Pedder, Thomas — 1667-1734


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


Thomas Pedder was baptised 17 February 1666/7, the son of Thomas Pedder of Preston by his second wife, Alice. He was married to Isabel Pedder, with whom he had five children, none of whom survived childhood. 1

He was probably the Thomas Pedder shoemaker who was employing an apprentice in 1690. 2 If so, then it would be Isabel who was ‘the distracted wife of Thomas Pedder, shoemaker’, who was sent to the House of Correction in the town in 1709. 3

The Preston court leet records suggest he had a house near the Friargate barrs in 1695. 4 He was buried 30 August 1734 at the parish church. 5


1 ‘St John, Preston, Lancashire,Baptisms 1642 – 1725, Page 229, Entry 5. Source: Original Register at Lancashire Archives’, n.d., https://www.lan-opc.org.uk/indexp.html; ‘St John, Preston, Lancashire, Burials 1725 – 1752, Page 110, Entry 10. Source: LDS Film 1278740’, n.d., https://www.lan-opc.org.uk/indexp.html; ‘St John, Preston, Lancashire, Burials 1693 – 1725, Page 65, Entry 21. Source: LCRO Microfiche PR1435 P2 of 3’, n.d., https://www.lan-opc.org.uk/indexp.html.

2 David Berry, ed., ‘Indentures – Preston Court Leet’, n.d., https://c5110394.myzen.co.uk/mw/index.php/Indentures.

3 ‘Preston — Sending to House of Correction of the Distracted Wife of Thomas Pedder, Shoemaker.’ (c1708/9), QSP/983/16, Lancashire Archives, https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/28bc027c-8322-4c48-935d-cb817a243883.

4 David Berry, ed., ‘Preston Court Leet Records’, n.d., http://c5110394.myzen.co.uk/mw/index.php?title=Main_Page.

5 ‘St John, Preston, Lancashire, Burials 1725 – 1752, Page 110, Entry 10. Source: LDS Film 1278740’ ‘St John, Preston, Lancashire, Burials 1725 – 1752, Page 110, Entry 10. Source: LDS Film 1278740’, n.d., https://www.lan-opc.org.uk/indexp.html..

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