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George Hawdon of Parksyde in Allendale in the County of Northumberland yeom aged Fifty Eight yeares or thereaboutes Sworne and Examined. 2 & 4 To the Second and Fowerth Interr[ogator]ys this Deponent saith that for these Forty Fower yeares or thereaboutes there hath to the knowledge of this Depont beene a com[m]on high way for all their Ma[jes]ties subjects for leading carrying and Conveying of Lead Timber and all <.....> burthensome Goods & Comodities With Horses Carts and Carriages from the Towne of Hedley in Northumberland and other places both in the Counties of Northumberland and Durham as there was occasion for the inhabitants to make use off in through and along the Lands and Grounds of Stella called Stella Gate, the Bogg al[ia]s the Blackmire, and soe to the Peth head and Downe the Peth to the two Leadhills called Stella & Blaydon Leadhills, where they laid Downe & Landed their Goods to be from the said Two Lead hills or Lead Bankes carryed or taken away by water to Newcastle and other places on the River of Tine; and this Depont saith that he hath knowne Goods and Comodities frequently Duering the said time of Forty Fower yeares brought by water from Newcastle both to Stella and Blaydon Leadhills, and landed and left upon the said Hills, and the same good from thence carryed over along and through the said Com[m]on high way into the the Counties of Northumberland Durham and Aleston Moore in Cumberland Carlisle Cockermouth Workington Whitehaven and Diverse other places in the Counties of Cumberland & Westmorland where the said Goods were Designed & intended for, <by> Horses Carts and Carriages, and did never hear of any Stopp made or any Satisfaction Demanded or paid for useing the said Com[m]on high way by or to any person whosoever, Butt saith that there was paid to the Boatmen for Wharfage for laying and Landing the said Goods upon the said Leadhills or Leadbankes Some Small Sum[m]e of money for that matter; Butt there was never any thing paid for <.....> use of the said Com[m]on high way either to the said Sr Thomas Tempest or any other whom he Clames under; that this Depont knowes or ever heard off; and this Depont can the better Depose herein for that he hath Dureing the time aforesaid been a Trader To & from Newcastle and hath made use of the said Com[m]on high way for the Carrying and Conveying of many quantities of Goods with Horses waines and Carriages as aforesaid; and was never stopt or hindered in useing and frequenting the said high way with such Carriages, nor never paid any thing for the same.
Witness on behalf of William Blackett in answer to Blackett's interrogatories. See 2nd April 1690 'Questions to witnesses' William Blackett, interrogatories, and notes given there for background to the case.