Report – George Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 30 Sep 1815

Document Type: Report
Date: 30 Sep 1815
Correspondent: George Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1F 1
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Coalcleugh  Sept 30 1815

      The Mines at Coalcleugh continue poor tho' the last quarters Producers? is more than expected at Midsumer.   We are now getting forward with the Eastend Low Level in the Great Limestone which produces a quantity of Ore but so poor as to require the highest price pBing we can give.  The Level driving to the North in a cross String continues raising Ore much the same, as soon as the Whitewood Vein is cut which is expected to be from 30 to 40 fathoms to the North of the forehead, I have great confidence of meeting with some tolerable workings.

      I have begun no fresh trials this quarter, & only carrying on what dead Works is requisite for the Ore Workings.  The Ore Workings at the East End are considerably poorer than they have been the last Year, but the East & West foreheads in the <Sun> Vein are nearly dead at present, & the other parts of the Vein & Flatts are getting much exhausted.   The Bargains let to raise Ore consist of 10 Men @ 30/  6 Men @ 35/  4Men @ 36/ & 44 Men @ 38/ pBing.   The West End Workings continue much the same as last Quarter, the Bargains are 4 Men raising Ore @ 30/. 58Men @ 38/ & 8 Men @ 180/ p Ton for Lead.

      Low Coalcleugh, we are opening an Old Level in the CoalSills with four Men, & have let a Bargain to 6 Men to raise Ore in the Old Workings above the Lead @ 35/ pBg.

      Hartley Cleugh, the last opened length at the South End a great deal better than she has been for a 100 fam back & from all appearances at present is likely to continue it is now wrought by 6 Men @ 21/ pBg, the other workings are poor, 2 Men are raising Ore @ 30/. 4 Men @ 35/  & 10 Men @ 36/ pBg.

      Kiersleyrow & Bateshill trials are going forward & have raised a small quantity of Ore at each place; the Old Workings have been left very poor so far as we have seen: 4 Men are raising Ore at Kiersley row @ 35/ pBg & 2 Men @ Bateshill @ 35/pBg

            I am &c  George Crawhall

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