Letter – Thomas Wentworth Beaumont to Wentworth Blackett Beaumont – 3 Aug 1848

Document Type: Letter
Date: 3 Aug 1848
Correspondent: Thomas Wentworth Beaumont
Recipient: Wentworth Blackett Beaumont
Archive Source: AE TWB to WBB 1847-8
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My dear Wenty,

	Yr Mama has reminded me that I promised you a Programme. I have sent you a sketch of it <D Sk> but I hereby give it to you in detail. 

	There are 3 principal Residences of the Mining Agents viz Allenheads, Newhouse in Weardale Co of Durham and Coalcleugh in Northumberland. There isn’t anything in particular to interest you at Coalcleugh & if Sop[wit]h considers that a Visit to a  Smelting mill is likely to be more instructive & more novel I recommend you to attend to his Suggestion.

	I have desired him to have a Poney ready to take you to Weardale. This is a new country & ought to be visited. Somewhere near the top of the Hill which separates the Counties of Northumb[erland] & Durham is I believe a Throw or Dyke (Dyke meaning a Wall underground in this case) which deranges all the Strata & causes them to dip differently on the different sides of the Ridge of Hills. This is a phenomenon imperfectly accounted for by Geologists. You will hear Sopwith’s Opinion of it & mark the place & observe the Facts & <Pariation>. You will probably ride to Newhouse in the morning & return in the evening to Allenheads, as the Hse at Newhouse is hardly large enough I think at present to accommodate more than S’s family, who have removed thither that your party may be received at the ‘Heads’. Take note of any Interesting Obs[ervatio]ns in yr pocket book. When you have crossed the boundary into the Durham side, you will see on the Right hand the Moors now let rather than lent to the Olivers which I have assigned to you after you come of age, whenever you desire to have your own Party & supposing me to be Hale & strong & having with me at Allenheads some Elderly men, than may be suited to your Taste. The Olivers Head Quarters is a Public House at the foot of the Hill. Good driving. A pleasant Ride to you & Believe me my dear Wenty

	Ever yr affect[ionat]e Father

		T W Beaumont

Bath Thursday
undated but must also relate to WBB’s visit to Allenheads in August 1848 for the grouse shooting season and was presumably written from Bath beforehand, and long enough before August 11th to have allowed TWB to have travelled back to Bretton in the meantime. 3rd of August was a Thursday and 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