Witness Deposition – William Fuester – 31 Aug 1764

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 31 Aug 1764
Correspondent: William Fuester
Archive Source: AE Lead Road
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William Fuester of Ebchester Aged 53 Y[ea]rs

Says that he has known the Highway between Blaydon and Edmondbyers for upwards of 36 y[ea]rs and that he never know it stopt (till w[i]thin these few Years) and then by Samuel Swallowell but he says he never was stopt, but always believed it to be a Highway and that he went to live at the Holings 36 Y[ea]rs ago where He lived for 9 Y[ea]rs during w[hi]ch time he remembers that the Woodhead Lane was repaired by the Farmers & Cotagers in Hedley Wood Low Quarter

Aug 31st 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