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MOUNT PLEASANT FARM

1931   
George Given Marsh J.P       Baileys Lane
farm sold to Liverpool City for airport in 1932

1901 census
George G Marsh                     Head            30            Farmer                                     Ches, Lymm
Alice M Marsh                        Wife              27                                                               Lancs, Bold
Thomas B Marsh                    Son                1                                                                 Lancs, Speke
Martha E Bullen                     Serv              18            Servant domestic                   Lancs, St Helens
Christina Berrie                      Serv              14            Servant domestic                   Lancs, St Helens
(On mount pleasant farm)
Pat Eagan                               Serv               35            Farm labourer                            Ireland
James Highfield                   Head             44            Teamster on farm                      Ches, Shotton
Sarah Highfield                   Wife               41                                                                   Ches, Shotton           
Harry Highfield                   Son                19            Teamster on farm                      Ches, Shotton
Willie Acton Highfield      Son                  8                                                                     Lancs, Bold
Hilda Highfield                  Dau                  5                                                                     Lancs, Speke                         

1891census
Elizabeth Charlton                Head         53            Retired Farmer                           Scotland
Elizabeth A Charlton            Sis              62            Living on own means              North, Ovingham
Margaret M Charlton           Dau            21                                                                    Lancs, Speke
Annie Charlton                     Dau             17                                                                    Lancs, Speke
Lalla Charlton                       Dau            15            Scholar                                         Lancs, Speke
Roderick L M Charlton       Son             10            Scholar                                         Lancs, Speke
Sarah Wood                           Serv             24            Cook domestic                            Lancs, Garston
Mary Lunt                               Serv            20            House maid Domestic              Lancs, Speke
Douglas H Atherton            Head          29            Farmer                                           Lancs, Speke
Letitia E Atherton                Wife             30                                                                     York, Lindley
Ann E Hamilton                  Serv              23            Cook                                              Ireland
Emma Osborn                      Serv              30            House maid                                Lancs, Liverpool
James Duagley                     Serv              50            Ag Lab                                          Ireland
John Duagley                       Serv              20            Ag lab                                            Ireland
James Helborne                   Serv              23            Ag Lab                                           Ireland 

1881 census
Richard ATHERTON               Head            48             Farmer Of 175 Acres                        Fazarkerley, Lanc
Grace J. ATHERTON               Wife             34             Farmers Wife                                       Beverley, York,
Percy R. ATHERTON               Son               11             Farmers Son                                        Speke, Lancashire,
Ernest S. ATHERTON             Son                 7             Farmers Son                                        Speke, Lancashire,
Eliza M. ATHERTON              Daur               5             Farmers Daur                                      Speke,Lanc
Lillian M. ATHERTON           Daur               1             Farmers Daur                                      Speke, Lanc
Mary A. GREENHOW             Serv              46             Domestic Farm Serv                          Mungrisdale
Catherine GIBION                     Sister            51             Sister                                                     FazakerleyLanc,
Elizabeth KENYON                  Serv              17             Domestic Farm Serv                          Liverpool, Lanc
Mary LUNT                                 Serv              14             Domestic Farm Serv                          Garston, Lanc
William CUSACK                      Serv              46             Domestic Farm Serv (Indoor)          Ireland
Thomas FEENEY                       Serv              18             Domestic Farm Serv (Indoor)          Ireland
William MURBY                        Serv              20             Domestic Farm Serv (Indoor)          Ireland
Paty TOUHY                               Serv              20             Domestic Farm Serv (Indoor)           Ireland
Paty SYRON                               Serv              19             Domestic Farm Serv (Indoor)            Ireland
Paty WELSH                               Serv              21             Domestic Farm Serv (Indoor)            Ireland

1871census
Richard ATHERTON               Head            38             Farmer Of 175 Acres            Fazarkerley, Lanc
Grace J. ATHERTON                Wife             24                                                                 Beverley, York,
Percy R. ATHERTON               Son                 1                                                                  Speke, Lancashire,
T E Jones                                       Vis                43            General Baker                          Newtown, Montg
Ann Douglas                              Serv              28                                                                  Liverpool, Lancs
Georgina Gardener                   Serv              22                                                                 Lancs, Preston
Robert Neale                               Serv              21            Ag Lab                                       Lancs, Formby
Robert Murray                            Serv              21            Ag Lab                                       Ireland
Patsy Meason                             Serv              25            Ag Lab                                        Ireland
William Cusack                         Serv              25            Ag Lab                                        Ireland
Martin Cusack                           Serv              27            Ag Lab                                        Ireland

1861census
William ATHERTON               Head            70            Farmer Of 183 Acres            Simmonswood, La
Ann. ATHERTON                     Wife             67            Farmers wife               Kirby, Lancs
Richard. ATHERTON              Son            28            Farmers son                Fazakerly, Lancs
Thomas Lunt                              Serv            24            Carter                          Speke, Lancs
Thomas Davies                          Serv            35            Carter                          Shropshire
Martin Loftus                             Serv            18            Carter                          Ireland
John Lyons                                 Serv            19            Carter                          Ireland
Martin kirby                               Serv            20            Carter                          Ireland
John Mouchan                          Serv            36            Carter                          Ireland
Paleg Olson                               Serv            40            Carter                          Ireland
Elizabeth Holden                    Serv            17            House maid                 Lancashire

1851census
William ATHERTON         Head            60            Farmer Of 178 Acres            Kirby, Lancs
Ann. ATHERTON               Wife              57            Farmers wife                          Kirby, Lancs
Ann. ATHERTON               Dau              24                                                                Kirby, Lancs
Catherine Atherton             Dau               22                                                               Kirby, Lancs
Richard. ATHERTON        Son               19                                                                Kirby, Lancs
Elizabeth Atherton              Gdau             7            Scholar                                      Childwall, Lancs
Alice Atherton                       Serv            19            House servant                         Preston, Lancs
Elizabeth Chadwick            Serv             22            House servant                         Toxteth Park, Lan
Barry McCale                         Serv             20            Farm servant                           Liverpool, Lancs
Peter mullion                         Serv             19            Farm servant                           Liverpool, Lancs
Thomas Smith                       Serv             18            Farm servant                          Childwall, Lancs
Joseph Killery                        Serv             19            Farm servant                           Newport, Ireland

1841census
William Atherton                     45            Farmer             Lancs
Ann Atherton                            45                                       Lancs
Thomas Atherton                     20                                       Lancs
Ann Atherton                            14                                       Lancs
George Barker                            20            M S                   Lancs
John Palmer                                15                                      Lancs
Samuel Ellis                              14                                       Lancs
Peter Mullon                              20                                       Ireland
Alice Woodwood                     20            F S                     Lancs

Richard Atherton named in Miss Watt’s birthday book 1878                                       

Extract from letter 2/8/1869 from Geo Whitley

“Charlton” roof repairs, and bedroom window altering

Extract from Letter 5/6/1867 from Geo Whitley

We had a very good rent day on Monday last all the rents having been punctually paid with the exception of Wm. Atherton Junr. which will be paid on Saturday next.

Richard Atherton’s farm

By book post I send tracing of proposed alterations and report of requisite repairs and copy estimate, for the former he ought to pay an additional rent.

Extract from letter from 7/8/1867 from Geo Whitley

            I have deferred writing to you as I wished first to be able to report from personal inspection how the works at Speke were proceeding. I have been over there and find that both at Leigh’s & Richard Atherton’s farms the Contractors are going on very well. At the former the large block of buildings is covered in and the other portions progressing satisfactorily. At the latter the window frames in the front have been found in a state of decay and must be renewed. You will recollect that Atherton wished the windows in the lower front rooms to be lengthened and he now urges that certain repairs, which will cost about £5 being necessary, we may be induced to lay out a further sum of £5 which would accomplish what he desires. The improvement as far as appearance goes would no doubt be great.

Extract from letter from 27/8/1867 from Geo Whitley

Atherton’s farm

            I have agreed to the alterations of the two lower windows he paying the difference between the repairs and the improvement which will be £5.

Atherton’s farm

            We have determined to put plate glass in the windows which will save the expense of shutters and cost only a trifle more. My only fear is people may say, and fancy we are, proceeding on a grand scale.

The weather here is very fine and the harvest is progressing rapidly. Atherton shewed me on Saturday a potato, here called a “Kemp” from Scotch seed which weighed 1lb & ½ - a splendid specimen

Extract from letter from 31/8/1867 from Geo Whitley

`                        Atherton’s farm

            I enclose an estimate for the two new windows (rather a heavy one) with sheet instead of plate glass, the latter of which I am glad you disapprove of.

          I undertake to take out the Two present windows in Mr. Rd. Atherton’s front for the Execs of the late Rd. Watt Esq. & erect Two others in accordance with Plan & Specification prepared by you. Substituting Red Stone Sills in place of Yorkshire and 16oz best picked ?Germany? sheet in place of polished plate glass for the sum of Thirty Pounds Sterling

                                                                        I am Sir

                                                                           Your Obedt. Servant

                                                                                    William Hill

£30.0.0

    5.0.0 Atherton to pay

£25.0.0 Mr. Watt’s Executors

  £12.10.0 each window for Mr. Watt to pay

Extract from letter from 19/10/1867 from Geo Whitley

Richd. Atherton’s farm

            I enclose estimate (£14) for repairs of roof which are essential. Must they be proceeded with?

Extract from letter from 19/11/1867 from Geo Whitley

Richard Atherton’s farm

            At his request I enclose an estimate for new chimney piece &c, the old one must clearly be renewed but I told him I did not think you would consent to a Marble one though in reality the cost is little more than that of suitable stone. If a lease was granted to him during the minority of the owner he would pay the expenses himself.

Mount Pleasant

                                                                                                January 18th 69

Mr. Shelmerdine

            Dear Sir,

                        Do you think the executors would build me two cottages for my workmen, I have two married men & they have to walk to Garston every night to sleep. Now I have thought if the executors would build two at the top end of the wood that divides Speke from Garston as it is a lonely spot at night and day and many men and boys come trespassing over there and leave my gates open the consequence is my cattle are continually straying away so I think the men’s wives would prevent this at least in the day. Now I should like good cottages as I find in my travels those farmers that find their men with comfortable cottages get a better class of workman and if agreeable to the executors I should like the cottages let to me. I will see that they do not damage the buildings I will do the carting and prepare the land ready, there are about three or four trees will want taking up but the whole lot are only worth about 6/- or 7/- & they will do for railing. Of course the men could not afford to pay more than 2/6 per week but I do not mind paying a little myself, say the two cottages cost £200 (I think they will not cost much more if I do the carting) well that will be nearly £7 per cent for the outlay, if you will kindly lay this before the executors at once and let me know the result as I have a little leisure time just before seeding & could get the land ready for the builders.

            Please excuse this scribble &c as I have been in a hurry

                                                                        Yours sincerely

                                                                                    Richard Atherton

Extract from letter 6/2/1869 from Geo Whitley

                                                Richard Atherton

I also enclose a copy of his letter as to the erection of cottages, it might be an advantageous offer to the owner of the estate but under present circumstances I do not see how it can be entertained. I have told him so but he still wishes to have his application laid before you.

Letter 4/7/1870 from Geo Whitley

Speke Tenants

                  I am sorry to be the medium of conveying to you information of an unpleasant and which I ear will be of an annoying nature.

                  Mr. Richard Atherton, representing as he informed me, all the farm tenants called on me on Saturday last and stated the existing dissatisfaction which has arisen on the raising of the rents according to the valuation of Mr. Fair, which they consider a very high one and not justifiable under the circumstances & also that he did not take sufficient pains to ascertain the quality of the respective farms and other particulars which ought to have formed part of his enquiries and they therefore claim a proportionate reduction in their rents.

                  My answer to him was, Mr. Fair is a man of high standing in his profession totally unconnected with the Speke estate and was personally unknown to the Trustees and was requested to make a reasonable valuation between Landlord and Tenant.That they ought to have made their objections when the new lettings were agreed upon, & that the time had now gone by.

That all the plans, calculations and books of reference having been made up and considered as settled I did not see how the Trustees could open the question or induce a Court of Enquiry to believe that they had acted with propriety in the management of the Estate in one day letting the farms

at advanced rents & in a few months afterwards without sufficient cause agreeing to accept reduced ones.

                  The Tenants complain of not having had time for consideration having only had 3 days, my answer to which was, “Why did you not ask for a delay?” this would however, I admit, been rather awkward as the meeting was on the 31st July 1869 and would therefore have thrown us over for 12 months at the old rent, I should be glad to have your sentiments on this unpleasant matter and will not therefore trouble you with other questions for a few days.

                                                                        I am Dear Sir

                                                                           Yrs faithfully

                                                                              Geo. Whitley

Extract from letter 14/7/1870 from Geo Whitley

Reduction of rents

Richard Atherton has called on me and I stated that the opinion of Mr.

Watt’s Trustees was “that the time for application had gone by”

he made very few observations only that he could not possibly pay the increased rent, none of the other Tenants have made a similar demand

            The season in this neighbourhood has been very unfortunate for farmers, the crops of hay are particularly light, turnips very doubtful and the pastures literally bare & in several places the tenants have been obliged to cut the growing oats as fodder for their cattle.    

Extract from letter 24/8/1870 from Geo Whitley

Williams’s cottage below Mawdsley’s

This is the man with whom Mawdsley had the quarrel & who was then in the employ of Mr. C. Fletcher, he has since left & now works at the Garston Docks & is not highly spoken of. Richard Atherton wants a cottage very much & would be thankful for this & as Williams doesn’t work on the estate I think we should get quit of him.

Extract from letter 27/8/1870 from Geo Whitley

Williams’s Cottage

            When this was applied for I was not informed that the tenant was in very bad health. Meredith states that he cannot live long and I have therefore desired that he may not be disturbed

Extract from letter 23/11/1870 from Geo Whitley

Richard Atherton’s pump

            I have ordered to be completed according to the estimate, it was worn out and new ones are always found in this neighbourhood by the Landlord.

Extract from letter 6/7/1871 from Geo Whitley

Richd. Atherton

is much in want of two cottages as he cannot possibly retain his best men without them, his carter and wife are at present living in my house to take care of it and are a very decent couple but I cannot find a cottage for them. Atherton would pay a good p.centage in the shape of rent if he could be accommodated but I fear he cannot.

Extract from letter from 25/11/1871 from Geo Whitley

Richd. Atherton’s cottage (late Helsby’s)

            The tenant has left and the house is in a very dilapidated state and I have directed Peters & Ball to send in a report.

Extract from letter from 9/12/1871 from Geo Whitley

Late Helsby’s cottage let to Richd. Atherton

I send estimates for repairs as the case is an urgent one, the wife of the incoming Tenant being about to present to her husband an addition to his family before Xmas & has no other house to go to.

Peters & Ball’s estimate                                                 £18.10.0

Lunt’s                                                                          £21.  5.0

It is lamentable to be obliged to pay so large a sum for an old tumbledown cottage

Extract from letter from 15/2/1872 from Geo Whitley

Fencing

Meredith gave me the

following report –
  4700 Thorns (poor and weakly) in stock
          472 Posts
            No rails.
            Jos. Boyes wants 400 yards of fencing.
            Richd. Atherton wants 800 (5 inch) draining
                      tiles and 1000 thorns.
            R. Leigh wants 9710 Thorns for the back lane
                       &c by his house.
            None used since Mr. Sprot was over here No lack of wants

Extract from letter from 8/7/1872 from Geo Whitley

Richard Atherton

well merited the castigation contained in your letter to him, he called upon me this morning and repeated all he had written to you & declared most solemnly he had not the slightest intention of insulting or annoying any of your party, this I believe, if it was only from interested motives but I attribute it to his ignorance and want of common observation. Be assured of one thing however, he will never do so again and it will abate a little of his zeal for the Township of Garston. He grieves much on the subject of his Farm & hopes you will still allow him to remain where his family have been so long resident and where he says he has laid out a large capital, he said nothing about the amount of his rent and of course I did not raise the question, nor have any of the tenants made any further movement in the matter, it must come to a point however before the 2nd August next.

Extract from letter from 31/7/1872 from Geo Whitley

Richd. Atherton

            called on me a few days since and I read over your letter to him, he assured me he was not the first person who had taken up the question of the increase of the Speke rents two of the other principal tenants having previously waited upon him and requested him to join them, he asked me to state this to you and say he was truly sorry for what had taken place, on this I told him he might still remain on his farm considering that he is only a yearly tenant.

Extract from letter 18/9/1872 from Geo Whitley

Drain from Richard Atherton’s house

            I received a formal intimation from the Surveyor to the Local Board that the drain was stopped and consequently the sewage water backed up and caused a great nuisance which must be immediately abated. I sent Mr. Shelmerdine to meet him on the premises and enclose plan & report on the case.

Speke rents Copy Memorial from the Tenants

Received 16 Sept. 1872. G.W.

To James Sprot & George Whitley Esqrs.

Gentlemen,

            We the undersigned tenants of the Speke estate which you so honourably represent as Trustees of the late Richd. Watt Esq.  Prayeth  That owing to almost the entire loss of the potato crop, damage to the hay & corn crop, the enormous extra charge for labour partly through strikes & the unfavourable weather, increase in the price of all commodities we require whether implements or manures, the low price of agricultural produce, your Memorialists find it quite impossible to pay the present rents.             It has always been our wish to pay the estate (you represent) what we promised, but under the present circumstances your Memorialists request you to make an allowance which you kindly promised in May last*

 

                                                            We are, Gentlemen
                                                                      Your obedient Servants
Richd. Atherton                      William Chorlton                  Thos. Langshaw
Thos. Atherton                        W. Cartwright                
     
Wm. Mawdsley
Fred Geo. Byron             
      R. Edwards
Joseph Boyes              
           Ed. Holmes                              John Sutton
Jas. Cartwright                    A & S Jenkinson                    William Pennington
John Cartwright                    R. Leigh                                    William Sutton

            * I must say I do not recollect such a promise having been made.

                                                                                    G.W.

                                                                        16 Nov 1872

Extract from letter from 18/1/1873 from Geo Whitley

I am sorry to say Richd. Atherton is dangerously ill having an attack of brain fever arising as is supposed from an injury to his head some years ago and one of his children is also very unwell.

Extract from letter from 25/1/1873 from Geo Whitley

Richard Atherton

Is I hope gradually recovering

Extract from letter from 20/10/1873 from Geo Whitley

Richard Atherton

went with me to see the state of the two fields Nos. 166 & 167 on the Plan of the estate which he pointed out to you, you may recollect that the only boundary between the fields is the main watercourse which is literally no fence at all and unfortunately one is in grass and the other sown with wheat so there will be constant trespass and damage by the sheep, the only remedy being the planting of a new thorn fence throughout the whole length which will be an expensive job. I have desired him to measure the distance and let me know and you can then judge of the expense.

Extract from letter from 6/11/1873 from Geo Whitley

Richd. Atherton’s house

            The length is 420 yards – what distance apart should the stumps be? We can get them out of Garston Wood, they should be rather closer

together in this neighbourhood than usual.

Extract from letter from 10/11/1873 from Geo Whitley

Iron wire fencing

            Isaac Dixon, 33, Hatton Garden, Liverpool. Price for supplying 600 yds No5 best galvanised fencing wire with staples & brackets & fixing with his own men, purchaser finding wood posts & man to assist digging holes for posts £4.5.6

            this will give you an idea what the cost of Rd. Atherton’s fence would be.

Extract from letter from 14/11/1873 from Geo Whitley

Wire fence at Richard Atherton’s

            I have sent for Mr. Dixon and will send you particulars as requested. Atherton says the clover root is getting injured by the frost and as he cannot turn sheep on it time is valuable, his barley is not turning out well part only being fit for malting and the residue is sold for making pearl barley for which he was offered in the market this morning 4/6, malting barley being worth from 5/- to 6/-. It is singular the dealers say they can buy pearl barley from Scotland (ready ground) in the Liverpool market at a less price than they can buy grain here and grind it themselves.This they attribute to your having the advantage of water privileges.

Extract from letter from 16/12/1873 from Geo Whitley

Shore cottage by Athertons’

I enclose a sketch of one by Mr. Kerr (he would wish 2) which I think will not quite meet your views, I told him you did not approve of Parlours for poor people.

Extract from letter from 29/9/1874 from Geo Whitley

Richard Atherton

            I enclose an application for painting the outside of the house, if it wants it I will on hearing from you send an estimate.

                                                          Mount Pleasant

                                                                                    Speke Septr. 26th

Dear Sir,

            I am having the house papered and painted inside & I should be very glad if you would paint the outside, as the woodwork & spouts look very shabby. One of the windows, & front door are rotten & I am afraid some day they will blow in.

                                                            Believe me

                                                               Yours respectfully

                                                                  Richard Atherton

G. Whitley Esqre

P.S. I shall be very glad of a cottage when you have one at liberty.

From the Building news – 18 Sept. 1874

Page 356

Bishop Burton.  A new reredos has just been added to Bishop Burton Church, Yorkshire, from designs by Messrs Clayton & Bell of London, The reredos which has been executed by Messrs Powell & Sons of Whitefriars, is of vitreous material, the whole being wrought together in a mosaic of small pieces with cement. The new reredos forms part of the restoration of the Church the cost of which was provided by the late F. Watt Esqre.