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MERSEY VIEW FARM

1901 census
Thomas Tushingham            Head            39            Farmer                         Lancs, Garston
Mary J Tushingham               Wife             34                                                   Lancs, Speke
Mary Tushingham                 Dau              11                                                  Lancs, Speke
Elizabeth Tushingham         Dau             10                                                    Lancs, Speke
Ethel Tushingham                 Dau              7                                                      Lancs, Speke
Robert Tushingham              Son               6                                                      Lancs, Speke
Thomas Tushingham           Son              3                                                      Lancs, Speke
Joseph Tushingham              Son            2                                                       Lancs, Speke
Edward Tushingham           Son            under 1m                                       Lancs, Speke
Ann C Atherton                     Serv            55            Monthly sick nurse     Staf, Oldbury
Catherine Molloy                  Serv            14            Dom Serv                        Lancs, Hall
Margaret A Leadbetter        Serv            13            Nurse domestic            Lancs, Speke
(shanty on Oglet Farm)
Michael Walsh                     Serv             22             Ag Lab                            Ireland
John Ruhon                          Serv             24              Ag Lab                             Ireland

1891census
Thomas Tushingham         Head            29            Farmer                         Lancs, Garston
Mary J Tushingham            Wife             24                                                   Lancs, Speke
Mary Tushingham               Dau             1                                                      Lancs, Speke
Elizabeth Tushingham       Dau            under 1m                                      Lancs, Speke
Christiene Kitty                     Vis             49            Visiting Nurse             Ches, Runcorn
Harriet Taylor                       Serv            26            Servant                           Ireland
Thomas Mallony                 Serv            22            Ag Lab                            Ireland
Patrick Mallony                   Serv            21            Ag Lab                            Ireland

  1881 census
Dwelling: Mersey View Farm
William Green                    Head            28             Farmer Of 69 Acres         Cheshire
Elizabeth Green                 Wife              30                                                           Cheshire
Elizabeth A. Green           Daur             9                Scholar                               Cheshire
Hannah Green                  Mother          70                                                           Cheshire
Mary J. Boyes                     Niece             14             Farmers Daur                    Speke, Lancashire
Joseph H. Boyes                Nephew       8                Scholar                               Speke, Lancashire
Harriet Taylor                   Servant         97             General Servant                Ireland

1871census
Joseph Boyes                    Head            55            Farmer of 70 acres            Lancs, Fazakerly
Mary Boyes                      Wife              36                                                           Shrop, Whitchurch
Thomas R Boyes             Son               24            Farmers son                        Lancs, Speke
James Boyes                     Son               17                                                            Lancs, Speke
Mary J Boyes                  Dau               4              Scholar                                 Lancs, Speke
Elizabeth Boyes            Dau               2m                                                          Lancs, Speke
Mary A Dunbavin        Serv               17            Gen Servant                        Lancs, Speke
James Owens                 Serv               13            Farm Servant                      Lancs, Liverpool

1861census
Joseph Boyes                    Head            44            Farmer of 20acres            Lancs, Fazakerly
Elizabeth Boyes              Wife              46                                                          Lancs, Garston
Joseph Boyes                    Son               23            Labourer                            Lancs, Speke
Mary Ellen Boyes           Dau             18                                                           Lancs, Speke
Agnes Webster Boyes   Dau              16                                                           Lancs, Speke
Henry Boyes                Son                   12            Scholar                                Lancs, Speke
John Boyes                   Son                   10            Scholar                                Lancs, Speke
James Boyes                Son                      7            Scholar                                Lancs, Speke

1851census
Joseph Boyes                   Head            35            Farmer of 20acres            Childwall, Lancs
Elizabeth Boyes               Wife            37                                                          Childwall, Lancs
William Boyes                  Son             15                                                          Childwall, Lancs
Joseph Boyes                     Son             13                                                         Childwall, Lancs
Elizabeth Boyes               Dau            10            Scholar                               Childwall, Lancs
Mary Ellen Boyes            Dau             8              Scholar                               Childwall, Lancs
Agnes Webster Boyes   Dau             6             Scholar                              Childwall, Lancs
Thomas Richard Boyes Son             4              Scholar                               Childwall, Lancs
Henry Boyes                     Son            1                                                            Childwall, Lancs
Thomas Webster            B-in-L         31                                                          Childwall, Lancs

1841census
Joseph Boyes                                     20            Farmer                                  Lancs
Elizabeth Boyes                               25                                                             Lancs
William Boyes                                   5                                                              Lancs
Joseph Boyes                                      4                                                             Lancs
Catherine Boyes                               2                                                              Lancs
Elizabeth Boyes                                3m                                                          Lancs
Dresby Roberts                               15            F.S                                            Lancs
Robert Sutton                                   15          M.S                                           Lancs

Mary Boyes named in Miss Watt’s birthday book 1878
William Green named in Miss Watt’s birthday book 1878

Extract from letter 8/6/1868 from Geo Whitley

Boyes’s farm

            On my road I met Boyes, he asked me, as he has often done before, as I passed to look at the state of his barn door. I did so and indeed it is a sight, it is in two parts the upper one is so rotten that it is positively tumbling out and dangerous, the lower one might I think be repaired at a little cost and I have sent to Crosby for an estimate for the work which I will submit to you. Boyes’s case is a most extraordinary one he has had twenty children by two wives 14 of whom are dead by consumption one of them only a short time since.

                                        Speke Estate

Occupier                      House, outbuilding     Rent                 Per statute acre

                                    And Land contains

                                        a.       r.      p              £      s   d               £   s   d
Ashton James                93      1     38          
  204. 5. 0                2  3 
Atherton Richard     175      0     29             388.12.0               2  4 
Atherton Thomas    172      3       6              385. 2.0                  2  4 
  
                                         One cottage inclusive 
Atherton William    105    0        20            216.  0.0                 2  1  1
Boyes Joseph               20    1        33              50.  0.0                 2  8  10¼
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  
  
                                         Cottage inclusive
Edwards Robert   137    0        19              301.   7.0               2  3  11¼
Home Farm          162    1        10  
Holme Edward   117    1        25             243     0.0             2   1  
Jenkinson Sarah  188    0        36            390.  15.0              2   1   6
  
                                     One cottage inclusive
Langshaw Thomas100   3          7            223.    4.0             2   4   3
Mawdsley William 176   2        17         394.    2.0              2   4  
  
                                     2 cottages inclusive
Pinnington William18   0        36            50.     0.0            2  14 10¾
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   

May 28th 1869 

 

Extract from letter 12/11/1870 from Geo Whitley

Rails for the new fences between Langshaw’s,

Boyes & 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.

Newspaper cutting attached to Thomas Kennedy Estimate

Dated 5th Nov 1870

MYSTERIOUS DEATH AT

SPEKE

In reference to the mysterious death at Speke reported on Saturday, Mr. Driffield, district coroner, held an inquest on that day at the Grey-hound Inn, The circumstances are peculiar. Two fishermen, William Wike and James Dunbavin according to their statement, were on their way to the river soon after midnight on Wednesday, and in making a short cut across a field in the occupa-tion of Mr. Joseph Boyes, they heard an unusual sound like the moaning or suppressed growling of a dog, repeated several times, and which came from the direction of a watercourse. As they were then trespassing, either the consciousness of that or sheer terror caused them to beat a retreat towards the public footway, and by that they went to the river. They returned home about four in the morning but Wike again went to the river at seven o’clock, and on passing the watercourse, it being then moderately light, he observed a man lying in the water. He called the farmer, Mr. Boyes, and on examination they found the man was dead, and that, having apparently fallen down the steep embankment nearly thirty feet, he was lying across the watercourse on his back, the water being dammed up, so that it entirely covered the body, except the mouth and nose and a little of the breast. There was no evidence that the man had been intoxicated. As the top of the embankment appears not unlike a footpath, a stranger, as he was, might possibly stumble down unexpectedly in the gloom. There was nothing about the body or the place to warrant any hypothesis but that of an accident. There was this peculiar fact, that the man’s muffler had been loosened, and his shirt-neck unbuttoned. If he had been stunned for a time by the fall from such a height, he might have regained conscious-ness without having the strength to move, and he might have eased his throat by opening his shirt. Such s supposition is strengthened by the groan-ing which the fishermen heard. The body was re-moved but no one identified it. The jury returned as their verdict that the deceased was found dead. He appeared to be about 50 years of age, was 5ft. 7in in height; had grey hair and slight grey whiskers, and was of ordinary build. His clothes were of light tweed, round coat, pockets outside; brown tweed trousers and waistcoat, black billy-cock hat, and elastic side boots with buttons.

Extract from letter 23/11/1870 from Geo Whitley

Rails and Posts

            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.

                        250 Oak   do     @ 6¾          7. 0. 7½

                                                                        £14. 6. 5½

To this should be added charge for carriage to Liverpool

Extract from letter 7/1/1871 from Geo Whitley

Boyes’s farm

            He has suggested an experimental drain being made on part of his land adjoining the shore to prevent a great waste of soil continually going on but I think a personal inspection by yourself ought to take place before you can come to any determination.

Extract from letter from 14/10/1871 from Geo Whitley

Boyes’s farm

            On my road I met Boyes, he asked me, as he has often done before, as I passed to look at the state of his barn door. I did so and indeed it is a sight, it is in two parts the upper one is so rotten that it is positively tumbling out and dangerous, the lower one might I think be repaired at a little cost and I have sent to Crosby for an estimate for the work which I will submit to you. Boyes’s case is a most extraordinary one he has had twenty children by two wives 14 of whom are dead by consumption one of them only a short time since.

Extract from letter from 15/2/1872 from Geo Whitley

Fencing

Meredith gave me the

following report –

            4700 Thorns (poor and weakly) in stock

            472 Posts

            No rails.

            Jos. Boyes wants 400 yards of fencing.

            Richd. Atherton wants 800 (5 inch) draining

                        tiles and 1000 thorns.

            R. Leigh wants 9710 Thorns for the back lane

                        &c by his house.

            None used since Mr. Sprot was over here No lack of wants

 

Extract from letter 6/9/1872 from Geo Whitley

Boyes’s farm

            I offered Mrs. Boyes £5 to complete the repairs in any way she liked but she said the sum was so totally inadequate that would be little or no value and urged me to make it £15 and promised in that case to carry out at her own cost  Mr. Lunt’s Valuation of £10, this I declined but said I thought £10 might be given if that would content her, the place is perfectly uninhabitable and the £10 would not be thrown away in contemplation of future improvements.

Extract from letter 18/9/1872 from Geo Whitley

Boyes’s house

has been cleaned and painted and I suppose they have made the alterations according to Lunt’s estimate of £18 for finding and fixing three new Chamber windows to match Parlour windows with stone sills, patch and make good inside, paper the two first chambers staircase and two front Parlours, give the woodwork one coat of paint, paint front door & outside for the sum of £18, and a subsequent estimate of £2 odd. I told them I thought you would allow £10 but certainly not more and whatever that would not cover must be done at their own expense. The drain by the pig styes leading down to the river Mr. Shelmerdine

                                    19th Sept.

examined and found it choked up, when it is opened no further notice need be taken of it.

Speke rents Copy Memorial from the Tenants

Received 16 Sept. 1872. G.W.

To James Sprot & George Whitley Esqrs.

Gentlemen,

            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*

                                                            We are, Gentlemen

                                                                   Your obedient Servants

Richd. Atherton                      William Chorlton                  Thos. Langshaw

Thos. Atherton                        W. Cartwright                  Wm. Mawdsley

Fred Geo. Byron               R. Edwards

Joseph Boyes               Ed. Holmes                                    John Sutton

Jas. Cartwright                  A & S Jenkinson                    William Pennington

John Cartwright                  R. Leigh                           William Sutton

            * I must say I do not recollect such a promise having been made.

                                                                                    G.W.

                                                                        16 Nov 1872

Extract from letter from 23/6/1874 from Geo Whitley

  Boyes lost another son a few days since.

 

Extract from letter from 1/7/1874 from Geo Whitley

Boyes’s farm

the alterations here also very judicious and will make the house comfortable, the piggeries are complete and the 2 cottages are approaching completion.

  Extract from letter from 26/6/1875 from Geo Whitley

I regret to say Boyes died yesterday, at 11 in the forenoon.