Witness Depositions – Robert Lumley – 2 Apr 1690

Document Type: Witness Depositions
Date: 2 Apr 1690
Correspondent: Robert Lumley
Archive Source: TNA E 134 2W&M Trin15
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Robert Lumley of Angeswood in the County of Northumberland yeom aged Seaventy five yeares or thereaboutes Sworne and Examined. 

2 & 4	To the Second and Fowerth and last Interr[ogator]ys this Deponent saith that he this Depont and the whole Countrey and People round for these sixty yeares since or thereaboutes to the knowledge of this Depont have used and Enjoyed a Com[m]on high way with Carts waines & other Carriages for the Leading and Carrying f Lead and other Comodities from Hedley, Angeswood and round the Country in the Counties of Northumberland & Durham, as the Country lyes and occation requires unto and through the Lands and Grounds of Stella called Stella Gate, the Bogg als the Blackmires to the Peth head and soe Downe the Peth to the Lead hills in Stella and Blaydon called the East and West Leadhills, where they layed & unloaed their Carriages, from whence itt was carryed by water to Newcastle or elsewhere on the River of Tine, and Sr Thomas Tempest Deft the Deft's Grandfather, Sr Richard Tempest the defts's Father and the Deft himselfe have all of them often seen this Depont and the rest of the Countrey carriages frequently goe and pass the said com[m]on high way with their Carraiges aforesaid, yett did not they or any of them obstruct or hinder this Depont or Demand any Satisfaction from this Depont or any other useing the said high way. 

[words obscured] <Common high way> [words obscured] this Depon or any other that he knowes or ever heard off ask leave or pay any <satisfaction> [words obscured] <Tempest> or any other clameing under him for the useing the said Com[m]on high way; and this Depnt further saith that upwards of sixty yeares agoe he hath Credibly heard that one <old Wm.> Boutflowers Carts Waines and Carriages comeing and useing the said high way in question, and Entering or Comeing into Stella Gate Entering into the said way this Depont hath heard that the said Bourtflower's Carriage were Stopt by the said Def[endan]ts Grandfather, upon which the said Wm. Boutflower came with his servants and entered the said Stella gate and Sett in all the Carriages upon which this Depont saith he hath heard that the said Def[endan]ts Grandfather Com[m]enced a suite against the said Wm Boutflower which came to a Tryall att Law betwixt them, wherein a verdict went for the said Wm Boutflower, as this Depont hath heard, and ever since that time the Depont saith the Said Com[m]on high way hath been used & Enjoyed for all Carriages without being Stopt or interrupted that he knowes or ever heard of untill of late.
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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