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Ashton, Blackburn, Liverpool, Southport, Manchester,  Lancashire; Boscombe;  Bramhall, Congleton, Knutsford, Macclessfield, Nantwich, Gawsworth, Alderley, Prestbury, Salford, Whaley Bridge, Wilmslow, Cheshire; Buxton, Derbyshire; Painton, Devon; Colwyn Bay, Dinas Mawddwy, Wales;  Brighton, Eastbourne, Hove, Sussex; Hull, , Burton-on-Trent, Leek, Lichfield, Rugeley, Rushton, Stoke on Trent, Tunstall, Staffordshire;  Llandudno, London;  Newcastle, Harrogate,  Rotherham,  Scarborough, Tadcaster, Yorkshire; Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Wadhurst, Gloucester;  Wolverhampton;  Downderry, Ireland; Canada; Caligari, Sardinia;


The, 50 page, list of clients’ deaths covers the period from 1905 to 1833 and in total 800 deaths are recorded.  It is arranged in alphabetical order by surname and gives the name, address, date of death and age of the client concerned.  Occupations are stated in some cases and these include not only cattle dealers, coal merchants, confectioners, farmers, solicitors, silk manufacturers, dyers, stationers, salesmen, surgeons, bank managers, clerks, etc. but also the curator at the Park, a former Police Chief, a pawnbroker, the Locomotive Superintendent of the North Staffs Railway Company, a former engineman at the Bollin Mill, the landlord of the Macclesfield Arms, a mineral water manufacturer, the Town Crier and the organist at Christ Church.

 In some cases, newspaper clippings of obituaries or the probate of wills are inserted.  Two of the inserts are letters, one from John Hill & Sons of the London Stock Exchange informing Bullock of the death a their partner Mr. Bush in 1924, and the other from Stephens & Stephens of London concerning the death of Mr. R. King-Stephens in 1923. A third is a memo on the family of George W. Moss of Rivington View, Barton on Irwell, Manchester, that was based on a Statutory Declaration of John Moss dated 24th January 1876.

 Most of the clients lived in or near Macclesfield but the list does people living in Ashton, Blackburn, Boscombe, Bramhall, Brighton, Burton-on-Trent, Buxton, Cheltenham, Colwyn Bay, Congleton, Dinas Mawddwy, Eastbourne, Hove, Hull, Knutsford, Leek, Lichfield, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Nantwich, Newcastle, Paington, Rotherham, Rugeley, Salford, Scarborough, Southport, Stoke on Trent, Tadcaster, Tewkesbury, Tunstall, Wadhurst, Whaley Bridge, Wilmslow, Wolverhampton and other places elsewhere in the UK.  Three of his clients lived abroad at the time of their death, John Matthew Moss who died in Cagliaro, Sardinia, in 1907, Charles Rushton, a chapman who died in Downderry, Ireland in 1916 and Reginald Bates who died in Canada in 1910.

 Tragic events are recalled in the entries for Mrs. Florence Watson who drowned in the Lusitania, the suicides of Mr. Albert Oldfield, a former Mayor of Macclesfield, by drowning, of Mr. Henry Bower in 1916 and of Mrs. Dora Hatton Barber in 1917.  A newspaper article about the death of Mr. Oldield inserted in this document describes the events surrounding his death and gives a details account of his life.

Too many to list see separate database


Macclesfield, Cheshire; Warborne, Hampshire;

Abstract of the title  of George Fountain and others   to freehold messuages and premises in King Edward Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire. May & Wain, Macclesfield, 1926. It includes a plan of the property, which included numbers 43, 45, 47 and 47 Chestergate and numbers 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30 King Edward Street and the land between them. Deeds dating from 1828 are mentioned including a marriage settlement.  Details of the will of John  Fountain who died on 26th July 1884.

Fountain; Jones; Barnsby; Scott-Smyth; Rawlinson; Preston Parke; Wakefield; Mellor; Ellis; Head; Pryce; Lallemand; Simpson; Peacock; Barber; Cooper; Pennington; Wadsworth; Statham; Harper; Street; Slack; Lomas; Morton; Davy; Larrop;Neil; Greenwood; Brown; Roberts; Hyatt; Huckle; May;


Sutton, Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Draft abstract of the title of the Trustees  of the will of Abraham Mason, deceased, to a freehold plot of land, messuage and premises in Lowe Street, Sutton near Macclesfield, Cheshire, contracted to be sold to Edwin Arthur Birchenall and Mrs Edith Adeline Hulme. May & Son, Macclesfield, 1909. The property was near Park Green, Macclesfield, and included part of a close called The Big Mill Field bounded on the east by Lowe Street and on the west and north by land sold by John Ryle to James Frost, timber merchant, which was formerly used as a timber yard. The houses were numbers 3, 5, 7 and 9 Lowe Street.

Mason; Hulme; Birchenall; May; Sharply; Perkins; Hine; Frost; Ryle;Perkins; Bailey; Higginbotham; Delahunt;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Documents relating to a chapel, factory and other property in and fronting Calamine Street and Calamine Place, Macclesfield, Cheshire.

(1) Draft deed of appointment of trustees for the sale of a freehold chapel, (the Bethel Chapel) factory, cottage and sheds on a plot of land  made on the 2nd September 1927 between Harry Deall, Baptist minister, Charles Harvey, a baker, Joseph Harvey, a retired grocer and , George Johnson, a Fire Lighter, all of Macclesfield, on the one part and Frederick Baron, a retired engineer and Harry  Deall (the Trustees) on the other part.

(2) Draft conveyance of a freehold chapel, factory, cottage and sheds on a plot of land  made on the 3rd September 1927 between Frederick Baron and others to Mr. George Johnson of Windmill Street, Macclesfield, fire lighter manufacturer for consideration of £600. May & Wain, Macclesfield. This document mentions that part of the land was formerly used as a burial ground.

(3)Draft legal charge on a freehold chapel, cottage and other buildings in Calamine Street and Calamine Place, Macclesfield between George Johnson of Macclesfield and the Cheshire Permanent Benefit Building Society. May & Wain, Macclesfield, 5th September 1927.

Deall; Harvey; Johnson; Baron;  Smale; Bailey; Broadhurst;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

(1) Printed particulars and conditions of sale  of a plot of land and leasehold  houses numbers 40, 42. 44, 46, 48 and 50, in Duke Street, Macclesfield by auction at the Angel Hotel, Macclesfield, on 2nd November 1920. It includes a plan of the area in question showing holders of adjacent property.

(2) Printed particulars and conditions of sale  of a plot of land and leasehold  houses number 50,  Duke Street, Macclesfield. It is signed by the purchaser, Joseph Abrams of Westwood High Lane, Stockport who paid £550 for it. The agreement was made on  14th August 1925. It includes a detailed plan of the property.

Brocklehurst;  Hampson; Kirk; Harrison; Abrams; Allen; Leach


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Schedule of deeds and writings relating to freehold houses in Church Side, Macclesfield, dated 17th November 1896. The schedule starts with indentures of lease and release dated 2nd and 3rd June  1809 and made between Thomas and Elizabeth Smyth and William Brocklehurst on the one part and Edward Bayley on the other and Matthew Wadsworth on the third part. It ends with an indenture dated 17th November 1896 between John Frederick May and Edward Beard.

Smyth; Bayley; Brocklehurst; Wadsworth; Bullock; Pointon; Browne; Osborne; Pearson; Parrott; Harrop; Platt; Colville; Hine; Cooke; Legh; Carswell; May; Beard;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Draft conveyance of property in Church Side, Macclesfield, from W. C. Pownall of Macclesfield, silk manufacturer, and others to Isaac Burgess of Macclesfield , clogger, for £650, dated 20th September 1887. May, Macclesfield. The property included houses numbers 19, 21,23,25,27 and 27 in Church Side;  houses numbers 1,2,3,4,5, and 6 in Court No. 3, off Church Side;  houses numbers 2,4 and 6 on Bunker's Hill, numbers 1,2,3,4 and 5 in Court No. 2 off Bunker's Hill and number 1 on the 108 Steps -all in Macclesfield. Occupants' names are given. The Chief Rents on the property were payable to the Governors of the Free Grammar School of King Edward  the 6th in Macclesfield,

Ibeson; Pownall; Burgess; Morris; Cotterill; Birch; Fowler; Gidman; Timms; Hulme; Duncalf; Stanley; McNab; Johnson; Collier; Gaskell; Forster; Nixon; Stubbs; Barker; Birchenough; Howson; Herford; Barber; Yates; Holesworth; Chesters; Boothby; Bond; Moran;


Macclesfield, Cheshire

Miscellaneous letters and other items (19) relating to the Knight Supply Company including a statement of accounts dated 1936-1938. Most of the letters are demands for payment of debts and are dated July 1938. The companies involved included The Medway Corrugated Paper Company, the Sun Paper Mill Company, the Bell Punch Company and Lloyd's Packing Warehouses Ltd.

Skinner; Tamms; Sherratt; Cooper;



(1) James Knight's account with the late Mr John Heath's trustees June to September 1851. Place is unknown but document mentions Buxton Street, Clarendon Place

(2)  Notice, dated 4th December 1872, from Charles William Beck and George Godwin to The representatives of Mr. Charles James Knight, deceased, and all other persons concerned, demanding repayment of £2500 secured on property by an indenture dated 23rd August 1838 between Charles James Knight of the first paart, John Norbury of the second part, Mathias Mason of the 3rd part, Sarah Knight and Joseph Knight of the fourth part, Henry Davenport Dod of the fifth part and Thomas Parrott of the sixth part. The property was vested in Beck and Godwin by another indenture dated 31st January 1842.

Heath; Knight; Stoneley; Edneston; Welsh; Mullins; Winter; Rushton; Gittins; Monks; Ashcroft; Beardsall; Webster; Parsonage; Trevitt; Prince; Blagg; Beck; Godwin; Mason; Parrott; Norbury; Dod;


Southampton; Macclesfield, Cheshire; Oxford; Barrymore,  Ireland;

Conveyance of  408 square yards of land in a field called the Old Hall  or Oat Field in Macclesfield from Joseph Reade of Macclesfield, Cheshire, timber merchant to Mr. Ottiwell Wood  of Macclesfield, silk manufacturer, dated 21st May 1791. May & Wain, Macclesfield.  The land was bounded by Beech Lane on the west, by Justice Street  on the east and to the north by other parts of the  land granted to Joseph Reade. Wood agreed pay rents, etc. and  to erect a substantial messuage, workhouse or other building on the land. This document cites an indenture dated22 May 1725 made on the marriage of James, Earl of Barrymore of Ireland and Lady Elizabeth Rivers daughter and only child of Richard, Earl Rivers. Other parties to this document were: Edward, Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, only son and heir of  Richard, Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, deceased, "in whom divers honours manors lordships messuages and so forth in the County of Chester then late the inheritance of the said Richard Earl Rivers had been vested by a certain Act of Parliament" "[ 7 Geo.I]. It also mentions Betsy, Countess of Rochford and George Pitt of Stratfielden, Southampton. Seizin of the land was taken for Ottewell Wood  by George Birtles, attorney, on 8th August 1791.

Reade; Wood; Buckley; Hall; Orme; Wadsworth; Greaves; Rivers; Mortimer; Davenport; Birtles; Warhurst;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Printed Affidavit of Miss Harriet Ardern of Chester Road, Broken Cross, Macclesfield  in the High Court Case of Ardern v Hordern  re the estate of Anthony Hordern, late of Macclesfield, whose will was probated on 23rd February 1894, at Chester. Chancery Division  1912-H.-N0. 2979.Sworn 31st  October 1912. The estate of Hordern included The Lamb Inn in Stanley Street, Macclesfield and other property in Stanley Street and Derby Street and numbers 15 and 19 Mill Street, as well as a mortgage on the Blacks Head Inn in Mill Street, Macclesfield. Contains births, marriages and eaths of various people.

Hordern; Ardern; Street; Brewster; Atkins; Wain; Ibeson; Helm; Pattinson; Pickford;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

(1)  Draft agreement between Harry Bullock of Swiss  Cottage, Chester Road, Macclesfield, silk dyer and Nathan Dixon of Chester Road, Macclesfield, painter and decorator, with reference to shares in the Macclesfield Super Cinema Company Limited. May & Wain, 21st August 1922. Bullock and Dixon had agreed to buy 500 one pound shares and the document relates to the division of the shares and the interest.

(2) Draft deed dated 2nd May 1949, between James Belfield Limited and the Macclesfield Majestic Picture House Limited, relating to the support of Charles Street Mill affected by the removal of cottages (No.s 27 and 29)  in Mill Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire. Includes plan. The cottages were demolished to create a car park for cinemagoers but this had affected the mill.

Bullock; Dixon; May; Belfield; Hamson; Higginbotham;


Siddington, Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Draft indenture of apprenticeship made by John Alfred Clowes of Siddington, blacksmith and farmer, with James Phillips of Henbury, labourer, and his son William,  dated 24th January 1885. Clowes was to take James Phillips as an apprentice for five years and teach him the business of a wheelwright and blacksmith. In return William Phillips was to receive board and lodging and £1 per annum for 4 years and £2 for the final year of the apprenticeship.

Clowes; Phillips;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Typed profit and loss account for Messrs May & Wain, solicitors, Churchside, Macclesfield for the period ended 31st December 1938. J. R. Atkins & Co, (incorporated accountants) Derby Street, Macclesfield.

May; Wain;


Macclesfield, Cheshire; Ealing, Middlesex; Bournemouth, Hampshire;

Ten items  relating to property on Church Wallgate, Macclesfield, Cheshire 1919 to 1920.

(1) Indenture made on 31st December 1919 between Anna Bullock of 16 Undercliffe, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Hampshire, widow, the Public Trustee, Louisa Elizabeth Bullock of 47 The Avenue, West Ealing, Middlesex, widow, Marion Louisa Bulleid wife of William Allen Bulleid of 130 Argyle Road, West Ealing and William Allen Bulleid, Harold Holmes Holland of Brae Side, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, motor engineer, and James Smith of 5 Churchwallgate, Macclesfield, sweets vendor (called the purchaser)-. The property had been part of the estate of John Bullock of West End House, Birtles Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire who died on 8th April 1902. His will was proved on 19th August 1902 at Chester.  The property was sold to Harry Holmes Holland for £505 but no conveyance had been made. A schedule of deeds dating from 1836 to 1918 is attached.

(2) Copy letter dated 24th June 1918  from Fred. H. Mainwaring, of the Estate Duty Office, Somerset House to Messrs Blunt & Brocklehurst, re possible claims against for duty on the estate of Mrs. Alice Mary Bullock (who died 8th August 1906) under the will of her husband John Bullock,

(3) Draft conveyance dated 31st December 1919 by Mrs Anna Bullock and the personal representatives of Alexander Bullock, who died on 13th July 1918,  to Mr. Harold Holmes Holland, of No. 9 Churchwallgate, Macclesfield.

(4) Requisitions (dated 9th September 1919) and further requisitions on title ( 11th October 1919) in the conveyance from Mrs Anna Bullock and the personal representatives of Alexander Bullock, who died on 13th July 1918,  to Mr. Harold Holmes Holland.

(5) Draft completion statements and other small items.

(6) Draft conveyance dated 2nd September 1920 by Mr Harold Holmes Holland of Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, motor engineer, to William Makin of Newton Street, Macclesfield, butcher, of a freehold shop and premises at number 9 Churchwallgate, Macclesfield, Cheshire.

(7) Solicitor's notes re wills, etc.

(8) Miscellaneous letters re-conveyances and Prudential  Assurance Company's intentions re a party wall. October - December 1919.

(9) Draft letter to the Prudential Assurance Company concerning a wall and their intentions with regard to  it.

(10) Typed completion statement re Bullock to Holland conveyance of numbers 5, 7 and 9 Churchwallgate, Macclesfield, Cheshire 1919 -1920.

Bulluck; Holland; Bulleid; Smith; Lyon; Greenwell; Willott; Grimsditch; Swanwick; Parrott; Swabick; Trueman; Blunt; Cooper; Pownall; Edwards; Compston;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Draft conveyance from Joseph Wellings of Blakelow, Macclesfield, builder and contractor, to John Bower. Wellings of Derby Street, Macclesfield,  builder & contractor. of No.s 8, 10 and 12 Shaw Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, 30th March 1940. It cites a lease made on 21st March 1814 between William Roe and Henry Critchley whereby the property was demised to Critchley for 999 years at a yearly rent of £6-4s-0d. Also a conveyance between Elizabeth Henderson Roe and Joseph Wellings dated 13th December 1915 in which the 372 square yards of land and the houses on it were demised in fee simple to Wellings.

Wellings; Roe; Critchley; Ollerenshaw;


Adlington, Macclesfield;

Tenancy agreement between Mrs. Legh of Adlington and Mr George Rose dated 3rd May 1916. Rose agreed to rent the cottage for £10 a year.

Rose; Walkeley;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Draft conveyance dated 10th May 1930 between William Thorley, formerlyof 45 Old Mill Lane, Sutton, Macclesfield but now of 66 Green street, Macclesfield, bricklayer, and William Davenport of Glegg Street, Macclesfield, silk overlooker, of 115 square yards of land abutting an intended street leading from Glegg Street, for  £37 . 16s . 8d Plan attached giving names of owners of adjacent properties. The land was opposite St. Paul's School.

Thorley; Davenport; Rawcliffe; Hooley;


Macclesfield, Cheshire; Barnwuth, Merioneth; London; Hastings, Sussex;

Abstract of title of John Naden to land in Buckley Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, dated 1929. Plan attached which shows that the 2400 square yards of land was sited between Buckley Street and Vincent Street.  The title begins with an indenture dated 22nd March 1916 between Sir Edmund Buckley of Green Hill, Barnwuth [Barmouth?], Merioneth, baronet,  and others and the purchaser, Augustus William Hewetson of Willerby House, Cumberland Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, embroidery manufacturer which itself relates to  a marriage settlement.

Buckley; Naden; Whately; Calkin; Jones; Hewetson; Shaw; Stott; Lloyd; Pott; Sharp; Pacey; Ryle; Fox;


Abergavenny, Monmouth, Wales; Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Draft indenture made on 29th October 1879 between Maria Parrott Parkinson of Chestergate, Macclesfield, widow, James Oldham Adshead of Macclesfield, Iron merchant and William Henry Parrott Scanlon of Abergavenny, Monmouth, clerk to the Board of Guardians concerning the settlement on the marriage of James Oldham Adshead and Maria Parrott Parkinson and agreement as to "her separate  business". Mrs. Parkinson was the owner of a freehold Soda Water & Lemonade Factory on Chestergate, Macclesfield. The property stood on a 616 square yard plot of land on the south side of Chestergate which formerly belonged to Francis Rushton and was part of a field called Worth Orchard. The property was to be held in trust and Mrs Parkinson was to receive the profits and rents for life "free from the control of her husband".

Parkman; Adshead; Scanlon; May; Rushton; Boston.


Maccclesfield, Cheshire; Leek, Staffordshire;

Requisitions on title to Brookfield, Lyme Grove, Macclesfield in re Wild and the Leek & Moorlands Building Society 1929, Challinors & Shaw, Leek. The land was purchased with other land by William Whiston from the Earl of Lucan in 1894 for a total price of £43,400.

Wild; Whiston; Lucan; Lovatt;


Sutton, Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Two accounts from Whittaker & Bradburn in account with Messrs J. F and H. J. May:

(1) Account for rents received due 25th March  and 24th June 1902.This is for ground rents and for the rents of cottages on Knight Street, Court No. 1 and Knights Brow.

(2) Account for ground rents for cottages , for part of a mill occupied by Messrs Royle Dyeing Co (Knight Street dyeworks) and for parts occupied by Mrs. Clara Sinnett, and also

(3) Rates receipts for rates paid by Frederick May to Henry Massey the collector in August 1918.

Davenport; Barber; Wild; Harper; Bryan; Kent; Woodcock; Bradley; Stonely; Linnett or Sinnett; Massey; May; Whittaker; Bradburn;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

(1) Draft assignment of a leasehold property number 256 Buxton Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire by Joseph Bagnall of 376 Buxton Road, Macclesfield, cabinet maker, and others to William Henry Johnson of Union Road, Macclesfield, telegraphist,, May & Wain, Macclesfield, 10th May 1919. The land was on the south side of the road from Macclesfield to Buxton.

(2) Draft acknowledgement by William Henry Johnson for production of deeds, dated 10th May 1919 in re conveyance to Mrs Elizabeth Newman wife of  Samuel Newman, silk designer, of Macclesfield.

(3) Accounts re Holland to Newman.

Bagnall; Holland; Johnson; Newman;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;Scarborough, Yorkshire; Manchester;

Copy draft conveyance of freehold reversion of The Laburnums, Oxford Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, by Messrs William Whiston of Langley, silk printer, Harry Froggatt of Harley Street, Scarborough, Yorkshire, solicitor and Misses Josephine and Mary Elizabeth Froggatt, Percy Wright of Macclesfield and Walter John Longden of Beswick Street, Macclesfield, to Thomas Wilde Fawkner and Mrs Fawkner. Alfred W. Bullock, Macclesfield. Prepared by Albert Oldfield, Macclesfield. 14th April 1913. It includes a plan of the site.

Whiston; Fawkner; Froggatt; Briggs; Barlow; Lockett; Wright; Longden; Beswick; Eaton; Oldfield; Bullock;


Macclesfield, Cheshire;

Conveyance of freehold premises in Duke Street, Macclesfield from Sydney Broadhurst of Bank Street, Macclesfield, butcher, to John Sinnett of Greenhedges, Blakelow Road, Macclesfield, wholesale fruiter.  May & Wain, Macclesfield, 15th January 1948. The property is described as "(1) all that plot of land at or near Bank Top bounded on the north side by land described after this, on the east by land and premises that formerly belonged to Thomas William and Francis Sheldon , on the southwest by Duke Street and on the west or front by Duke Street. It extended 13 yards 25 inches on the north side, 27 yards 12 inches on the east side,  16 yards on southwest side, and 18 yards 12 inches on the west side. The total area was 307 square yard.  Five houses stood on the land: numbers 2,4,6,8 and 10 Duke Street.

The second plot of land stood adjacent to this and was bounded on the west side partly by and including part of Duke Street and partly by land and buildings belonging to    Burns, on the north side by land and premises formerly belonging to David Hall, and the east partly by the land  described next and partly by by Court 9 Bank Street and on the south by the land previously described. There were four houses on the land, numbers 12, 14, 16 and 18 Duke Street.

(3) A 14 square yard plot adjoining the previous property.

(4) A further 12 square yard plot of land.

A clause in the document reserves certain rights to William and Frederick Sheldon who are described as owners and occupiers of the mill and premises shown on the same plan known as "Mount Pleasant Mill".

Broadhurst; Sinnett; Sheldon; Burns; Hall; Proctor;



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