Report – Thomas Emerson to Martin Morrison – 30 Jun 1813

Document Type: Report
Date: 30 Jun 1813
Correspondent: Thomas Emerson
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1F/1
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Weardale June 30th 1813

Breckonsike is very poor, but I thought it advisable to continue the Low Level, as the Vein has sometimes been dead for as long a distance as at present.

Burtree Pasture Vein is very strong at the fore-end & likely to continue so, but not as rich as it was about the middle of last Quarter, the foremost Working is let to 8 Men at 25s per Bing, we expect to cut into a new length in a few days time.

Kilhope is very poor & not much expectation of being better, without further tryal. I think the most likely thing to be done now, is to continue the Old Mans Level up to Kilhope Head, which will not only lay many of the Old Workings Water free, but enable us to make new Tryals.

Sedlin is raising Ore much the same as it has done for sometime back, at the highest Price.

The Company’s New Vein continues poor, but we are in expectation of a Vein joining it from the Sun-side which I hope will make it more productive. 

Middlehopeshield. The back Workings are poor, but we have some better appearance at the fore-end, but the Air is so very bad (being between two & three hundred fathoms from the last Waygate) that we found it necessary to sink a new Shaft from the surface, down to the low workings, which will make it some time before proper tryal can be made in the Great Limestone.

Slitt, Longsike, Allercleughhead & Levelgate, are all poor. We have got very little Tryal in Longsike Vein from Levelgate side, as yet. 

Blackdean is raising Ore tolerably well at the high Price.

Barbary. We have got some poor Workings here, by the Company driving up a Level, from Ireshope Burn & unwatering the Old Workings.

Longtyhead, Greenlaws & Wolfcleugh are only poor

I am etc

Tho. Emerson

Weardale Bargains


34 Men at 42s per Bing

8 do. at 42s do. & £8 for Cutt[in]g X

8 do. at 30s do. & £8 per fathom

8 do. driving at 250s


Burtree Pasture

28 Men at 42s per Bing

8 do. at 40s do.

16 do. at 28s do.

8 do. at 35s do.

8 do. at 25s do.

8 do. at 20s do. & £10 per fa[tho]m

8 do. driving at £6.10.. per fa[tho]m



16 Men at 42s per B[in]g



80 Men at 42s per B[in]g

8 do. at 42s do. & 6£ for Cutting X

6 do. 42s do. & 10£ for do.

4 do. 48s do. & 8£ sinking Sump

16 do. 30s do. & 7£ per fa[tho]m driving

8 do. 30s do. & 10£ per fa[thom] do.


Company Vein

6 Men at 42s per Bing & 3£ per fa[thom] for 5 fa[thoms]

4 do. 40s do. & 4£ for Cutting  X

6 do. 30s do. & 9£ per fa[thom] driving


Middlehope Shield

32 Men at 42s per Bing

8 do. at 42s do & 25£ for Sumph[ea]d Sink[in]g

8 do. at 42s do. & £4.. drawing Deads

12 do. £400. for sink[in]g a Waygate f[ro]m Surface to low Workings



12 Men at 42s per Bing

4 do. at 42s do. & £4 Sinking

8 do. at 30s do. & £4 per fa[thom] for 10 fa[thoms]



20 Men at 42s per Bing

16 do. at 35s & £10 per fa[thom] Sinking 4 fathoms


Allercleugh Head

4 Men at 42s per Bing

8 do. at 42s do. & 40s per fa[thom]

4 do. at 42s do. & £10 for driving 10 fa[thom]s



8 Men at 42s per Bing

8 do. at 30s do. & 195s per fa[tho]m



32 Men at 42s per Bing

6 do. at 42s do. & £18 for rising to middle level

6 do. at 42s do. & £8 for rising

6 do. at 42s do. & £6 for rising

6 do. at 32s do. & £8 per fathom



22 Men at 42s per Bing

8 do. at 30s do. & £10 per fa[tho]m



9 Men at 42s per Bing

4 do. at 42s do. & 24s per fa[tho]m for 10 fa[thom]s

6 do. at 40s do. & 78s per fa[thom]



9 Men at 42s per Bing

8 do. at 42s do. & 85s per fa[tho]m

8 do. at 30s do. & 140s per fa[thom]



16 Men at 42s per Bing

6 do. at 42s do. & £6 for taking up a <Sump>

2 do. at 42s do. & £2 for making a Waygate

6 do. at 30s do. & 100s per fa[tho]m

Quarterly mining report, concerning lead mines in Weardale, written by the Mine Agent based at New House in Weardale. Mining Reports pp 112-114

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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