South Crofty Mine Mill 2: This is the second page of images taken in the Mill area in 1997. I was on my own for most of the time, it was very spooky in there.
The mill was closed in 1985 after the Tin price crashed from £10,000 per ton to £3,300 which was half the production costs at the mine. Carnon Consolidated Ltd who were the owners at the time had to make major changes to survive. One of the group mines Pendarves had to close, the South Crofty Mill closed, underground production at Wheal Jane was halted but the mill there was kept in operation to treat all the South Crofty ore. By 1988 all South Crofty output was being transported to Wheal Jane in heavy lorries, this arrangement remained in place until 1998 when the mine closed.
South Crofty Mine Mill 2.1 – The area below the Crushing Hall was dark, quiet and very spooky.
South Crofty Mine Mill 2.2 – One of the many conveyor belts in the facility, most the floors in this basement area were flooded.
South Crofty Mine Mill 2.3 – It was a strange place, random pieces of machinery everywhere, pipes from the roof disappearing into the floor.
South Crofty Mine Mill 2.4 – One of the rotating Ball Mills where the rock was treated by rotation to release the metal particles.
South Crofty Mine Mill 2.5 – The front of the Ball Mill, on the right is the drive motor.
South Crofty Mine Mill 2.6 – Another set of Ball Mills in the Recovery Plant. The cylinder would have been filled with metal balls, the crushed ore would be fed into the mill which was rotating, the action of the metal balls on the ore would subsequently release the metal particles.
South Crofty Mine Mill 2.7 – The front of the Ball Mill showing the drive mechanism, in this case it appears to be four truck tyres.
South Crofty Mine Mill 2.8 – More rotating mills, the output from these mills would feed the Shaking Tables in the Recovery Plant.
South Crofty Mine Mill 2.9 – This arrangement of pipes caught my eye, it just makes quite a good photograph.
South Crofty Mine Mill 2.10 – This piece of machinery was the Classifier, it was a rotating screw which separated the larger and denser particles by dragging them against a flow of liquid.
South Crofty Mine Mill 2.11 – A second image of the Classifier, By the time the ore reached this point it had been ground to a mushy material which held the Tin metal in suspension.
South Crofty Mine Mill 2.12 – The control cabin in the Mill area.
South Crofty Mine Mill 2.13 – This is the interior of the main mill, derelict and neglected it still had a magic of its own, the atmosphere inside was quite spooky. To the right of the image was a raised area where the Shaking Tables were situated.
South Crofty Mine Mill 2.14 – The roof in this section had seen better days.
South Crofty Mines Mill 2.15 – Alongside the raised level which had all the Shaking Tables mounted was this piece of equipment.
South Crofty Mines Mill 2.16 – Looking back the other way, the debris on the floor is an indication of how unstable the building actually was.
South Crofty Mines Mill 2.17 – Another piece of unidentifiable machinery, sorry to be a bit vague.
South Crofty Mines Mill 2.18 – Before the final demolition the Mill would have been stripped of anything of value and sold for scrap.
If there is anyone out there who can help with information on some of the images, please get in contact with me.
South Crofty Mine Mill 3