Report – William Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 5 Apr 1815

Document Type: Report
Date: 5 Apr 1815
Correspondent: William Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1F 1
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Allenheads Ladyday < Bargains April 5/1815

Allenheads Mines are in general poorer this quarter than I ever recollect them.  Diana Vein the leading forehead in this Vein westward carries no Ore, & for the last 5 fathoms driving, had not a particle of Ore in it, and very little appearance of any Vein; I am apprehensive the Vein has fled from its general bearing,  and if in the course of 3 or 4 fathoms more driving there is not an alteration, I propose cutting cross to the North & South to prove whether the Vein has left the general bearing or not. - the back workings in this Vein are much wrought & part of the Men have left their workings - this Vein is now wrought by 14 Men @40/- pBg & 12 Men @ 42/- p Bg.   We have not yet cut this Vein at the East End or the new Ground? but are driving with all speed.

The Workings at Flatt Shaft and in OldVein are much the same as last quarter, wrought by 8 Men @ 40/- pBg & 12 Men @ 42/- pBg. - Wentworth Vein we have not yet proved through. - The large Cross Vein,   which I informed you of, but the Sills are not so much thrown down on the East side of the Cross Vein as was at first apprehended, we think the thro? is about 5 or 6 feet but that we have not yet exactly ascertained. - the forehead is now driving by <8> Men Southwards against the <plan> check on the Westside of the Cross Vein @ 37/- pfth in the flatts and wants about 2fathoms of intersecting Wentworth Vein; & the forehead improves in Ore the nearer we approach the Vein.

The back Workings <in Sills> are poorer than last quarter wrought by <> Men @33/- pBg  6 Men @ 30/- 9Men @ 35/-  20 Men @40/- 16 Men@42/-  & 2 Men @ 37/- pBg. - 

Swinhope Level is now entirely in the Great Limestone   I expect in the course of 20 fathoms driving to get the High Flatt, when it may be expected to raise as much Ore as will drive the Level.

Williams Vein at Swinhopehead has produced a great quantity of Ore last quarter and continues rich -  wrought by 6 Men @30/- pBg 8Men @ 28/-   6Men @ 35/- & 8 Men at @ 34/- pBg and expect in a months time to have 14 more Men working for Ore

                                                    I am -  Wm. Crawhall

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