Witness Deposition – Anthony Surtees – 31 Aug 1764

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 31 Aug 1764
Correspondent: Anthony Surtees
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Anthony Surtees of Medomsley Gent[leman] Aged 58



Hath known the Lead [struck out: ‘Road’] Way from Edmondbyers to Blaydon  38 Years, saith that it was always reputed to be & was always used as a publik [struck out: ‘Road’] Highway without Interruption till [struck out: ‘within’] about 14 Years last past. Saith that about 33 Years ago he took a Farm at Woodhead  in the pa[rish] of Ovingham & lived there 3 Years & is well acquainted with Woodhead Loaning (part of s[ai]d Lead way) Saith that s[ai]d Loaning & also other p[ar]ts of s[aid] Way (ab[ou]t 1/3d of Mile) on the S[outh] of s[ai]d Loaning was during these 3 years repaired by Stat[ute] Work as a publick Road lying in Township of [struck out: ‘Woodhead’] Hedley Low Wood, That this Informant & the other Farmers of Lands in Woodhead & also at the Hollings & Broadoak [struck out: ‘and from time to time when summoned’] in the s[ai]d Township  particularly Saml Swalwell of Woodhead all joined in to repairing s[ai]d p[ar]t of s[ai]d Way, by sending or providing [struck out: ‘Waines’] Dra[ugh]ts & Men thinking it their Duty to repair it as a publik Highway Saith that he hath know s[ai]d [struck out: ‘p[ar]t of s[ai]d Way’] Loaning for 50 Years he going to School at Woodhead & during all his knowledge thereof it was called & deemed generally to be a publick Highway or or Kings street. Saith that the Farm he so held at Woodhead is now in the pos[se]ssion of Thomas Snowball [struck out: ‘who’] as Ten[an]t to Mr Aubone Surtees who this [struck out: ‘Dep[onent]’] Informant says he has heard hath taken upon him to stop of obstruct [struck out: ‘the s[ai]d High Loaning or Way’] the passage thro’ part of the s[ai]d Highway.



{Summary of this deposition given elsewhere differs slightly from the above, and is therefore given here:]

Saith that he hath known the present Lead Way from Edmondbyers to Blaydon 38 Years & that it was always reputed to be & enjoyed as a Public Highway & that he never knew of any Interruption ‘til about 14 years ago that Sam[ue]l Swalwell & others demanded & exacted a Toll or Acknowledgm[en]t for passing along Woodhead (or Swalwell’s) Loaning part of the s[ai]d Way Saith that about 33 years ago he took a Farm at Woodhead & lived there 3 years was well acquainted with the s[ai]dWoodhead Loaning. Saith that the s[ai]d Loaning & also other part of the s[ai]d Way (ab[ou]t 1/3d of a Mile) on the South of the said Loaning was during these 3 years repaired by Statue Work as a Public Road or Highway lying in the Township of Hedley low Wood Saith that he this Informant & the other Farmers & Occupiers of Lands in the s[ai]d Township particularly Samuel Swalwell of Woodhead all joined in so repairing the said part of the s[ai]d Way Saith that be hath known the s[ai]d Loaning for 50 years & dur[in]g all his knowledge thereof it was called & generally deemed to be a public Highway or Kings Street Saith that the s[ai]d Farm he so held at Woodhead is now in the possession of Tho[ma]s Snowball as Tenant to Mr Aubone Surtees And this Informant  says he hath heard that the s[ai]d Tho[ma]s Snowball hath lately taken upon him to Stop or Obstruct the passage thro’ part of the s[ai]d Highway.
Appears to be original record of the deposition, complete with words or phrases later struck out and which do not appear in the slightly different summary also included here. No date given; assume same approximate date as other depositions

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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