Witness Depositions – John Ellison – 2 Apr 1690

Document Type: Witness Depositions
Date: 2 Apr 1690
Correspondent: John Ellison
Archive Source: TNA E 134 2W&M Trin15
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John Ellison of high-Feild in the County of Northumberland yeom aged Sixty Five yeares or thereaboutes Sworne and Examined.

2 & 4	To the Second and Fowerth Interr[ogator]ys this Depont saith that he his Depont and the whole inhabitants within the County of Northumberland and Durham, who had occasion to make use of the Com[m]on high way hereafter mentioned have for these Forty yeares last past untill of late ledd and Carryed Lead wood Timber and such like Comodities with Carts and other Carriages, from such place and places in Northumberland & Durham where they tooke upp their Loadings, unto and through the Lands and Grounds of Stella calledd Stella Gate, the Bogg al[ia]s the Blackmires, and soe to the Peth head and Downe the Peth to the Two Leadhills att Stella and Blaydon, where they Landed their Loadings for conveying by water to Newcastle; and he this Depont nor any other useing or Enjoying the said Com[m]mon high way was never att any time Dureing all the time aforesaid Stopped or Disturbed in the Enjoying of the said Com[m]on high way by the Deft or any other that this depont knowes or ever heard off; nor did this Depont or any other makeing use of the said Com[m]on high way ever aske leave or pay any Satisfaction for such wayleave to the Deft: or any under whome he Clames that this Depont knowes or ever heard off; but this Depont hath heard that the owners of such Lead, Wood and such like Comodities paid some Small thing for bankroome for laying and placing such Goods upon the Leadhills, but never any thing was paid that this Depont knowes or ever heard off for way leave, but onely for Bankroome as aforesaid.
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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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