Lease – William Blackett to William Ramsay – 6 May 1695

Document Type: Lease
Date: 6 May 1695
Correspondent: William Blackett
Recipient: William Ramsay
Archive Source: TWA 3415 CA 19
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      Know all men by the <these presents> That Sr William Blacke[tt] of the Towne & County [of] [N]ewcastle upon Tyne  Barrt Hath hereby Letten & demise[d] unto William Ramsey of the Sa[me] Towne & County Esqr six hundred yards in length & Twenty yards on each Side thereof in bredth upon the veine of Lead ore called Stotfoldburne veine to comence & take measure from a wall called Stotfoild pasture wall & <So> to extend Eastward according to the true course of the veine Which Said Leadmine lies within the moore or Fell called Rookehope in the parish of Stanhope & County of Durham with Full power & liberty to Sink Shafts & Drive drifts for winning & obtaining all Such Lead ore as <is> remaining & can be gotten out off the boundarie aforesaid & to have & enjoy the Said Lead ore & premisses Subject to the agreem.t hereafter mentoned (That is to Say ) when the said veine is <woune> & <effectually> discovered the Said Sr. William Blacket Shall under his hand & Seale grant a Lease of the Said Boundarie to the Said William Ramsey his Exec.s Adm.s & Assignes for the Terme of Twenty & one yeares from the date hereof upon & under the like Covenant & <provisoes> as the Said Sr. William Blackett hath letten to othere Tenants within the moore & liberty aforesaid provided the Said William Ramsey doth demand & take the Same within Twelve months next ensueing the date hereof & That it doth not enterfere with any other Tack or Lease formerly granted & now in being or any veine now at worke upon the Said Sr. William Blacketts owne account otherwise this <present> Tack note and the intended grant or Lease Shall utterly cease be voide & of none effect.   

      And the Said William Ramsey doth hereby covenant & agree to & with the Said Sr. William Blackett That he the Said William Ramsey Shall & will make reasonable Satisfacton dureing the Said Terme to all persons who shall have Spoyle of ground by workeing the Said Leadmine or who Shall lose any goods by the not Filling up of any pitt or pitts within the boundarie aforesaid 

      And Shall & will upon demand of the Said Sr. William Blackett his Servants or Agents give & deliver to him or them all the Lead ore well washd & fitt for Smelting That Shall be gotten out off the premisses <xxxx> the Said Sr. William Blackett paying to the Said William Ramsey his Execs or Adms the Sume of Twenty Shillings of Lawfull English Money for every Bing lo[ad] of the Said Lead ore each Bing containning Sixty four Stone of [four]teen pounds to the Stone the weight of the poakes [or] Sacks being not included.  In witness whereof the Said parties to these presents have interchangeably sett their hands & Seales the <Sixth> day of May Anno Dni 1695

Sealed & Delivered Wm Blackett [Esq]

In the presence of  Robt. Key  Thos. Mowbrays

M.dmm That before the Sealing & delivery hereof the Said Sr. William Blackett hath also demised & to Farme Letten unto the Said William Ramsey his Execs Adms & Assignes Six hundred yards in Length & Twenty yards on each Side thereof in bredth upon the veine of Lead ore called ToddStone in the parish of Stanhope & County of Durham to comence & take measured from the Shaft now at worke by the Said William Ramsey & partners & from thence to extend Eastward according to the true course of the veine Together with Such Liberties Licences & priviledges & with upon & under Such Covenants provisoes conditions & agreemts as are within written & expressed

Sealed & Delivered Wm Blackett

in the presence of Robt Key  Thos. Mowbrays
Piece reference TWA/3415/CA/19/36. This is a loose paper (uncatalogued and not numbered) within the Cotesworth MS CA/19/36.   It has several holes in, but the missing words can usually be guessed and are included here within square brackets.   Stotfoldburne was in the Rookhope valley.  Toddstone was in the Sedling Fell area of upper Weardale.

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