Witness Depositions – William Rowell – 2 Apr 1690

Document Type: Witness Depositions
Date: 2 Apr 1690
Correspondent: William Rowell
Archive Source: TNA E 134 2W&M Trin15
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William Rowell of Winlaton in the County of Durham aged Sixty one yeares or thereaboutes Sworne & Examined Deposeth as followeth. 

2 & 4	 To the Second and Fowerth Interr[ogator]ys this Depont saith he very well knowes and remembers that for these Fifty yeares last past or thereaboutes there hath beene com[m]on high way for Carts waines & Carriages for Carrying and Leading of <pe>at Timber Lead & such like Comodities for all Inhabitants round the Countrey in the severall Counties of Northumberland & Durham held used & Enjoyed in & through the Lands & Grounds of Stella called the Bogg or Blackmire to a place called the Peth head and soe Downe the Peth to the Two Lead hills att Stella and Blaydon <where> such Goods were Landed to be carryed by water Downe to Newcastle Downe the River of Tine; And this Depont hath frequently and often seene the said Carriages goe pass & goe forward & Backwards with their Loadings of Goods in & through the said Com[m]on high way; And this Depont saith that Dureing all the time aforesaid he this Depont never knew of any that used or Enjoyed the said Com[m]on & now in question with their Carriages as aforesaid Stopt or hindered in any the parts or places aforesaid; nor <n>ever knew or heard of any Satisfaction or recompence that <was> Demanded or paid for any useing or Enjoying the said Com[m]on high way with such waines & carriages as aforesaid; But saith he hath heard that some Satisfaction or payment was paid by <any> that used such way as aforesaid <to the> Farmers that farmed or tooke the said Leadhills for Bankeage or Groundage for placeing the said Goods upon the said Leadhillswhich is called Ban<keage> But saith that he hath Cridibly heard & verily beleives the same Satisfaction is given onely for Bankeage and not for way leave and this Depont can the better depose herein for he hath Dwelt & inhabited all his life time about a Mile Distant from Blaydon, and saith the same high way now in question, by all the people & inhabitants round the Countrey is reputed a Com[m]on high way for all people & <carriages> 
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