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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Sir Andrew Chadwick from Godley

Sir Andrew Chadwick – And The Great Chancery Claim.

Sir Andrew Chadwick was born in 1688 in humble circumstances in Godley, he went to London in search of a fortune, and just like Dick Whittington he found it…. BIG STYLE. 


He became very wealthy indeed, he was Knighted and died in 1768 without issue, whereupon his estate fell into the hands of the Chancery Court.  The value of his estate was millions… It was thought to comprise one-half of Regents Circus, London, all Golden Square as well as property around St Pancras. There was something like 1,100 houses on the different estates.
Sir Andrew’s wife, Dame Margaret Chadwick died in 1763 and left everything that she had to her husband.  Sir Andrew died 5 years later at his residence in Regents Park, on the 15th of March 1768… he was 80 years old. One report stated the following  “Sir Andrew Chadwick, Knight, the oldest of the band of gentlemen pensioners.” 


Reports in the New York Times from August 1892, tell of the efforts of a claim on they believed was a $187,000,000 fortune was met with resistance… many English Lawyers and Agents were getting income from this estate and did not want to lose it the papers said. One lawyer who was instructeday since they were packed away there all those long years ago to lodge a claim disappeared, barristers would not take up the fight… For more than 100 years, we are told, the court and this bank (Bank of England) have held this enormous accumulation.  All this time, the Press says, “the lands and houses and the wealth of old Sir Andrew Chadwick have fattened on themselves within that seventh gate of legal Hades, the English Court of Chancery. In the vaults of the Bank of England are massive chests and trunks, containing untold wealth of massive plate and jewels which have never seen the light of day.


So if you have stopped by here today looking for any reference to your ancestors called Chadwick's who came from Godley,  and you had no idea of the vast wealth you may or may not be entitled to..... please remember where you read this.
 Updated 26/09/11

The money is real, the property houses ect were all claimed by desendants of the Chadwick family  of Carter Place, Haslingdon, Lancashire. 

The name Sir Andrew Chadwick can be found on the rolls of the Honourable Band of Gentlmen Pensioners- ( Queen Ann,s personal body guards )
There is a theory that a Ralph or Radalphus Chadwick of Godley,  Mottram in Longdendale was his father- records held at Cheshire Records Office, Chester.
Sir Andrew died 1768, address was – Broad Street,Westminster.  Ref, Public Records Office / Proceedings of the Court of Chancery.

Information sent in by Sidney Easton


Dave Chadwick-Williams said...

Very interesting Tom - where did you find this story? How would one go about making a claim?

Hydonian said...

hahaha... You beat me to it, Dave.
What a fabulous story though - makes you think !!

Anonymous said...

Healeyhall is holding the clues to the mystery ,built in 1774 by his ancestor.I heard its buried around here some where. I will keep loooking jason stead Healeyhall rochdale.

Anonymous said...

sorry to have to say dame margaret died 14 years later check british history on line

Anonymous said...

1. RALPH CHADWICK - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Marriage: 24 MAR 1667 Saint James Dukes Place, London, England

2. ANDREW CHADWICK - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Christening: 07 NOV 1670 Mottram In Longdendale, Cheshire, England

3. Order of the Mayor, ( Romney ) That all Gentlemen Soldiers are appointed to lodge three to a bed to
make room for Major Chadwick and Captain Wheeler’s men. AD 1690.
East Kent Archives Centre: ref; NR / AZ / 61.

4. Andrew Chadwick, Admited to The Honourable Band of Gentlemen Pensioners ( Gentlemen At Arms )
25 May 1709.
Institute of Historical Research Publication,
Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers. 1660-1837.
Author- R.O Bucholz.
Published- 2006

5. Andrew ( Ambrose ) Chadwick,
Gentleman Pensioner, Knighted at the Duke of Marlbourgh’s First Levee. Held that day at Dublin
Castle, 06 May 1710.
( The Dublin Castle inn, Cambden Town).

6. Andrew Chadwick married Margaret Humfrey
At Ormond Street Chapel.
On November 14 1718 ad.
Now Saint George’s.
44 Queens Square,
London WC1N 3AH.

Tom said...

Thank you... for such detailed information... I'm sure that when others read this post and the comments their interest in the Chadwick's will be roused.

Saxon Chadwick said...

Fascinating stuff I wonder where its all gone now?
Saxon Chadwick ��