Witness Deposition – John Charlton – 31 Aug 1764

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 31 Aug 1764
Correspondent: John Charlton
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John Charlton of Broadoak in the pa[rish] of Ovingham Aged 80 or thereabouts.



Saith ever since he rem[em]bers anything he knew the present Lead Way from Rookhope Mill to Blaydon & that it was always reputed to be used as a [struck out: ‘Lead’] publik Highway Saith that as soon as he was able to go with a dr[augh]t he has travelled the s[ai]d Way with Carriages & never mett with an Obstruction till 12 or 14 ye[ar]s ago. Saith that during 32 Years he hath lived at Broadoak w[hi]ch is ½ a Mile from [struck out: ‘the Lead Way’] Woodhead Loaning he hath frequently been summoned by the Overseer of to repair the Woodhead Loaning ( part of the s[ai]d Highway) in respect of his Farm at Broadoak af[oresai]d & saith that he & the other Farmers at Hedley Wood Quarter in w[hi]ch is Broadoak af[oresai]d went with or sent men & Dra[ugh]ts to repair the s[ai]d Loaning accordingly. Saith that in two of the years or at two of the times of repairing the s[ai]d [struck out: ‘Swalwell’] Woodhead Loaning W[illia]m taylor of Broadoak af[orsai]d was employed as well as this Dep[onen]t & others in repairing the s[ai]d Loaning

      The Mark of John Charlton

Witness Jno Richmond.
Appears to be original record of the deposition, complete with words or phrases later struck out and which do not appear in the slightly less detailed summary. That summary is not included amongst these transcripts. 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