The Last Cornish Mines

The Last Cornish Mines, this is an introduction to the Cornish Mines that worked in the recent years from the 1980’s. Regrettably by the time I had discovered Cornwall, all of them apart from South Crofty had closed, however the sites were photo rich and interesting, but Dangerous.
The Last Cornish Mines
These are the mines that closed due to the Tin Crash in the mid eighties. Galleries for: Geevor Tin Mine, Mount Wellington, Wheal Jane and Wheal Concord Mines are included here. The galleries for South Crofty Mine are on their own pages due to the larger amount of material I have.

The Last Cornish Mines

Pendarves Mine in the 1980’s.
Image reproduced here with permission of Mr Bob Orchard.

There was another mine of the 1980 period, Wheal Pendarves. This was located to the west of Camborne and Troon, there is nothing now on the site that would indicate there was ever a mine there. The mine was started in 1967, the principle shaft was Simms Shaft that reached a depth of 260m. In the latter years of the 1970’s until production was approximately 40,000 tons of ore per year. Lack of money and development forced the mines closure in 1984 when the bulk of the available ore reserves had been exhausted.

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Cornwall’s metal production finally ended in 1998 with the closure of South Crofty Mine. This was personally upsetting for me as I had made many friends there, I was most impressed with the family atmosphere of the mine, along with the attitude and friendliness of the men who worked there. Even though the miners knew closure was in sight they were all cheerful to the end. The extreme working conditions that made up their daily lives were unimaginable for most, the high temperatures and the constant risk of roof falls along with many other dangers made these men unique.
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I was honoured to know some of them.

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One of my last trips into South Crofty Mine in early 1998. The late Clevey Williams taking a well deserved break.

The following pages contain images of South Crofty, Mount Wellington, Wheal Concord, and Wheal Jane Mines. I only managed to see South Crofty working and with over 400 images taken underground I hope I have done the miners proud. The other sites are surface only images, taken during the 1990’s. These have changed significantly since then and I am now covering many sites again to show the changes.

South Crofty Mine History

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