Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2, this is the second page of the reprinted images looking at the site in the 1990’s. I am hoping in the future to take some more images of the site as it is now, then include then on another page.
One of my biggest regrets is that I did not take more pictures when I had the chance.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.1- This image was taken standing under the headframe, the mill is in the background to the right are the shaft gates, at this time the shaft had a hatch over it, soon afterwards it was securely welded up. The top of the fine ore bin is in the background.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.2- Looking directly towards the shaft gates at the head of the shaft, the shaft collar was constructed in November 1969, shaft sinking commenced a few weeks later.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.3- A wider view of the shaft head, the rails in the ground led to the various engineering shops in the complex. The mill building is on the left of the image, the ore silo is on the right of the headframe.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.4- A view across the mine yard, on the left is the foundation for one of the headframe legs.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.5- The outside door to the geology department, core samples can be seen scattered on the floor.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.6- A pair of doors with rails leading to them near to the headframe caught my eye, makes a good image.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.7- A valve arrangement in a building near the headframe.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.8- The interior of the Mount Wellington Mine Geology Offices, this was full of samples diamond drill cores and loads of history, sadly all gone.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.9- This is an ore skip at the base of the Mount Wellington headframe, the remains of a hydraulic ram which fed it is in the background. The ore silos are overhead, this and many other skips would have fed the ore into the processing plant. The ore would have been initially crushed underground to make handling easier before being brought to the surface.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.10- A water reservoir or settling tank outside the processing mill.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.11- A wider view of the mill and settling tank, the mill feed conveyor from the shaft silo is on the left of the image, it would have fed the ore into the Ball Mills where it was crushed again.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.12- A second image of the mill from a slightly different angle.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.13- This conveyor was the main feed from the ore silo’s into the processing shed.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.14- A second image of the conveyor feed.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.15- Pipes and debris down the side of the mill building, the silo behind would have held chemicals for use during the processing of the ore material.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.16- The steps leading to Mount Wellington Mine Admin offices.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.17- The same steps from a different angle, I really like this image, it’s just so sad the site deteriorated so much in such a short time.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.18- Looking into the derelict mill, I believe this was the flotation area, the scrap men had certainly been at this. All the wire had been stripped out for the Copper value. It was dark and extremely dangerous with hazards everywhere, needless to say I did not enter.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.19- The interior of the mine mill, it was derelict with a lot of panels just waiting to fall, this is the area where the ball mills were situated.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.20- A second image of the mill, this really shows the height of the building, unwanted equipment and piping were spread over the floor.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.21- To the west of the Mount Wellington Complex is the tailings dam for the processing plant, this is where all the waste product from the mill was held. As processing techniques improved the idea was that the waste could be easily reprocessed if it was stored nearby.
Mount Wellington Mine Gallery 2.22- A final view of the headframe, the sheave wheels on top have been preserved and are now mounted at the entrance to the complex.
So many places like Mount Wellington have ceased to exist, very few remains are still on the site today. Pendarves Mine there is nothing left, the whole area flattened and the shafts filled with an equestian centre where the buildings were. Wheal Jane Mine across the valley from Wellington, the shafts remain which are pumped in order to process the mine water before it enters the River Fal, but almost everything else has disappeared. South Crofty Mine, the mill and many of the buildings have been demolished all that stands is the headframe, but there maybe the chance of mining here again. Although these were the mines of the eighties the recent history has gone, very sad that so much has been lost so quickly. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, most people think these remains are an eyesore and should be demolished, me……….well I think they are beautiful.
Mount Wellington Mine Tailings Dam