Report – John Colpoys – 15 Sep 1805

Document Type: Report
Date: 15 Sep 1805
Correspondent: John Colpoys
Archive Source: TNA ADM 79 56
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This is a marker only for an extensive report, too long for inclusion in the database, which is available to download by following the TNA ADM document reference link above. 
The periodic visitation reports sent to the Greenwich Hospital Commissioners regarding their Northern Estate provide extensive detail on the current condition, value, and management of those estates, and usually accompanied by proposals and recommendations for changes. This particular report was submitted by Sir John Colpoys, Sir William Bellingham and John Harrison after their tour of the estate in early September 1805, a tour they claimed to be so thorough that ‘we believe there is scarce a building, of any description, (except the Mill at Wanthwaite in the Manor of Castlerigg and Derwentwater) or an acre of land that was not seen by some or one of us, and the greatest part by us all’. Their report is accompanied, in the final bound and printed volume, with reports from mineralogist William Sheffield on the lead and coal mines and their prospects. The original is held as part of the Greenwich Hospital records within the Admiralty collection at The National Archives.
The transcript given in Dukesfield Documents represent extracts, though extensive ones, relating to the lead mining, smelting and carriage country of the North Pennines, rather than the purely agricultural areas within the Northern estate, or those in the far north of Northumberland.

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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