Letter – Michael Blackett to William Blackett – 26 Jan 1678

Document Type: Letter
Date: 26 Jan 1678
Correspondent: Michael Blackett
Recipient: William Blackett
Archive Source: CUL Dd 7.26
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26 Ditto

Honoured Sir

Accordingly as I have heretofore done I have now to Informe you the best I can wth the present condition of the severall groves and other occurrances att your Leed Mines wch I shall indeavour to effect to your satisfaction  the whole pay comes to as followeth


                                            £ 437  4  8 

the heades pay comes to                     £ 266  2  4

   towards wch payd Rich                    £ 240  -  -

Plankey pay                                 £  24 18  8 ½

   towards wch payd J M                     £  14  -  -

pd att Mill p[er] perticulars               £ 103  5  8

pd at Fallowfeild p[er] p[ar]ticulars       £  79 19  0

                                            £ 437  4  8  

what wth hollydayes and w[ha]t wth <floods> they Smelters have nott over wrought themselves this month by past the little Leed that is made both att the Mill and Planky goes on to the next acct wch is only three dayes worke att either place I imagine you have allready heard of the dammage att Planky dam for the repayring of wch John Mowbray sayth hee makes all speed possible though hee said <tis> if hee had itt would have beene done before this. Ore from the severall Groves to Duxfield Mill vizt

                                      Bings horse

from Fallowfeild     67 3

from the heads       43 3

from Reed Groves      1 2

from Rookhope        14 2

from Colclough        1 0

from Jeffryes Grove  11 0

                    139 2

Lead carryed from the Mill to Blaiden      193 p[iece]s

From the <Crag> to ditto                    77 p[iece]s

From Comp house to ditt[o]                  83 p[iece]s


346 sackes of bought wood att 8d wch is all the Principall passages att the Mill pay. Ore from the severall Groves to Planky Mill vizt                                                                        

                       Bings horse

from the heads            28 1

from Coleclough            4 -

from Wellhope              8 -

from Reed Groves           2 2

  In all                  42 3

116 p[iece]s Leed carryed to Blaiden and 274 sacks of bought wood wch is all I <see of note> in Planky acct the condition of the severall Groves as followeth Greene Gill getts indiff[er]ent well att one Shaft the Rest are poore Coale Clough is poore in all places the Slitts forhead doth <rend> as also many of the <Stopes>  the Levell is nott soe good as itt was of Oare neither East nor West there is good oare att Red burne Shaft and hopes of itts continuance; Well hope and bayle hill are both Indiffrent good and indiffrent good gettings att West End att heads & Reed Groves very poore noe Oare afore hand to speake of att any of the Groves oare by as is guessed about 400 bing unwashed att Fallowfeild att wch works Mr Copwhite is very confident that you will have fine gettings this next summer from whome you have Inclosed a letter wch will more fully advise you of all p[ar]ticulars soe wth my dayly prayers for your health and happynesse & earnestly craveing your blessings I remayne as in duty bound MB

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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