Last updated: 15/10/2014
The "Bednall Collection" is a private archive of original manuscripts and other documents, ledgers, plans and photographs, amassed while researching the Badnall, Bednall, etc. family names in general and our own history in particular. It contains information about these and many other names. Some of the items, the late 18th century account book of a Congleton shopkeeper or the recipe book of a Leek firm of silk dyers, for example, are also of interest to local historians, particularly those studying the silk industries of Leek in Staffordshire and Macclesfield in Cheshire.
Many of the documents came from the dispersed archives of solicitors in the town of Leek, in Staffordshire and thus most of the names referred to are those of families living in North Staffordshire or South East Cheshire. Some of the documents, however, relate to people living in other parts of England and elsewhere in the World e.g. Canada, Australia and France. We are gradually acquiring other documents and will add further sections to our database from time to time.
This database gives the names of people mentioned in the documents as well as dates, place names and (in many cases) detailed descriptions of the contents of documents.
For further information about names (or documents) of interest please send details together with the full Bednall Collection reference number (BC2/1028 for example) to Webmaster
Some Interesting Items
the more interesting items added to the Collection are:
(2) A bundle of eight cases concerning the removal of paupers
(5) The Quietus Roll of Walter Chetwynde of Ingestre Hall, High Sheriff of Staffordshire 1685 - 1686. This records the Sheriff's accounts for his year in office giving brief details of payments made for various purposes and moneys received from Staffordshire Hundreds, individuals, etc. The document is in Latin and about 8ft long. It will be transcribed and the transcript made available in the near future.
(6) A collection of deeds relating to the Sneyd family of Ashcombe, Belmont and Bishton, Staffordshire,1761-1890, which includes several marriage settlements and details of the £40000 Sneyd Estate. The latter gives tenants' names, the amount and value of the land occupied, rents etc.
Other Miscellaneous Items