Letter – Nicholas Walton to John Ibbetson – 28 Apr 1775

Document Type: Letter
Date: 28 Apr 1775
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: John Ibbetson
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 96
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Jno. Ibbetson Esq.                                    			Farnacres 28th April 1775


       Inclosed you will receive a Computation of the Expence of Buildings etc in addition to the Smelting Mill and Conveniences at Langley Castle Pasture, on acct of the increased produce from the Lead Mines in the Manor of Alston moor amount to the Sum of £229.4.3 1/2.  In Mr Walton's Letter of the 17th Ult it was suggested that an addition of two Hearths would be necessary; but on considering this matter attentively, we propose to try what can be done by the addition of one Hearth til it is seen whether the increase of Duty Ore is likely to continue; at the same time we propose to erect it in such a way that another may afterwards be added in case it is found proper.  One of the Cottages proposed at the Mill is now Building, and we expect will be ready for a Tenant by the 12th of May, but as we cannot easily situate the other, without being rather inconvenient to some of the Works, we think it best to postpone that til we see further.   We have engaged a Tenant for the Cottage now Building.   As what we now propose seems unavoidable, we have endeavoured to avail ourselves of the early part of the Season by making the necessary preparations, which we flatter ourselves will meet with the Boards approbation.  We apprehend that in case the quantity of Ore continues, that an additional Peat House will be necessary, but this we postpone for the present for the reasons already given.         

       We are etc

               	NW Junr  J S

       Langley Lead Mill 22nd April 1775 

Computation of the expence of Buildings etc in addition to those already computed, on account of the increase Produce of Duty Ore from the Lead Mines in the Manor of Alston Moor as follows

Mill House for one pair of Bellows the whole Building 

  to be 26 feet long by 18 feet wide outside measure 

  & to be covered with Slate                          £60  4  7

Bellows, Cast Iron for Hearth, Machinery & fixing     £63  7  8

Altering the present Bone Ash House 

  into a Bellows House                                  6  2  -

                                                               £129 14  3

Three Bingsteads each 20ft by 15 inside measure and 7

  ft high in the back part and 2 ft high in the front £18 15  -

Six Do. each 8 feet by 6 inside measure & 4 feet high 

  in the back part and 2 feet high in the front         7  4 10

                                                                £25 19 10

A Lime House 18 feet long by 15 broad inside measure 

  and 9 feet high including foundation the North Wall 

  to be three feet thick                                         17  5  4

Bone Ash and Test House 15 feet square inside

  measure and 13 feet high including foundation                  22  3  7

                                                                195  3  -

Carriage of Materials for the whole                              34  1  3 1/2

                                                                229  4  3 1/2

Farnacres 28th April 1775

       N W Junr   J S 

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