Letter – Nicholas Walton to William Hunter – 21 Sep 1770

Document Type: Letter
Date: 21 Sep 1770
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: William Hunter
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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To Mr William Hunter.                      				Farnacres.    21st September 1770


      Having received certain information that the Turnpike Barr keeper on the Glenwelt Road West of Hexham has obstructed the Carriers of Lead employed by the Governors of Greenwich Hospital on Acct. of those Carriers refusing a Toll every time they pass loaden thro' the Barr tho' with the same Carriage and Horses and in the same day, we have upon this occasion thought proper to take Councils Opinion and are clearly advised ‘That no Person is liable to pay the Tolls for passing thro' the Turnpike Barr more than once in the same day with the same Carriage and the same Horses how often soever he hath occasion to pass thro' the same.’

      We give you the trouble of this Letter to desire you will inform the Commissioners of the Glenwelt Road with the above and that the Question whether those Carriages are liable to pay more than once in the same day or not, is intended to be tryed  by proceeding against the Barr keeper and this you will be so obliging as do as soon as possible. 

      The Commissioners will be pleased to consider that great damages may happen to the Governor of Greenwich Hospital by that Lead being prevented getting to Markett which must be expected to be made good in case it should be determined that the Carriers are not liable to pay more than once in a day and there seems little doubt of such a determination.   If therefore the Commissioners think proper to give an order to the Gate keeper to let the Carriages pass taking an Account of the several Times they do so in a day til the matter is determined; we will on behalf of the Carriers undertake to pay for the several Times they pass more than once in a day if the Question should be determined against them.

      It is possible that the Barr keeper has asked in the above manner without directions and that the Commissioners may disapprove of the measures he has adopted, if so, and matters are set right immediately we shall let what has been done pass without notice but otherwise the loss by the Obstructions already made will certainly come under consideration.   Your early Answer will very much oblige

      Sir your most Hble Servts

      Walton & Smeaton

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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