Witness Deposition – Cuthbert Peart – 22 Apr 1667

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 22 Apr 1667
Correspondent: Cuthbert Peart
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Cuthbert Peart of Drygill in the Forrest of Wearedale &  Countie of Durham yeom[an] aged Seventy Seven yeares or thereabouts Sworne & Ex[am]ined saith as followeth.



1  To the First Interrogatory this Deponent saith that he knoweth all the parties Compl[ainan]ts &  Defend[an]ts  (except John Horton John Bolton Edward Stowte and Mr Blacket.



2  To the Second Interrogatory this Deponent saith that he knoweth these severall Lead Mines in the parrish of Stanhop in the Interrogatory mentioned, vizt Hoesike in Ireshoopfell Greenwellhead in the same Greenwellfoote in the same Earnewell in the same Peateclough in the same Earnewellhead in the same Windsike in the same Ireshopburnefoote and Grovehead in the same Allerclough lieing in Middleblackedeane Fell and pasture : Stowpeheads in Middleblackedeane fell Clough head in the same Lodgefeild nooke in the same Berrywell in Burnhopfell. Stoniesike Scrathhead Springwell & Sallowgrane in Burnhop. Earneclough in Middlehop. Blackeaxeltree Bondgrove Seenesike and Dowkes all these in Middlehop, Newmedowheads lyeing part in Middlehop and part in Eastblackedeanefell Groverake and Postwell lieing in Westgate hight Ashclough in Whesnhop Blayberryclough in the same Westgrane in the same, Wolfeclough in the same, The Westside of Blayberryclough in the same Berryclough in Swinehop. Ramshawwell in Windesidefell West of Berryclough in Swinehop Greenefield Todstone Burnegrove & Bailehill in Seddlingfell Greenehills in Middleblackedeanefell, Brakensike in Seddling Middgepits in the same Seddling grove in the same Redgrove in the same The West rake or vein of Greenefield in the same, Heddryclough on both sides the one in Seddling and the other in Heddryclough=fell Wolfeclough in Rookehop, Gorbetma in the same, Greeneclough in the same, Fowlewood in the same Wolfeclough=foote in the same, Longwell in the same Groverake in the same  Rispie mires in the same, South Grane in the same, Allersike and Heathenesse in Harthop Drygill on the Billing Midellheads in Wellhop Boggrove and Heslyhill in Kellhop East and West of Puddingthorne in Heddrycloughfell, Westgrove in Wellhop Hill grove & Snodberryclough in Kellhop Redhills in the same Mossegrove in the same Birkes in the same Burnegrove in <Cowddling> Hillhaygarth in <W>ellhop Cowhome in Kellhop Burnthills & Middlegrove in Kellhop Wadesons=grove, Millerburygrove Quarryhill Allergill East and West of Newlandside. And he knowes another Lead Mine not mentioned in the Interrogatory called by the name of Hilgrove and he saith all these are severall Lead mines Rakes or veines Except Foure in Kellhop named High Grove, Boggrove, Mossegrove and Middlegrove w[hi]ch are by all probabilitie all of one Rake or Veine, Stowpehead Rakes and Cloughhead are likewise all of one Rake or Veine.



To the Third Interrogatory this Deponent saith that he this deponent about forty five yeares <since> was a workeman and owner of part of a Lead Mine called Whiterake & that he hath beene <Workeman> thereat Seventeene yeares before that time or thereabouts whereat he and his partners got  a <good quantity> of Lead Ore and they alwais <deducted> out of the same the Charges etc namely for Ropes, Wood <Bu….. ..... dammedge> , Wood for Cheekes & <Swat.m.> for materiall, of Smithwork as Pickes, Mells and <Wod...th.. …ge W...ge> who digged Peates, foraging for fuel for burneing Stone <within> the parish for opening the veine <and ………. so…… Wage> (Except for their owne labor wh[ic]h <p..... .... out> of the worke) And after such Charges deducted <and after the ........... .........> paid Tithe of that wh[ich] remained and he saith that the manner of giveing these Accompts was in this manner <...... ….. ...> the yeare appointed for giveing such accompte (vizt) Candlemas day, St Marks day, Lammas day, <............. day ..... they mette the Parson of Stanhops Agent at the Chappell in <Weardale> where they the said <miners …. ……. …….. ......> Agent of the Parson of Stanhop and after they had taken out the charges as affores[ai]d <they paid Tithe ......... ................> what remained due unto <............> Tithe after 

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To the Fift he cannot otherwise <depose> but what he hath predeposed in his <Affidavit> to the Third Interrogatory



To the Sixt Eighth and ninth he is not required



To the Seventh he cannot depose



To the Tenth Interrogatory this <Examinate> saith that he hath heard it reported and verily believeth it to be true that Barkerburne paid Tithes w[i]th <s[u]ch> deduccions as he this deponent and his partners had at Whiterake ,as is atter…> because he hath heard the  <owner> and workemen of the said mine report soe. And further deposeth not. 



Cuthbert Peart
Witness on behalf of Humphrey Wharton in answer to Wharton's interrogatories. See 22 Apr 1667 'Questions to witnesses' Humphrey Wharton, interrogatories, and notes given there for background to the case.

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