Report – William Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 27 Jan 1815

Document Type: Report
Date: 27 Jan 1815
Correspondent: William Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1F/1
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Allenheads Xmass Barg[ain]s Jany 27 1815

       I am sorry to inform you the Mines at Allenheads are in general poorer this quar[te]r than they were the last altho’ they have raised a good quantity of Ore since Mich[aelmas]s.

       Diana Vein. the leading forehead in this vein <West> at present carries so little Ore that it cannot be driven at Bingtale & has been in that state for the last three fathoms driving, & is not expected to improve in Ore for a few fathoms further[,] the forehead is now driving by 6 Men at 120s per fa[thom], this Vein is now wrought by 24 Men at 40s per B[in]g & 18 Men at 42s per B[in]g. the East forehead in ditto has been driven 29 fathoms without producing any Ore & latterly at the high price of 200s per fa[thom] which I have now left off & instead trying this Vein again about 100 fathoms further East on new Ground. the Workings in the Old Vein & at Flat Shaft are much the same as last Quarter wrought by 16 Men at 40s per Bing & 8 Men at 42s per Bing.

       Wentworth Vein is not so rich in the leading forehead as last quart[er] but the back Workings in ditto are much the same, the former Length is now wrought by 8 Men at 29s per Bing, the foremost Sump is sinking by 8 Men at 37s per B[in]g, the back Workings in this Vein are wrought by 8 Men at 30s per B[in]g. 12 Men at 32s per B[in]g. 4 Men at 35s per B[in]g 2 Men at 37s 8 Men at 38s 16 Men at 40s & 10 Men at 42s per Bing. There are 48 Men driving Levels & working deadwork in different parts of the Mine. 

       Swinhope Level is driving with speed, we have now got a part of the great Limestone in the bottom of the Level which much impedes the progress of driving.

       Williams Vein at Swinhope head continues rich of Ore, now employing 4 p[ar]tners[hi]ps of Men working for Ore, Viz 6 Men at 30s per Bing 8 Men at 28s 6 Men at 35s & 8 Men at 34s per B[in]g. I expect before Midsummer to have as many more Men working for Ore.

       I remain etc  Wm: Crawhall

Allenh[ead]s Jany 27/1815
Quarterly mining report, concerning Allenheads Lead Mine, written by the Mine Agent based at Allenheads. Mining reports pp 136-137

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