from letter from 19/10/1867 from Geo Whitley
James Ashcroft’s farm
The tenant being old and infirm proposes to give up this to his son but
you will recollect the house and buildings are quite unsuitable for a farm which
is only about 35 acres & we had proposed on the first opportunity to add it
to some of the other lettings, Mr. Leigh’s being one, I therefore think I had
better tell Ashcroft that it is declined to make a separate letting again. The
particulars shall be furnished to you shortly.
Ashcroft’s family now wish to allow the tenancy to remain as it is, as
the Father is very old (83) & infirm and they say it would be a great grief
to him to give up the farm. I suppose we must therefore not disturb him as he is
not likely to occupy it long and on his decease I should certainly apportion it
amongst some of the other tenants.
a short time since and I find that his land adjoins Cartwright’s and
Ashton’s farms between which it ought to be apportioned. Sutton wants some of
the land but I do not see how he can be accommodated
I am told is in bad order, notice to quit must be given prior to the 2nd August next, the land will legitimately belong to Cartwright and Wm. Ashton. Sutton wants a portion of it. This question can be settled when you are down here.
from letter from 19/8/1868 from Geo Whitley
I have been unable to procure Mr. White’s valuation for want of a survey as on referring to Sutton he informs me that neither himself or any other person can, owing to the alterations in the fields, give an accurate statement of the quantities. I must see whether the general survey can begin to be made at that end of the estate.