Webster Bullock (1867-1942)
of Rock House, Byrons Lane, Macclesfield, solicitor, the son of silk merchant
Thomas Bullock, was articled in 1890 to Henry Hand, a Macclesfield solicitor,
for 8 years. When ill health forced Henry Hand to dispose of his in 1898,
Bullock and his then partner, Philip Swindells, took it. Initially the
firm traded as “Hand, Bullock & Swindells” from Henry Hand’s old
office at 3 Church Side, Macclesfield and there the firm remained (though with
some changes of name) until well into the 20th century.
Documents from the practice have appeared on dealers’ stalls in the past 10 years and a number now form part of the Bednall Collection (see “The Bednall Archive”). One that is potentially of most interest for family historians is a 50 page, list of clients’ deaths covering the period from 1905 to 1933. Eight hundred and deaths are recorded in alphabetical order, by surname. Each entry gives the client’s name, address, date of death and age. Sometimes additional information is provided such as the deceased’s occupation, the name of a widow’s husband or of a married woman’s father. Newspaper clippings of obituaries or the probate of wills inserted by A. W. Bullock in a very few cases. The document also contains two 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.
interesting insert is a memo on the family of George W. Moss of Rivington View,
Barton on Irwell, Manchester, based on a Statutory Declaration made by John Moss
on 24th January 1876.
This document contains:
a list of names;
a full transcription of Bullock’s list;
transcripts of newspaper clippings and
John Moss’ Statutory Declaration.