The Camborne Mining District, this is the first page covering “The Camborne and Redruth Mining District”. I have decided to split this area into two pages, mainly due to the large number of mines and remains of industry to be found there.
This area of Cornwall is often regarded as the capital of Cornwall’s Mining Districts. Not only did it contain many important mines, but many of the services that supported the Cornish Industry were based there, such as: Holman’s Rock Drills, Rope Works, Camborne School of Mines and Bickford’s Safety Fuse Factory.
South Crofty, the last working mine in Cornwall closed here in 1998, along with many notable and profitable mines. Dolcoath Mine, (The Queen of Cornish Mines) alone produced a massive 350,000 tons of Copper and 80,000 tons of Tin. For such an important mine there is very little left to see now on the surface, underground the once busy drives and stopes are flooded and silent.
The next page will cover the “Redruth Mining District” thus partnering this page “The Camborne Mining District”, combined they produce The Central Mining District.
There will be frequent additions to this page as I reprint more material.
An image looking across part of the “Central Mining District”. In the foreground Dolcoath, to the right Cooks Kitchen to the left South Crofty Mine. This was taken in 1999.
This image is looking across Dolcoath Mine site, in the background is New East Shaft engine house, and the headframes of the then working South Crofty Mine.
Carn Brea Mine the remains of the Stamps Engine House. This was the home to a 32″ engine, the house was constructed in 1837 making it one of the oldest survivors in Cornwall, the engine had a long life operating until 1913. The mine worked from 1833-1920 producing 237,493 tons Copper, 29,600 tons Tin and 4,140 tons of Arsenic.
A second image of the engine house, in the background can be seen the South Crofty site, taken in 1995 when the mine was still working.
Cook’s Kitchen Mine, this site is adjacent to South Crofty and worked from 1815-1905 producing a total of: 40,920 tons Copper,8,859 Tons tin and 120 tons of Arsenic.
The 55″ pumping engine house on Chapple’s Shaft long before renovation, in the background is the South Crofty Site.
For more images follow this link Cook’s Kitchen Mine Gallery
The impressive Engine House on Neame’s Shaft Great Condurrow Mine.
A second image of the engine house, this mine worked from 1860-1913 producing 30,495 tons Copper and 2,030 tons of Tin.
Vivian’s Shaft Great Condurrow Mine, this is on the site of the King Edward Mine Museum.
A second image of the headframe showing the buildings around it.
For more images follow this link: King Edward Mine Museum
The engine house on New East Shaft of Dolcoath Mine.
For more images follow this link: Dolcoath Mine Gallery
The preserved drum of the winder at Harriet’s Shaft of Dolcoath Mine
For more images follow this link: Dolcoath Mine Winder
This is the preserved 90″ Pumping Engine on Taylor’s Shaft of East Pool and Agar Mine, it is open to the public, preserving the heritage of The Camborne Mining District.
Michell’s Shaft of East Pool and Agar is situated between Camborne and Redruth, this is the flywheel of the preserved Winding Engine. These are the remains of two mines which merged in 1897, it is the home to a preserved 30″ Rotative Beam Engine that is open to the public. In total the mines worked from 1835-1945, East Pool produced 88,3000 tons Copper, 38,490 tons Tin, 31,722 tons Arsenic and 2,820 tons of Wolfram. Wheal Agar produced 3,033 tons of Copper.
Follow this link to see more images in the East Pool and Agar Gallery
A link to the National Trust Website: East Pool and Agar Information
The Camborne Mining District, the last Mine to work, an image of South Crofty soon after closure. The headframe over New Cooks Shaft which was 769m deep.
For more images of South Crofty Mine follow this link: South Crofty Mine Surface
The South Crofty site in 2016, plans are now (2017) well under the way to open up the old bal again.
For more images of South Crofty Mine follow this link: South Crofty Mine Surface 2016
Robinson’s Shaft South Crofty Mine taken in 1998.
For more images of South Crofty Mine Robinson’s Shaft follow this link:
South Crofty Mine Robinson’s Shaft
The headframe over Roskear Shaft South Crofty Mine taken in 1997.
For more images of South Crofty Mine Roskear Shaft follow this link:
South Crofty Mine Roskear Shaft
An image looking down New Cook’s Kitchen Shaft of South Crofty Mine.
Miners in South Crofty Mine before it closed, loading wagons with ore using an Eimco Rocker Shovel.
For more images of South Crofty Mine Underground follow this link:
South Crofty Mine Underground
The Stray Park Mine 60″ Pumping Engine House, this old mine was sold to Dolcoath in 1870 for around £2,000. The mine was never rich, Dolcoath attempted to sell the property again in 1888 with no success.
Tincroft Mines Compressor house, this building dates from 1891. The mine worked from 1815-1921 producing 112,700 tons Copper, 32,970 ton Tin, and 6,530 ton Arsenic.
The New Stamps Engine House of Wheal Grenville. The foundations for the flywheel that drove the 136 heads of stamps, in the distance are the two engine houses on Fortescue’s shaft.
For more images follow this link: Wheal Grenville Mine Gallery
The Camborne Mining District had many Tin Streaming plants, this image is looking across the remains of slime tables where Tin was recovered from mine water. In the background is the headframe on New Cooks Kitchen Shaft South Crofty Mine.
Ruined warehouses on the Bickford’s Fuse Works Site, the headframe and processing sheds of South Crofty Mine can be seen in the background, much of the support industry for the mines was based in the The Camborne Mining District.
For more images of Bickford’s Fuse works follow this link: Bickford’s Fuse Works
The sad remains of the offices of Bennett’s Fuse works at Roskear. The building dates from around 1870, in the last few years it has suffered from vandalism and fires.
The chimney of Roseworthy Arsenic stack. This site was operated by the English Arsenic Company between 1897 and 1926.
The surviving condensing chambers at Roseworthy, these are dangerous and should not be entered.
This image taken in Tuckingmill Valley shows one of the Arsenic Mills, the chimney in the background belongs to another Arsenic works.
The Tolvaddon Valley, this image was taken in 1999. Here was the site of various Tin Streaming works and the processing floors of East Pool Mine.
Redruth Mining District