Extract from letter 6/1/1868 from Geo Whitley
Mrs. Jís daughter wrote to me a short time since saying her Mother was
very ill & asking in case of her decease whether the family might continue
as Tenants and I promised to communicate with you. There are two daughters &
one son and on enquiry from Meredith he says they are quite capable of carrying
on the farm the son having reformed. This morning brought me a letter from
Meredith saying the old lady had died yesterday morning. There is no hurry in
coming to a decision as they could not be disturbed fro the next 18 months.
from letter 19/8/1868 from Geo Whitley
Miss Jenkinson called on me a few days since and says the roof is in such
a bad state that they are obliged when it rains to put mugs to catch the water
& prevent it damaging the house. Mr. Shelmerdine has surveyed it and will
from letter 20/8/1868 from Thomas Schelmerdine
have examined the late Mrs. Jenkinsonís farm house roof and am of the opinion
it requires new slate and roof timbers, it is in a very dilapidated state, and
many of the slates or grey flags are split and broken.
If required, this job might be completed before the cold weather sets in.
Per statute acre
Atherton Thomas 172 3 6 385. 2.0 2 4 7Ĺ
One cottage inclusive
Atherton William 105 0 20 216. 0.0 2 1 1
Boyes Joseph 20 1 33 50. 0.0 2 8 10ľ
Byron F.G. 150 3 9 335. 1.0 2 4 5
Cartwright James 181 1 28
Charlton William 119 1 30 290. 7.4 2 8 7ľ
Edwards Robert 137 0 19 301. 7.0 2 3 11ľ
Home Farm 162 1 10
Holme Edward 117 1 25 243 0.0 2 1 4Ĺ
Jenkinson Sarah 188 0 36 390. 15.0 2 1 6
One cottage inclusive
Langshaw Thomas 100 3 7 223. 4.0 2 4 3
Mawdsley William 176 2 17 394. 2.0 2 4 7ĺ
2 cottages inclusive
Pinnington William 18 0 36 50. 0.0 2 14 10ĺ
Leigh Ralph 69 3 34 151. 17.8 2 3 5
Rimmer Mary 89 1 37 196. 11.2 2 3 11
Sutton John 91 1 17
Sutton William 39 2 1 85. 10.0 2 3 3ľ
May 28th 1869
from letter 8/12/1869 from Geo Whitley
have directed an estimate to be prepared for spouts (iron) round the house and
buildings for the supply of the terrace cistern which is finished and will I
doubt not answer the purpose
from letter 2/4/1870 from Geo Whitley
I was over at Speke on Monday and called here. They are putting up the
spouts and Miss J wishes, while the workmen are there to have the other matters
attended to, for which I told her I would procure estimates copies of which I
Peterís and Ball for repairing the roofs etc
I suppose these may be completed?
from letter 1/8/1871 from Geo Whitley
Jenkinsonís front door
is in such a dilapidated condition that it is past repair and I have promised a new one before winter as the house having no passage, but opening direct upon the road is a cold one.
from letter from 19/8/1871 from Geo Whitley
Lunt has this morning sent me in an estimate for the front door as
follows ďMy estimate for a new 1ĺ four panelled door for Miss Jenkinsonís
farm house, Speke including painting will be £2.15.0 Ė I suppose I may order
rents Copy Memorial from the Tenants
16 Sept. 1872. G.W.
James Sprot & George Whitley Esqrs.
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*
Your obedient Servants
* I must say I do not recollect such a promise having been made.
16 Nov 1872
from letter from 3/1/1874 from Geo Whitley
enclose a letter from Miss Jenkinson which please to read and give me your
opinion on it, she seems now to wish that her brother should have the