Letter – Nicholas Walton to Joseph Dickinson – 24 May 1790

Document Type: Letter
Date: 24 May 1790
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Joseph Dickinson
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 122
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       Farnacres 24 May 1790

Mr Dickinson

       Herewith you will receive an Abstract of Estimate of Expence of making a Turnpike Road from Burtry Ford near Cowshill to the Town of Alston and from Alston Bridge through Raise Wanwood and Howgillrigg Tenements and Whitley Ground to the old Road in the Manor of Whitley which you will observe after adding the Expence of obtaining the Act <Erecting> Turnpike <Barr> And Contingencies amounts to the Sum of £2538.15.9.

       When on the view I understood that the Owners of Estates in Wanwood and Howgillrigg Tenements and in Whitley Ground would not only give Ground necessary for the New Road but would Fence the New Road on each Side at their own Expence and they certainly should not only do that but contribute by subscribing towards the making of the New Road or otherwise I fear the Road from the Bridge End to the Old Road in Whitley Manor must be entirely dropt. If on the Contrary that Road can be got forward with I see it to be absolutely necessary to have a Clause in the Act of Parliament to entirely stop up the present public Road by way of Black House over Wanwood Bank And that after the passing of the Act it should only be considered as a private Road which would effectivelly prevent all evasions of the Gate proposed to be <erected> at Foul Loaning.

       After having said so much it will now be necessary for the Gentlemen of Alston Moor to consider what Subscriptions they can have for this obtaining of the whole Object of making the Road from Burtry ford to the old Road in the Manor of Whitley and to state that and also to consider what Subscriptions they can have for making the Road from Burtry ford to Alston and to state that. After this I desire to hear from the Gentlemen & beg you will <assure> them that I Shall be <….> to forward what shall appear to be most <likely> to the <……...> with <.> in the <.> I shall <join> in that being effected. I am 

       Yr hble servt 

       Nicholas Walton Junr
Although the recipient’s full name is not stated it seems highly likely to have been Joseph Dickinson, possibly the mines steward for the Blacketts at Coalcleugh, and who could be the same man who lived at Lovelady Shield at Alston

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