Brand Hall

Roger Minshall of Brand Hall, Norton in Hales dies. In his will he leaves money to his illegitimate daughter.

Owners and occupants of Brand Hall were Grosvenor’s, Cotton’s and later the Davison’s. The Davison’s were really a branch of the Styche family. James Styche inherited property from his step-father and took the name Davison. It was his grandson George Davison (d. 1714) who brought the Brand estate.

In the 1737 Churchwarden’s Account book, S. Davison and Robert Davison are listed amongst the principle inhabitants of Norton in Hales.

1756-57 Alterations to the interior of Brand Hall for Robert Davison. [1]

In Purney Sillitoe’s will 1855, he leaves majority of property, land etc. to Alfred William Griffin, eldest son of his niece Elizabeth Sarah Griffin.

On the morning of the 22nd ultimo the inhabitants of this quiet little village were aroused from their slumbers by the merry peals of the church bells in honour of a son-and-heir being born to Martin Harcourt Griffin Esq of the Pelwall and Brand Hall estates, In the evening the Norton-in-Hales Campanalogian Band performed on the church bells by ringing a beautiful peal of “Grandshire doubles” – The band stood as follows’ Treble Joseph Dunn Austin; 2nd William Wainwright; 3rd James Wainwright; 4th John Martin; 5th William Ellams conductor; tenor Richard Hassall. We may add that the band is progressing favourably under the instructions so willingly and freely given by Mr A Marshall conductor to the Sandbach Change-ringing Society, Cheshire.

3rd August 1867 – Wellington Journal

[1] William Baker of Audlem, Payment Book