Leigh named in Miss Watt’s birthday book 1878
from letter 3/1/1867 from Geo Whitley
I send Mr. Shelmerdine’s further report, the outbuildings would
certainly serve for a layer holding but it is probable that in a short time the
land (he has no buildings of the least consequence) held by James Ashcroft will
become vacant and would have to be apportioned between Leigh’s and one of the
from letter from 29/3/1867 from Geo Whitley
Mr. Shelmerdine will be ready immediately with the estimates; there has
been an alteration requisite in consequence of bricks being obliged to be
substituted for stone, the quarry at Speke being so difficult of access that the
latter cannot be procured without great additional expense.
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.
from letter from 27/8/1867 from Geo Whitley
Mr. Laurie says he thinks he shall finish in a fortnight or three weeks.
from letter from 30/10/1867 from Geo Whitley
Both Mr. Shelmerdine & Mr. Laurie think the proposed alterations had
better not be carried out but rather a new erection raised as shewn in the
enclosed tracing & coloured red, which will be a much greater improvement
and as the new privy has been completed it will have to be taken down again and
the difference in the new arrangement will not incur a greater outlay than £15
between the two plans, will you give me your opinion?
from letter 6/1/1868 from Geo Whitley
Atherton’s & Leigh’s farms
In another fortnight all these works will be completed and measured up
and we shall not have any further improvements on hand for the present.
from letter 10/3/1868 from Geo Whitley
The original contract was completed when I was informed that there was still a little paving wanting and also a wall across a portion of the yard which were essential and would not cost above £15. Under the impression therefore that you were from home I ordered them to be done with as little delay as possible. The weather has certainly retarded the work but I am now promised that on Monday or Tuesday next all the accounts shall be settled and I shall then be enabled to write to you more fully.
from letter 25/9/1868 from Geo Whitley
I spent last Monday at Speke and saw all the tenants who have votes and they were all desirous and prepared to support the Conservative candidate with the exception of Mr. Byron, Mr. Leigh & Mr. Holme, the two former did not make any promise but I have no hope they will vote for us, the latter acted very properly for being a Catholic he had been hard pressed on the other side & could not have been expected to fight against them, he however said he would not vote at all which is a point gained. His house is still very damp even in the bedrooms but they are progressing with the drain which it is hoped will cure the defect.
from letter 16/6/1870 from Geo Whitley
Leigh a short time since explained to me that he required for the improvements
which he has made in the back lane and they are great ones as they led down to
his house, and he has filled up a very large ditch, tiles and rails and I
enclose his application to Meredith, the tiles he wants are 4 inch & the
price is 6/- per hundred
I have arranged with Meredith that for the future
all orders to be given by him shall in the first instance be submitted to me and
then I can consult you on the priority of them
from letter 20/6/1870
such they really are. I do not know by whom they were sanctioned but will
enquire and report
from letter 27/8/1870 from Geo Whitley
Mr. Leigh called on me this morning to ask for the draining tiles for the portions of the land exchanged between him and Mr. Boyes, they are no doubt essential and the time of year for the work, the harvest being entirely concluded, and the ground cleared, could not be better chosen, the tenants here are never called upon to pay for the tiles but only to cart them and do the work. No. of 4½ inch tiles required 1300. Must I order them?
from letter 26/9/1870 from Geo Whitley
farm – alteration of fences
Boyes and Langshaw’s
I have seen Meredith this morning who is going over to Belfast for a few
days having been appointed one of the judges in a Horticultural Exhibition who
says he cannot possibly find a supply of stoops and rails for though he might
pick up a few in the woods he could not venture there as it would effectually
disturb the game. An opportunity now occurs for the purchase of any quantity of
the required material as the Cheshire lines committee have commenced pulling
down some very extensive buildings near this office for the formation of the
terminus & station of their new line from Liverpool to Manchester and the
rafters are well adapted for rails and are selling cheap in consequence of a
quick removal being necessary the price is 1½d p.yard, the time for the work is
also propitious the harvest being over and the tenants more disengaged.
quantity wanted would be for
Leigh’s farm -----------1860 yards
(x) These you know may be obtained in Scotland at a much lower rate than here and I was this morning informed by a Gent who has a large farm in this County that he has purchased them in Dumfriesshire at half the price he could do here & has promised to let me have the name of the Nurseryman from whom he obtained them I fear you will think the job a costly one but I do not know how it is to be avoided.
from letter 12/11/1870 from Geo Whitley
for the new fences between Langshaw’s,
& Leigh’s farms
These posts and rails were some time since purchased and paid for, and
have been carted by the Tenants to Langshaw’s yard where they now lie and only
wait the decision of the parties themselves as to the expense of putting them up
about which they have been so stupid as to not agree.
from letter 23/11/1870 from Geo Whitley
I was mistaken in saying that the bill (£18.3.11.) for those ordered in
Liverpool for Leigh’s Langshaw’s & Boyes farms had been paid which was
not the case. I enclose it with a calculation of the charges in order that you
may compare them with those for the timber you ordered from J & W Helme of
Dalbeatie which duly arrived and are in store for any occasion which may be
wanted, the following is a copy of Helme’s bill
250 larch posts @ 7d
7. 5. 10.
To this should be added charge for carriage
from letter 3/6/1871 from Geo Whitley
is still so damp as to be scarcely habitable & wants repairs. The house is not cellared & I fancy if Ventilators were put under the rooms the dry rot would disappear.
Extract from letter 6/9/1871 from Geo Whitley
for Leigh’s farm
Your directions have been attended to.
from letter from 21/9/1871 from Geo Whitley
farm posts and rails
Meredith told me a few days since that he had notice of the arrival of
the former and he would attend to your orders.
from letter from 15/2/1872 from Geo Whitley
gave me the
4700 Thorns (poor and weakly) in stock
from letter from 18/1/1873 from Geo Whitley
I went on Thursday with Mr. Ralph Leigh to see the state of a large
watercourse from the Dam Wood (a public one) through a corner of one of his
fields, late part of Ashcroft’s for about 100 yards, then crossing the public
road and running through Boyes’s farm to the shore. Owing to the great
pressure of water it has burst in several places and must be repaired as well as
the mouth of it, the remainder is an open cutting and would be greatly improved
by putting in large earthenware pipes but as it is a great distance to the shore
and the expense would be large I think on the watercourse being well scoured out
it might be kept so & left open.
from letter from 1/4/1873 from Geo Whitley
Part of the well, which is an open one, has fallen in and I have desired
Ball to give me a report upon it.
Liverpool, 5, Clayton Square,
the representatives of the late Richd. Watt Esqre.
I have surveyed the farm house at Speke called Hunts Tenement, in the
occupation of Mr. Ralph Leigh & beg to report as follows.
The site of this house is very flat, the subsoil consisting of dark sand
and shelly rock the nature of which is to hold water some what like a sponge,
& no precaution having been taken to prevent it the damp arises in the walls
causing any timbers that are in contact with them to become rotten.
I am Gentlemen
from letter from 23/6/1874 from Geo Whitley
tenement is Mr. R. Leigh’s house
I went down to see this and it is really in a wretched condition, the dry
rot is quite prevalent, the skirting boards are falling to pieces and the feet
of several of the articles of furniture are also affected. Mr. Joynson is making
out an estimate of the cost of the repairs.
Garston, July 2nd 1874
estimate for the repairs, painting &c to Mr. Leigh’s house and
outbuildings (Speke Estate) according to specification &c furnished by you
is One hundred & ten pounds.
The attic occupied as a sleeping room the floor of which you specify
repaired where rotten &c I find on close examination that it is worm eaten
all over I have therefore included in this estimate to lay this floor &
attic landing with new spruce boards stoved jointed &c. should the laying of
this floor & chamber floor over the drawing room damage the ceilings
underneath the cost of two new ceilings would be five pounds in addition to this
£5.0.0. J Lunt.
from letter from 3/10/1874 from Geo Whitley
Is found to be in a worse condition than anticipated and we shall be
obliged to have a fresh estimate, there is positively no foundation and it is
feared ventilation, so highly necessary, underneath the lower rooms, cannot be
from letter from 10/10/1874 from Geo Whitley
Mr. Joynson states that his instructions were to proceed with these
alterations at once & therefore previous to the receipt of your letter the
works had commenced and cannot now be stopped, he has arranged with the
contractor to underpin the walls in lieu of continuing the outside area along
the kitchen and pantry so that the cost will remain the same.
I saw Mr. Lunt this morning and he says Mr. Woodyer (Boyes farm ) has fallen several Oak Trees for repairs in the stable but they will not serve the purpose as they are too small and in fact nothing but the heart could be used and this would be undesirable as it would be unseasoned.