King Edward Mine is located near Troon. It is a mining museum focusing on Tin Processing and preservation of the machinery and Grade 2 listed buildings onsite.
The museum contains the only 5-head Califorian stamps in Europe, and when open, has daily working displays of the equipment on the processing floors which has changed little over the last 100 years.
The mine is located on the sett of South Condurrow which worked from 1850-1896, producing over 11,000 tons of Tin. After closure, the Mine and surface buildings were presented to the Camborne School of Mines as a training area, and renamed as King Edward Mine in honour of Edward VII.
The School of Mines took over the abandoned eastern part of South Condurrow in 1897. The mine was then re-equipped to reflect the best of Cornish Mining technology at the time. This included re-opening two shafts and the underground workings down to 400 feet from surface. On the surface was the erection of many new buildings including: the mill, survey office and workshops. All of the buildings have survived.
The onset of World War 1 halted mining operations, after the war the mine worked until 1921 when neighbouring mines closed and the workings began to flood. The school retained the site until 2005 when Cornwall Council and the Carn Brea Mining Society purchased the property.
The cluster of buildings around Vivian’s Shaft Great Condurrow Mine which still allows access to the workings.
Some of the preserved listed buildings at King Edward Mine, part of the workshop complex dating from around 1902.
Another image of the workshop mine buildings.
All the buildings here are very photogenic.
The weighbridge, assay office and brass casting shop about 1870.
This and the next three images show some of the old mining machinery on the site, shapes and textures everywhere, a photographers paradise. This is part of the Rostowrack rotary beam engine dated 1851.
An image of the drum from the capstan hoist from Cook’s Shaft South Crofty. Evans sinking pump is in the foreground.
Cylinders for the capstan hoist.
More machinery waiting for its turn to be re-assembled.
A Sulzer diesel engine c1924 ex- Falmouth pumping station, now preserved at the King Edward Mine Museum.
One of the Round Frames in the Museum mill, this was used to recover fine particles of Tin.
The business end of the Californian Stamps in the museum which when working would crush the ore to a fine powder for processing.
The arms of the Californian Stamps at King Edward Mine Museum.
Inside the museum above the stamps is an old wagon poised over a Grizzly. This was in place to prevent large rocks from entering the stamps, they would be broken up further by a miner using a sledgehammer.
The Calciner at King Edward Mine.
The conserved Whim Engine and Boiler House.
The Sulzer diesel engine before re-assembly.
An old mining wagon on display.
One of my favorite images of the page, the patterns and textures really work in this photo.
I like this museum, it’s good for photographs and a good day out for anyone. My thanks again go to Tony Brooks for the information on the images King Edward Mine Museum.
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