Letter – Nicholas Halhead – 1 Jul 1763

Document Type: Letter
Date: 1 Jul 1763
Correspondent: Nicholas Halhead
Archive Source: DUL CCB B 182 121
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Abstracts of The Weardale Lead Mine Leases viz under

The Commons                     Inclosures

(As granted to Sr. Wr.          (as proposed by Sr. Wr. Blackett 

Blackett 1750.)                 1763.)

Recital of a Surr. of a         Do. but in a Form somewhat different

former Lease

The Parcels. Liberties &        The Parcels etc.

Privileges (Reserving late 

Hall & Sanderson’s part.) 

Habend: [for] 3 Lives           Habend:[for] 3. Lives

Reddend: 1/9 of Ore to Bp &     Reddend: 1/9 of Ore. 

his Succrs And £150 per Ann. 

to Bp. Chandler Whilst Bp. of 

Dm. And £150 per Ann to his Succrs


Covt. that Lessee will forfeit   Nothing to this effect 

40s. for every day the rents 

shall be behind above 40 days & 

the Lessor may distrain for sd. 

forfeits <Accd.>

Covt. for paymt. Of Rents as     Covt. that Lessee will pay sd. 1/9 

reserved.                        Ore.

Proviso That Lessor, in case of  The very same. 

default, may reenter & keep till 

pd. (No mention of a Distress)	

Nothing to this effect           Covt. by Lessee to pay the Parson 

                                 his accustomed Tithe part of the Ore.

Nothing to this effect           Proviso that if Lessee do not  

                                 endeavour within 2 years to raise 5. 

                                 Fothers of Lead, this lease to be 


Nothing to this effect           Covt. by Lessee to make good damages 

                                 to the Bp’s Tenants of Inclosures.

Nothing to this effect           Covt. by Lessee that he will under a 

                                 certain Penalty within 3 Months 

                                 inroll this Lease & pay the 

                                 Aud[itor]s Fees which may be 

                                 distrained for.

Covt. by the Bp. that the        The very same.

Lessee paying the Rents and 

performing the Covts. may 

quietly enjoy	

The Bp. nominates his Attys to   The very same.

take & deliver possession. 

In Witness etc. in Words very    In Witness etc. – the very same. 

proper, but not in <those 

generally found in> Bp of 

Durham’s Leases.

                                 In the Lease of the above Parcels 

                                 dated 9. Sept. 1762. there was a   

                                 Covt. by the Lessor That the Lessee  

                                 might take the Lott Ore at 20s. [per] 

                                 Bing: Wch is now discontinued. So 

                                 that the Lease now proposed differs 

                                 only in that & the Habendum, wch 

                                 before was for 21. Years, and in the 

                                 Recital of the last Lease & Surrd.  – 

                                 The Clause for Reentry & Covt. for 

                                 quiet Enjoymt. & Nomination of 


[on cover:] 

An attempt to bring a conclusion between the Parties themselves, a renewal of the Lease of the Leadmines within the Parks and Inclosures of Stanhope and Wolsingham

[separate sheet but apparently on the same subject and therefore included here:] 

      If Sir Walter Blackett insists, as Mr Richmond Junr. said on the 7th. Nov 1760 he did, that the Leadmines within the Common Pastures (tho’ ancient Inclosures) in Weardale are within the Moor Master’s Lease; No Terms of Renewal ought to be made.

      If That Point be given up (which ought to be done in Writing) Will Sir Walter consent to the Covenants, now commonly used for Leadmine Leases, being added in a New Lease of Those within the Parks & Inclosures of Wolsingham and Stanhope?

      If That should be agreed to, Will Sir Walter pay a Fine of £2250 for Renewing 14 Years from 9th Sep. 1760? Or what is the Most he will give for such a Renewal? 	
undated but appear to be part of the renegotiations over the merging of the moormaster (‘lease for lives’/’the commons’) and ancient enclosures (‘lease for years’) mining leases in Weardale in 1763, and assumed to be from Nicholas Halhead, who was negotiating this for the Bishop.

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