Letter – Nicholas Walton to John Ibbetson – 22 Jan 1794

Document Type: Letter
Date: 22 Jan 1794
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: John Ibbetson
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 83
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John Ibbetson Esqr						Farnacres 22d January 1794	


	On the 30th & 31 Ult. I attended the third Meeting of the Commissioners appointed to Divide Hexhamshire and Allendale Common and was accompanied by Mr Willm Peters Junr.

	After having considered the Claims affecting the Boundaries we proceeded, with the assistance of Mr Peters Mr Heron of Newcastle and Mr Ruddock of Hexham, in settling the form of objection, which having got finished on the 30th as many of the those forms as appeared to be necessary were made out and the next Day signed and delivered to the Commissioners

	The Claims affecting the Boundaries which were objected to are as follows.

                                                            Acres in 


Thos Richd Beaumont Esq & Diana his Wife for Westburnhope        946

Gill Brown for West Green Ridge                                  639

Edwd Charleton Esq for East Green Ridge                         1421

D[itt]o and Wm Ord Gent for Ardley Common or Fell                377

The Trustees of Lord Crewe late Bishop of Durham for a 

  place called the disputed Ground                              2247

Charles John Clavering Esq part of last mentioned Claim

  called Middle Rig

D[itt]o for Riddlehamhope and Hallywell Commons                 1287


The whole of the above Claims are persisted in.                 6917

	It was also thought necessary to make objections to  the following Claims.

Thos Richd Beaumont Esqr & Diana his Wife respecting incroachmts at Wesburnhope Persisted in.

Do respecting encroachments at or near Allonheads – Given up.

Messrs Mattw Fairless respecting Boundary of Ground near Do – Given up

Lord Crewes Trustees as to Common Right for pt of Burnshield Haugh - Persisted in

	The several objections to the whole of the above Claims were signed by Sixteen of the Proprietors and as I had previously consulted Robt Hopper Williamson Esqr who was of the Opinion that any Ten of the Proprietors or their respective Agents signing Objections would make the whole of the Proprietors liable to join in the expence of Litigation I signed the whole as Agent for the Commissioners and Governors of Greenwich Hospital.

	The Claim of Messrs Wm Adamson and John Johnson respecting unenclosed Waste Ground as being part of Spital Shield Freehold was admitted. 

	With regard to the Objections to all encroachments, not included in the Objections ment[ione]d on the otherside Mr John Bellas Agent for the Lord and Lady of the Manor saved the Proprietors a great deal of trouble by making no less than 179 Objections some of which take in three four five and some even more than five encroachments; but as the encroachments are in general well known it is not expected that there will be any litigation of consequence as to what are encroachments.

	The settling the Claims affecting the Boundaries it is probable will be attended with considerable expence and as upon some late and similar occasions to the present Arbitrations were found to be enormous in that respect it was thought by the whole of the Proprietors who signed the Objections	to the Claims affecting the Boundaries, except one, that Tryals at Law were to be preferred to that of Arbitrations in which opinions having acquiesced I joined the Fifteen Proprietors in a request in Writing that the whole of these Claims should be Tried at Law and that request was immediately delivered to the Commissioners. There was no avoiding making the option at the Third Meeting, as in case of it not being made then, it could not be made afterwards.

	Under the circumstance of the last mentioned Resolution it appeared necessary to retain Council for the Northern Circuit and therefor instantly after the Resolution was come to a Letter was written and sent from Hexham the same Day in consequence of which Messrs Chambre and Law have been retained in behalf of the Hexhamshire and Allendale Righters.

	I would have written sooner upon the subject of the Hexhamshire and Allendale third Meeting but waited in hope to have been enabled by this Time to acquaint you that some of the Claimants had given up but am sorry not to have heard anything of the kind.  I am 

	Sir Your most Obedt Servt

	   Nich Walton Junr

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