Report – Joseph Little – 15 Jan 1817

Document Type: Report
Date: 15 Jan 1817
Correspondent: Joseph Little
Archive Source: NEIMME LLC 40
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Quarterly report

Weardale District


Middlehope. The general prospects of this Mine are very considerably improved since the last Quarterly report, and we have in consequence been able to let a few Bargains at uncommonly low prices but the old pickings being much exhausted, we have been obliged to give the higher prices to a greater Number of partnerships.  No additional Dead work has been let except the sinking of a Shaft, into the Vein, to open out & Air the Workings in that part of the Mine which had Mr Staggs sanction before he left the North.

Stanhopeburn	In the appearance or prospects of this Mine no material alteration has taken place, several of the old pickings are raising Ore so as to make the Workmen fair Wages & the Rates are necessarily high yet there will remain a reasonable profit to the Company, upon the Ore so raised, & as the Dead Work will soon be considerably reduced, there appears no reason to doubt that this Mine will work to advantage.

Teesdale District

Lodgesike. There has no alteration of importance taken place during the last Quarter in the appearance or prospects of the leading workings in this Mine the old pickings are however considerably poorer as the great bulk of the Workmen has been so long confined to them that they are nearly exhausted & we believe that the Men now working them will not earn on any average 10/- a Week, at the prices we have given which considering the great quantity of Wood required in this Mine, is all that could be allowed to leave a profit to the Company,  we have not employed any additional Workmen but owing to the Washers being placed in the Mine during the Winter, there is an increase of numbers in the Bargain List

Coldberry.  The Vien [sic] at this Mine having improved a little we have been enabled to let a Bargain to raise Ore by driving forward the Level. The various trials at the other Mines in Teesdale continue to be prosecuted without any change of circumstances except that some of the Levels being more difficult to work we have been obliged to increase the Rates.

Alston moor District


In the general appearance & prospects of the Mines in this District, no very material alteration has taken place during the last Quarter, tho’ upon the whole we consider them as rather improving several of the old Pickings lately open’d have been tolerably productive, and the working of them has afforded employment to great Numbers of your Workmen, who must otherwise have depended on Parochial relief for support. The numerous trials in this district continue to be prosecuted without any change of circumstances, Agreeably to Mr Staggs direction we have reduced the Dead Work as much as possible consistently with the regular prosecution of the various Mines. No new Dead Work or trials have been commenced which had not previously been approved by him.

Joseph Little

John Millican
Undated. It is in the volume between the general and district reports for Michaelmas 1816, but must be of a later date. The mention of washers being placed underground in the winter in relation to the next quarter’s bargains suggests a December date. Those winter reports often bear a January date and 15 Jan 1817 is used here.  It is signed by Joseph Little and John Millican in the absence of Stagg. There are then no further reports until September 1817.

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The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors. Friends of the North Pennines: Charity No:1137467