Letter – Nicholas Walton to John Ibbetson – 7 Dec 1768

Document Type: Letter
Date: 7 Dec 1768
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: John Ibbetson
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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Part of Mssrs. Walton & Smeatons Letter of 7th Dec 1768 to Mr Ibbetson

      In our Letter of 15th June we acquainted the Board that we found it necessary to Build an House and Stable for the Mill Agent at Langley Mill and inclosed an Estimate for that purpose amounting to £117.3.10, as also for Repairing an Old Peat House Estimated at £18.5 2 amounting in the whole to £135.9......for which Expenditure we afterwards had an Order of Board; but during the time we were carrying on these Buildings we were advised that a Cottage with a Chamber over it, for the Smelters to lodge in, while they continue at their Work, would be more Expedient than the additional Peat House; we therefore considered what might be saved in the proposed Erections by covering with Heath instead of Slate; and found that the difference would together with the omission of the Peat House more than compensate for the additional Charge of the Cottage; as will more fully appear by the inclosed comparative Estimate. We therefore proceeded accordingly which we hope will meet with the Boards approbation. And as we have as yet been able to do without the Old Peat House which was to have been repaired, we still remain £2.9.2 short of the Boards Order.

An Acct Shewing the difference in Expence between making the Buildings for Mr. Mulcaster, and Repairs of an Old Peat House for the use of Langley Mill as recommended in our Letter of 15th June last, and the manner in which they are done. Viz

Building a Dwelling House as Estimated in June

  then intended to be covered in Slate           £90 18  8

The same being one Covered in Heath               80 15 10   £10  2 10

A Toofall being Covered with Slate as far it 

  proposed makes no difference 

Building a Stable as Estimated in June then intended to

  be Covered wth Slate & no Loft or Chamber above £16  5  6

The same being now covered with Heath and raised 

  a Sufficient Height for a Chamber                15  9  8      15 10

Repairs of Peat House to be postponed for the present         18  5  2

                                                             £29  3 10

Building a Cottage for lodging the Smelters in               

  with a Chamber above; the size 15 feet Square, 

  inside measure & covered with Heath.                        26 14  8

Expended less on the present footing than first proposed     £ 2  9  2


                       					Farnacres 7th Decemr. 1768. NWJn.

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