Edwards named in Miss Watt’s birthday book 1878
from letter 14/2/1870 from Geo Whitley
you may now have a little leisure I send this for your perusal having taken out
the obnoxious charges.
Manchester Railway, promoted
the Mancr. & Sheffield, Midlands &
You will recollect that they take a small angle off Edward’s Farm (1a
1r 6p statute meas:) and I believe for want of funds the matter has been allowed
to stand over since 1866 but now they are making much progress & are
pressing for early possession and a settlement of terms. They offered to leave
the question of value to
a Liverpool Valuer of undoubted ability but I declined doing so and sent them a valuation by Mr. Shelmerdine and they said they declined accepting if we should not object to leave it to the decision of 2 Surveyors one to be named by each party, to this proposition I reassured an answer a copy of which I enclose. Mr. Shelmerdine’s valuation has been sent to them, he shewed it to their Agent down here who thought it a very extravagant one.
from letter 20/10/1870 from Geo Whitley
of Tenants attending rent day dinner at Speke
Extract from letter 6/9/1872 from Geo Whitley
Langshaw wants two, Edwards Ten and several others, must they be ordered? Crosby has got 14 gate posts out of the three oak trees fallen, he will attend to your orders regarding straightening up about the saw pit.
from letter from 28/9/1872 from Geo Whitley
Edwards farm buildings
30. 0. 0.
flooring dining room
18.10. 0 do
I have gone fully into these estimates with Mr. Lunt and he says that in
the present state of trade it would not remunerate him to reduce them. The
dining room floor (flagged) he thinks ought in fairness, in such a house to be
boarded as independently, of being very cold the carpets are very quickly worn
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*
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
I went through this and found the Parlour and the best bed room very damp & have arranged with Lunt to commence operations on Monday morning. The new pig styes are a great improvement and the work is well done.
from letter from 1/4/1873 from Geo Whitley
The flooring is completed and the spouting seems like an effectual job
but it has not yet been tried by any heavy fall of rain, he wants a small window
made to throw light into a dark staircase which I have promised him.