Report – William Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 5 Oct 1816

Document Type: Report
Date: 5 Oct 1816
Correspondent: William Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1F 1
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      Allenheads. Oct 5/1816

            Michaelmas Bargains

      Allenheads Mines are much the same as stated in the last report, and upon the whole likely to produce more Ore the ensuing quarter, the Old Workings I think are better - the cross Vein at the East end is wrought by 4 Men @ 28/ pBg, and has every appearance of continuing productive, after the water level gets up (which I suspect will be in the course of six months) the Vein will then be wrought to greater advantage clearing the Vein of water and causing a good communication for Air which will enable us to work the whole of the great Limestone, we now are only able to work about 1/3 of its depth.

      Wentworth Vein is now wrought by 32 Men @ 38/ pBg 8 Men @ 20/ pBg  and 6 Men @ 28/ pBg.  The Workings in the Old Vein and Flattshaft have been tolerably productive last quarter  & are let for the ensuing quarter to 20 Men @ 30/ pBg & 10Men @ 28/ pBg.

      Diana Vein is now wrought by 10 Men @ 30/pBg, 2 Men @ 29/ pBg & 6 Men @ 28/ pBg, this Vein where cut at Eastend last quarter is considerably poorer than when first cut, so much that I am under the necessity of raising the price from 25/ to 28/ pBg for the ensuing quarter.

      Swinehope Mines are now let for the ensuing quarter to 8 Men @21/ pBg 10Men @ 30/pBg  & 8 Men @ 28/ pBg, the west forehead in Limestone continues as poor as last quarter - the low Level is driving in the Great Limestone with all speed, we gave cut the Vein from the Level X has come to a great quantity of water which totally prevents us working it, till the water Level is under the High Flatt 

      According to your directions have reduced the highest price pBg for raising Ore to 30/ and have reduced all the plate Levels and Dead work let by Bargain about one seventh, their situations considered and have reduced all the wood cutters & carriers of wood 1/7 for the ensuing year, and our Newcastle Carriage from 3/4 to 2/8 pCwt.  Timber etc to be reduced in proportion for the present year.  Millwrights from 22/- to 19/- pWeek.  Joiners, Smiths, Woodmen etc in proportion – 

      I am etc  Willm. Crawhall

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The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors. Friends of the North Pennines: Charity No:1137467