These pages contain records of the many farms on the Speke Hall Estate ranging from the farm tenants, workers and work that was done on the farm and buildings. If you have any more information about these farms I would only be to glad to add it to my records.
Speke estate farms were considered some, if not the best, farmed area in the county with Speke tenants regularly winning prizes at local agricultural shows. The farming was mainly arable with Wheat, Oats and Potatoes the main crops.
To be a tenant on the estate the prospective tenant had to prove he was of good character as well as a good farmer along with rules such as voting Conservative, attending church on Sundays and not drinking. In 1891 three labourers employed at Home Farm were paid £1 a week, this being some of the best farm workers wages in the country, may Irish workers made their way to Speke, mainly from county Mayo. Many of these migrant workers lived in sheds or shants built on farms and these were terrible conditions to live in with pay for the Irish workers being 2 or 3 shillings per day during harvest.
An agreement to lease Oglet
Farm by Mr. R G Tushingham