Basset and Grylls Mine, worked from 1852-1914 producing 4,650 tons of Tin. The site was then worked until 1938 under the name Porkellis Tin Mines. Much of the later workings were concentrated around “Old Mens Shaft” which was re-opened in 1907. The remains here are extensive with the concrete uprights of an elevated tramway surviving which took the ore from the shaft to the processing mill. The images on this page were taken on a perfect summers day in 1997. The area is well covered in Bob Acton’s Exploring Cornish Mines Volume 3.
The remains of a water tank in the vicinity of the Old Men’s Shaft.
A wider view of the area, on the left are the foundations for the headframe.
The processing floors at Basset and Grylls Mine; in the foreground is a Buddle used to concentrate the Tin fines, in the background the remains of an Arsenic Stack.
On the left of the image are the tramway supports, the concrete foundations in the centre is where the stamp batteries were mounted.
A more detailed image of the stamps foundations on the site.
And from the other side, bolts used for fixing machinery can be seen on the left of the image.
Looking down the elevated tramway to the shaft area.
This was a great subject to photograph on a good day with good clouds. So I made the most of it.
All the images were taken using a Orange filter to turn the blue sky dark.
Great textures and detail in the concrete plinths.
This has to be one of the most impressive sites I visited whilst taking pictures for Bob Acton, I tried to go back a couple of years ago, but I forgot the book and couldn’t find it again. Plenty of other summers to come.
Botallack Mine Gallery