The Redruth Mining District: this and the previous page Camborne Mining District make up the area known as “The Central Mining District”. I have split the pages like this to make things simpler to separate the images and make it easier for general understanding, it’s not a definitive listing, it’s the way that I felt would be easier to follow. This page covers the mines of: Redruth, Illogan and Scorrier areas.
All the images on this page are newly printed in 2017.
The Basset Mines, these are the impressive remains at Marriott’s Shaft South Wheal Frances section built in 1897. In the centre is the 80″ Engine House, the shaft here is brick lined with a 14ft diameter and reached a depth of 340 Fathoms.
An image of Wheal Basset Stamps, the engine house contained two 30″ rotary beam engines which drove 96 heads of stamps to crush the ore. The stamps would have been infront of the engine house at right angles, one of the mounting blocks is in the foreground. One of my favorites in the Redruth Mining District.
An image of West Basset Stamps, in the background is the Carn Brea monument, the heart of the Redruth Mining District.
For more images follow this link: Basset Mine Gallery
The scant remains of Wheal Buller Mine, this worked 1819-1875 it produced 140,000 tons of Copper making it the fourth largest producer in Cornwall.
This is Reade’s shaft 70″pumping engine house, of Hallenbeagle Mine. Located near to Scorrier, the mine worked from 1835-1846 producing 30,580 tons of Copper.
A detailed image of the engine house arch, in the distance is the house of North Treskerby Mine.
The sad remains of the whim house, these were taken in the late 1990’s. Today the site has been cleared and leveled, the engine houses remain but everything else has been cleared for an “industrial site”.
An image of Hallenbeagle Mine looking across the railway, the chimney of the whim house can be seen above the treeline.
North Treskerby Mine, the 80″ Pumping Engine House on Doctor’s shaft. This mine worked from 1859-1892 producing 19,270 tons of copper and 150 tons of tin.
When I visited the site in the mid 1990’s the shaft infront of the house was still open.
A final image of the graceful engine house, standing on a hill it is a landmark that can be seen for miles around.
The Engine House of Pennance Mine near Lanner, it worked from 1866-1872 producing 590 tons of Copper.
This is Baronet’s Engine House, built in 1866.
Since these images were taken in the mid 1990’s the site has been cleared and stabilised.
Tresavean Mine was the third largest copper producing mine in Cornwall, this is Harvey’s stamps engine house. It worked from 1815-1927 producing 197,720 tons of Copper and 1,678 tons of Tin.
Standing high above the town of Redruth the stack of Penandrea Mine. The mine worked from 1854-1891 producing 7,700 Tons of Tin and 1,090 Tons of Copper.
Redruth was once the mining capital of the world. Surrounded by mines it became the centre of commerce for the Cornish Mining Industry. This is the Mining Exchange building, it dates from 1880. The building to the right was the old Post Office and the Bain and Field’s Bank.
Opposite the station in Redruth are these ornate buildings. The one on the left is dated 1891, mining stocks and shares would have been traded here.
The impressive survival of the Tolgus Calciner along the Old Portreath road, this was taken in the 1990’s, since then it has deteriorated significantly.
For more images follow this link: Tolgus Calciner Gallery
The Tolgus Tin Streaming Mill was the last to work in Cornwall, it closed in the late 1980’s following the crash in Tin prices, today it’s a working museum. This is an image of the round frame in the processing sheds.
For more images follow this link: Tolgus Tin Gallery
The area around in and around Tolskithy Valley bears the scars of much mining activity, the Tolgus mines, Wheal Tehidy, Wheal Fortune to name but a few. Taken in the early 1990’s this image shows the huge spoil heaps (burrows) that still existed.
Close to the A30 bridge that crosses the Tolskithy Valley are the remains of some Arsenic flues. Taken in the 1990’s I must check to see how the area has changed.
A closer image of the remains, the A30 bridge can just be seen on the right.
The three chimneys that stand on the West side of Tolskithy Valley at West Tolgus, this was taken in the mid 1990’s, one of the historic landmarks of the Redruth Mining District.
A closer images of the chimneys, they are very visible from the A30 and are a main feature of the landscape. One of the chimneys belongs to Wheal Raven pumping engine, the house of which is long sadly demolished.
Wheal Rose Mine near Scorrier worked between 1826-1872, the engine house was converted to a dwelling several years ago.
A side view of the finely proportioned engine house.
A final image of the engine house from the boiler house side, scaffolding at the rear indicates the conversion work had recently started (mid 1990’s).
An image of Wheal Peevor Mine framed by the buildings at West Peevor Mine. This mine worked from 1872-1918 producing 3,280 tons of tin. The three engine houses from left to right are: the 32″ Stamps, 70″ Pumping house on Sir Frederick’s shaft and the 18″ whim (winding) house, this was taken before the site was stabilised.
A dramatic image of the 70″ Pumping house on Sir Frederick’s shaft, one of the most well known mines in the Redruth Mining District.
The derelict site of Wheal Concord Mine, this was taken in the 1990’s before the site was sold, the headframe still survives.
For more images follow this link: Wheal Concord Mine
Wheal Uny Mine, the two engine houses on Hind’s Shaft. The further engine house contained the mine’s 70″ Pumping Engine, the closer contained the Whim. The mine worked from 1800-1930 producing 2,825 ton Copper and 7,660 tons of Tin.
The last image from the Redruth Mining District, an image of the 70″ pumping engine house of Wheal Uny.
The Gwennap Mining District