Witness Depositions – John Willey – 2 Apr 1690

Document Type: Witness Depositions
Date: 2 Apr 1690
Correspondent: John Willey
Archive Source: TNA E 134 2W&M Trin15
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John Willey of Kipper lin in the County of Northumberland yeom aged Eighty yeares and upwards Sworne and Examined.

2 & 4	To the Second and Fowerth Interr[ogator]ys this Depont saith that for these sixty yeares past this Depont and the Countrey and the people round, to the knowledge of this deponent, have used and Enjoyed a Com[m]on high way or Free passage for their Horses Carts waines and other Carriages for the Leading and Carrying of Lead Timber and other Com[m]odities from Hedley Dukehall Blackhall and many other places round about the Counties of Northumberland and Durham as the Countrey lyes and occasion requires unto and through the Lands and Grounds of Stella gate, the Bogg als [alias] the Blackmires, from thence to the Peth-head and thence Downe the Peth to the Leadhills att or within Stella and Blaydon Grounds called the East and West Leadhills; where they unloaded their Carriages to be conveyed thence by water to Newcastle or elsewhere on the River of Tine; and saith that Sr Thomas Tempest Decd the deft's Grandfather, Sr Richard Tempest the Deft's father and the Deft himself have all of them often seen this Deponts Father this Depont and the rest of the Countrey Carriages frequenty goe and pass the said Com[m]on high way with their Carriages as aforesaid; yett did not they or any of them obstruct or hinder this Depont or Demand any paymt or satisfaction from this Depont or any other useing or goeing the said Com[m]on high way that this Depont knowes or ever heard off, nor did this Depont or any other that he knowes or ever heard off ask leave or pay or make any Satisfaction to the said Deft Sr Thomas Tempest's Grandfather, his Father Sr Richard Tempest or to the said Def[endan]t Sr Thomas Tempest himselfe or any other Clameing under them or any of them for the use and Enjoyment of the said Com[m]on high way.
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