesworth  then or late in the occupation of Mrs Brough (1827?). Includes a detailed description of the Ball Haye Estate as sold by auction in 1853.

[2] (a) Supplemental abstract of the title (1853) of Joshua Brough to land on Ball Haye Green, Leek, Staffordshire, Challinor, Badnall and Challinor, Leek, 1853. This concerns an indenture of sale between (1) Isambard Kindom Brunel of Westminster, and James Michael Holdship of Chanceery Lane, Middlesex, (2) James Alsop of Leek, silk manufacturer, (3) Joshua Brough of Leek, silk manufacturer, and (4) Joshua Brough, Thomas Birch, Robert Hamersley of Leek, silk dyer and John Brough, silk manufacturer and concerns  Joshua Brough's purchase of Lot 2 (The Big Paddock and The Plantation) in the sale of the Ball Haye Estate on 11 June 1853, for £820. (b) Printed sale notice concerning the sale by auction on 14 July 1853, of building land on Ball haye Green, Leek, Staffordshire.

[3]Conveyance, dated 29 October 1853, of a plot of land (formerly called the Big Paddock and the Plantation) on Nelson Street, Leek, Staffordshire, by Joshua Brough of Leek, silk manufacturer, to Thomas Beardmore of Leek, joiner and builder, for £785. Includes a plan.

[4] Mortgage, dated 28 November 1854, by Thomas Beardmore of Leek, joiner and builder, to Thomas Johnson of Leek, plumber and glazier, of a lands (formerly called the Big Paddock and the Plantation) and buildings in Leek, Staffordshire, as security for £200 and interest. One piece of land at the north east end of Wellington Street, Leek and another on the south side of Nelson Street, Ball Haye Green, Leek. There was also a messuage in Bagnall Court of Derby Street, Leek, formerly occupied by Joseph Osborne.

[5] Mortgage by Thomas Beardmore of Leek, Staffordshire, joiner and builder, to Messrs Challinor, Badnall & Challinor of Leek, solicitors, of a plot of land on Wellington Street, Leek and a plot of land in Nelson Street, Ball Haye Green, Leek, as security for £100 and interest, dated 31 October 1853.

[6]  Transfer of land and hereditaments on Wellington Street, Leek and in Nelson Street, Ball Haye Green, Leek, and a mortgage of the reversionary interest in messuages and hereditaments in Derby Street, Leek, by Messers Challinor, Badnall and Challinor, of Leek, solicitors and Thomas Beardmore of Leek, builder and his wife Ann Booth, to Mrs Elizabeth Cheetham of Bradley Green, Biddulph, Stafforshire. As security for £500 and interest, dated 27 April 1854.

[7] Conveyance and assignment of real and personal estate in trust for the equal benefit of his creditors, by Thomas Beardmore  of Leek, Staffordshire,  joiner and builder, to Henry Clark of Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, timber merchant and Daniel Cartwright of Leek, ironmonger, trustees for themselves and the other creditors of Thomas Beardmore,  dated 1 January 1855. Signed by all Beardmore's creditors.

[8] Mortgage, dated 6 June 1856,  by Thomas Johnson of Leek, Staffordshire, plumber and glazier and Thomas Beardmore of Leek,  builder, to Messrs Challinor, Badnall & Challinor of Leek, solicitors, of lands (the Big Paddock and the Plantation in Ball Haye Green, Leek) and hereditaments in Leek, Staffordshire as security for £200 and interest.

[9] Covenant, dated 8 May 1857, by Thomas Johnson of Leek, Staffordshire, painter to  William Challinor, William Beaumont Badnall and Joseph Challinor all of Leek, attorneys, to pay them £50 and interest on the following 8th November. And an appointment and grant of 1565 square yards of land on Ball Haye Green, Leek to the said Challinor, Badnall and Challinor as security for payment of the above sum.

[10] Mortgage, dated 10 September 1858,  by Thomas Johnson of Leek, Staffordshire plumber and glazier, to William Challinor, William Beaumont Badnall and Joseph Challinor all of Leek, attorneys, of a plot of land on Ball Haye Green, Leek, formerly part of the Big Paddock and Plantation containing 3100 square yards, and also six messuages and a shop in Wellington Street and Britannia Street, Leek,  two further plots formerly part of the Big Paddock and Plantation and and covering 1560 square yards, together with all buildings, rights of way etc, as security for £108-1s-8d and interest. 

[11] Transfer of mortgage of land and hereditaments in Wellington Street and Nelson Street, Leek, Staffordshire, by Mrs Elizabeth Cheetham of Bradley Green, Biddulph, Staffordshire and Thomas Johnson of Leek, plumber and glazier, to William Challinor, William Beaumont Badnall and Joseph Challinor all of Leek, attorneys,  dated 9 December 1859. This relates too a Johnson's £330 mortgage

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Sixteen resolutions of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands, Leek, Staffordshire 1855 to 1857.

[1] Resolutions at a meeting held on 27 June 1855. Messrs Hacker & Bloore be employed to act for the trustees to put a stop to litigation in Chancery. A local solicitor, Redfern, had , without the trustees' permission, applied to the Court of Chancery in the names of the Trustees for Hugh Sleigh to render an account of his expenses and disbursements and to convey trust lands to the other trustees.

 [2] Retainer issued by the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands to Messrs Hacker & Bloore to  to take the most direct and speedy way of vesting the Leek Town Lands  in the Trustees who signed the document(6 in number), and to stop he litigation now going on. Dated 27 June 1855. 

[3] Resolution at a meeting held on 30 June 1855.  That Mr Redfern complete the conveyance of the Leek Town Lands to the Trustees and that Messrs Hacker & Bloore do  not interfere until he has done so. This is only signed by John Brough (Chairman) on behalf of unnamed others.

[4] Resolutions at a meeting held on 9 February 1856. The resolution [3] was nullified for one month and it was resolved that the deed of conveyance of Leek Town Lands Charity to the new trustees be … to the order of George Young for the present.

[5] Resolutions at a meeting held on 19 April 1856.  A petition had been received requesting the trustees of the Leek Town Lands to call a meeting of the freeholders and inhabitants of Leek to explain the present state of matters with regard to the Charity. Resolved that Messrs Young and Brough make arrangements for the meeting.

[6] Resolutions at a meeting held on 7 May 1856.   Resolved unanimously that litigation should cease, that the petition be dismissed and that any deficiency in the money available to pay the cost be met out of the annual rents.

[7] Resolutions at a meeting held on 9 May 1856. That Hacker & Bloore be authorised to appear before the Vice Chancellor and consent to the petition in the "matter of the Leek Town Lands Charity" being dismissed and no further proceedings taken under it.

[8]Resolutions at a meeting held on 23 May 1856.  That Hacker & Bloore be instructed to tax the costs of the petitioners, etc.

[9] Resolutions at a meeting held on 24 June 1856.  At a meeting of the Trustees of the Leek Town Lands and freeholders and Inhabitants of Leek, Staffordshire, for auditing the accounts, it was resolved that they be passed  and allowed the balance in the hands of the new trustees being £108-11s-4 1/4d exclusive of former amounts in Mr Sleigh's hands. Ordered that tenants be given notice to quit at Michaelmas and the Agent to relet for 7 years from Lady day 1857. Payment of Mr Pimlott's bill ordered.

[10] Resolutions at a meeting held on 27 November 1856. That Mr Hacker attend personally the taxation of the petitioner's respondents and attorney general's bills of costs.

[11] Resolutions at a meeting held on 14 February 1857. Resolved to consent to the taxation of those costs to the Taxing Master allowing to the Attorney of the Petitioners £32-6s-0d and to the Attorney's of the respondent £37-11s-0d,  for a journey to London. This was on conditio

[12] Resolutions at a meeting held on 9 March 1857. That the Trustees allow Mr Redfern only the sum of £32-6s-0d and not the additional £20 they were requested to consent on the taxation of his costs.

[13] Resolutions at a meeting held on 3 August 1857. That Nadin's barn be put in repair at a cost not to exceed £20 and that money be raised to pay off the costs of litigation at 4.5% if possible.

[14] Resolutions at a meeting held on 3 September 1857. That Hacker & Bloore's offer to procure the loan for paying off the Town Lands costs at 5% be accepted.

[15] Resolutions at a meeting held on 25 May 1857.

[16] Resolutions at a meeting held on 17 December 1857. Resolved that the Trustees execute the mortgage deed of the Leek Town Lands for raising and securing £850, the balance of the money required to liquidate the costs incurred in litigation respecting the Leek Town lands and that the same money be repaid by instalments of £200 until the principal and interest be liquidated and that the interest be paid half yearly. Resolved that as the litigation respecting the Leek Town Lands was relative to  matter of a public nature affecting the Trust property generally.  That the whole of the documents and papers relating to the Trust property charged and allowed for in the petitioners and respondents respective Bills of costs, as documents relating to and affecting the Trust be given up to the Trustees before the Bills of costs of the petitioners and respondents are liquidated together with all deeds and writings relating to or affecting the Title of the Trust property or ant part hereof. Also unanimously resolved that notice be given to Henry Simpson to quit the house and premises held by him in the Cattle Market in Leek and that the same be let to the Water Bailiff to the Commissioners under the leek Improvement act at the same rental as now held. Signed Hugh sleigh (Chairman).

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