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Richard Snr BADNALL (1770-1838)
|Name:||Richard Snr BADNALL|
|Father:||Joseph BADNALL (1736?-1803)|
|Mother:||Martha PRATT (1741?-1775)|
Individual Events and Attributes
|Birth||28 Feb 1770||Leek, Staffordshire|
|Death||28 Feb 1838||Pythian Street. Liverpool|
|Burial||Mar 1838||the family vault, St. Edwards churchyard, Leek, Staffs.|
|Occupation||Silk Manufacturer, Magistrate|
|Education||28 Jan 1784 Entered Manchester Grammar School.|
|Birth||"…was taken from her weeping friends to joys eternal on Tuesday 7th March 1820. Her precious remains were interred in the vault next to her dear child on Tuesday 14th March. Her disconsolate husband begs to be laid close to her" "A precious wife and mother wrote most of this, a very short time before her death".|
|Spouse||Harriet HOPKINS (1773-1820)|
|Children||Martha BADNALL (1798-1879)|
|Mary Elizabeth BADNALL (1795-1850)|
|Richard BADNALL (1797-1839)|
|William BADNALL (1803-1859)|
|Harriet BADNALL (1806-1812)|
|Marriage||20 Jun 1793||Prestbury Parish Church, Cheshire|
|Spouse||Sarah JOHNSON (bef1800-1849?)|
|Children||James Rathbone BADNALL ( - )|
|Thomas Pratt BADNALL (1824?-1854)|
|Joseph BADNALL (1827-aft1837)|
|Sarah Henrietta BADNALL (1834?-1900)|
|Marriage||21 Oct 1821||Harbourne, Staffordshire|
... of Highfield (House in Leekfrith). Richard Badnall was educated at Manchester Grammar School (entered 28/1/1784). He was a Silk Manufacturer and Magistrate.
Richard Badnall Senior, a silk dealer, banker and magistrate, prospered in the first quarter of the 19th century and became increasingly involved in Leek affairs - amongst other things through his appointment as a Commissioner under the Town Improvement Act of 1825.
When his first wife died in March 1820 he re-married. In 1824 he retired from active involvement in business, transferring much of his interest in the firm to a new partnership (Badnall, Spilsbury and Cruso) formed by his son Richard Jnior, his son-in-law Henry Cruso and the Walsall inventor, Frances Gybbon Spilsbury. Unfortunately the new partnership was formed just prior to a banking crisis and a depression in the silk trade, compounded by the abolition of protective duties on the importation of silks. The firm got into difficulties and in December 1826 were declared bankrupt. The bankruptcy of the Badnall, Spilsbury & Cruso partnership led to the bankruptcy of Richard Badnall, senior, who had mortgaged his home, Highfield, to obtain a £20,000 loan from the Bank of England to help "these young men" through the difficult period.
Following the bankruptcy and the subsequent sale of his property in Leek, Mary Elizabeth's father moved to 1 Pythian Street, Liverpool. He became involved in shipping for a time but his living was precarious and in 1837 his son by his second wife, Thomas Pratt Badnall, wrote to his uncle John Cruso Junior suggesting that his father could "use a few pounds" (6th August 1837). Richard Badnall Senior had three other children by his second wife: Joseph, Henrietta and James Rathbone; he and his family remained in Liverpool until his death, on his 68th birthday, in 1838.
http://www.bednallarchive.info/misc/silkchron.htm (A history of silk manufacture)