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Whereas Sir Thomas Blackett did at the Request of sundry of the Proprietors of Land in Allendale agree to build a Common Pound in or near Allendale town for the Convenience of the Inhabitants of Allendale but not for oppressing his Ore and Lead Carriers to the Detriment of the Lead Works and consequently to the Ruin and Depopulation of the Country And whereas a Report has been spread abroad that all Galloways which have been wintered abroad and which shall be found grazing upon the Wastes in Allendale are to be impounded in the said Common Pound which has intimidated many of the Carriers from bringing Home their Galloways This is therefore to give Notice that if any Galloways shall be impounded in the said Common pound merely for the Cause of their being found grazing upon the said Wastes (not having been wintered in Allendale) as soon as such Galloways shall be delivered from the said Common Pound by due Course of Law the same Common Pound shall be pulled down and not suffered any longer to remain as a Fund for endless Contention Jno Bell Hexham Abbey 8th April 1791 [Four further signings of Bell’s name are crossed out on the original documents and the following is added in what appears to be the same hand at the foot:] N Willm Bell
NRO 672/A/34/99. This is one of a number of short miscellaneous items within a collection of Hexham manor Court papers.