Witness Depositions – George Bell – 2 Apr 1690

Document Type: Witness Depositions
Date: 2 Apr 1690
Correspondent: George Bell
Archive Source: TNA E 134 2W&M Trin15
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George Bell of Franks Close in the County of Durham Aged Fifty three yeares or thereabouts Sworne Examined deposeth as followeth:

9	To the Ninth Interrogatory this Depont Saith that this Depont for about thirty yeares last past He hath used to Lead Wood through the way in question to the Lead hills and in that time hath been often Stopt by the Defendts Steward or Servants from leading through the Peth foot or Way in question untill there was paid unto the said Deft the Summe of four pence p[er] Tunn, for such wood as this Depont so Lead which said four pence p[er] Tunn as this Depont beleives was paid as well in recompence of Way leave as for placeing and laying the said Wood or Timber upon the said Lead hills.

Witness on behalf of Thomas Tempest in answer to Tempest's interrogatories. See 2nd April 1690 'Questions to witnesses'  Thomas Tempest, interrogatories,  and notes given there for background to the case.

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