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