27 BUTCHERS LANE
30 BUTCHERS LANE
Henry Pinnington died October 18th 1902
from letter from 11/12/1867 from Geo Whitley
The buildings are in such a wretched state that during the late heavy
rains the water poured in on the backs of the horses one of which has since
died. I told him must live in hope till next spring.
from letter 8/12/1869 from Geo Whitley
Wm. Atherton –
Blacklock hall farm
very unwell and his recovery is doubtful
from letter 20/9/1870 from Geo Whitley
think this refers to Richard Atherton’s parents?)
Atherton’s farm buildings
This was the first object of my visit as he had asked for a personal inspection of them, you are I know pretty well acquainted with the condition of them and of course they have not improved. The stable is the first consideration and it is really untenantable one horse having been already lamed and being unfit for use, in fact the interior is a wreck, the walls with repairs might stand. I shall therefore recommend that it should be at once attended to leaving the Barn and other buildings which are not much better to remain over until spring. Both Mr. & Mrs. A, I am glad to see appeared very comfortable.
Extract from letter
6/1/1870 from James Sprott
is situate on the right hand of the road leading down to Oglet and nearly
opposite to Thomas Langshaw’s, it is a wretched place and you said that when
she died it should be pulled down which we all agreed would be most desirable.
She paid no rent Mr. Watt having in consideration of her great age (between 80
and 90) consented to let her live rent free for life. She is lately dead &
her daughter a widow with 3 daughters and one son wishes to continue as Tenant
but as she is a very indifferent character she ought not to be allowed to reside
in the Township and I have therefore told Mr. Meredith to inform her that she
cannot remain as the cottage is to come down which will avoid any unpleasantness
with her & if you think this should be done I will give orders accordingly
& let the land be added to Langshaw’s farm.
William Atherton is better but there seems little
hope of Langshaw’s recovery.
from letter 20/10/1870 from Geo Whitley
of Tenants attending rent day dinner at Speke
21 Charles Key rent £17.18.2
Extract from letter 6/9/1871 from Geo Whitley
I have not yet seem Hill
from letter from 13/7/1872 from Geo Whitley
Hall Farm – John Cartwright’s
By book post I send plans, specifications and estimates and it is a
little singular how near each other the latter are, it is quite clear it is to
be a £600 job.
from letter from 5/5/1873 from Geo Whitley
Well at James
I am sorry to say that on Saturday morning this well, which is about 12
yards deep, fell in from the sides and is now what we call in
Lancashire half full of slutch and is most probably, in the judgement of Ball and a regular well sinker who I have desired to give a report, utterly destroyed and they say it will be cheaper to sink a new one which probably might cost about £30, this will of course stand over until you have seen the place yourself.
from letter from 12/6/1873 from Geo Whitley
I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letters of the 2nd
and 9th inst. to which you should have had earlier answers but I
wished to give particulars of the
rent day, all the rents were punctually paid with the exception of James
Cartwright’s and my endeavours to make a satisfactory arrangement with him has
caused a further delay. The fact is now that he is not prepared to pay the money
(about £233) although he has plenty of security both on his farm and
elsewhere. I had a long interview with him last night and he has brought me
certain documents to peruse in verification of his statement. I am quite
satisfied on this point though it might be some time before the amount due on
his security could be realized. I told him in plain terms that his proposition
could not be accepted as it entirely disarranged the affairs of the Estate the
balance of the rents being by Mr. Watt’s will directed to be invested in the
funds as soon as practicable and therefore his offer of a deferred payment could
not be complied with. I have however given him another week for consideration.
He assures me he last year lost £700 from his farming operations.
This matter is of so much importance that I sent down Mr. Shelmerdine to
see that the situation for the new well was perfectly satisfactory as fixed upon
by the Well sinker, this I am sorry to say he does not approve of as it will be
nearer to the building of the old stable &c than the old one was to the
house and could not be worked in the space of five yards, he thinks the site
will be better as shewn in the enclosed rough sketch adjoining the
carriage road to the front of the house from whence the water could be easily
forced into the house. Cartwright says it would be unsightly but this could be
of little consequence as it could be easily plainted? off. It is quite clear it
will be a costly job and on a rough guess it will not be less than £70 or £100.
20/- p. yard sinking & 9/- p. yard ringing & if I recollect right 8 or
£10 for drums &c.Iron hurdles in the Holly fence in the road down to the
The last time I was there I made a particular examination with the gardener & there are numbers of places where the hedge is not only weak, but hollow at the bottom where boys could easily creep through and steal the flowers, and he recommends that the hurdles should not be removed for 2 or 3 years, you must also recollect that part of the road adjoins a public footpath.
from letter from 16/8/1873 from Geo Whitley
well at James Cartwrights is sunk 18ft
from letter from 23/8/1873 from J Bubb
Cartwrights well is sunk 30ft there as been 2 men & a boy working it but
they have done nothing there to day I should like to know what they have
undertaken to do & what depth they have estimated to go they are in clay now
and have been for the last 16ft
from letter from 22/9/1873 from J Bubb
The well at James Cartwrights as not been touched since they emptied the
water out the day before you was here this makes three weeks it as been at a
standstill & there is 20ft of water accumilated in it again James Cartwright
saw Ball in Woolton this morning & he told him JC they were
negotiating with another man to do it as the man which had sunk it refused to
have any more to do with it this needles delay is a great inconvenience to the
from letter from 27/9/1873 from J Bubb
James Cartwrights Well is nearly full of water Peters & Ball have not touched it for a month I intend walking to Woolton this evening to see them & ask them what they intend to do about it
from letter from 27/9/1873 from Geo Whitley
When I saw this last week the works were at a standstill and Cartwright
said he thought the Contractor (or rather sub contractor under Ball) had become
frightened at the job and ran away from it as he feared when the water was all
drawn out that the brickwork would not stand. I desired him however to see that
no further delay should take place and I wrote to Ball to send me a report in
writing which I have not yet got.
from letter from 4/10/1873 from J Bubb
Nothing as been done to James Cartwrights Well yet the water is within
5ft of the top they have never been to look at even My opinion is they will be
able to do no good with this now it has been let stand so long & their
cheapest plan will be to fill this up & start one some were else I went to
Ball yesterday and he treated me very off handed saying He was reporting to Mr.
Wheatley I also asked him about the stove at the Keepers (which is not done yet)
He said some men were coming to work at Thomas Athertons & they should do it
it is 11 weeks since this order was given with respect to James Cartwrights well
do you not think a letter from you asking for a reply to know if they intend
proceeding with the work forthwith or you shall employ some one else for it is A
very great inconvenience to the tenant they have every drop of water to cart
from the pits & what they drink of this as to be filtered
Extract from letter from 20/10/1873 from Geo Whitley
I have several times written to Ball to know why the work was not
proceeded with and a few mornings since had an interview with him on the Rway
bridge but my time was so limited that I could not enter into particulars, the
fact is the sub contractor has run away from the job & left Ball to
take the consequences but he promised faithfully that he will immediately
ascertain the state of the Well and report to me & he is now at work.
from letter from 3/11/1873 from J Bubb
I cannot get hold of
Peters & Ball when I have known they are in the Village I have tried on
several occasions to find them but they dodge me & keep out of my way They
have done nothing since to the well at J Cartwrights & the water is now
within 5ft of the top
from letter from 6/11/1873 from Geo Whitley
I am quite out of patience about this having used every pressure in my
power but will give Ball another chance of either proceeding with it immediately
or abandoning the job & taking the consequences.
from letter from 10/11/1873 from Geo Whitley
Is a most provoking subject. I have urged Ball to give a report what is to be done but I have not got it from him but will once more see if I can do so.
from letter from 10/11/1873 from Geo Whitley
Is a most provoking subject. I have urged Ball to
give a report what is to be done but I have not got it from him but will once
more see if I can do so.
from letter from 14/11/1873 from Geo Whitley
I have received from Peters & Ball a tardy explanation of the delay
which has taken place, of which I enclose a copy and shall be glad of your
advice what course to pursue, if fresh arrangements are to be made stringent
conditions must be entered into.
Woolton 13th Nov. 1873
We are very sorry we could not reply sooner as to the state of James
Cartwright’s well as we have been very much taken in with the Well Sinker for
he has run away from the job altogether, but we have had 2 competent men at the
work since putting the work all right as far as it is gone, but they have been
fast at another well, and could not attend to this, but we have got advice from
another Well Sinker since & their advice is not to sink any lower, but to
bore, they will undertake to find a sufficient supply of water with boring
sufficient to supply all the Farm houses in Speke. They are ready to commence to
bore in about two days notice.
Waiting your reply
Your obedient Servants
Peters & Ball
from letter from 16/11/1873 from Geo Whitley
I had a long explanatory interview with Ball on Saturday last and he said
he was more sinned against than sinning as the party whom he had employed had
run away from the job, be it as it may our plan now is to save ourselves in the
best way we can. Ball has now two men who he considers perfectly competent and
whom he will guarantee to finish the work in a proper manner, either by
completing the present well by boring or sinking afresh in another site. I
enclose a very rough sketch of operations from his conversation which I
hope will be intelligible enough to guide you in your decision, when I will have
a proper plan and contract made out, and send it for your approbation.
from letter from 2/3/1874 from Geo Whitley
I send herewith Peters and Ball’s estimate for this and they wish for
an early determination as the well sinker is leaving home shortly. They expect
to come upon rock at the depth of about 25 or 26 yards when they say they have
no doubt they shall tap the spring and I hope they will not be disappointed.
This estimate does not of course include a Pump. There will be 6 curbs at
from letter from 9/5/1874 from Geo Whitley
As Mr. Bubb’s report is satisfactory, I think I had better order the
Pump from Wainwright as there has been so much delay and it is clear that the
old fashion of a rope and bucket would not be acceptable at so large a Farm.
from letter from 1/7/1874 from Geo Whitley
is on the eve of completion, Wainwright was putting up the pumps yesterday.