Letter – Isaac Hunter to John Laidler – 27 Dec 1776

Document Type: Letter
Date: 27 Dec 1776
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: John Laidler
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      Dukesf’d. 27th Dec 1776

Messrs Laidley & White Refiners


      I have ordered Robt. Nichol be be [sic] instructed by you as a Refiner for one Yr at a small wage – but if you think any hardship in teaching him as above, let me know & I shall endeavour to get you one that’s master of his Business which I have not the least doubt of getting as our Refinery is now so well established 

      & am Yrs &c   IH:Jr
This must refer to the Dukesfield refinery as Hunter was not responsible for the Blaydon refinery. A John Laidler was at Steel Hall (about a mile from Dukesfield in the 1770s) and a Thomas White lived at Steel at the same time, also close to the mill. The hamlet of Steel was home to several smelters. John Laidler’s name is used here.

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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