This page: East Pool and Agar Mine 2, covers the preserved Cornish Pumping Engine at Taylor’s Shaft. The engine was built in 1892 by Harvey’s and Co of Hayle and designed by Nicholas Trestrail a local engineer. Originally built for the Carn Brea mines it lay idle until East Pool and Agar brought the engine in 1924, this was the last time a Cornish Pump was installed in a mine in Cornwall. The shaft was named after M.T.Taylor who was the mine superintendent at the time, it was a three compartment measuring 20ft by 9ft, the final depth was 1,700ft. When East Pool closed in 1945 South Crofty had to run the engine to keep their own workings dry, the engine worked until 28th September 1954 when electric pumps took over.
An image looking towards the Engine House, to the right of the building stood the ore bins.
Looking towards the front of the Engine House, the 110ft Chimney with the letters EPAL in white brick (East Pool and Agar Ltd). The pump rod over the shaft can be seen, the black building to the right of the shaft was a ventilation unit that was used by South Crofty.
An image of the pipes and valves at the base of the Engine House.
The rear door of Taylor’s Engine House.
An image of the “Nose” of the beam where the pump rod is attached.
At the side of the shaft is the massive Balance Box, this was used to balance the weight of water in the shaft. This is the hinge which allowed the box to move with the pump rods, three more of these worked at different levels in the shaft.
The Balance Box, this was made in 1911 by the Charlestown Foundry in St Austell, unusually it’s made from steel plate instead of cast iron. This is a fantastic example at East Pool and Agar Mine 2.
Broken sections of beams are stacked outside the Engine House.
Scattered around the site are numerous pieces of mining history, here in the grass a selection of old valves.
Sections of old pump rods along with some large valves.
An old upturned wagon makes an interesting image.
The remaining images on this page were taken inside the Engine House at Taylor’s Shaft of East Pool and Agar Mine 2.
On walking through the door the first thing you see is the massive 90″ cylinder of this magnificant engine. Surrounded by polished timber held in place by brass bands it’s quite a sight.
The driver’s position at the rear of the cylinder.
The Middle Chamber and the top of the cylinder, behind are the equilibrium valves, the ornate cast balustrading can be seen on the raised balcony.
Looking down at the top of the cylinder, when working Taylor’s Engine would run at about 5 strokes per minute, it pumped around 90 gallons of water per stroke.
A closer image of the valve gear.
One of the oil feeders on the cylinder.
Another oil feeder all different, they are beautifully made.
Detail of one of the engine valves.
The piston rod going up to where it joins onto the beam.
In the Top Chamber is the massive beam for the engine. Each side is a single casting the overall weight is over 52 tons, the makers name and date is visible on the end.
The engine houses of East Pool and Agar Mines are a great place to visit, I enjoyed myself wandering around, I would recommend it to anyone. For more information follow this link East Pool and Agar Mine
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