Report – George Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 30 Sep 1816

Document Type: Report
Date: 30 Sep 1816
Correspondent: George Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1F 1
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      State of Coalcleugh Leadmines Sept. 30th 1816


      Coalcleugh Mines etc continued very poor and nothing new has been discovered since last bargains, from the appearance of the present workings I am of opinion that a great part of the present bargains let at the reduced price of 30/- will not admit the workmen to exceed from 6/ to 9/ pWeek earning, and those in the best situations not more than from 9/ to 12/ pWeek without some unforeseen circumstance occur which is frequently the case in Mining and particularly so in Flatts which comprize nearly the whole of the work at Coalcleugh.  - I have not set aside any of the Deadwork that's necessary to be continued for working the Mines effectually, but have reduced the price in proportion to the price of Bings & all the Labourage, Carriage etc - as near as we can calculate to bear an equal proportion - the Eastend forehead in the Limestone has been better last quarter than for twelve months past and has produced about 100 Bings of Ore.  The Level in the cross string driving to Whitewood Vein is going forward (which I expect will be cut this year too) but not so productive of Ore as it has been. 

      The Eastend Workings are very poor & the best of them requires nearly as great a price as can be given which makes very little variation in the Bargains, as the inferior ones require a much greater price could it have been given, the Bargains are 8 Men raising Ore @ 28/ pBg 10Men @ 29/ pBg and 34Men @ 30/ pBg.

      The Westend Workings continue much the same as last quarter, the Bargains are 4 Men raising Ore @ 28/ pBg & 40Men @ 30/ pBg - 18 Men are raising Ore in the topsills at 30/ pBg.

      Hartley Cleugh is poorer than last quarter, we have opened another length at the South end which has not a good appearance for raising Ore, and in consequence of the background being so much wrought out has caused about 29 Men to be out of employment.  The Bargains are six Men raising Ore at 20/pBg and 18 Men at 28/ pBg.   - Keirsleyrow Level is going forward and  10 Men have taken Bargains to raise Ore @ 30/ pBg.   -  Bateshill trial is going forward with four Men, who are trying the Vein before the old works, but not a good prospect for much Ore so far as we have seen.

      I remain &c  Geo. Crawhall

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