Journal Entry – William Hooper – 27 May 1833

Document Type: Journal Entry
Date: 27 May 1833
Correspondent: William Hooper
Archive Source: TNA ADM 80 17
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Monday May 27th 1833

I to-day arranged with Mr Mulcaster as to the land he wished to retain with House at Langley, and as he only required enough to keep one Cow, I agreed to let him this and the House for ten-pounds a year – the remainder of the land will be taken by the Hudgill Mill Company. – I took this occasion to inform Mr Mulcaster that the Board had authorized me to grant him a Pension of Eighty pounds a year from the 12th Instant, on which day his Salary ceased.

I called on Mrs Routledge to-day, who occupies a house adjoining to, and precisely of the same description as that I let to Mr Hutchinson, with a field of three Acres worth £7.10 a year, and a Garden at the back of both Houses, with a yard for a Haystack, and a three stalled stable, which I consider worth at least £4.10.0 a year more. She has hitherto paid only £20, and I now informed her that I should require an addition of £7 from the present May rent-day, if she desired to keep possession of the Premises. Whenever they may come into the Hospital possession, the stable should be restored to the Inn, it being separated to its great inconvenience and prejudice, and the Garden should be divided so as to give Mr Hutchinson’s House half of it, which would greatly improve the latter, without doing much injury to the other House. Mrs Routledge promised me her decision in a day or two.          

The water-spouts of both these Houses leak sadly, and the Walls are much injured in consequence, I believe it will be necessary to put altogether new spouts, and it must be done without delay. – I should recommend Lead. Mr Howdon and Mr Shield occupy two small Cottages, and have six Acres of Sandy Haugh Land between them - the land is frequently overflowed, and not worth more than 6s/ an Acre, and as the Cottages are very small and inconvenient, I consider the rent of £5 a year each, which they now pay, as sufficient; but Mr Howden has a small close of three-quarters of an Acre of rich pasture land in addition, for which I have required a further rent of £2.15.0 a year from the present May-day, to which Mr Howden has agreed.

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