Report – Arthur Mowbray – 7 Aug 1793

Document Type: Report
Date: 7 Aug 1793
Correspondent: Arthur Mowbray
Archive Source: NRO 452 E3 7
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7 Augt 1793

Discharge given by Arthur Mowbray to the Lord of the Manor of Hexham &c as to the Riding in of the Herbage of the Commons of Hathery Burn Westfield Nook & Wester Meadows

<pres.t>    Edw: Blenk

 95 Feb 7 2nd copy sent to Mr. Adams

1793 Augt 7th 

Arthur Mowbray as Agent to and on behalf of Lord Crewe's Trustees attended the Perambulation of the Boundaries of the Commons, Moors or Tracts of Waste Lands, within the Regality or Manor of Hexham, the same having previously been advertised in the Newcastle Papers. 

      At eleven in the Morning A: Mowbray went to Staplesgate near Dukesfield Smelt Mill - where he found Mr. Fryer, (with several others) one of the Commissioners appointed by an Act of Parliament passed in the 32d year of the Reign of his present Majesty for enclosing stinting &c &c &c the said Commons when he asked Mr. Fryer if they meant to ride in a certain Tract of Land in three Farms which he understood Mr. Fryer surveyed, called Wester Meadows, Westfield Nook and Hathery Burn - he said he really could not say, but Mr. Bell probably could tell - soon after Mr. Bell came up when A: Mowbray asked him - he spoke crossly and said yes &&c

      A: Mowbray attended at the foot of Norum Burn, about four in the Afternoon - when the runners came up, he desired them to stop - Addressed himself to Mr. Bell and said he attended on behalf of Lord Crewe's Trustees to discharge the Lord of the Manor and Commissioners (on Account of the Herbage) from riding in a Parcel of Ground to the Southwards being the property of Lord Crewe's Trustees bounded, beginning there at Norum Burn Foot and continuing up the said Burn Southwards to the Head, from thence to the Sheriffs Stone - from the said Sheriffs Stone South Westward by seven Stones to the Waterfall - from thence Northwards along the Ridge or Waterfall to  Heney Burn Head – then South Eastward down the said Burn to Beldon Burn Head and from thence Eastward down the said Burn to the place where they then stood – vizt Norum Burn Foot, the Soil and Herbage whereof were the property of Lord Crewe's Trustees, - Except an undivided Moiety of a parcel of Ground called the Middle Ridge which was the property of Mr.  Clavering who he understood was from Home, but he would take the Liberty to give a discharge on Mr. Clavering's Account also. Mr. Bell desired the Runners to proceed and said to A: Mowbray there was a Man in Hexhamshire who could prove the Stinting of these Grounds. 

      Mr. Bell asked A: M: to Dine, at the Sheriffs Stone, who thanked him and returned to Blanchland. 

Stinting by the Trustees' Tenants. 

N.B. Ann Ord of Lilswood near Dukesfield Widow of Christr Ord who lived at Westfield Nook 49 years ago. 

Richard Hutchinson of the Hope also can speak to the Stinting for a certain Number of years. 

Ann Whaley of Redburnhope can also say something. 

Edward Blenk is desired to call upon these people and hear what they can say - and also to make further inquiries immediately and forward them to A: M: or to Mr. Wood. 

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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