Hemerdon Mine

These images were taken on an arranged tour of the Hemerdon Mine site in 2012. For a day that held so much promise the weather was rubbish, cold, and wet, the photography did not really go to plan. The area was totally cleared in 2014 in preparation for the new Hemerdon Mine development, there was an extensive 1940’s processing mill which sadly was lost.
Hemerdon Tungsten Mine was discovered in 1867, the first real operation period was during the First World War when Tungsten was in short supply. The mine was worked as an opencast between 1918 and 1919 producing approximately 16,000 tonnes of ore. During the Second World War operations were resumed once again, a processing plant was erected in 1943 the remains of which were quite extensive but were demolished to make way for the new mine, the site finally closed in 1944.
There has been an interest in the Tungsten and Tin deposits for many years; in the 1980’s there was an extensive drilling program, this and other investigations indicated a deposit of over 45 million tonnes. The low values of the deposits and the low price of Tungsten at the time caused the project to be abandoned.
In recent years Wolf Minerals acquired the site in 2014, since then a processing plant has been constructed and the mine is in full operation. With indicated ore reserves in the region of 200 million tonnes of .02% Tin and .018% Wolfram it could be one of the top four largest producers in the world.

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One of the Hemerdon Mine buildings, this probably dated from the investigations in the 1980’s.

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A wider view of the same building.

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Part of the building contained a small old air compressor.

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The inside was in a pretty bad way, scattered around the floor were old core samples from the drilling program.

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In a second shed over the way, there were 1000’s of core samples. These were studied and analysed by Wolf Minerals to identify the viability of the Hemerdon Mine.

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A huge amount of work was spend in sorting these samples out, regrettably the weight was too much for these racks.

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Someone was probably quite upset when this lot went over.

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The key to a successful undertaking was within these samples.

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My late friend, Dr Nick Le Boutillier eagerly searching for samples in the Hemerdon Mine openworks.

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A miserable day for photography, this is the Hemerdon Mine openworks.

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This was taken in 2012, by 2018 (Today) this has grown beyond imagination.

There was a second trip a few months after, when I have completed the images they will be added to this page.

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