Pedder, Richard — 1712-1744

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

Richard Pedder was baptised on 7 December 1712 in the parish church of Preston, the eldest son of Richard Pedder. He married Sarah Ashburner, the daughter of Robert Ashburner of Preston, on 20 September 1743 at St Barnabas, Heapey; their only child, Anne, died an infant. Richard died in 1744 and was buried at the parish church on 5 May 1744. 1

He appears on the Preston guild roll for 1702 as the son of Richard, and on the 1742 roll as a linen draper, the son of Richard Pedder, ‘common council man of Preston’. 2

1 ‘St John, Preston, Baptisms 1642 – 1725, Page 455, Entry 20. Source: Original Register at Lancashire Archives’, n.d.,; ‘St Barnabas, Heapey, Lancashire, Marriages 1737-1746 from the Bishop’s Transcripts, Page 23, Entry 22. Source: LDS Film 93743’, n.d.,; ‘St John, Preston, Burials 1725-1752, Page 261, Entry 4. Source: LDS Film 1278740’, n.d., Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks,; Henry Fishwick, The History of the Parish of Garstang in the County of Lancaster – Part 1 (Chetham Society, 1878), 87,

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

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