Report – William Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 2 Oct 1813

Document Type: Report
Date: 2 Oct 1813
Correspondent: William Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1F/1
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Allenheads Mines are much the same as last Quar[ter] with the exception of three lengths at East End in Wentworth Vein, which are richer in Ore than they have been the Vein being much wider & easier to Work, the foremost length is now wrought by 8 Men at 24s per Bing. from the depression of the Strata eastward the Great Limestone in the foremost length is about 6 fathoms under Water, consequently we are under the necessity of keeping 8 Men constantly employed drawing water, The West forehead of Diana Vein is more promising than she has been, but the back Workings are extremely hard & poor.

The Workings at the West end are entirely cut off by the Great Cross Dyke, & there has been no discovery made of any Vein on the West side of it yet. There is a Level driven west of the dyke about 40 fathoms, & from the forehead of it we have cut cross about 60 fathoms to the South, and are obliged to leave of[f] the forehead for want of Air, and there is no means of Airing her effectually but by Boring or Sinking a Shaft at the Crosscut forehead.

The different prices given for raising Ore etc may be known on referring to the Abstract of Bargains

Willam Crawhall  Octo 2/1813

1 P[ar]tns[hi]p at 28s. 1 at 32s. 1 at 38s. 23 at 40s
Quarterly mining report, concerning the Allenheads lead mines, written by the Mine Agent at Allenheads. Mining Reports pp 116-117

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