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Abstracts of The Weardale Lead Mine Leases viz under The Commons Inclosures (As granted to Sr. Wr. (as proposed by Sr. Wr. Blackett Blackett 1750.) 1763.) Recital of a Surr. of a Do. but in a Form somewhat different former Lease The Parcels. Liberties & The Parcels etc. Privileges (Reserving late Hall & Sanderson’s part.) Habend: [for] 3 Lives Habend:[for] 3. Lives Reddend: 1/9 of Ore to Bp & Reddend: 1/9 of Ore. his Succrs And £150 per Ann. to Bp. Chandler Whilst Bp. of Dm. And £150 per Ann to his Succrs Covt. that Lessee will forfeit Nothing to this effect 40s. for every day the rents shall be behind above 40 days & the Lessor may distrain for sd. forfeits <Accd.> Covt. for paymt. Of Rents as Covt. that Lessee will pay sd. 1/9 reserved. Ore. Proviso That Lessor, in case of The very same. default, may reenter & keep till pd. (No mention of a Distress) Nothing to this effect Covt. by Lessee to pay the Parson his accustomed Tithe part of the Ore. Nothing to this effect Proviso that if Lessee do not endeavour within 2 years to raise 5. Fothers of Lead, this lease to be void. Nothing to this effect Covt. by Lessee to make good damages to the Bp’s Tenants of Inclosures. Nothing to this effect Covt. by Lessee that he will under a certain Penalty within 3 Months inroll this Lease & pay the Aud[itor]s Fees which may be distrained for. Covt. by the Bp. that the The very same. Lessee paying the Rents and performing the Covts. may quietly enjoy The Bp. nominates his Attys to The very same. take & deliver possession. In Witness etc. in Words very In Witness etc. – the very same. proper, but not in <those generally found in> Bp of Durham’s Leases. In the Lease of the above Parcels dated 9. Sept. 1762. there was a Covt. by the Lessor That the Lessee might take the Lott Ore at 20s. [per] Bing: Wch is now discontinued. So that the Lease now proposed differs only in that & the Habendum, wch before was for 21. Years, and in the Recital of the last Lease & Surrd. – The Clause for Reentry & Covt. for quiet Enjoymt. & Nomination of Attorneys. [on cover:] An attempt to bring a conclusion between the Parties themselves, a renewal of the Lease of the Leadmines within the Parks and Inclosures of Stanhope and Wolsingham [separate sheet but apparently on the same subject and therefore included here:] If Sir Walter Blackett insists, as Mr Richmond Junr. said on the 7th. Nov 1760 he did, that the Leadmines within the Common Pastures (tho’ ancient Inclosures) in Weardale are within the Moor Master’s Lease; No Terms of Renewal ought to be made. If That Point be given up (which ought to be done in Writing) Will Sir Walter consent to the Covenants, now commonly used for Leadmine Leases, being added in a New Lease of Those within the Parks & Inclosures of Wolsingham and Stanhope? If That should be agreed to, Will Sir Walter pay a Fine of £2250 for Renewing 14 Years from 9th Sep. 1760? Or what is the Most he will give for such a Renewal?
undated but appear to be part of the renegotiations over the merging of the moormaster (‘lease for lives’/’the commons’) and ancient enclosures (‘lease for years’) mining leases in Weardale in 1763, and assumed to be from Nicholas Halhead, who was negotiating this for the Bishop.