Over the course of two hundred years the Pedder family rose to prominence in Preston, founding its first bank and entering the ranks of the gentry. They owned several properties in Lancashire, including Whittingham Hall, Haighton Hall and Larbreck Hall. The main branch of the family faced ruin when the bank collapsed in 1861, but fortunes were salvaged and the family entered the 20th century with their privileges intact.
The ancestor of the banking Pedders was a Thomas Pedder who arrived in the town in the middle of 17th century and set himself up as an innkeeper. The inventory of his goods at his death provides a detailed description of the interior of an inn at this period. It is just one of the small treasures to be found among the family’s wills.
For more on the family and a transcription of the inventory see: The Pedders of Preston