EXTRACTS FROM THE WILL OF THOMAS FIELDEN
PROVED IN 1870
cotton merchant of Crumpsall, late of Todmorden
Extracted from the Manchester Times, March 5th 1870
The Will of the late Mr. THOMAS FIELDEN of Wellfield, Crumpsall, was proved in the Manchester Court of Probate on the 17th February. The personalty was sworn under £1,300,000. The testator appoints his 3 nephews Mr. SAMUEL FIELDEN, Vale House; Mr. JOHN FIELDEN, Dobroyd Castle; and Mr. JOSHUA FIELDEN, Stansfield Hall, his trustees and executors.
The first provision of the will is for MARIANNE FIELDEN, the testator’s widow, to whom the house and grounds of Wellfield, together with the household furniture, and the stables and outbuildings attaching to the estate are devised for her use during her lifetime, under an obligation on her part to keep them in tenantable repair.
The executors are further directed to invest a sum of £30,000 in heritable estate or railway stock in Great Britain for the benefit of Mrs. FIELDEN, the dividends derived from the investment to be paid to her half yearly. Until the said dividends become payable, the executors are directed to pay Mrs. FIELDEN a stipend of £280 per quarter, to be obtained from the estate.
After Mrs. FIELDEN’S death, the house and estate of Wellfield pass to Mr. JOSHUA FIELDEN.
The Middleton estates are left directly to Mr. JOHN FIELDEN.
The remainder of the estate is devised absolutely to the 3 nephews jointly, to be divided among them in equal shares.
The £30,000 to be invested during her lifetime for Mrs. FIELDEN’S benefit will, at her death, be subject to the same disposition.