RepositoryCheshire Record Office
LevelCollection (Fonds)
TitleHenry Greenall and Co., solicitors, Warrington
Date18th century - 20th century
DescriptionOffice papers: bill books and accounts 1781-1951 Clients' papers: Blackburne family: deeds and papers relating to estates in Warrington, Halewood and Orford and elsewhere 1491-1927 and parliamentary diaries of J Blackburne, private and public, regarding parliamentary business 1784-1830. Journal of visits to the continent J Ireland Blackburne 1814-1853.; Fenton of Butterworth, Rochdale, Lancashire: deeds and papers relating to estates in Rochdale and elsewhere 1577-1938; Walker family: deeds and family papers 1887-1938; Greenall of Warrington: estate, family and business papers 1607-1900; papers of many other clients, mainly in the Warrington area 18th-20th cents. The collection includes a logbook of the ship 'Levant' 1776-7, pamphlets: "Seasonable Considerations on a Navigable Canal Intended to be cut from the River Trent at Wilden Ferry, in the County of Derby, to the River Mersey in the County of Chester", with supplement and objections 1766, Cheshire County Council election papers 1888-9 and Grappenhall enclosure map 1773. See also SCHOOLS:Warrington Bluecoat, Warrington Training College.
LocationParts of this collection held offsite - consult staff
Access ConditionsAccess to records containing personal information is subject to the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.
Administrative HistoryHenry Greenall started practising in Warrington during the latter part of the 19th century as a solicitor and then partner at Turner & Kerfoot which dates back to 1750. By 1902 Greenall had changed the name of the practice to Henry Greenall & Co who would eventually join with Ridgway Sephton in 1988 to form Ridgway Greenalls.

Robert Davies and Co was originally founded by William Beamont in 1820. By 1847 William had become the first Mayor of Warrington and would go on to found both Warrington’s library and gas works as well as being an enthusiastic benefactor to many local churches and schools. He was also a recognised author of historical books.

Davies Ridgway was formed in 2003 following the merger of Robert Davies & Co and Ridgway Greenalls.

Davies Ridgway then merged 1st July 2008 with Forshaws, founded in 1902 by William Joseph Forshaw and his son William Thomas Forshaw, to create Forshaws Davies Ridgway LLP

John Blackburne (5 August 1754 – 11 April 1833) was an English landowner, Member of Parliament and High Sheriff of Lancashire. He was born the eldest son of Thomas Blackburne of Hale Hall, Liverpool and educated at Harrow School and Queen's College, Oxford. He succeeded his father to Hale Hall in 1768 and his grandfather John Blackburne to Orford Hall, Warrington in 1786. He was appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1781–82 and elected MP for Lancashire in 1784, holding the seat until 1830. In Parliament he was an Independent but generally supported William Pitt.
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