Cooks Kitchen Mine began life in the 18th Century as a small rich Copper Mine. As the mine grew and went deeper the Copper ran out to be superceeded by rich Tin lodes. The mine worked until the 1920’s along with its close neighbour Tincroft, after they had merged in the early 1900’s to become Carn Brea and Tincroft Mines. Cooks Kitchen attained a final depth of 420 fathoms, the miners were assisted by a Man Engine to get underground. This took them to 234 fathoms, the rest was done on ladders. During its working life the mine produced 40,920 tons Copper,8,859 Tons tin and 120 tons of Arsenic. The unusual name for the mine is said to have originated when a miner called Cook found the main Tin lode, he said “it was as wide as his kitchen”.
Very little remains today apart from the two engine houses at Chapple’s Shaft, the remains of the Man Engine were buried under rubble a few years ago.
Please note these Engine Houses are situated on private property.
The house of the 26″ Whim Engine at Chapple’s shaft , the shadow of the chimney from the pumping house leads well into the image.
In the latter years of the mine’s working before the merger with Tincroft the engine houses were in a very bad state of repair. In many places iron bracing has been attached in an effort to strengthen the buildings, this is the Whim Engine House.
The base of the Bob Wall of the Whim Engine House, in the foreground are the foundations for the flywheel with bolts still in place.
The pair of engine houses at Chapple’s Shaft. In the foreground is the stack for the Pumping engine lacking its brickwork top, the Pumping house on the right has the smashed front wall where the cylinder was removed, the Whim house on the left has lost one of its walls.
The bob wall of the Pumping Engine House, the engine here was originally a 50″, in 1872 it was converted to a 55″, again the house is heavily braced to reinforce the walls, in the background is the South Crofty headgear over New Cook’s Kitchen Shaft, this was taken when the mine was working in 1995.
A closer view of the Pumping Engine House, the shaft which is to the right of the image has been capped.
And from the other side.
A final image of the site looking out over Camborne, the site of the man engine is to the right of the camera.
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