Witness Depositions – William Rennison – 2 Apr 1690

Document Type: Witness Depositions
Date: 2 Apr 1690
Correspondent: William Rennison
Archive Source: TNA E 134 2W&M Trin15
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William Renison of Stella in the County of Durham yeom Aged Eight Six or thereabouts Sworne and Examined. 

[3]	To the third Interr[ogator]y this Depon[en]t Saith that he knows the way which comes from Ryton  Woodside leads to Bladon through the Defts Grounds Called Blackmyres and soe to the Peth and Peth head to Bladon town And hath soe known the Same for about Sixty yeares last past And hath commonly heard th[a]t the Same was onely a Brydle way and never knew it Com[m]only used for Cart & Carriage But saith th[a]t about Sixty yeares Since there was a Gate at the Peth foot which as he beleives was made by the <order> of the Defendts Ancestors and to hinder Cart and Carriage Comeing through the said Peth which Gate soone after fell Downe And saith he remembers not that the Same was since sett up & hunge 

7:9	To the Seaventh and Ninth Interrys this Depon[en]t Saith that he hath heard and Beleives that there was paid by those that Brought and Carryed Lead or Wood through the said Peth to Bladon or Stella Leadhill for way leave and banck roome to thase who Farmed the Same of this Defendt or his Ancesotors which were One Chambers and One Douglas four pence for every Tunn or Load which was Ledd through the said way: 

10	To the Tenth Interr[ogator]y this Depont saith that about Sixty yeares since he was p[r]esent when Sr Thom[a]s Tempest the Defendts Grandfather Stopt the Cart or Carriage of One Mr Bootflower which was comeing through the said Way which goes through the said Peth to Bladon for the said Bootflower or those who had the said Carriage to give Satisfaction to the said Sr Thomas for Waylave through the said Peth But whether any Satisfaction or Agreemt was made for the same this Dep[one]nt knows not 

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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