Report – William Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 30 Jun 1813

Document Type: Report
Date: 30 Jun 1813
Correspondent: William Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1F/1
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Allenheads June 30th 1813

       Allenheads Leadmines are in general poor, excepting two lengths at East End of Whitworth Vein, & the leading forehead in Ditto which is now driving at 35s per Bing. Diana Vein at Craigshield is some better than she has been, but from the extreme hardness of the Flatts, we cannot get her wrought under 42s per Bing.

       The Vein cut upon the four fathom Limestone at East End has a very promising appearance but in attempting to sink into the four fathom Limestone we loosed a great quantity of Water, which entirely prevented us seeing further, it required 24 Men to keep the feeder under, & after contending with the water a Week the feeder did not at all abate, & in consequence she was left off. the Sump is 17 ½ fathoms under the lowest Water Level at East End. There are 8 Men at 35s per Bing, 16 Men at 30s do. 8 Men at 37s do. 8 at 38s do. 16 Men at 40s do. & 85 at 42s per B[in]g besides about 30 Men driving & Sinking in Dead Work & about 20 Men on Labourage & Surface Work

William Crawhall
Quarterly mining report, concerning Allenheads lead mine, written by the Allenheads Mine Agent. Mine Reports p 114

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