Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 4

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 4.
The next set of images show some of the mines accessible around the St Agnes area.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 4

This underground image shows slot in the workings which leads to a large sea cave.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 4

An image of a small stope in the mine. The lengths of timber are “Stulls” which the miners would climb on to mine the ore.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 4

Dave descending a small climb to the sea cave.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 4

The sea cave which was mined out in places, at the back there is a blocked drainage adit.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 4

Another large sea cave at St Agnes.

The images below were taken at Cligga Head Wolframite Mine in the late 1990’s. Wolframite was the main source of Tungsten which was widely used in the manufacture of munitions. The surface area of the site was the location for the British and Colonial Explosives factory which opened in 1893. This was eventually purchased by the Nobel Explosive Company, the site was in production until 1909 when a drop in metal prices closed many of the neighbouring mines.
The Cligga Head Mine opened in 1938 and was closed on the completion of the Second World War in 1945. In the 1960’s Geevor Mine in collaboration with other mining companies, re-commenced underground works with active exploration and diamond drilling. No great results were forthcoming and in 1964 Geevor Mine decided to expand their own sett with the re-entry of the Levant Mine workings, so the site was again abandoned. More work on the site was planned for the 1980’s, however the huge drop in the price of Tin due to the market collapse halted this project. The story here is not over yet, with rising Tin prices I believe there has been renewed interest in the site, the future, who knows.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 4

An image of Dave with a “slave flash” heading down an incline.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 4

Dave standing beside timber stulls supporting a false floor.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 4

One of the huge stopes in the Cligga workings.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 4

Cousin Jack ore chute along one of the drives in Cligga Head Mine. These were used to load the wagons with ore from the stope above.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 4

A line of three Cousin Jack Chutes looking down the drive in Cligga Head Mine.

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