I came across this gravestone in Whitkirk Cemetery the other day. It makes mention of the Whitwell family from Stanningley, writes Mark Stevenson.
I started to look them up and this article from The London Gazette, September 14, 1886, caught my eye.
ELIJAH CECIL. WHITWELL, Deceased.
Pursuant to the Statute 22nd and, 23rd Victoria, cap. 35,
intituled ” An Act to further amend the Law of Property, and to relieve Trustees.”
NOTICE is hereby given, that all creditors and other
persons having any claims or demands against
the estate of Elijah Cecil Whitwell. late of Newlay, near
Leeds, in the county of York, Market Gardener (who
died on the 18th day of June 1885, and whose will was
proved in the District Registry attached to the Probate
Division of Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice at
Wakefield on the 30th day of August 1886, by John
Baren, of Parliament-street, in the city of York, Eating
House Keeper, and Arthur Edward Whitwell, of
Stanningley, near Leeds aforesaid, Market Gardener, the
executors therein named), are hereby required to send
the particulars, in writing, of their claims or demands to
us the undersigned, the Solicitors for the said executors,
on or before the 8th day of October 1886. after which
date the said executors will proceed to distribute the
assets of the said deceased amongst the persons entitled
thereto, having regard only to the claims and demands
of which they shall then have had notice, and they
will not be liable for the assets of the said deceased,
or any part thereof so distributed to any person or
persons of whose claims or demands they shall not then
have had notice.
—Dated this 8th day of September, 1886.
JONES and PIERCY, 17, Park-row, Leeds, Solicitors for the Executors.
The only Cedar House I know of in Stanningley is on Intake Lane and it was built around the 1880s.
It says Elijah was a market gardener and where Half Mile Green is now there used to be allotment gardens. Perhaps some connection? Or as Stanningley Park was just fields back then their business may have been just on their doorstep.
Check out all of Mark Stevenson’s exploration of West Leeds history via his weekly Mark’s History posts here.
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