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Badnall of Ashenhurst, Staffordshire
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Leek, Staffordshire 16th February 1797
Richard Badnall of Leek
Spout Street, Leek in 1797.Highfield, Leek Staffordshire (1812 to
Silk ribbon & button manufacturer ( Fynney and Badnall) Leek,
Harriet Hopkins daughter of the Revd. John William Hopkins, Rector
of Upminster, Essex and a descendant of
William of Wykeham.
Hand daughter of Enoch Hand of Uttoxeter
Richard (III) ; Hopkins; William Beaumont; Edward Wykeham; Charles
Fiennes; Harriet Hopkins;
Age at Death
Place of Death:
Place of Burial:
42 years 167 days
Weston near Bath.
Family vault St.
Edward's Parish Church, Leek, Staffs
Educated Ashbourne Grammar School and Chaddesley, Worcestershire.
Probably spoke French and had a knowledge of other languages.
Author of a number of works including:
The Pirate a poem in three cantos and miscellaneous poems,
Zelinda; a Persian tale. In three cantos;
A View of the Silk Trade, London 1828;
Letter to the Lords and Commons on the Present Commercial and
Agricultural Condition of Great Britain. 1830;
A Treatise on Railway Improvement London 1833.
Partner in the Leek silk firms of Badnall, Badnall, Gaunt and
Morley 1822; Badnall, Badnall & Gaunt 1824. Formed his own
partnership with Francis Gybbon Spilsbury and Henry Cruso, silk
manufacturers, machinery manufacturers, dyers and tanners, in
1824. He and his partner Spilsbury, were the initiators (
subsequently directors of ) the British, Irish and Colonial Silk
Company a chartered company with a capital of £1,000,000 in 1825.
They also founded the Leek Bank of Badnall and Ellis.
Took out several patents for improvements in silk machinery
and silk dyeing. He and his partners went bankrupt in 1826/7. Silk
broker and merchant in Liverpool 1829/30. Entered into
partnership with Robert Stephenson of Pendleton Colliery the
brother of George Stephenson, in October 1832,to exploit his
(Richard Badnall’s) patented “Undulating Railway” system.
against Baring and Attwood in the 1826 Parliamentary Election, for
Callington, Cornwall. This defeat did not, apparently, deter him
from seeking parliamentary office for a second time in 1837,
when, despite being in very bad health, he stood as the Liberal candidate in the Parliamentary
elections for Newcastle-under-Lyme. Subsequently he claimed
that corrupt practices had been used by his opponents and a
parliamentary enquiry was held. However, although the
Committee confirmed Badnall's claims, the results were allowed to
stand, possibly because some of Badnall's witnesses had perjured
themselves when they appeared before the committee.
His father, Richard of Highfield, was the great grandson of
Christopher Badnall, a sharman of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire and his
wife Sarah Wheilden. Christopher Badnall was the youngest
son, of William Badnall of Hanbury and Uttoxeter and (probably)
grandson of Thomas Badnall and Clare Broughton of Walford, Standon
in Staffordshire. Thus Richard Badnall of Ashenhurst, Leek
is probably descended from Robert de Badenhall of Baden Hall,
Eccleshall, Staffordshire (1228) and connected therefore not only
to the Badnalls of Canada, Australia and South Africa but also to
Bednalls of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire,
Lancashire, Yorkshire and elsewhere.