Report – George Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 30 Sep 1814

Document Type: Report
Date: 30 Sep 1814
Correspondent: George Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1F/1
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Coalcleugh Septem 30th 1814

       The Mines at Coalcleugh have produced as much Ore the last quarter as they have done any of the preceding quarters in the course of last Year, & the present Bargains are let on an average, at as low prices for raising Ore as they have been during the last Year: the deadwork etc is going forward with the usual rapidity to enable us to get a sufficient supply of Air into the leading workings at the east End. The Eastward Sun Vein & Flatts continue raising tolerably well, the present Bargains are 6 Men raising Ore at 26s per B[in]g, Four Men at 28s, 4 Men at 30s per B[in]g, 12 Men at 35s, 16 at 38s, 6 at 40s, & 16 Men at 42s per Bing.

       The West end Workings continue very poor except one place in a Flatt which has been very good for the last Month, but not so good at present as it has been[.] 4 Men have taken a Bargain to raise Ore in it at 20s per B[in]g, the other Bargains at the West End & other old Workings at different places are 4 Men raising Ore at 35s per B[in]g, 8 at 40s, & seventy at 42s per Bing.

       The Barney Craig Levels are going forward as usual, but have not cut any Veins. Wellhope continues very poor, 10 Men are raising Ore at 42s per B[in]g. the eastend of Wellhope which we begun last quarter is now driven 20 fa[thoms] in the Plate upon the Great Limestone, the Vein is much stronger & has a better appearance for raising Ore now than when he begun, we are now sinking into the Limestone which is likely to produce Ore from the present appearance.

       Hartley Cleugh is very poor at present the Vein at the North end is become very weak & offers very badly for raising Ore this Quarter, the South end continues sufficiently strong but produces so little Ore, that the Ground we have lately opened cannot be let to raise Ore by the Bing. The number of Men raising Ore are 10 at 30s,  6 at 35s & 18 at 40s per Bing.

       The New Tryals begun at Kiersleywell Row & Bateshill are going forward, but have not got them opened to the Vein in the parts which we expect to produce Ore.

I am etc 

Geo: Crawhall
Quarterly mining report, concerning Allendale Lead Mines, written by the Mine Agent based at Coalcleugh. Mining Reports pp 131-132

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