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Posted: 25/05/2012 00:07:49
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Edward Wadham was employed as mineral agent by the Duke of Buccleuch in January 1851. Within 3 months of his arrival he was asking permission to work on his own behalf. Most of the Furness mine plans were drawn up by him and most of the mine reports were written by his minions. His diaries for the 63 years of his working life are now in Cumbria Records Office, Barrow and I would like to make a transcription. The handwriting is not easy and the prose style is wordy but there may be new information about when pits were sunk and why. If you would like to help with the project, please send me an email with a postal adress. I will send a cd of photos to transcribe.
Besides surveying mines and tramways Edward Wadham was keen on hunting, shooting and cricket. There are many references to champagne and beer. The death of ironmasters is recorded and also the passing of horses and dogs. There is also a trip to Nova Scotia.
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Posted: 25/05/2012 09:37:58
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On a slightly related topic, have been going through the Crown Estates (Woods & Forests) reports (so far up to c. 1873). For the Furness area there are lots of refs to leases of iron ore slate etc on Crown lands but these don't give exact locations for these areas, just which Manor (mainly Muchland or Torver). Anyone able to locate these more precisely? Presumably there may be stuff in Natiol Archives but probably won't get a chance to go into this area in more detail.
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Posted: 28/05/2012 22:46:41
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Edward Wadham had a freind or mentor, Fernie or Fearon of the Forth Iron works in 1851. Any idea how he should be spelled?
Still on his holliday, Is the re a place called White Eig or Whiteivy, about 18 miles from Lowvalleyfield where grouse are shot?

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