Letter – Henry Richmond to Nicholas Halhead – 1 Jul 1763

Document Type: Letter
Date: 1 Jul 1763
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Nicholas Halhead
Archive Source: DUL CCB B 182 121
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Weardale inclosures

1. Prydale, has got about 50 bings of Oar the last years but is now very poor. [annotation in different hand]: pretty good like to continue

2. Kids Grove, is the property of the Dean & Chapter, & leas’d of them by John Kidd.

3. Dryburnside is freehold, [annotation in different hand: ‘Mr Williamson freehold’] The copyhold adjoining is under the moor matrs. Lease & no inclosure under the Leases for Years, but it has been try’d very lately & does not prove worth anything. [annotation in different hand: ‘will soon run into copyhold inclosure’]

4. Billing  no workings, or likely to be – [annotation in a different hand: ‘but will soon <….> in a little time’]

5. Stanhope park, there is a tack here upon trial, but no vein discovered as yet.

6. Peakside [annotation in different hand: ‘Pike Stone’] & Browndale, are in Stanhope not in Woolsingm parish, neither of them is wrought or any probability of it, Peakside has not been wrought in the Memory of Man, & nobody will take Browndale.

Lastly, As to the best mines [annotation in different hand: ‘veins’] running through the inclosures to the moors on each side of the Water, it is allow’d; & the worst also do the same, but the Bps Agent should have been so ingenuous as to acquaint his Ldship, that as the Levels are begun near the River they are all or mostly wrought through in the inclosure many years, nay Ages ago & if his Ldship knew how little has been got in the inclosures since old Sr Wm Blacketts purchase of Saunderson, I am persuaded he would never have ask’d any fine at all.
Undated and unsigned document but has a strong resemblance to the handwriting of Henry Richmond, Sir Walter Blackett’s agent. As it is amongst the papers dealing with the Weardale leases it is likely to have been among those items addressed by Richmond to the Bishop’s agent Halhead in the summer of 1763 over combining the leases. 1st July used here

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