Report – Thomas Dodd – 13 Apr 1811

Document Type: Report
Date: 13 Apr 1811
Correspondent: Thomas Dodd
Archive Source: Cumbria RO DPH 2/81
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Under the present arrangements the number of hands in the Dead work are between 40 & 50 fewer than the last return of Bargains for there are none employed, but such as are necessary for the support of the work.

The mines throughout Alston moor are very poor, the price of lead bad and the division of the commons have brought the country into a state of the most abject poverty and it is a fact that three quarters of the workmen in the moor cannot make wages to support their families, but not knowing how to relieve themselves are obliged to submit to such an indigent pittance as they obtain.

Garrigill mines are poor in general and as they consist of several leases, they of course take the more hands in Dead work to support and preserve them from forfeiture.

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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