Account book of W.P. Adlington, farmer of Carlton on Trent, Nottinghamshire,1892-1894

Scope and Content

This account book of W.P. Adlington covers the period 1892-1894 and provides only a partialrecord his business activities. Since the volume contains only details of one aspect of Adlington'sexpenditure, on labour, for a very short period, its value for research is limited. It does howeverprovides useful evidence of Adlington's farm and is relevant to the study of agricultural labourersin the late nineteenth century. The account book is divided into the names of employees, the workthey did and the payment they received. Very occasionally, these columns are broken by memorandasuch as the date of the start of harvest at Carlton on Trent.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Palmer Adlington is recorded as a farmer in Carlton-upon-Trent (now Carlton-on-Trent) inthe trade directory for 1894. He does not appear as a farmer in that village in directories for 1886or 1897 and it seems likely that he owned or rented land at Carlton-on-Trent for a short period.Adlington's home farm was at Sutton-Upon-Trent where he lived at Poplar House during this period butby 1900 the farm is in the name of George Adlington and an alliance had been forged with John orCharles Fisher, farmers of Sutton-upon-Trent. The company is described in a 1900 directory as:'Fisher and Adlington: farmers and estate agents and breeders of pure Lincoln long wool sheep andshire horses'. It seems to have been a short lived company however and is absent from a 1904 tradedirectory when Fisher seems to be trading alone.

From the account book, we can gauge that Adlington employed over 20 people at hisCarlton-on-Trent farm in a variety of different roles including ploughing, harrowing, threshing, ortending his garden, roads and horses. The book contains references to payment for work done by G.Adlington.


The account book is arranged chronologically.

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Custodial History

This volume was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Library in 1957.