Report – Robert Stagg – 30 Nov 1820

Document Type: Report
Date: 30 Nov 1820
Correspondent: Robert Stagg
Archive Source: NEIMME LLC 40
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General Report of Mines &c Nov. 1820


Alston Moor

Rampgill Mine No change deserving of notice has occurred at this Mine since last Report. The Level driving by Jno Milburn &c continues, as it proceeds to open out poor Ore Workings, but which however as there is now little other expense upon this Mine, is leaving a tolerable profit. 

Rampgill Sun Vein since the letting the Partnership (M Bull &c) contrary to all expectations has met with a small string that is exceedingly rich; at this moment (Nov. 30) it is about 2 feet wide of nearly solid Ore, but we scarcely expect that it will continue to be of much value for any great length.

      This Vein continues to raise Ore to great advantage altho' much poorer than usual. But as many of the best lengths are nearly exhausted, a considerable diminution must necessarily take place in the quantity of Ore obtained at this Mine the ensuing Year, unless the trial making by the Cross Cuts, or that which is approaching the Cross Veins (both of which are expected to reach their objects within a few months) should prove successful.

Rampgill 2 Sun Vein this is only a poor picking which requires a great price

Scaleburn Mine At this Mine we continue to open out very poor workings, that enable us to drive the Level towards its ultimate destination at little or no loss

Scaleburn Cross Vein Driving the Level which continues to open out poor soles & pickings, the profit on which will, we hope, defray the expense of continuing this low Level up to the objects for which it was begun, but from which it is yet distant upwards of 100 fathoms


Smallcleugh Mine Having at length reached the part where the flatts ought to be found in fresh ground, the Sump sinking by Allinson &c is to endeavour to discover them The Ore workings here are so poor that they will scarcely work at any price per Bing 

Smallcleugh Cross Vein This Cross Cut is to try a flatt that has been discovered near this Vein & will be completed in a few weeks.  The Ore Workings at this Mine are very poor pickings that require the utmost price that can be given

Hangingshaw Mine This Bargain is let to hold the Lease without loss

Middlecleugh Mine All these workings are in Old Pickings which have not been looked into for many Years past, and the Workmen have only been induced to make trial of them now to prevent themselves from being entirely out of work
Date given within Rampgill Sun Vein report below. No bargains list given.

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