Ding Dong Mine is generally thought to be one of the oldest in Cornwall, it’s claimed to have lodes worked as far back as pre-historic times.
The workings of the sett which is over 1.5 miles long and a mile wide is a combination of 16 separate mines which merged in the early 19th century. Main production of the mine is given between 1814-1878, with a total of 3,472 tons of black tin recovered. The mine finally closed in 1880 after the price of Tin had dropped to £41 per ton due to cheap Tin sources being developed around the world. Re-workings were attempted in 1912 and 1928 but with no success. At its height the mine had five engines at work, today there are three remaining engine houses with Tin open works scattered around the moor, so please take care when exploring the site.
Located in the Parish of Madron, the site is barren and lonely but has a magic of its own.
The ruins of Ding Dong Mine Counthouse, in the background is the Whim Engine House.
The fine 40″ Pumping Engine House on Greenburrow Shaft, these remains can be seen for miles around.
The house was built in 1865 and the shaft was 80 Fathoms deep.
The Engine House was consolidated in the late 1980’s.
The burrows (waste tips) around the mine were re-worked between 1912 and 1915.
The capped Greenburrow shaft of Ding Dong Mine.
An image looking out over the lonely moor, the masonry in the foreground leads to the balance bob pit.
The interior of the Pumping Engine House.
One of the cylinder bolts in the Engine House.
The 25″ Whim Engine House at Ding Dong Mine.
Known as Ishmael’s Whim Engine house this is one of my favourites to photograph.
A view at the back of the Whim House, the loading for the flywheel are in the foreground.
One of the fine brick lined shafts to be found at Ding Dong Mine.
The Pumping Engine House on Tredinneck Shaft, this is the deepest on the mine at 135 Fathoms. The 30″ engine worked here from 1835 until the mine closed in 1880.
A slightly different angle on Tredinneck’s Engine House.