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Extract from letter 24/12/1869 from Geo Whitley

Thos. Langshaw

is so unwell that it is thought he will soon follow his wife.

Extract from letter 20/10/1870 from Geo Whitley

List of Tenants attending rent day dinner at Speke

1. Richard Atherton                            21 Charles Key rent £17.18.2
2. Thomas Atherton                            (James Stockton – Thatcher
3. William Atherton                        X(Thos White-Capt Watts’ tenant
4. F.G. Byron                                      (22 John Seddon – Gardner
5. R. Sutton                                                     (23 Jos. Rigby, rent £10.10.0.
6. John Sutton
7. William Sutton
8. James Cartwright                           X have always
9. John Cartwright                                             attended
10. William Pinnington
11. Jos. Boyes
12. Rob. Edwards                                            24. Joseph Meredith
13. Wm. Mawdsley
14. Edw. Holins                                                  The Clergyman
15. William Charlton                             Occasionally The Doctor
16. Thos. Langshaw                               Occasionally. any
17. Thos. Langshaw Jnr.                                     other party connected
18. Ralph Leigh                                                   with the estate
19. John Barrow     )
20. William Crosby)                Blackmith & Wheelwright, have always attended

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.

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 3/6/1871 from Geo Whitley

Langshaw’s house & farm buildings

            You will recollect that we obtained estimates for the repairs of both house and buildings but the former was abandoned and you wished the latter to be proceeded with under the inspection of Meredith. I have had several conversations with him on this point and he is perfectly willing to render his best services but doubts whether he will be competent to carry out works of this description and I am inclined to think he is right as on reference to the plans & estimates they will be of a complicated nature. The repairs of the house have also now cropped up again and Langshaw says it will be impossible to live in it another winter in its present state and I find the joint repairs will be not less than £800. I have therefore hesitated what to do without your better judgement and authority.

Extract from letter from 1/8/1871 from Geo Whitley

Langshaw’s house & buildings

            I send herewith plan and tender from Mr. John Lunt for your approval, it has been delayed a short time in consequence of the serious indisposition of Mr. Shelmerdine but his son has read it over and says it seems correct, when approved the work shall be pressed forward as speedily as possible.

Extract from letter from 1/8/1871 from Geo Whitley

Langshaw’s house & farm buildings

            I have this morning got Mr. Shelmerdine’s answers to your remarks which I enclose; the case is an important one & requires consideration. Young Langshaw has been with me and begs that he may not be compelled to have water tubs instead of a tank as he thinks the latter so much preferable and would feel inclined to pay a p. centage on the outlay.

Extract from letter from 21/9/1871 from Geo Whitley

Holme’s farm

Langshaw’s do

            Mr. Shelmerdine reports - buildings are proceeding with.

            There is no difference in price between the wood facia board for spouts and iron hold posts. The latter are being used.

Extract from letter from 21/9/1871 from Geo Whitley

Repairs at Langshaw’s cottages

            I send herewith Ball’s and Crosby’s estimates for repairs, they seem to me to be large and I have spoken to Ball on the subject but he does not see how they can be reduced.

Extract from letter from 30/9/1871 from Geo Whitley

Langshaw’s farm

            I agree with Langshaw’s reasoning as to the convenience of Tanks but the difference in cost between them and tubs is another matter. I will however enquire what would be the cost of a moderate sized tank and let you know.

            We have for the last few days been deluged with rain but it is now of less consequence here as the corn harvest is quite over.

Extract from letter from 2/10/1871 from Geo Whitley

Langshaw’s farm

            Young Langshaw has just called & fortunately we have had a conference with Mr. Shelmerdine as to the merits of a tank or a tub, and I enclose a very rough sketch of what the former would cost and the size required. Langshaw says they are laying out between £60 and £70 themselves in a new grate in the wash house, a new kitchen range and 2 new bed room grates, he is anxious for an early answer.

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

Langshaw’s farm

            I spent yesterday at home and went down to see the repairs of the house and barn with which I was much pleased. Langshaw says the Contractor (Lunt) has paid great attention to the works and done his duty and as far as I can judge this seems to me to be the case. The house is covered in and they are now independent of weather. The Barn is substantially repaired & is a most commodious building; I believe Langshaw is himself going to construct a tank so of course I did not broach the subject.

Extract from letter from 29/1/1872 from Geo Whitley

Langshaw’s alterations at house

Are completed to the satisfaction of the Tenant who has I am told expended upwards of £60 himself on improvements.

Extract from letter from 31/1/1872 from Geo Whitley

Langshaw’s buildings

            I send herewith Lunt’s estimate for repairs. Langshaw called on me this morning and shewed me your letter, he is anxious that the work should be proceeded with immediately as he is now less busy than he will be in weeks hence.

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.

Extract from letter 18/9/1872 from Geo Whitley

Longshaw’s house

            Mr. Shelmerdine was over at Speke yesterday to see that all was right here before settling with Lunt and found to his surprize that the Tenant has converted the house into a very nice residence & must have laid out much money upon it. Langshaw pointed out to him an unfortunate accident to a drain across a large field of his adjoining the shore which has fallen in very seriously and will probably require to be entirely re-laid.

Extract from letter from 28/9/1872 from Geo Whitley

Langshaw’s farm

            Is now complete and I have paid Lunt the amount of his contract (£88.15.3.)

Speke rents Copy Memorial from the Tenants

Received 16 Sept. 1872. G.W.

To 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*

                                                            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.
                                                                      16 Nov 1872

Extract from letter 26/6/1875 from Geo Whitley

  Young Langshaw is also dangerously ill