John Ingham was a linen draper trading from a shop in Water Street,
Bollington. He retired in 1886 and died on 11 March 1891. We have,
in the Civic Society collection, John Ingham's Will and a number
of legal papers relating to the execution of the Will and its financial
aftermath. The documents are as follows:
- The Last Will & Testament of John Ingham, dated 6 July 1886.
- Document In the matter of the estate of John Ingham deceased,
Mutual Covenants, dated 16 March 1891.
- On the back of the above document is written the Probate of the
Will of Mr John Ingham deceased, dated 8 April 1891.
- Inland Revenue Form No. 1, backed by Receipt for Legacy. This
conveys £100 to the widow, Mrs Mary Ann Ingham. The form
was made on 8 April 1891 and the receipt signed on 23 December
- Disclaimer by Mr Samuel Unwin one of the Executors and Trustees
(of John Ingham's Will), dated 30 June 1891.
- A document Renunciation by Mr Samuel Unwin one of the Executors
and Trustees (of John Ingham's Will), dated 30 June 1891.
- An Account of the Estate with Receipts by the Beneficiaries,
dated 7 July 1891.
- A statement of activities undertaken by Mr Henry Hand, solicitor,
on behalf of the Executors of the Will of John Ingham, to the
value of £13-2-6 of which £3-5-0 was for official
stamps, dated 7 July 1891.
- A receipt from the solicitor, Mr Henry Hand of Macclesfield,
for the sum of nineteen pounds mentioned in a certain Agreement
[item 2 above] dated the Sixteenth day of March 1891,
dated 8 July 1891. This document is incorrectly headed 'Re Estate
of Mrs Mary Ingham deceased'!
- Inland Revenue Form No.8, backed by Receipt for Duty, dated 10
June 1893. This lists His dwellinghouses and premises situate
and numbered 35, 37, 39, 41, 43 and 45 King William Street Salford*
with the coal yard adjoining occupied by Messrs Ray Heapwood Tomlinson
and others Together with the several yearly ground rents of £12
: 10/- each payable from adjoining premises The property is subject
to the payment of a perpetual yearly chief rent of £40 Sold
by auction for £700
- Document In the Matter of the Estate of the late Mr John Ingham
deceased. Release to the Executrix and Trustee with Covenant, dated
29 March 1894. This is the most elaborate of the documents and
perhaps the most interesting. Understanding it is the key to understanding
several of the other documents. In essence it provides a re-writing
of John Ingham's Will to take account of various moneys in order
to balance out what each beneficiary is to receive from the estate.
No doubt financial arrangements changed in the period between the
writing of the Will in 1886 and the death of John Ingham in 1891.
One of the key points made in this document is that on his retirement
in 1886 John Ingham sold the drapery business to his daughter Elizabeth,
wife of Samuel Unwin. In the settlement of the Will it is deemed
that Elizabeth had already received benefit to the value of £800.
This document also establishes two anuities for the benefit of
Mrs Mary Ann Ingham, widow, in the sums of £20 and £40.
- Account of Proceeds of Sale of Furniture &c with Receipts by
Beneficiaries, amounting to £95-14-0, the beneficiaries being
the three daughters of John Ingham, dated 18 March 1897.
- A receipt regarding two sums received from Mr Fred H Pool for
the purchase of a gold watch and a gold scarf pin with gem, presumably
from the estate of John Ingham, dated 20 March 1897.
* King William Street in Salford still exists on the northeastern
edge of the Salford Quays re-developments but none of the original
Unfortunately there is no indication as to why Samuel Unwin,
son in law of the deceased, disclaimed his responsibilities in
respect of the execution of John Ingham's Will.
Samuel Unwin, son in law, 1845-1904
Samuel Unwin was born in Bollington, Cheshire, in 1845 to parents
Samuel and Mary Unwin (above).
Samuel worked with his father at 'Samuel Unwin & Son',
Grocers and Drapers in Water Street, Bollington.
In the neighbouring High Street, John and Mary Ingham, lived
with their daughter, Elizabeth. John Ingham was a linen and woollen
draper. It is understood that Samuel’s father was more interested
in the grocery side of his business and it is probable that Samuel
was trained by John Ingham as a draper. Samuel subsequently
Much more is written about the Unwin
family on another page.
Much of the information on the Unwin family was researched and
very kindly provided by Alan Gavin, whose wife is a descendant of
Further information was obtained from the Will and
associated legal papers of John Ingham, said papers being in the
Civic Society collection.