(late Rimmer’s) farm
book post I send a tracing of the proposed new buildings which on a rough
estimate Mr. Shelmerdine thinks will cast about £300, he thinks the barn will
stand better at the extreme West end than in the centre of the buildings and
there being no lofts over the stable and shippen there must be a chaff house to
feed the beasts from which could not be conveniently done from the barn
supposing there to be no chaff house.
from letter 8/6/1870 from Geo Whitley
(late Rimmer’s) buildings
Shelmerdine in company with myself and the Tenant made a careful survey of the
premises in accordance with your views of alterations and repairs instead of
rebuilding and came to the conclusion that these might be with propriety carried
out, of course at a considerable outlay, the only main wall which would have to
come down is that between the barn and the stable which is in too shattered a
condition to stand. The estimate will be sent to you in a few days.
from letter 16/6/1870 from Geo Whitley
I knew that the front wall of the stable would have to come down but unintentionally omitted allusion to it in my letter to you. I send herewith a tracing of the proposed alterations which will afford you all the information you require, at a rough calculation these will cost about £250 and as we have been paid £140 by the Insurance Co the cost of the buildings to the Estate will actually only be £110, if you approve of the plan I will immediately get estimates.
from letter20/6/1870 from Geo Whitley
The idea of the large door was
that a cart might be backed. I quite agree with your observations & have
ordered in lieu of it a door of the ordinary size which however must be a new
one as the old one was burnt.
from letter 1/8/1870 from Geo Whitley
have seen Mr. Johnstone &
arranged with him to call last Saturday morning for the plan and specification
but unfortunately they had been in the hands of another Contractor who had made
a mistake in the form of his estimate and they were therefore obliged to be
returned to him but they will be in the hands of Mr. Johnstone tomorrow morning.
Laurie I find is now in his employ and I will urge matters forward with all
possible expedition; Peters & Ball have altered their estimate as follows
for the repairs of Rimmer’s farm house Speke
50. 6. 0.
The weather here continues excessively hot and we have literally had know rain, the harvest is progressing, the pastures are bare and burnt up & there is no prospect of a green crop, the loss to farmers will be so great that I fear there will be an application to all Landlords for a inveterate allowance
from letter 6/8/1870 from Geo Whitley
We have at length got in all he estimates which are as under
from letter 20/9/1870 from Geo Whitley
Has been some time ready for occupation but there having been some
misunderstanding about your orders for the three grates the builders stupidly
never informed me but on Pinnington representing me, the matter to me and
offering to leave the same number of grates belonging to him in his present
residence I gave him an order for new ones so that all of them will now
belong to Mr. Watt’s estate.
Pinnington’s farm buildings
from letter 10/10/1870 from Geo Whitley
A thorough examination has been made as to the best method of
accomplishing this rather difficult operation owing to the flatness of the land
and enclosed you will receive a tracing shewing the proposed line of drain with
Mr. Shelmerdine’s report and calculations, early attention will be necessary
as the spouts cannot be fixed on the buildings until the line of drain is
determined on. It will be a costly job but I do not see how it can be avoided
& will have the advantage of carrying off the water from some of
Pinnington’s fields if found requisite.
Weir arrived here on the 3rd instant & I forwarded him to his
destination, he is a very little one
from letter 20/10/1870 from Geo Whitley
of Tenants attending rent day dinner at Speke
from letter 12/11/1870 from Geo Whitley
Instructions have been given to Mr. Lunt with regards to the buildings to
proceed with all dispatch drainage standing over
from letter 21/11/1870 from Geo Whitley
I went over to Speke on the 26th with Mr. Shelmerdine Jnr. and
fortunately met with Mr. Lunt on the premises. I fully explained to him your
views and desired him to furnish me with an estimate of every thing remaining to
be done which I now enclose. We made a thorough investigation of the drainage
wanted and it is perfectly clear that the roof water cannot be carried off
except by means of a drain from the back of the building down to Stocktons wood,
if left to find its own level it will flood the pit near the cart shed and cause
it to overflow. An old drain, part stones and part tiles, in the proper
direction has been discovered but it is
from letter 23/11/1870 from Geo Whitley
I was over at Speke on Friday last & found these in a forward state
from letter 15/3/1871 from Geo Whitley
I send Plan specification and estimates and as Peters & Ball’s offer is so much less I suppose we must accept it. I have consulted several of the Tenants and they all recommend the use of 6 inch clay tiles in preference to 9 inch glazed pipes as the drain can then be utilised for any other part of the farm but if the latter are used no other drains can be turned into them.
from letter 15/3/1871 from Geo Whitley
I send Plan specification and estimates and as Peters & Ball’s
offer is so much less I suppose we must accept it. I have consulted several of
the Tenants and they all recommend the use of 6 inch clay tiles in preference to
9 inch glazed pipes as the drain can then be utilised for any other part of the
farm but if the latter are used no other drains can be turned into them.
from letter 27/3/1871 from Geo Whitley
These are complete & satisfactory and I enclose a cheque for the amount of this contract which please to sign and return to me (£446). The Drain (with 6 inch tiles) is proceeding with. Peters & Ball constantly contract for such works & I gave them the job for making the sewer from the Railway cottage. Standing & Littler of Garston who were general contractors for such work having broken up.