Report – William Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 11 Apr 1817

Document Type: Report
Date: 11 Apr 1817
Correspondent: William Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1F 1
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      Allenheads, April 11/1817

The State of Allenheads Lead Mines is quite as promising this quarter as they were the last – 


      The Cross Vein at East End is wrought by 4Men @ 29/pBg & 6 Men @28/ pBg& is considerably better since the Bargains were let, & is likely to produce more Ore this quar. than was raised last - but have not yet unwatered the Vein by the Low Level coming up under the Great Limestone which prevents us working the Limestone lower than the top of the High Flatt –

      Wentworth Vein is wrought by 8 Men @ 20/ pBg 6 Men @ 28/. & 38 Men @ 30/ pBg. I have 20 Men driving Slate Levels & sinking to unwater the Cross Vein so as to enable us to work it more effectually - & 12 Men cutting Cross Cuts in <plate> to different parts of Wentworth Vein.

      The Workings in the Old Vein & Flatt Shaft are in general poorer than in last quarter - now wrought by 8 Men @ 28/ pBg & 22 Men @ 30/ pBg.

      Diana Vein is let for the ensuing quarter to 6Men@ 28/ pBg 2 Men @ 29/ pBg & 14 Men @ 30/ pBg.-

      Swinhope Mines are considerably poorer this quarter than they were last - now wrought by 18 Men @ 30/ pBg & 6 Men @ 28/ oBg - we have <. >. to try the Vein much at the West forehead yet in consequence of the large feeder of Water <> last quarter. - The Low Level is driving by 8 Men @ 190/ pfa & 30/ pBg for what Ore they raise in driving in Great Limestone, & have 8 Men cutting Cross out of this Level to try the Vein @ 160/ pfa & 28/ pBg for raising Ore.

            I am Wm. Crawhall

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