The bundle contains papers concerning arbitration in a dispute between the 9th Earl of Stamford and Thomas Henry Vernon over the payment of arrears of royalties on clay extracted from a brickyard leased by Vernon at Broadheath in Altrincham. Vernon claimed that no royalties were due as he had not made any bricks during the period in question, and alleged that the brickfield had been flooded because the Manchester Ship Canal Company (Bridgewater Department) had dumped rubbish on the land. On part of the brickyard a small foundry had been erected for his sons. In September 1908 Vernon was ordered by the arbitrator to pay £180 to Lord Stamford as 3 years' arrears of royalties and £75 costs, and to pay a further £60 royalty in November 1908.
The bundle comprises correspondence between W.D. Bullock at the Stamford Estate Office in Altrincham, Thomas Vernon, Messrs Batty, Ford & Buckley of Manchester, solicitors acting for Vernon, Messrs Nicholls, Harris & Lindsell of Manchester, solicitors, Messrs Trower, Still, Freeling & Parkin, solicitors to Lord Stamford, and James Lowe of the Manchester Ship Canal Company, Bridgewater Department; counsel's opinion; and copies of the arbitration.