Letter – Henry Richmond to John Bell – 24 Nov 1769

Document Type: Letter
Date: 24 Nov 1769
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: John Bell
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/3
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To Mr John Bell at Mr Ellis’s in Hexham                                              Newca[stle] 24 Novr 1769


I have looked at Mr John Greenwells plan of the ground in Dispute between Hexham & Blanchland, which is very well executed; and I don’t doubt but he has accurately surveyed the prem[is]es. I shall return you the plan by the first Hexham Carrier & desire Mr Greenwell may make two small plans by a Scale of half the length and without ornaments. One of which should be given to Mr Heron and the other you may keep, for the present, at least. for if we should have to come to Tryal with the Trustees they will be wanted. Some few particulars should be enquired of the old people about, when you meet them. Such as when the different ridings were made by the Trustees? which will shew how they have encroached time after time & this should be inserted in the plan. Where the two Tryals for the Leadmine made by Sir Wr were & when? which should be marked in the plan. Whither the Waifs that have been taken by the Blanchland people have been Carried. Whether to Wester Meadows, Westfield Nook or Hathery burn or else where? Whether the Names in our Line of boundary are all rightly inserted in the plan? and whether the old people, you are to examine, know & make any use of those Names: if not, such as they do make use of should be inserted in the plan.

I have also returned you in the Tin Case Mr Marriott’s plan of Westburnhope & wish he would distinguish the old Inclosures, the Moor grounds and the ground in Dispute, together with the Wall or fence in question; & that he would do this by Colouring and an Explanatory Table. I shall be glad to hear that you receive these plans safe & 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