Witness Deposition – Thomas Ward – 9 Sep 1764

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 9 Sep 1764
Correspondent: Thomas Ward
Archive Source: AE Lead Road
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Thomas Ward of Edmondbyers Ages 73

Says he has travelled the Highway between Blaydon & Edmondbyers for 40 Y[ea]rs & upwards & never was stoped, and that 38 Years ago when he lived at Whitensday he carried Wood form Blaydon to Jefforas Mill  along the Woodhead Lane & never was hindered by anybody

Sept 9th 1764
Contained within pages of summary notes from the depositions, the original of which has not survived, and so is given here.

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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