Cornish Mines Underground 1

Cornish Mines Underground 1: The images on this page were taken in an abandoned  Mine near to the village of Chacewater. The Copper and Tin workings here date back to the 1880’s when the mine closed, however they were re-entered at later times in the mine’s history during the 1970’s and 80’s when other lodes in the area were being mined.
The colours underground caused by mineral deposits can be incredible, when using Black and White film the impact of this is lost. However, the detail and atmosphere of a monochrome image can really capture the “feel” of the Mine.

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Cornish Mines Underground 1.1- Dave descending the shaft into the workings, around 220ft to surface. The shaft used to be laddered but these have rotted away and collapsed to the bottom.

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Cornish Mines Underground 1.2- Dave happily posing for this picture, one of the collapsed ladders is behind him.

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Cornish Mines Underground 1.3- The shaft opens up at the bottom into a large chamber.

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Cornish Mines Underground 1.4- Dave just at the bottom of the shaft, the pile of old ladders can be seen clearly. Behind him wooden stemples help support the rock.

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Cornish Mines Underground 1.5- Turning around from the entry shaft this is the first view into the workings. Ahead is a flooded section, in the background is a ladder which leads to an upper level.

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Cornish Mines Underground 1.6- Below the entrance shaft chamber is this incredible sight. The whole of the roof supporting the floor above is like an underground forest of timber, quite an amazing thing to see.

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Cornish Mines Underground 1.7- I turned off all the lights held the camera shutter open and had Dave fire the flashgun to achieve this interesting effect.

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Cornish Mines Underground 1.8- The floor here was nothing but mud and unstable boulders, Dave is not having fun sliding down the slope.

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Cornish Mines Underground 1.9- Along the lower level is a timbered ladderway leading down to the mine’s deep drainage adit. Below where Dave is standing the workings are flooded to the roof.

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I must say again, NEVER enter old Mine Workings without the correct training, experience and equipment, the fact that the images are on the following pages DOES NOT infer access or permission. There are many groups in Cornwall active in underground exploration. Please check on the internet and go underground in safety with experienced explorers, never take risks, never just pop in for a look.

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