Cornish Mines Underground 2: this set of photographs were taken in a modern Cornish Mine that closed in the 1980’s. The only accessible workings here were on the Adit level, these are unstable and dangerous with areas of bad air.
There is now no access to this site, the images here were taken in and around 2004-2005
Looking down the shaft to water.
The shaft station at Adit level, Dave is standing infront of the lift gates.
A second image of the shaft gates at Adit level, there were some large pipes in here.
These pipes underground would have discharged water into the adit when the mine was in operation. In 1977 it was estimated that around 1,500 million gallons of water was pumped, this works to an hourly average of around 171,000 gallons. (I hope my facts are correct)
The start of the Main Adit which carried the water out of the mine.
The Adit Dam, just down from the main shaft.
The drive leading to the Adit Level Dam.
The end of the Adit Drive is very unstable, even with roof supports in place there have been multiple collapses.
A wetter section of the mine’s Adit level workings.
An image looking up at the upper stopes of the mine.
Another image of the stopes on Adit Level.
The remains of an old wagon in the stopes.
Another image of the Adit workings, there was a lot of timbering in this section to support the roof.
Dave holding a slave flash shows the length of the Adit passage, on the timbers in the foreground a memory of those who have worked or visited there.
A final image on Cornish Mines Underground 2, this is of the main Adit section, with the camera set on”B” and mounted on a tripod. I walked the length of the Adit in darkness shooting the flashgun at regular intervals. A few wasted efforts but I think the final result was well worth it.
Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 3