Stevens 1881-04-09

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Visited Mr. Lively in his old garden – he says the ground was formerly occupied with buildings in which woolcombing used to be carried on besides in other places at Burdrop. That the premises had been in the hands of his family for over three hundred years. He told me also that the gardens on the green at Burdrop were originally enclosed by old George Messenger. And that there was a serious talk at the last Court Leet of throwing them open. One of them now “belongs” to Will Brown, the baker and the other to Tennant who formerly had the “Bishop Blaise”.