Letter – Westgarth Forster to Thomas Richard Beaumont – 28 Nov 1792

Document Type: Letter
Date: 28 Nov 1792
Correspondent: Westgarth Forster
Recipient: Thomas Richard Beaumont
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								Novr. 28th 1792


I received your letter in regard to the workmens paying to the Clergyman at Allenheads every workman at Allenheads & Coalcleugh pays 5sh shilling Each man & Labouring Boys 3sh shillings Each & there is some Hundreds of the men that lives 15 or 20 Miles from the Chapple & comes & works their work for the week & goes back to their own Homes every week so they have no benefit from the Chapple in the least & such as lives about the place that has Childer goes to school they pay one shilling pr. Quarter for every Child which they always grumble very much about & we have all the money to collect from the workmen for the Clergyman which gives us a great deal of trouble & I think it might be much better regulated as the Chapple at Allenheads has nothing to do with the living off Allendale Town for till of late they used to be separate & if you was to fix a salary of 70£ pounds pr year upon the Chapple & to Teach the School at Allenheads a person might be got to do it & don’t doubt but you would save one Hundred pounds pr. year by it & get the prayers of the Poor People for ever & I dare to say that every workman would rather work for you at 10 shillings pr year less than pay the Clergyman 1s. shilling & as to repairing the Chapple & school I have got time & every thing ready for it & shall do it in the spring as soon as the Frosts is over. I wish you much joy of your young son & good recovery to Mrs: Beaumont & am Sir with 

the greatest respect your Most Obedt.

Westgarth Forster

Allenheads Novr. 28th 1792

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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