Pedder, Peter — 1700-1745

The Pedders of Preston
Over the course of two hundred years the Pedder family rose to prominence in the town, founding its first bank and entering the ranks of the gentry. 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 Pedders of Preston

Peter Pedder, the son of Richard Pedder, was baptised on 1 February 1699/1700 at Preston parish church, he married Mary Woods on 14 June 1720, with whom he had seven children. He was buried 18 December 1745. In his marriage bond of 13 June 1719, he is described as a weaver, his wife as of Broughton and his father as a merchant. 1

He was serving on the town’s court leet jury from April 1727 and as one of the town’s two affeerers and assessors in 1736. 2 He is described as common council man on the 1742 guild roll. 3

1 ‘St John, Preston, Baptisms 1642-1725, Page 404, Entry 1. Source: Original Register at Lancashire Archives’, n.d.,; R. Stewart-Brown, Marriage Bonds for the Deaneries of Lonsdale, Kendal, Furness, Copeland and Amounderness, vol. 75 (Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 1921),; ‘St John the Baptist, Broughton, Lancashire, Marriages 1653 – 1724. Source: LDS Film 1470891’, n.d.,; ‘St John, Preston, Lancashire, Burials 1725 – 1752, Page 284, Entry 9. Source: LDS Film 1278740’, n.d.,

2 David Berry, ed., ‘Preston Court Leet Records’, n.d.,

3 ‘Lancashire Archives: CNP/2/1 Preston Guild Rolls’, n.d.,

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