Sudell, Roger – draper

Roger Sudell was a draper working in partnership with his brother Nicholas and left money in his will to found and fund a Blue Coat School at his stables and hay loft in Main Sprit Weind (see plan).[1] A Roger Sudell was guild mayor in 1681, when he is described as the son of Nicholas Sudell. A Roger Sudell was mayor in 1690, 1699 and 1707. [2] The 1707 mayor was certainly not this Sudell, who died in 1704. Sudell had a house on Fishergate in 1685 (see plan)

Fishwick records the following tablet in Preston Parish Church:

Below lie the remains of Mr. Roger Sudell, who endowed catechetical school for the poor boys in this town; one conspicuously singular for his gravity, probity, and piety. He lived unmarried, died very old, and was interred Dec. 28th, 1704. To continue whose memory his nephew C. Sudell, prebendary of Chester, hath fixed here this small tablet, 1732. [3]

[1] Henry Fishwick, The History of the Parish of Preston (Rochdale: The Aldine Press, 1900), 352.
[2] Ibid., 79.
[3] Ibid., 123.