Report – George Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 31 Mar 1815

Document Type: Report
Date: 31 Mar 1815
Correspondent: George Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1F 1
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Coalcleugh Leadmines  March 31st. 1815

      The Mines at Coalcleugh continue very poor and has produced less Ore the last quarter than usual, the old Workings are getting more exhausted every Bargain letting & having no fresh ground opened that is productive has rendered the number of Workmen unable to take their Bargains in their old situations. - the Sump named in the last Report begun to sink to the Low Level forehead at the <East> is not completed, and until that be finished I am not able to make any further trial in the Limestone.  - I have also begun a Level upon the Great Limestone in the Sun Vein at the East end to drive in a North direction in some cross <strings> that has been very productive in the Flatts on the South Side of the Sun Vein, to be contained in that direction untill it cuts Whitewood Vein, which will make an effectual trial in her 160fm further than where she has been left of in the Limestone, & from the survey we have made, this Level will be about 70fm to drive before the Vein is cut.  - The Ore workings at the East end are poorer than they have been, and require greater prices pBing for raising Ore than usual the different Bargains let to raise the Ore consist of 10 Men raising Ore at 30/pBg 10 Men @ 35/  & 12 Men @ 38/. 15Men@ 40/. & 16 Men @ 42/pBg.  - The West end and other old Workings continue very poor, the Bargains are 10 Men raising Ore at 40/ pBg & 50Men at 42/pBg. - The Barney Craig Levels are going forward as usual but have not cut any Veins.  I have lately take the line of Leasing of Hopehead Vein & run it over the Fell, I found it to be considically nearer the direction of Coalcleugh Sun Vein than the Low Coalcleugh Vein which was expected to take the same, the line of bearing of Swinhope Head Vein is 1/4 of a Mile to the South of the Low Level forehead. –

      Wellhope continues very poor, the Sump we were sinking last quarter is down to the <Eardow> of the high Flatt & appears to raise more Ore than she had done when left of, but not in sufficient quantity to work by the Bing, she is now driving at 100/pfm & 30/ pBg.  10 more Men are raising Ore at 42/pBg.

      Hartley cleugh has not such a good appearance for raising Ore as she had last quarter, the south end is much poorer and requires an advance of the price pBg.   We have discovered a part of the Vein at the North end to be lying off to the West and are now pursuing her; which is sufficiently strong but contains very little Ore - the Ore Bargains let here are 6 Men raising Ore  @ 28/pBg 2Men @ 35/pBg& 26 Men @40/pBg.

      Kiersley Row Level is going forward alongside of the Vein where she has formerly been wrought but not got to any whole ground to make a trial for Ore. -     

      Bateshill, we have not got the Shaft we were in <har..> with last quarter opened to the Level & untill that be done we shall not be able to get into the Level to make any further trial.   - 

            I remain       Geo. Crawhall

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