Cornish Mining Documents

Cornish Mining Documents, I love collecting paperwork from a bygone age. Many hours of looking at ebay and junk shops in the hope of finding something interesting has paid off to some degree. The quality of design on some of the share certificates is wonderful, ornate and impressive to those adventurers looking for an investment it must have been very tempting.
There are also Mine Reports for shareholder Issue, various letters, notices and checklists from Mount Wellington Mine during the 1980’s.

Cornish Mining Documents: Dolcoath Mine “The Queen of Cornish Mines”

Cornish Mining Documents

Dolcoath Mine, New East Shaft Engine House.

The paperwork below is from Josiah Thomas who was the Dolcoath Mine Captain from 1867 to 1895. He first introduced compressed air drilling machines to the mine in 1876, along with Californian Stamps in 1892. He was appointed managing director of the mine in 1895 and died in October 1901.
The Dolcoath Mine Report, this was issued in 1881.

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A Dolcoath Mine Share Certificate, this is dated 1911, issued in an attempt to fund the final years of the mine operation.

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Cornish Mining Documents: Tincroft Mine

Cornish Mining Documents

Tincroft Mine, these are the remains of the Compressor House on the left (this supplied air to the drills used underground and two air winches). On the right is the last surviving Man Engine House in Cornwall.

Below is the General Manager’s Report to the 30th June 1914, it is interesting to note on the Chairman’s Report page 3 it is reported that the Carn Brea Section had been relinquished, and work will be concentrated on the Tincroft Sections of the Mine.

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Cornish Mining Documents

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Cornish Mining Documents

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Cornish Mining Documents

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Cornish Mining Documents

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Below are a small selection of letters from Tincroft Mine. The dates vary from 1917 – 1920, it is interesting to see the changes in the letter head over those years.

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Cornish Mining Documents: St Ives Consols (Giew Mine)

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The Pumping Engine House of Giew Mine from the boiler house side. The shaft here is 225m deep and known as Frank’s Shaft. It is situated on the Western side of Trink Hill beside the B3311. The mine worked from 1838-1922 producing 145 tons of Tin.

In 1907 the mine was re-opened as part of “St Ives Consolidated Mines” along with other local setts.

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Cornish Mining Documents: East Pool and Agar Mine

Cornish Mining Documents

This is the preserved 90″ Pumping Engine on Taylor’s Shaft of East Pool and Agar Mine, it is open to the public run by the National Trust.

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Cornish Mining Documents: Castle an Dinas Mine

Cornish Mining Documents

Castle-an-Dinas Wolfram Mine, it closed in 1957 after a 40 year life. This image shows the Combined Compressor and Pumping Engine House, the shaft here surrounded by the fence is capped in concrete.

A pay sheet for Castle-an-Dinas Mine dated 9th December 1933, one of my favorite pieces of history.

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Cornish Mining Documents: Killifreth Mine

Cornish Mining Documents

Hawke’s Engine House through the trees. The shaft is behind the house and reached a depth of 125 fathoms. Before capping the pump rod and rising main were still in situ in the shaft.

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Cornish Mining Documents: South Crofty Mine

Cornish Mining Documents

A view across the yard at South Crofty Mine, this was taken in 1998 just after the mine has sadly closed.

The documents below on the Mining Methods were given to me on my first visit to the mine in 1992.Cornish Mining Documents

Cornish Mining Documents

The documents were rescued form a skip at South Crofty Mine after closure in 1998.

Cornish Mining Documents

Cornish Mining Documents

Cornish Mining Documents

Cornish Mining Documents: Mount Wellington Mine

Cornish Mining Documents

Mount Wellington Mine site, this was taken in the mid 1990’s before the headframe was removed for scrap.

The documents below were found in a skip when the site was being cleared out, so much paperwork and history was just thrown away.

Cornish Mining Documents

Cornish Mining Documents

That is it for the moment on this page, I hope it will be added to again soon.

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