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Records survive of a survey made by Thomas Warren of the buildings located at the Fornham Wharf at this time.
Most of the space was taken up by coal yards in various hands. Sir Thomas Cullum had a Timber Yard, a Coal Yard and a Carpenters Shop.
Agricultural depression meant misery and economic Depression on a wide scale.
The prizes on offer were pairs of shoes; a copper kettle; saddle; hat; and money.
The day ended with a bonfire and the burning of an effigy of Bonaparte. Often a local tradesman or an ex-soldier, would be licensed by the Bishop to teach children in his home.
The carpenter's workshop was for work to be undertaken on repairs to barges and canal stock.
There was "An old Salt House," a Granary, Ridley's Coal Warehouse, a Weighing House, and an "old coal yard." The Granary was let to Mr Cooper for £12. Ridley's warehouse was let to Thomas Ridley for a 20 year term at 5/- a year.
Some parents could not afford the small fees, and in any case children were often needed to work to earn money.