Letter – Nicholas Halhead – 15 Nov 1762

Document Type: Letter
Date: 15 Nov 1762
Correspondent: Nicholas Halhead
Archive Source: DUL CCB B 182 121
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Sir Wm Blackett intitled to the Lead Mines in Weardale by virtue of a Lease for 3 Lives & a Lease for 26 years. He made his Will wherein he says he was possessed of them as things foreign to This and devised them to <True heirs> to pay £77,000 to Guy’s Hosp then his funeral Exps & Legacies & Debts To ye use of his illegit. Dau[ghte]r Eliz. Ord or Blackett With various Remainders over then in case of no heirs to Sir Wr. for Life More Remds. to Sisters (or their Hrs. Eliz. Marshall Frances Blackett Isaba. Blackett Diana Wentworth Ann Trenchard & Rems. to right Hrs of the test[ator]

Some dead & the rest with out Issue except Diana Wentworth who has an only Son Thos.

Sir Wr. hath enjoyed ye Estate ever since he married sd. Eliz. Ord 

6.	And Bp. Chandler renewed ye Life Lease to ye sd. Sr. Wm. in 1750, on Mrs. Algood’s Surr[ender] of it in 1746, wch is here recited.  And Bp. Trevor renewed the Lease for years in 1762 9 Sept: to sd. Sr. Wr.

7.	Tho’ no Fund was set apart by Sr. Wm. B. for Renewal Fines, Yet Sr. Wr., for ye sake of ye Testr’s Intention, hath renewed ye L[ease]ss. & ye sd. Thos Wentworth agrees that the <Freeh[ol]d Manors> Lands etc. of ye sd.  Sr. Wm. B. shall be charged therewith.

	The Boundaries of the Two Leases are difficult to be ascertained

9.	And Sr. Wr. & Mr. Wentworth have proposed to ye Bp. That the Two Leases be united & granted for 3 Lives to sd. Sr. Wr. for ye benefit of others intitled under ye Will And ye Bp consents but ye same cannot take effect for sd. Purposes without ye Aid of Parliamt .

10.	Therefore enacts that the 2 L[ease]s be surr[endere]d after the passing the Act & ye Bp grant anew One of ye whole to Sr. Wr. Under ye Rent of ye 9th Lott at 4 Feasts & £150 p. Ann during ye present Bp’s Continuance in that See. & £150 p Ann at ye Exchequer to his Succe[ssor]s. Penalty 40s. p. Day for every Day ye rents are unpd. after 40 days. And if default 40 days Bp may enter & distrain till answer satisfied. – A Cov[enan]t to get 5 Fo[the]r of Lead in 2 years or ye L[ea]se to be void. – Covt. to make the Tents. good their Damages.

17.	And further enacts That This new Lease shall go with the other Estates devised as af[ore]sd. But Sr. Wr. may demise any sufft. part of these Estates to reimburse him the Fine in 1762 the Int[erest] & ye Exps. of ye Renewal & this Act wth. Int

18.	Till that is done the Freehd Manors Lands etc. to be chargeable therewth to Sr. Wr.

[Final paragraph obscured and illegible]
Transcribed from poor quality image. Although un-named and undated this appears to be a memo in Nicholas Halhead’s handwriting, extracting numbered clauses from the proposed Act of Parliament that would combine the two separate lead-mining leases held by Sir Walter Blackett in Weardale. A letter from Henry Richmond to Sir Walter Blackett of 9 Nov 1762 mentions a draft bill and on the presumption this was also in Halhead’s hands a date of 15 Nov is used here

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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