Letters – Benjamin Johnson to Finlay & Hodgson – 14 Jan 1834

Document Type: Letters
Date: 14 Jan 1834
Correspondent: Benjamin Johnson
Recipient: Finlay & Hodgson
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/7
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Messrs Finlay Hodgson & Co

      I duly received your letter of the 13th inst. It is true the Liquidation Fund of 1832 is but £3,223-15-6 but would it not be better at once to carry the Profit of 1831 and 1832 to Mr Beaumont’s Debit to meet the £20,000 – take the Balance out of last years Profit and commence our funds from 1833  

	The following Gentlemen residing in London hold Shares in the Derwent Mines and are Directors; John Roath, Mr Harry Forman, John Macdonnald, Thomas Hill, & Walter Hall.

Allendale Road.

	In my last letter I stated the advantage to Mr B[eaumon]t of this road at £1,000 to 1,200 per annum. I am now able to give it in detail:-

Carriage of 6,573 Bings of Ore from Coalcleugh    £   S  d

To Allen Mill on the old Road at 4s/- Per Bing  1302 12  0

Ditto on the new Road at 2/6 per Bing            814  2  6

      Ann[ual] Saving by new Road                488  9  6

Carriage of 6324 Bings of Allenheads Ore to       £   S  d

Allen Mill on the old Road 3s/8d per Bing       1159  8  0

Ditto on the new Road 2/6 per Bing               790 10  0

      Ann[ual] Saving by the new Road            368 18  0

						Brought Down       488  9  6

Annual reduction in the carriage of 

  Lead made at Allenheads                        200  0  0	    

     Ditto of Coals                              150  0  0

     Ditto of Materials for the Mines             80  0  0

                                               £1287  7  6

The number of Bings of Ore is the quantity sent to Allen Mill from Coalcleugh & Allenheads in 1833


I have also made out a statement of the advantage that will avail from the Railway to Mr B[eaumon]t so far as his mines are concerned. Supposing the Railway made to Hexham

From Allen mill to Hexham 9 1/2 miles      S  d

   Carriage for One Ton of Lead            5  5 1/2

   From Hexham to Blaydon 16 miles         9	 1

                                          14  6 1/2

From Allen mill to Hexham  5s  5 1/2d

Hexham to Blaydon

  on the Railway 17 Mile   3  11           9  4 ½

                           Saving per ton  5  2


Supposing the Railway completed from Blaydon to Haydon Bridge


                                           S  d

From Allen Mill to Haydon Bridge 5 miles

   Carriage of One ton of Lead             2  9

   From Haydon Bridge to Blaydon 

    On the Railway 25 miles                5  9

                                           8  6

Dukesfield Lead Carriage

   Dukesfield Mill to Dilston 5 miles      S  d

      Carriage of one Ton of Lead          5  0

   From Dilston to Blaydon on Railway 

      12 miles                             2  9

                                           7  9

Taking the quantity of Lead made at Allen and Allen Heads mill each year at 4,000 tons when the Railway is completed to Hexham there will be an annual saving of Carriage of £1,000 and when completed to Haydon Bridge of £1,200.

Taking the quantity of Lead made at Dukesfield at 3,000 tons a year there will be a saving of £750 a year the forecast rate of Carriage from this mill to Blaydon being 12s/9d per ton. These estimates are taken below rather than above what the actual saving will turn out to be.

Date assumed from sequence letter undated but prior letter dated 14 Jan and following letter 13 Jan

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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