The Bednall Archive

Last updated 30/01/2010 

The Revd. James Badnall, Vicar of Endon, Staffordshire 
1865 to 1892

The Reverend James Badnall M.A., Vicar of Endon, Staffordshire

Date of Birth: 24 September 1839
Place of birth: Wavertree, Lancashire
Date of Death : 19 October 1897
Place of Death:
Place of Burial:
Endon, Staffordshire
Endon, Staffordshire
Father's Name:
Mother's Name:
Revd. William Badnall M.A.
Elizabeth Rose Parr
Father's Occupation: Vicar of Wavertree, Lancashire
Date Married:
Place :
May 1870
Wife's Name : Ellen Russell daughter of John Russell JP of Leek.

Children's Names:

Had no children

Grand children’s Names

Probate of Will


By his father and at the Royal Institute School, Liverpool. Durham University 1857-60. Obtained 3rd Honours 1859 and a B.A. in June 1860. Ordained deacon 1862, Priest 1863 by Bishop of Lichfield.

Details Of Career

1860-1862 class master at Wimbledon College. 
1862-1864 Curate of Ash, Shropshire. 
1864-1892 Vicar of Endon, Staffordshire. Patron the Earl of Macclesfield.


Rev. James Badnall and his wife Ellen nee Russell, of Endon, Staffordshire The Parish Church, Endon, Staffordshire. Memorial Plaque to the Reverend James Badnall M.A., Endon, Staffordshire. Plaque is on the wall of the porch.

Family Connections.

His grandfather was Richard Badnall of Highfield, Leek, Staffordshire, a descendant of  Christopher Badnall of Uttoxeter whose grandfather William was also the common ancestor of most Bednalls of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Australia, Lancashire and Warwickshire.


Part of the May Queen by Herbert William Foster R.A. The painting ( Royal Academy 1893 No. 460) is believed to be based on the Endon event.
The Revd. James Badnall lived at Lane End House, Endon. During his incumbency the church was restored, a robed choir was introduced, a mission opened at Stanley and a mission church and school were built at Longsdon. He introduced the "May Queen" procession to the annual well dressing event. He was a guide and tutor of the Moorland Poet -Robert Heath- and was largely responsible for the publication of Heaths poems.

His writings include: "Raising of Jairus’s Daughter" or "The Tears of Christian Mourners Wiped Away" published James Rider 1867.

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