Witness Deposition – William Taylor – 31 Aug 1764

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 31 Aug 1764
Correspondent: William Taylor
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W[illia]m Taylor of Broadhead – Aged 80 [given as Broadoak in the summary]

Saith he hath known & travelled the Leadway from Rookhope Mill to Blaydon ever since he was able to go with Dra[gh]t. Saith s[ai]d Way was always reputed to be & used as a Highway & that he never knew of any Obstruction till within 12 or 14 ye[ar]s last that an Acknowledgm[en]t was demanded but he never paid any. That about 60 Years ago he travelled s[ai]d Way with Lead for as Servant to Jonathan Angus & hath constantly ever since yearly so lead Lead & Wood from Crook [struck out: ‘hope’] Oak down the s[ai]d Way. Saith that [struck out: ‘upwards of’] 49 Years ago he went to live at Broadoak and lived there 20 ye]ar]s and then went to [struck out: ‘Woodhead’] Newlands & lived there till about 20 y[e[ar]s ago since w[hi]ch time he hath lived & farmed at Broadoak. That Woodhead Loaning was during all these 49 Years repaired by the [struck out: ‘Broadhead Tenants Woodhead Hedley’] Hedley Wood Quarter Tenants & during the time he lived at Newlands the Tenants there repaired a p[ar]t of the s[ai]d Highway to the so[uth] West of the s[ai]d Loaning as far as their Liberty extended.  Saith that they were summoned by the Overseer to work at the s[ai]d Road & in all respects these <pts> [parts] as well as the whole of the s[ai]d Way appeared to be & were used & enjoyed & repaired as a publik Highway. Saith he rem[em]bers to have seen John Charlton of Broadoak Sam[ue]l Swalwell of Woodhead Mr. [space] Marley of Woodhead & Ravenside & others or their Servants with Dra[ugh]ts working at repairing the s[ai]d [struck out: ‘Way’] Woodhead Loaning when he this Informant was so summoned to work in repairing the s[ai]d Loaning by John Lumly the then Overseer

      The Mark of William Taylor

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