Top o'th' Meadows Estate : Advertisment
for the auction of Top o'th' Meadows estate in Darcy Lever , 1860,
including description and plan. Memorandum of Agreement
between John Seddon and Edmund and Esther Ashworth.
Farmhouse Building Plan
Close up from Top o'th'
freehold estate called "BARLOWS," or "TOP O'TH' MEADOWS," Situate in
Darcy Lever, near Bolton. To be sold by auction by Mr. William Lomax,
junr., at the house of Mr. Gillibrand, the Horse Shoe Inn, in Little
Bolton, on Wednesday, the 14th day of October next, at six o'clock in
the evening, subject to such conditions as will be then produced.
1. All that valuable freeshold estate called "BARLOWS" or
"TOP O'TH' MEADOWS,", situate in Darcy Lever aforesaid, on the Highway
leading from Bolton to Radcliffe, containing 14A. 3R. 30P. or
thereabouts, statute measure, and comprising a good Farm House, with
Two Dwelling-houses, Barns, Stables, Shippons and Gardens, adjoining or
near thereto, now in the occupation of Thomas Fishwick and
sub-tenants. And also FOUR COTTAGES, in the occupation of
George Pickup and others, and the Mines, Minerals, and Appurtenances
belonging thereto respectively. Also a ground rent of £3 a
year secured on Cottages Coloured blue on the plan.
The Estate is situate within two miles from Bolton, and is connected
therewith by excellent roads, and lies contiguous to the Railway from
Bolton to Bury, and is half a mile from Bradley Fold Station.
There are valuable Coal Mines under and belonging to this Estate, which
are let under an arrangement for a lease of ten years from 1860, at a
minimum rent of £50 per annum, the Produce Rent being after the rate of
£60 per foor per Cheshire acre.
2. A Ground Rent of £1 14s. 10d., per annum, well secured
on one plot of land and buildings thereon, being part of the above
Estate. Coloured green on the plan.
For further particulars apply to Messrs. J. H. Watkins and Son,
John Ashworth and Sons, Land Surveyors, Turton, or to the Auctioneer,
10 October 1860
By Memorandum of Agreement of this date between Benjamin Ashworth,
Registrar, Tonge-with-Haulgh and Esther Ashworth of same in the County
of Lancaster executor of the late Mr. Edmund Ashworth of Bolton in the
same County of the one part John Seddon of Breightmet Bleacher on the
other part that is to say Benjamin and Esther Ashworth as
executors aforesaid agree to let and the said John Seddon for himself
and successors agree to take the Coal under the Estate of
Top-oth-Meadow Farm in Little Lever in the occupation of Thomas
Fishwick as Tenant. the Coal to be charged and paid for after
the rate of £60 per foot per Cheshire Acre. The yearly rent
to be £50 per annum payable half yearly in equal payments of £25 each,
the first of such payments to be made on the 12th May then
next. The term to be for 10 years. It being agreed
that Mr. Seddon may commence sinking forthwith. It is also
agreed that the damage which may be done to the tenants occupation
should be charged as follows. For Meadow land after the rate
of £10 per Cheshire Acre and for Pasture land after the rate of
£8. It is also agreed that all damage arising from subsidence
or anything else by reason of getting such Coal should be made good by
the said John Seddon aforesaid. And also at the expiration of
the lease all damage from pits, borings and alterations so as to leave
the land as nearly as possible in its state at that time. And
lastly the said Benjamin and Esther Ashworth bind themselves to make
when required at the cost of the said John Seddon a lease containing
all usual and necessary clauses to carry the said agreement into
effect. And the said John Seddon as aforesaid agrees until
such lease he made to observe and carry into effect the stipulations
and conditions above mentioned notwithstanding.
In witness whereof they have thereunto set their hands the day and year
first before written.
Witness Robert Stewart, Bolton
Benjamin Ashworth, Esther Ashworth, John Seddon
- 1724 - Adam Whittle, Yeoman of Darcy Lever died, father of Edmund Whittle
- 1766 - Edmund Whittle leases land to John Tonge to
build a cottage
- 1786 - Edmund Whittle, of Barlows, in Darcy Lever,
died and left his interest in John Tonge's lease to his cousin Henry
- 1789 - John Tonge died
- 1790 - Henry Ashworth died, and left Darcy Lever
properties in the tenure of Thomas Mather and Widow Tonge to his son
- 1804 - John Tonge's widow Elizabeth died.
- 1811 - Samuel Brabbin is listed as occupier in Land Tax Assessment
- 1812 - Samuel Tonge is paid money by the overseers to pay Samuel Brabbin for rent
- Census - Peter Tonge (grandson of John Tonge) living at Clap Row.
Mary Tonge (daughter-in-law of John Tonge) living on Moss Lane.
- 1847 - Ordinance survey map shows two separate
buildings, one called Top o'th' Meadow, and the other named Whittles
- 1860 - Benjamin and Esther Ashworth, son and daughter
of Edmund Ashworth, make an agreement with John Seddon for purposes of
mining coal from Top o'th' Meadow.
Above: 1847 OS Map