Journal entry – John Grey – 13 Jun 1834

Document Type: Journal entry
Date: 13 Jun 1834
Correspondent: John Grey
Archive Source: TNA ADM 80 19
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Friday 13th June 1834 [sic]

Having written Letters & attended to accounts in the Office I went over the different works going on here, examined the new Road through a part of Dilston Hall Farm, which being now finished, we this day opened to the Public, who take it most willingly being a much shorter line & less steep than the old one, & as regards the situation of the new House an immense improvement.  I have not yet got the expense of attending it put into one sum yet, but hope to find that it has not exceeded that allowed for the purpose.  I next went with the man who basically had charge of the work, over all the embankments, Wears securing of the shores of the Tyne, filling up holes which had been excavated by floods etc, all of which may now be pronounced to be in safe & good condition, & will I trust encounter any ordinary floods without damage, although they must be at all times a source of anxiety & watchfulness, especially as I hear, that owing to the injury sustained by Mr Beaumont’s Tenants on the opposite side, from the additional height & strength of our embankment, he has been induced to undertake to make a similar one, which by contracting the water will throw an additional weight upon the embankments.  Ours however will have the advantage of greater solidity than one newly made.

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