Report – Thomas Emerson to Martin Morrison – 6 Jul 1814

Document Type: Report
Date: 6 Jul 1814
Correspondent: Thomas Emerson
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1F/1
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Weardale Mines

Breckonsike is very poor, have only let 5 Ore Bargains at 42s per B[in]g & the Low Level is driving at £8 per fa[thom] & 30s per Bing 26 Men employed. Greenfield is likely to raise <part> Ore this quarter at the best price per Bing, have let Bargains to 20 Men at 42s per Bing. Burtree Pasture continues very strong & likely to raise Ore much as usual, have let 18 Ore Bargains at from 28s to 42s per B[in]g, 92 Men employed. Sedlin keeps much the same as last quarter raising a good quantity of Ore at the high price, have let 17 Ore Bargains at 42s per Bing, 104 Men employed.

Kilhope is likely to raise rather more Ore than last quarter, have let 9 Ore Bargains at 42s per B[in]g, 38 Men employed. Earncleugh, this new place continues promising, have let 2 Ore Bargains of 8 Men each, in the little Limestone at 40s per B[in]g & we have sunk a Sump down to the top of the great Limestone & find the Vein there very strong so that I think there is not much fear but we will get some tolerable workings as soon as sufficient trial can be made in the said Great Limestone. Companys Vein has been very poor, but we have just now cut a strong Cross Vein which is likely to raise <part> Ore, 8 Men are now working in it at 40s per Bing.

Middlehope Shield continues very poor have only let 4 Ore Bargains at 42s per Bing, 16 Men employed. 

Levelgate, we have had the Level very hard of late which has frustrated us getting a hole to the old Workings in Longsike Vein, as soon as expected; but I hope to drain the Water from them in the course of this quarter, have let 9 Ore Bargains at 42s per Bing, 59 Men employed.

Slitt is very poor let 7 Ore Bargains at 42s per Bing, 26 Men employed.

Longsike is very poor, only let 3 Ore Bargains at 42s per Bing, 12 Men employed

Allercleughhead is much wrought out have only let 1 Ore Bargain at 42s per Bing, 2 Men employed

Greenlaws is very poor, have only let 2 Ore Bargains at 42s per B[in]g, 18 Men employed.

Blackdean is raising Ore tolerably well at the best price, have let 16 Ore bargains at 42s per B[in]g. Longtyhead only poor have let 4 Ore Bargains at 42s per B[in]g, 98 Men employed.

Barbary is poor, have let 3 Ore Bargains at 42s per Bing, 24 Men employed

Wolfcleugh, we have been much stopped here this summer for want of water to drive the Engine so that we have only let 2 Ore Bargains at 42s per Bing, 8 Men employed.

Broaddale Pasture is likely to raise more Ore than it has done lately, have let 4 Ore Bargains at 42s per Bing, 20 Men employed.

Tho. Emerson

Newhouse July 6th 1814
Quarterly mining report, concerning Weardale Lead Mines written by the Mine Agent based at New House in Weardale. Mining Reports pp 130-131

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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