Diary – John Grey – 19 Feb 1835

Document Type: Diary
Date: 19 Feb 1835
Correspondent: John Grey
Archive Source: TNA ADM 80/20
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Thurs 19 Feb 1835, At noon Mr. Crawhall came as he had appointed but I found him inclined to give very little for Eadsbush on the score of accommodation. He offers to rent it without the Allotments at £25 a year, to purchase it at £700 or to leave the price to be determined by persons mutually appointed by the Commissioners and himself. It was let last year to Curry at £47, altogether & at that time I valued the infield land, No. 1 on the plan at £30 and the poor allotments, No. 2 at £17, the same as offered for them now by two of the Hospital’s tenants, see my journal of yesterday. I am not sure that the plot No.1 will let this year for £30 because the small occupiers in that district depended much for their rents upon their earnings in carrying Ore on Ponies from Mines in the Moors to Mr. Beaumont’s Mill at Dukesfield, which is about to be laid in & the Ore to be conveyed in a direction comeing more in the line of the Railway, & entirely out of their reach. As it would be an accommodation to the poor farms of Rawgreen and Turfhouse to have those allotments and the tenants are willing to give the value of them though I fear their Farms will prove too dear, under the change of Ore carriage, it would be a pity that they should not have them.

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The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors. Friends of the North Pennines: Charity No:1137467