Report – William Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 12 Apr 1814

Document Type: Report
Date: 12 Apr 1814
Correspondent: William Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1F/1
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       April 12/1814

Ladyday Bargains  Allenheads

       Allenheads Mines have raised considerably more Ore than I expected the last quarter, from the appearance they had when the Xmass Bargains were let, altho we have had no particular rich Mine, the workings in general have been tolerably productive & from their present appearance I flatter myself the Ore to be raised in the ensuing quarter will be equal to what has been raised last quarter. 

       Diana Vein in the West forehead is driving by 6 Men at 30s per Bing & the back workings east from the forehead are more productive of Ore than they hitherto have been. there are 24 Men raising Ore at 42s per Bing & 18 Men at 40s per B[in]g, the East forehead is driving by 6 Men at the random of the high Flatt at £10 per fa[thom] which has carried no Ore for the last 10 fa[thoms] & is now considerably worse to drive being in a twitch. The Workings at the west End are much the same as they were last Quar[te]r. 8 Men raising Ore at 42s per B[in]g & which is mostly got by ridding deads in the Old Workings. Wentworth vein in the east forehead is poorer than it has been. it is now driven by 8 Men at 28s per Bing & the next length west of the forehead wrought by 9 Men at 32s per Bing & the second length from the foreh[ea]d wrought by 8 Men at 28s the back workings in ditto are raising more Ore than they did last Quarter, having 6 Men at 38s, 20 Men at 40s & 6 Men at 42s per Bing. The Workings in the Old Vein are very poor, & employ 7 P[ar]tnerships at the high Price of 42s per Bing & one p[ar]tners[hi]p of 4 Men at 40s per Bing.

       Swinhopehead Level is driving with all speed by 8 Men at 84s per fathom. We are under the necessity of Walling & Arching the Level as it is driven, which rather impedes our progress. The foremost Shaft into the Level is now complete & the p[ar]tner[shi]p that Sunk the Shaft, are now cutting cross to the Vein under the Little Limestone. At High Swinhopehead there are 6 Men raising Ore at 42s per Bing & a p[ar]tners[hi]p of 8 Men driving a length westward in the Plate at 70s per fathom.

       I am etc  Wm Crawhall
Quarterly mining report, concerning the Allenheads lead mines, writing by the Mine Agent at Allenheads. Mining Report p 123

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