Witness Depositions – George Farbridge – 2 Apr 1690

Document Type: Witness Depositions
Date: 2 Apr 1690
Correspondent: George Farbridge
Archive Source: TNA E 134 2W&M Trin15
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George Farbridge of Hedley in the County of Northumberland aged Forty yeares or thereaboutes Sworne and Examined Deposeth as followeth. 

2 3 4 & 5	To the Second Third Fowerth and Fifth Interr[ogator]ys this Depont saith that he this Depont and the Country round for about Thirty yeares last past to the knowledge of this Depont hath ledd and Carryed Timber Slates barke and such like Comodities from Hedley and Elsewhere as occasion offered both in Northumberland and Durham with waines Carts & Carriages in and through the Lands and Grounds of Stella called the Bogg or Black- mires to Stella Peth head Downe the Peth to the Two Leadhill att Stella and Blaydon, where they landed their Goods for carrying to Newcastle or elsewhere by water, and this Depont and Severall others to the knowledge of this Depont Dureing the time aforesaid hath ledd and Carryed, wood Slate and such like com[m]odities, from hedley and other places with waines & Carriages, in along & through the Comon high way aforesaid over Blaydon burne to Blaydon and soe Eastwards to Swallwell and Whickham, and neither he this Depont nor any other that he knowes or ever heard off paid any thing for useage and Enjoymt of the said Com[m]on high way as aforesaid, nor was he this Depont nor any other that he knowes or ever heard off ever Stopt or hindered in the usage or injoymt of the said Com[m]on high way, by the Deft or any other under whome he Clames. 
Witness on behalf of William Blackett in answer to Blackett's interrogatories. See 2nd April 1690 'Questions to witnesses'  William Blackett, interrogatories,  and notes given there for background to the case.

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