Witness Deposition – George Rennison – 30 Aug 1764

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 30 Aug 1764
Correspondent: George Rennison
Archive Source: AE Lead Road
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30th Aug[us]t 1764	

George Rennison of Newlands in the County of North[umber]land Farmer Aged 75 ye[ar]s

Saith he hath lived all his lifetime at Newlands & that from his Age of 10 years till about 12 years ago he went with the Lead Wains from the Hill Top a Mile West of Newlands to Blaydon along the Way now used for the Lead Carriage & never was obstructed or required to pay Toll till about 14 years ago that 2d a year p[er] wain was demanded by Sam[ue]l Swalwell of Woodhead whose Lands adjoin on part of the s[ai]d Way which this Dep[onen]t submitted to pay for 1 or 2 years to avoid Disputes & Delay tho[ugh] he verily bel[ieve]s that the whole of the Way from the HIll Top to Blaydon af[oresai]d is a publik Highway or Kings Street the same having ever so reputed & freely used during his knowledge thereof saving the s[ai]d Obstruction af[oresai]d within 14 ye[ar]s last past Saith that about 30 years ago & sev[era]l times since he was Overseer for the Towns[hi]p of Newlands & then & at other times before that period the part of the s[ai]d Way w[hic]h runs thro[ugh] Newlands Liberty was repaired by the Owners & Farmers of Lands there & by summons from the Overseer, who sometimes had a Warrant from the Justice of the Peace to enable him to compele the s[ai]d Duty & that he himself about 17 years ago when he was Overseer has such Warrant from sir Edw[ar]d Blackett Bar[one]t on his Neighbours neglecting to work at the s[ai]d part of the s[ai]d Way running thro[ugh] Newlands Liberty & that thereupon the sev[era]l Owners & Farmers within Newlands Liberty did perform their Service & Duty in repairing the s[ai]d part of the s[ai]d Way. Saith that about 50 years ago he took a Farm at Newlands af[oresai]d & continued to Farm there ‘till [struck out: ‘within 7’] about 8 ye[ar]s ago & that during that time when he himself was not Overseer he & his neighbours were yearly by the Overseer of Newlands for the time being to work at the s[ai]d p[ar]t of the s]ai]d Way in repairing the same & did accordingly from time to time repair the s[ai]d p[ar]t of the s[ai]d Way

      The Mark of George Rennison

Witness  Jno Richmond
Appears to be original record of the deposition, complete with words or phrases later struck out and which do not appear in the slightly less detailed summary. That summary is not included amongst these transcripts

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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