This is Allens Shaft Botallack Mine. The shaft was sunk in 1906 when the sett was re-worked due to rising Tin Prices. As was the tradition it was named after one of the directors of the new company. It was a vertical five compartment shaft reaching a depth of over 1400ft. New buildings were erected around the shaft and a steam winder was installed, of which the chimney still remains. Sadly the new mine was not a success, finally closing on March 14th, 1914.
During the 1980’s once again there was interest in the site. Geevor Mines Ltd wanted to expand their sett into the Botallack workings. At this time the price of Tin was at an all time high. Geevor installed a new steel headframe and the shaft was re-conditioned in preparation of being used again.
In the mid 1980’s the price of Tin crashed. So, after a small amount of production and exploration the site was again abandoned.
Allens Shaft Botallack 1 -A view looking across the stamps foundations towards the steel headframe.
Allens Shaft Botallack 2 – Framed well by the gateposts a nice image of the headframe showing the buildings for the winder behind the shaft.
Allens Shaft Botallack 3 – And the headframe from a slightly different angle.
Allens Shaft Botallack 4 – A closer image of the headframe. The building with the sloped roof contained the winder that was installed by Geevor Mine.
Allens Shaft Botallack 5 – This image was taken with a full frame fisheye lens. It has distorted the vertical lines of the headframe so it appears curved.
Allens Shaft Botallack 6 – The securely locked top of Allen’s Shaft. Possibly the granite boulder was going a bit too far.
Allens Shaft Botallack 7 – Using the fisheye lens again, the sun was in the wrong place hence a bit of lens flare. Looking over the shaft towards the winder house.
Allens Shaft Botallack 8 – Standing underneath the headframe looking up. Once again using the fisheye lens and glare from the sun.
Allens Shaft Botallack 9 – The base of one of the legs of the headframe.
Allen’s Shaft Botallack 10 – This is standing close to the winder house looking up at the headframe.
Allen’s Shaft Botallack 11 – This image is nicely framed by the wall that surrounded the site.
Allen’s Shaft Botallack 12 – A final image of the headframe to complete the page.
I like this site hence the reason for a separate page. The contrast between the old and the new, along with the history of the place makes photography more interesting.
All the images on this page were taken during 2013/14.
The area around Allens Shaft Botallack is on private ground, so please obtain permission before entering.
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