|Wakefield Trial 1827|
William Turner's family arrived in Blackburn at the beginning of the 19th century and they built a prosperous calico printing mill. William was the youngest of four sons of the family and was destined to become High Sheriff of Cheshire in 1826 and Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1832 to 1841. He acquired the Shrigley Estate near Macclesfield and, in 1825, built the present Shrigley Hall - now a country hotel and spa. Turner's two daughters were Ellen (born 1811) and Mary Jennett (born 1812 - died in 1817). Ellen was therefore heiress to Turner's considerable wealth.
Edward Gibbon Wakefield, the son of a farmer and land agent, was born in 1796 in London. In 1814, aged 18, he entered the diplomatic service and travelled extensively in Europe. Within two years, he had fallen in love and eloped with Eliza Pattle, a 16-year old heiress and ward of chancery -(see here for wardship today).