GREYHOUND FARM, CHURCH ROAD
letter from 11/12/1867 from Geo Whitley
Cartwright is very urgent again for a supply of water for the house which
is really essential as he is entirely without it. The expense of a tank and
spouting taking Home’s farm as a guide will be about from £25 to £30. on
returning home past the end of the lane leading to the Greyhound the public
highway, I saw, was much flooded & impassable for foot passengers who were
compelled to make a road through a gap in one of the hedges & I expect we
shall have an admonition from the Highway Board.
from letter from 8/6/1868 from Geo Whitley
estimate for the proposed cistern, spouting & pump is £61 which we have
accepted and the work will be immediately proceeded with, his estimate for the
drain, piping &c is £100, but this will have to be delayed for the present
as one of the fields, through which the drain will pass, is set with potatoes.
from letter 2/8/1869 from Geo Whitley
– New boskins and farm stables – Building near the house to have new stairs
and sleeping room over – new stable door and window repairs & new ones
where required, - inside stable wall to be taken down and a new principal
inserted – provide -?- pins and strip off and reslate on stable and shippen
– alterations to middenstead and brick wall enclosing same
from letter 24/12/1869 from Geo Whitley
John Cartwright has just called upon me and states that his cellar during the floods of Friday and Saturday last was in a worse condition than ever he saw it & the road opposite his house was impassable for foot passengers, he has carted all his tiles.
from letter 6/1/1870 from James Sprot
now carted all the tiles for use on his newly acquired land and wishes the work
to be immediately proceeded with & requested me to give the orders.
I demurred to this, saying that the work would have to be performed by
himself, Mr. Watt’s executors paying for the tiles according to custom – he
rejoined – Mr. Sprott told me when I took the land “If you will cart the
tiles I will drain the land for you” – understanding that he would only be
called upon to do the cartage. Will you therefore be good enough to give me your
from letter 17/1/1870 from James Sprott
He called on me on Saturday last and I explained to him his error in having supposed that you could possibly have promised to do the entire draining for him as it was contrary to the custom of the Township of Speke as well as all other Townships in the neighbourhood. He admitted that he must have misapprehended you as the proposed drain will be an expensive one (not less than £50 as a whole) and he cannot afford the cost. Mr. Shelmerdine says, speaking from recollection only, that the field rises in the middle where the cutting would be 6 or 7ft deep and one half would have to be drained to the North and the other half to the South and that proper levels ought to be taken before the commencement of the work. I enclose a rough sketch of the field which you will probably understand there are 11,000 tiles carted on the land.
from letter22/1/1870 from Geo Whitley
have this morning had an interview with him & Mr. Shelmerdine and it is
quite clear to me that this field must be judiciously drained & it will
therefore be necessary to have proper levels taken. Cartwright says he cannot
afford to be at the sole cost but would be willing to pay a percentage if the
work was undertaken by the Landlord – say 5 p.c. on the outlay. This is very
commonly done and is the practice at Knowsley (Lord Derby’s) and has a two
fold advantage – first you have a guarantee that the work is efficiently
performed and second the Tenant has when
quits no claim for unexhausted improvement. There are now lying on the land
of 3in Tiles
from letter 5/2/1870 from Geo Whitley
On Thursday next there is a ploughing match on a field of John Sutton’s
in Speke at which they tell me your company would be very acceptable and also at
the dinner to follow. I only heard of it this morning & therefore if I had
wished could not have held my consent, if I had known earlier I could have asked
whether you would have objected to it. John Cartwright’s wife is dying and
they have fixed to have the entertainment in the Wheelwright’s barn.
from letter 14/5/1870 from Geo Whitley
Cartwright is still dangerously ill,
from letter 20/9/1870 from Geo Whitley
I much fear these repairs cannot be put off much longer, it is rather
late in the year to begin but as it must be a contract job and interior work it
will not be of so much consequence.
from letter 10/10/1870 from Geo Whitley
Meredith spoke to me about the rent day dinner & I went through the list of Tenants generally attending, a copy of which, with observations thereon, I enclose. Cartwright explains that he is obliged to provide dinner for a certain number & when several do not come he is left with a quantity of provisions on hand and not being an Hotel keeper in Town but simply a Publican in the country he is unable to dispose of them and consequently 7s/6d a head does not pay him. Mr. Watt (Grandfather) only allowed £5 each half year which was considered a very inadequate allowance.
from letter 3/6/1871 from Geo Whitley
Cartwright complains loudly that the state of his cellar which we all
know is in a disgraceful state but none of us can find out a remedy.
from letter 30/12/1871 from Geo Whitley
The arrangement with John Cartwright has been carried out and Wm.
Atherton had a sale on Thursday last which passed off very well. The new tenant
of the “Greyhound” will enter directly.
from letter from 28/2/1872 from Geo Whitley
On the 12 September 1868 a new Tank was built for Cartwright which would
supply the house with a very liberal supply of water at a cost of
The work was done by contract with Robert Lawrie who afterwards became a Bankrupt. The present Tenant of the house has just informed me that he has not for some days had a drop of water in the Tank and is obliged to cart the entire supply from a well in the neighbourhood. I have therefore procured Peter’s & Ball’s estimate for the necessary repairs which I enclose & shall be glad of your directions thereon. It is really very mortifying.
from letter from 16/3/1872 from Geo Whitley
Tank at the Greyhound
I wrote as you suggested to Lawrie for information but not having
received any reply suppose he must have left this part of the country, as it is
rather an important work I fear patching would not be advisable.
letter from 31/7/1872 from Geo Whitley
John Lunt’s estimate was
The estimate of Peter’s & Ball being higher I have no occasion to trouble you about it
from letter from 28/9/1872 from Geo Whitley
I saw the buildings on Sunday last which seemed to be fairly progressing
but the whole of this week, having been so stormy has interrupted the slating of
the barn &c.
rents Copy Memorial from the Tenants
16 Sept. 1872. G.W.
James Sprot & George Whitley Esqrs.
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*
I must say I do not recollect such a promise having been made.
16 Nov 1872
from letter from 8/3/1873 from Geo Whitley
Buildings at the back of the Greyhound
The work has not been badly done but the upper course of bricks having
been mixed, old and new, makes an eye sore.
from letter from 12/6/1873 from Geo Whitley
I am surprised as to his application for the erection of a cattle shed as
I do not think he has any cattle on his farm which is not large enough for the
commencement of breeding.
from letter from 1/7/1874 from Geo Whitley
Have you decided to give Cartwright notice to quit? as it is time it
should be served.
from letter from 22/7/1874 from Geo Whitley
You did not answer my enquiry whether Cartwright was to have notice to quit and the time to serve it is now at hand. It probably would take us no harm under the recent regulations for the present.