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1802 September 7th Tuesday This day pursuant to Notice in the Newcastle Newspapers and otherwise, William Ord Esquire Lord of the Manors of Whitfield and East Coanwood begun to ride or perambulate the Boundaries of the said Manors, at a place called Black Pool Bridge, and were met by Mr Nicholas Walton, one of the Receivers for Greenwich hospital, and Mr John Dickinson, the Hospital’s Moor Master in the Manor of Alston Moor, at a Bounder mark or place well known by the name of Hard Rig End Currock, where the Boundaries of the Regality of Hexham, the Manor of Whitfield, and the Manor of Alston Moor meet in a Point. This having been agreed upon, Mr Walton observed to Mr Ord that he understood it was the intention of his Party, in the continuation of the Bounder riding, to go in a different Line from that which was considered to be the Bounder Line between Whitfield and Alston Moor, that he, Mr Walton, in case of its being so, would proceed upon the Line which he considered to be the true Boundary, and that they might proceed upon that which they imagined to be theirs, and that in consequence of this being done, it would be seen how the respective Claims stood, and that after they had proceeded to that Part of the Boundary where they left the Manor of Alston Moor, he, Mr Walton would explain himself further to Mr Ord upon the occasion. On Mr Walton’s getting to a Bounder mark of Mr Ord’s called the Law, he addressed himself to Mr Ord, and Mr Clayton his Solicitor, to the following effect. Gentlemen, I beg leave to observe that from the time of your leaving the Hard Rig End Currock, you have been wholly in the Manor of Alston Moor till your coming to the top of Willyshaw Rig, it having been previously observed to Mr Ord and his Company that the Boundary of Alston Moor joining Whitfield extended from the Hard Rig End Currock in a direct Line to the head of Mere Sike from thence by the said Sike to the foot thereof, from thence in a direct Line to Long Cross Pool, from thence in a direct Line to Long Cleugh Hill, and from thence in a direct Line to the top of Willyshaw Rig; whereas Mr Ord and his Company said that the Boundary between Alston Moor and Whitfield extended in a direct Line from Hard Rig End Currock to Long Cross Hill, and from thence in a direct Line towards the Law, passing Willyshaw Rig and leaving it on the Right about the distance of One hundred yards. The Company then parted in perfect civility. Nichos Walton John Dickinson John Fryer
Report of Riding of Boundaries between Manors of Whitfield & East Coanwood and Alston Moor.