- SW 700 501 St.Agnes Head;
Wheal Coates mine, NT restored Towanroath pumping engine house & grilled
shaft near cliff edge, derelict tin
streaming plant buildings, cliff workings, whim engine house above being
restored by NT, derelict stamps & other bldgs, shafts, car park. An
adit, some shafts and a paved area may be part of Wheal Owles? (Also
one at Botallack) or Wheal Bungay, aka Wheal Devonshire. [vid+NT]
SW 697 494 Chapel Porth; stamping mill site. NT car park on site of
stamping mill is start of walk to:
SW 698 501 Wheal Coates beach adit accessible at half tide (paddling).
Waterfall from adit 2m above floor in end of cave.
BEWARE fast incoming tide. [vis+NT,DK]
- SW 567 379 Copperhouse;
Copper Smelting works, built in 1750’s to smelt in Cornwall rather than
Swansea. Used ores from Camborne and Gwennap Mines. Only remains are
walls of ‘canal’ dock wharf, made of blocks of slag (‘scoriae’) & parts
of the lock gate. Large quantities of coal needed and powerful Welsh
Smelters caused the demise of the works in the 19th century. N bank
to be site of Co-op.
Local church & other walls also made of slag blocks. [YG+vis]
- SW 699 420 Redruth; Mining
exchange in Alma place near centre of town. [YG,vis]
- SW 721 517 Trevaunance cove;
St.Agnes harbour, wall reduced to pile of granite blocks by sea; Ore
storage hutches. Approach via v.
private road. Blue Hills & Wheal Kitty engine houses nearby. [YG]
SW 722 516 Polberro Mine, shaft & beach adits, timbering, wooden launders
& flooded winzes visible underground. [YG]
- SW 678 393 Treskillard;
Basset Mines Ltd. South Wheal Frances sett: [BM32,vis]
SW 6781 3936 Pascoe’s shaft, 80" pumping engine house.
SW 6777 3930 Pascoe’s shaft; 36" whim engine house.
SW 6745 3906 Daubuz whim/pump engine house.
SW 6721 3912 West Wheal Frances; Smith's 24" whim engine house.
SW 681 394 Marriott’s shaft area: [BM32,vid]
SW 6802 3937 stone crusher base & crusher engine house,
SW 6804 3937compressor engine house for 30 drills,
SW 6806 3937 inverted compound beam pumping engine house (40" & 80",
Hathorn Davey) beside 5m diameter brick lined shaft, boiler house (6
SW 6810 3938 winding house, miner's dry. Views west across Newton
Moor of 13 engine houses.
- SW 557 373 Hayle; Harvey’s
foundry, ‘Slades of Hayle’ currently occupy remaining buildings, about
to be demolished. [ROAR,vis]
SW 558 372 Hayle; railway viaduct. [vis]
- SW 688 402 Carnkie; Basset
Mines Ltd. West Wheal Basset sett, Stamps, buddle floors, vanner house,
Brunton calciner. Unusually complete [BM32,vid]
SW 6815 3970 Thomas's 60" pumping engine house
SW 6878 4024 Stamps engine house.
SW 6880 4006 South Wheal Basset; Lyles 80" pumping engine house.
SW 6877 4006 Lyle's/Grace's winding engine house.
SW 6880 4020 Dressing floor water pumping engine house.
SW 6912 3989 New stamps (2)
- SW 689 443 Illogan; Tolgus
Tin Company; Tin streaming here since 1800's. In 1976 became museum
of tin processing operated by Madam Tussaud's, producing small amounts
of concentrate. Taken over by Concord minerals 1981, & museum closed.
Stopped producing 1985. Buildings & machinery remained in neglected
state. Still extant 8/87: James & Holman shaking tables, waterwheel
operated Cornish stamps ('best in UK'), round frame, settling ponds,
waterwheel operated scoop wheels, Frue vanner, ball mill, flotation
shanty-style buildings. '93: brash new 'Tolgus Tin Streaming & Gold
Centre' beside still-rotting tin works, owned by Cornish Goldsmiths.
'98: Trevithick Trust preserving site. Open 7 days/ week. [TTA,vid]
Another firm north of Tolgus has mobile screening plant & ex ball mill
SW 6902 4304 Tolgus Calciner. [MTP,vis]
- SW 377 341 Pendeen; Geevor
Tin Mines plc. tin mining museum; Wethered shaft headgear, Nancledra
waterwheel stamps, wheel not stamps turned by motor. Museum contains
models of shaft, stopes, man engine, miners, C19th. mine buildings &
3D view of levels. Another building housing Wethered electric winder
has Trevithick collection inc. working models of stamps & Archer productions
16min. video. Shop has minerals, books & refreshments. 0736 788662.
[vis] Weekdays, tours of:
SW 375 345 Pendeen; Geevor Tin Mines plc. Victory shaft 480m, electric
winder, compressor house, air receiver, pumped water settling tank,
cone crushers, Archimedes screw, reject gravel conveyors, sizing screens,
Newall Dunford & Hardinge ball mills, shaking tables, froth flotation
plant, magnetic separator, rotary drying kilns, bagging area (70p.c.
grade) 8/87: only maintenance crew underground, mill processing stock
pile of won ore until 11/9/87. [vid] Half of mill plant since scrapped.
SW 377 347 Pendeen, Geevor Tin Mines plc. Boscaswell Downs mine Treweeks
shaft 411m. Headframe removed?
- SW 647 401 Camborne; Holman’s
museum, once housed Rostowrack rotative pump, since moved to Wheal Martyn
Museum ? (& Trevithick collection ?) Museum gone. [BP+vis]
- SW 500 355 Nancledra, stamps
in 1948 working on original site, since moved to Geevor tin mine museum
& extensively restored. [BP,vis]
- SW 368 346 Pendeen; Levant
Mine. levels extended 1.5 miles out to sea at depths of 178, 338, and
260 fathoms. Still in use as ventilation for Geevor Mine. Mine ‘knocked’
in 1930. 1840’s Michell whim Engine House preserved by the National
Trust. Beam Engine, unusual in that both beam & flywheel are inside,
built by Harveys (24" x 1.2m). Restored by Trevithick Soc. Occasionally
in steam. Viewing by arrangement with Geevor Tin Mines Plc. 0736 788662.
Adit below in cliff down miner’s path has access to skip shaft (laddered)
and other workings above sea level. [vid,DK]
SW 369 345 Chimney. The ornate stack served the compressor house which
held a 4 cylinder cross triple compound (17", 27" and 2 30")
by Holman Bros. (1901). Used to power rock drills and underground haulage.
Other buildings e.g.: Pumping House, miners dry, and the
infamous man engine can be found. [vid]
SW 369 345 Settling pond. The settling pond walls have been used for
house building, but the red slime mud & timbers of sluices
remain. The sea here used to be stained red by water pumped from the
- SW 592 272 Breage; Wheal
Prosper; NT preserved engine house overlooking Rinsey Cove. Adits in
nearby cliff accessible.
SW 600 265 Trewavas Mine, New & Old engine houses on cliff edge. Back
walls have large slots for beam fitting. Worked copper under
sea bed. Most active 1836-46. [YG]
- SW 683 316 Wendron; ‘Poldark
Mine’ formerly Wendron Forge Museum; 30" Greensplat pump (c 1850 and
last commercial worked beam engine in Cornwall), moved from Holman Museum
& erected on pillar. Worked by hydraulic piston! Other engines, underground
exhibit, playground. [GIASB]
- SW 637 389 Penponds; Trevithick’s
cottage. NT, viewing by arrangement with occupants. [NT]
- SW 362 335 Botallack; Crowns
Mine; Famous engine houses perched on cliffs. Lower engine house is
pump on Crowns engine shaft. The
other contained the winder for the ‘Diagonal shaft’, 797m long at an
angle of 32.5 degrees, 414m below sea level & 786m beyond
cliffs. Queen Victoria visited & Prince & Princess of Wales went down.
Possibly still explorable. [MIC2+vid+DK]
SW 362 329 Botallack; Wheal Edward. Mined for Tin, Copper, Bismuth,
Uranium, Pitchblende and Arsenic. 2 engine houses here. Workings were
linked to Wheal Drea and Wheal Owles (SW 364 343). Former caused the
mine to flood when holed in 1893, resulting in the mines closure. Had
30" engines (heavy pumping unnecessary), 2 inclined shafts with a gradient
of 1 in 3. The shaft a little way from the
engine houses is still visible. [YG+vis]
- SW 673 416 Pool; East Pool
Mine Michell shaft whim, NT preserved & operated. Last rotative beam
engine made in Cornwall. Also only one of the type made by Holman Bros.
30" x 2.7m 17rpm. Driven by motor. Rebuilt boiler house NT centre with
books & minerals [NT+vid]
SW 675 417 Pool; East Pool Mine Taylor’s shaft pump, NT preserved &
open. Harvey & Co. Hayle, 90" x 3m, 52t bob, moved from Carn Brea Mines
1924 & thus last Cornish engine to be put up anywhere in the world.
Pumped for South Crofty until 1954. Surface balance bob was beam of
last Cornish engine built. Walls of boiler house (5 Cornish), EPAL chimney.
Rectangular shaft currently ventilating South Crofty (upcast) together
with Roskear shaft to west. [NT+vid]
SW 6745 4188 Wheal Agar, Taylor’s whim & compressor house.
- SW 668 412 Camborne; South
Crofty Ltd. Robinson’s shaft pump. NT preserved. Viewing by arrangement
with S.C.Ltd. 0209 714821. 80" Sandys Vivian & Co. Copperhouse foundry
1854 cast in outdoor end of beam. Moved 1924 & worked until 1955. ‘Mothballed’
in grease. 689m shaft in use for men & materials. (downcast) Nearby
are offices, medical centre, ‘tin bonus’ sign, water tank, timber impregnation
vessel. Palmer’s Shaft was nearby. [NT+MICT+vis]
- SW 664 410 Camborne; South
Crofty Ltd. New Cook’s Kitchen shaft; headgear, winding engine house
& disused processing mill,
Carnon Aggregates plant. All ore now taken by road to Wheal Jane as
mill there is more modern. Parts of this mill taken as spares. All ore
hoisted in this shaft; rectangular 730m deep, ore skips 7t, 1100kW electric
winder. South Crofty Ltd. is now part of Carnon Consolidated (RTZ).
The mine includes the old workings of New Dolcoath, Cook’s Kitchen,
Tincroft, East Pool & Agar etc. It is probably the oldest tin mine in
Cornwall as it was working in 1670 as Penhellick Vean, and probably
100 years before that. [MICT+vid]
SW 6650 4060 Camborne; Cook’s Kitchen shaft: Chapple's 50" pumping engine
house by track to Carnon Aggregates. [vis]
SW 6654 4062 Chapple's 26" whim engine house.
SW 6692 4071 Camborne; South Tincroft mine; compressor house (Harvey
SW 6687 4067 whim engine house (26" 1863) also drove man engine, which
had a rod break due to dry rot! Now the best surviving man- engine house
in Cornwall. [YG+vis]
SW 658 368 Copper Hill, Troon; Experimental mine Was Holman Bros. test
mine, now owned by Camborne School of Mines. Walls of passages are pock-marked
with drill-test holes![OS, vid]
- SW 664 389 Higher Condurrow;
Grenville United South Condurrow mine, taken over 1897 as Camborne School
of Mines training mine & renamed King Edward mine, flooded 1920 when
Grenville United closed. CSOM kept surface plant & moved underground
training to Great Condurrow. Now noted as most complete set of mine
buildings from 1900 period. Sheet metal & wooden buildings contain tin
dressing plant including Californian stamps driven by a horizontal engine.
To be developed as visitor facility. Engine Shaft whim engine house
SW 662 393 Great Condurrow CSOM training mine & horizontal whim engine
SW 6606 3850 Marshall’s 60" pumping engine house. [EHA]
SW 6600 3847 Marshall’s 26" whim engine house. [EHA]
SW 6630 3888 Stamps engine house on King Edward’s Mine site. [EHA]
SW 6615 3930 Great Condurrow mine, Neame’s 80" pumping engine house
on Woolf’s shaft. [EHA]
- SW 646 384 Killivose; Wheal
Pendarves mine, Simms shaft 331m; sinking commenced 1968, in production
1971, became part of South Crofty Ltd. 1973. Very wet & bad ground.
Stopped 1987, but site still occupied. [MICT+vis]
- SW 667 415 Camborne; Camborne
School of Mines; geological museum contains one of Britain’s best mineral
specimen collections including polished vein sections & fluorescence
displays. Small book
- SW 664 402 Brea; telephone
wires by chapel still have corks for birds? & views of South Crofty
SW 665 401 Brea; buddle circles of various sizes & views of South Crofty
SW 665 400 Brea; Medway Tin recovery plant treating old mine dumps in
20m radius then restoring sites. Gravity separation with
electronic control. Stopped 1987? 50 employees. [vis+MICT]
- SW 6678 3890 Troon; Grenville
United Mines Fortescue’s shaft pumping engine house (90" Harvey) [vis]
SW 6681 3885 Grenville United Mines Fortescue’s shaft whim engine house.
SW 6664 3860 Grenville United Mines New stamps foundations & engine
SW 6632 3870 Grenville United Mines Goold’s/North shaft pumping engine
- SW 498 378 Penderleath
Nr.St.Ives; mining remains. Large set of stamps? buildings inc. storage
bins & chimney at one end (St.Ives Consols?) [vis]
- SW 659 415 Tuckingmill,
Camborne; Red River north & downstream of
South Crofty Ltd. is very red! Many dressing floors buried beneath new
SW 658 416 South Crofty Ltd. mill & tailings heap; good views from A30
(T) embankment & 2 chimneys in valley. [vid]
SW 660 412 Cornish Tin & Engineering Ltd. Tin streaming company formed
1981 to recover South Crofty tailings from river & process in small
gravity plant, flotation section installed 1982, then pipes for fine
& coarse tailings laid from S.C. to bypass river. Computer assisted.
60p.c. recovery. 25 employees. [vis+MICT]
- SW 661 410 Tuckingmill,
Camborne; miner’s houses. Several ‘rows’ of miners houses & Methodist
chapel. South end of Pengellys Row has good views of South Crofty Ltd.
tailings conveyor & heap, & a shaft with shears & emerging pipes. [vis]
SW 662 407 Tuckingmill valley, Camborne; mining site. Fenced ‘conservation
area’ consists of tree saplings planted on cleared
site of previously considerable I.A. interest. Good views of South Crofty
Ltd. tailings. [vis]
SW 663 405 Tuckingmill valley, Camborne; portal of South Crofty Ltd.
decline shaft, viewing possible from conservation area or road. [vis]
- SW 701 471 Porthtowan; Tywarnhale
copper mine 1750, Royal School of Mines (London) training mine since
1907. When operating, had world first commercial froth flotation plant,
Cornwall’s first submersible electric pump. Specialises in surveying
& timber preservation. [MICT,vid]
SW 698 473 United Hills Mine, lower engine house. Small ruined building
supposed to have had the last wooden beam engine built in Cornwall.
SW 702 472 United Hills Mine, upper engine house, high above valley.
SW 703 468 Wheal Ellen. Engine house chimney has castellated top. [vid]
- SW 737 537 Perranporth,
Cligga head; Cligga Head Mine. Many levels visible in cliff & good exposures
of greissen veins. No2 level has massive timber stulls. Remains of gunpowder
- SW 515 301 Marazion, St.Michaels
mount; mineralised veins. Many mineralised veins visible below castle
because mining & even hammering for rock samples not allowed. [OU]
- SW 729 514 St.Agnes; Wheal
Kitty, remains of Blue Hills waterwheel powered Cornish stamps in undergrowth
in valley. [DK,ET,vis]
SW 726 509 Wheal Kitty, engine house & count house survive. [IASOB,ROAR,vis]
- SW 351 315 Cape Cornwall,
Preist’s Cove; mine adits. Adits in cliff accessible. [DK]
- SW 584 316 Godolphin Hill;
mining remains. Extensive surface remains. Godolphin Bal, or Great Work
in saddle between this hill & Tregonning hill working 1825 to 1902.
Leeds 60" pump. [DK+HCMSAS]
- SW 654 403 Camborne; CompAir
Holman Ltd. (Holman Bros.) Established 1801. Own rail sidings at construction
& mining works. Other works in Pool; CompAir Maxam Ltd. [MICT]
- SW 570 420? Gwithian; alluvial
tin working. Single-mooring buoy, 1km pipeline storage lagoon & mill
for Marine Mining (Cornwall) Ltd. Floating dredge recovers tin-bearing
sands from sea bed e.g. off Porthtowan, using trailing suction pipe,
& screens coarse waste. When loaded with 2600t, sails to buoy. Unique
flotation process to remove sea shells! Mining restricted by weather
to 6m per year. [MICT, CMDA]
- SW 687 324? Porkellis Moor;
alluvial tin prospect. In 1980 the Malaysian tin mining firm, Gopeng
Consolidated Ltd. had planning
permission to investigate alluvials here. [CMDA]
- SW 654 412 Roskear Croft;
Dolcoath Roskear shaft, circular, 610m. Headgear dismantled for war
scrap. Now upcast for South Crofty Ltd. together with Taylor’s shaft.
SW 6615 3990 Williams shaft winding engine house.
SW 6542 3991 Stray Park 65" pumping engine house.
SW 6580 4071 Harriet shaft 65" pumping engine house.
SW 6609 4043 New East beam whim engine house.
- SW 702 445 North Country;
Wheal Peevor. 3 engine houses: for pump, winder & stamps. 2 sets of
dressing floors & a calciner.[vid]
SW 7080 4422 70" pumping engine house.
SW 7083 4421 22" winding engine house.
SW 7074 4422 36" stamps engine house.
SW 7060 4420 calciners.
SW 7063 4404 West Wheal Peevor: 50" pumping engine house.
SW 7063 4406 22" winding engine house.
SW 7050 4406 30" stamps engine house.
- SW 655 420 ? Tolvaddon Downs;
Tolvaddon Stamps. [MTP]
- SW 655 455 Portreath; Mining
port served by Poldice plateway & later the WCR Portreath branch. The
Poldice tramway was the first mineral railway in Cornwall, 1820-60,
always horse drawn. Route is now mostly a right of way. [MTP,vis]
- SW 720 507 ? St. Agnes;
Mechanics & Miners Institute. Has collection of old photos of working
- SW 650 415 Roskear Croft;
West Wheal Seton. Very successful copper mine, later tin working failed
due to poor dressing plant. [YG]
- SW 6950 4078 Wheal Uny;
Hind's 70" pumping engine house. Large deep rectangular open shaft.[vis]
SW 6951 4073 Hind's whim engine house. [vis]. Nearby is fenced entrance
to inclined shaft, 30 degrees 50m, slippery slope to blind end. Another
entrance leads via 3 short fixed ladders to another 30 degree inclined
shaft. 50m down slippery slope cross-cuts lead east & west. Another
20m descent leads to flooded stopes with blue copper sulphate stains.[vis]
SW 696 412 St.Uny church; Tin ingot stamps. Gravestones commemorating
mine captains. [vis]
SW 691 406 Private mine. [vis]
- SW 6983 4035 Wheal Buller
(Copper Hill); Copper Hill 40" pumping engine house. [EHA]
- SW 7129 4056 Lanner; Pennance
mine, 50" pumping engine house. [EHA]
- SW 7172 4155 Buseval; Cathedral
mine, Colonel's 60" pumping engine house. [EHA]
- SW 7174 4228 Buseval; Grambler
& St.Aubyn mine, 60" pumping engine house. [EHA]
- SW 6564 4190 Tolvaddon;
Tolvaddon stamps engine house. [EHA]
- SW 6748 4089 Tregajorran;
Carn Brea stamps engine house. [EHA]
- SW 703 510? St Agnes; Wheal
Bungay. Shaft with fixed ladders?
- SW 356 309 Cot Valley; several
adits in cliff, building foundations, line of stone columns. [vid] 06/98
(vid & vis '87 & '93)