I was in Cornwall for Easter 2012 and I spent Good Friday enjoying the sun and wandering around Redruth and Camborne. The images on this page are taken in and around Pool and Tuckingmill, many show the South Crofty Mine workings and how the site dominates the local landscape. Also of interest are the buildings which belonged to the Bickford’s Safety Fuse Works.
The impact of mining in this area is easy to see from the rows of miners cottages to the impressive industrial landscape.
With the demolition of the South Crofty Mill and Ore Bins in late 2013 things look very different now.
All Saints Church in Tuckingmill, this was built in 1845 by the Basset family, located off Pendarves Street it’s built in the “Mock Norman Style”.
An image looking across the graveyard, in the background the headframe of South Crofty Mine partially hidden behind the ore bins.
A view of the South Crofty Mine complex taken from Pavillion Park, the mill is the closest structure.
Taken at the base of Pendarves Street, this image shows just how close the South Crofty site is to the surrounding houses.
Looking towards South Crofty Mine, taken from North Roskear Street. At the base of the hill are the remains of Bickford’s Fuse Works.
An image taken at the bottom of North Roskear Road looking towards Pendarves Street.
The ornate frontage of the former Bickford’s Safety Fuse Works on Pendarves Street.
In 1830 William Bickford devised a way of sealing gunpowder within the core of twisted jute yarns, this was then covered in tar to make it waterproof. The patent was issued in September 1831, production started in Tuckingmill soon afterwards. The site on Pendarves Street was formally a foundry, it was purchased and rebuilt in 1910 when the company expanded. This simple invention revolutionised the use of explosives underground. The fuse was safe to use and burnt at a rate of 30 seconds per foot, this was the first time the miners had a reliable way of setting off charges. I wonder how many lives and injuries it saved.
An image of the Bickford’s Fuse Works, the building remains here are very impressive.
A more detailed image of the works main wall, the inside is collapsed and overgrown.
One of the ornate windows looking into the factory.
A view across Morrison’s Supermarket carpark looking towards Taylor’s Shaft Pumping Engine House of East Pool and Agar Mine.
More information about the local Camborne Area can be found by following this link www.cambornemap.org
Redruth Town Gallery