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 Rennison of Hedley in the County of Northumberland aged Fifty yeares and upwards Sworne and Examined. 

2 & 4	To the second and Fowerth Interr[ogator]ys this Depont saith that there hath beene for these Forty yeares last past and upwards to his certaine knowledge and remembrance a Com[m]on high way or Free passage from Hedley Blackhall, Dukesfeild and all other places in the Counties of Northumberland and Durham as occasion required for all the King and Queens Subjects att all times in the yeare for leading and Carrying with horses Carts waines & other Carriages Lead Timber or any other Com[m]odities in and through the Lands and Grounds of Stella called the Bogg als the Blackmires and soe to the Peth head, and from thence to the Peth, and soe Downe the Peth to the two Leadhills or Staithes Called the East and west Lead hills, the one lyeing within the Grounds of Stella, the other within the Grounds of Blaydon, and this Depont with many others have laied and placed the Timber wood or any other Comodity they brought through the said high way upon the said Staithes or Lead hills, sometimes att one place and sometimes att another, as there was roome and Conveiniency to be carryed from thence by water in Boates or Wherryes to Newcastle and other places upon the River of Tine; and this Depont with many other have ofentimes used and frequented the said com[m]on high way and now in question; for leading Lead Timber and wood or any other Comodities Dureing the time aforesaid, and neither this Deponent nor any other that he knowes or heard off was ever stopr in the useing the said Com[m]on high way nor this Depont nor any other that he knowes or heard off did ever att any time or times ask leave to goe the said high way with such Carriages, nor paid any sum[m]e or sum[m]es of money in satisfaction of their soe useing the said Com[m]on high way; and saith itt is above forty yeares Since he this Depont and many others used the said high way through the Grounds aforesaid for leading and Carrying Timber Lead or any other Com[m]odities upon or to the said Staithes or Leadhills, and to the Day this Depont Leads Timber & Lead to the said Leadhills or Staites, Butt within these Two Or Three yeares last past the Peth not being passable for Carraiges this Depont and the rest of the Carriages have used the said East Feild and brought their Carriages that way to the said leadhills. 
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