Letter – Henry Richmond to Isaac Hunter – 5 Jun 1767

Document Type: Letter
Date: 5 Jun 1767
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/3
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To Mr Isaac Hunter at Dukesfield                                                          Newca[stle} 5th June 1767


I received your’s of the 1st instant with the Calculation of the difference between smelting Kilhope Ore at Allanheads & Dukesfield Mills, & agree with you that notwithstanding there is a greater Expence attending the doing it at the latter than the former: Yet considering how liable Allanheads Mill is to be laid off by the drought in Summer and The Frosts in Winter & which is still of farther inconvenience how difficult we have frequently found it to get the Lead from that Mill by reason of the Mosses & the want of Carriage Men & how impracticable it has always been to get it to Market in time. I say upon these Considerations it is clearly for Sir Walter’s intrest not to carry so great a quantity of ore to that Mill as 2000 Bings – I think about 1000 or 1200B is enough and the rest of the Kilhope Ore may be brought to Dukesfield.

It occasions some perplexity in your Qua[rte]rs Acco[un]t to have the Waste Lead charged among the Contingencies, as Mr Harrison has done it. so I desire all sorts of Lead, at each Mill, may be placed under the head of Lead Smelted & that you will give directions that the Clerks distinguish what is made from the Mill Wastes & what from the Grove Wastes. 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