Letter – Henry Richmond to Isaac Hunter – 13 Apr 1766

Document Type: Letter
Date: 13 Apr 1766
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/3
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To Mr Isaac Hunter at Dukesfield                                              Newcas[tle] 13th April 1766

Sir          I have such complaints of your refined Lead from the people that have bought of it that I shall be obliged to have it all run down again before I dare sell any more of it. As this can only be owing to your reducing at a hearth by a blast instead of doing it by a reverberating furnace like what is used at Blaydon I must desire you will send one of your masons thither to examine the construction of that furnace that he may build one of the same sort at Dukesfield directly. And it would also be proper that one of your reducers should come down to learn the method of reducing at that sort of furnace. I am etc HR

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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