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The Bednall Archive


Last updated: 07/11/2014


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Alfred Clark Dring of Nottingham, born Nottingham 1897, died Maricourt, France  March 1918. Private in the  15 (S) Battalion The Sherwood Foresters- (The Bantams).

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Welcome to our site!
We hope you find it useful in researching your own family history. If you have Badnall, Bednall, etc. ancestors, please tell us about them by  e-mail. Corrections, additions and constructive comments are welcomed.   

"The Bednall Archives" contain the results of our on-going study of Bednall Family history and also:

information on families with similar names, i.e. Badnall, Bidnall, Beadnell, etc.  
references to other persons in wills, inventories and  other documents.

A database of original documents in the Bednall Collection provide much information not only on Bednall and many other families but also on the silk industry of Leek and Macclesfield and other aspects of local history. In some cases, lists and indexes have been drafted using  material from  the collection and other sources.

Although principally concerned with Badnalls, Bednalls, Bidnalls, etc, the site does (or will eventually) include some material on  "My Grandfather Dring's Ancestors" and on the Simpson and Axe families who were my wife's ancestors.

Articles of various aspects of local and family history  are included in the "Miscellany" section 

Revisit us periodically! 
New finds will be posted and new material  added from time to time and occasionally slide shows on events related to our family history i.e. local history of the places which have a family connection either currently or in the past so watch this space!  

Latest ! 

NEW ADDITIONS have been made (07 Nov 2014) to the "Bednall Collection" of local and family history documents of these the most interesting are:

(A) A small bundle of Huguenot letters and other documents (in French) dated between 1696 and 1733. 

(B) Pay account book for the "Old Works Pattern Shop", May 1876 to May 1977, for an unknown foundry tentatively identified as Stanton Iron Works near Dale Abbey, Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

(C) The Scroll cash book for the South United Free Church, January 1927 to December 1930. The names of the finance committee are given on the rear paste down i.e. Mr Bruce, Messrs J. R. Miller, G. Brown, Baillie Walker, W. Merchant, W. Donald. J. Simpson, Wm Henderson. Auditors: J.C. Richards & A. Dickson. NB The church became part of the Church of Scotland in 1930.

(D) Returns of fines, penalties, fees and sums of money received the Clerk of Leek Petty Sessions and how applied. All are on Form B and headed County of Stafford. Petty Sessional Division of Leek. After the register number and the date, the forms gives the names of the prosecutor or complainant followed by the nature of the proceedings and how the case was dealt with. Then follows various columns relating to how the fines etc, were dealt with. 

(E)  Schedule of Deeds relating to the Manor or Lordship of Winkburne, Nottinghamshire received from Mr Hill and delivered to Mr. Michael Daintry to who the Manor was mortgaged as security for a loan of 8296-0s-6d. Solicitor Mills & Cruso, Leek. Dated January 1788. The deeds range in date from the reign of Henry 6th (1422-1461) to 1748. The property originally belonged to the Prior and Hospitallers of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem whose immunities and privileges were confirmed by the first mentioned deed. 

Did you know that there is a painting of a Bednall in the Royal Collection? Visit the Royal Collection website to see Private Joseph Bednall (1802-1833) of the 12th (The Prince of Wales) Royal Lancers.
See also the inscription on his gravestone in Ballincollig Military Cemetery. 

 Future Development

The Bednall Collection holds the "Copy Letter Books " of Messrs Challinor & Co, solicitors, of Leek, Staffordshire covering the period from 1845 to 1936.  Its holdings also includes the firm's pay, cash and other ledgers, bound and unbound, 6 partnership ledgers for the period from 1850  to 1923 and 13 diaries.  Although the books have been cleaned and shelved listing has still to be carried out.  Each volume is indexed in alphabetical order by customer name and ideally all these indexes would be listed in a searchable database.  However, this is unlikely to happen for some considerable time. 


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The Bednall Family Name
Information on the Bednalls of 
the Erewash & Amber Valley

The Bednall Collection
Archive of original documents, ledgers, plans, etc

Leek Market Place 1903.

Leek & District Historical Society
Monthly meetings, publications
 and other activities

Alan's Photos of Gotham Nottinghamshire-click to enter
The Gotham

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The Blind Beggar's Daughter 
of  Bednall Green

"Gallery" -a slide presentation of my photo art. Thumbnail image "Fading Glory"

 Gallery 2010




Offices of Messrs Challinor & Shaw solicitors, at 10 Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire 1990s

Challinor & Co, 




Insurance Book 1788-1799, for the Phoenix Fire Office agency run by William Challinor of Leek, Staffordshire. Includes cotton mills, corn mills, a paper mill, silk warehouses and sheds, an iron foundry and cotton works, several inns including the Red Lion, Leek and two Cheshire mansions- Capesthorne Hall and Thorneycroft Hall..

Insuring 18th Century 



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