Report – George Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 30 Sep 1813

Document Type: Report
Date: 30 Sep 1813
Correspondent: George Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1F/1
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       September 30/1813


Coalcleugh Mine in general are producing Ore rather better than last quarter & upon an average at less prices per Bing, the Sun Vein & Flatts at the East End are producing tolerably well for the No. of Men that are employed in that part; the Low Level in the Gt Limestone was then in a hard twitch, is now opened, & has produced from 60 to 70 Bings in a few Weeks & from all appearances at present will continue raising Ore for a while; the other dead Levels etc that were named in the last Report as being a great distance behind the leading Workings are now driving & opening out with every exertion we can enforce. The West End Workings chiefly consisting of Flatts & Strings are poorer than last Quarter & are working fast out, so that if nothing new is discovered, that is unknown of, they will of course in a short time be exhausted. Nothing has been done at the East End of Whitewood Vein, except a trial in a cross string that runs from Whitewood Vein to the Sun Vein, where we sunk a Sump to the Flatt & had a fair prospect for raising Ore, but could not be wrought or effectually tried for want of Air, therefore we are under the necessity of driving a Top Level and sinking another Sump to the random of the Flatt which will require about Six months to make a communication to enable us to make an effectual trial.

We have not begun to open out Low Coalcleugh Vein, I would like to have a partnership going forward with it, but having instructions to reduce the price per Bing & moderate the expenditure as much as could be done, prevented me from making a beginning untill I had further advice.

The Barneycraig Level etc, is going forward as expeditiously as we can find means to forward her. 

The workings in Welhope are poor but raising more Ore than last quar[te]r, by repairing the Levels Waygates, etc has enabled us to employ double the number of Men in raising Ore, but at the highest Prices.

Hartleycleugh continues much the same as last quar[ter] & by referring to the Bargains you’ll find about the same number of Men employed in raising Ore & Dead Work & very little variation in the Prices etc.

The trial at Farneyshield is going forward, sometime since I turned the Level in a direction to cut the Vein at the shortest distance, & are and are only a few fathoms from her now, by Xmass I expect to give a perfect account of this place, but I don’t rest with great expectation from it.

Geo. Crawshall Sept[emb]er 1813

Highest price for raising Ore 40s. 1 P[ar]tn[er]s[hi]p at 21s. 2 at 26s. 1 at 30s. 1 at 33s. 5 at 35s. 1 at 36s. 5 at 28s
Quarterly mining report, concerning Allendale lead mines, written by the Mine Agent at Coalcleugh. Farney Shield, the site of the new trial mentioned in the report lies on the west side of West Allendale, about 4km north of Coalcleugh. Mining Reports pp 115-116

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