Journal entry – John Grey – 3 Feb 1834

Document Type: Journal entry
Date: 3 Feb 1834
Correspondent: John Grey
Archive Source: TNA ADM 80 19
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Monday 3rd February 1834

Received the Boards Minutes of the 20th & 29th Ultima and made the several communications required by them, also informed the Parties whose tenders for farms had been accepted. I then passed some time among the Workmen, repairing the damage done by the late floods, to the Banks of the Tyne, contriving the best & cheapest mode of obtaining materials for securing them.  Then went to examine the Ground where Walker & Bones propose to burn bricks, on the Park Farm, for which they gave me an offer this morning of ten Pounds a year, advancing gradually by one Pound each year to twenty, taking upon themselves all expense or erecting  Sheds, compensating the tenant, making & Maintaining Roads etc.  The situation is such as not to occasion much damage of land, but I must ascertain how much they would be likely to take, & try to get a better offer, before recommending it to the Board.

I then examined the House & Offices at Dilston Hall Farm, to see what accommodation might be obtained for Mr Hunt there, without inconvenience to the new Tenant.  The House is small, consisting of one small parlour, two bed rooms, a Kitchen & Milk House, but he is satisfied with it, if it can be had at a fair rent, & if something be done to make it clean & comfortable.  It will require some painting & repair, whoever may occupy it, as the windows sashes have gone without paint till they are so rotten that they can hardly be made to hold the Glass.  Yet for all that I can see, this is the only place where I shall be able to find Shelter while the new house is building. 

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