The Watsons of Weardale
Ancestors of Annie Watson (1880-1959)


Ling Riggs, Ireshopeburn

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Set deep in the Pennines, Weardale's only riches were its lead mines, church and landowner the only beneficiaries. Non-conformist convictions grew strong in these isolated communities. The first Methodist preacher came in 1748; later, a chapel was built at Ireshopeburn. Here the Watsons left their mark.

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