South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2, this is the second page of images looking at the older workings of South Crofty.

In South Crofty Mine, Tincroft North Lode is faulted (upthrown) by Pryce’s Lode. Below Pyce’s Lode it is known as Main Lode and eventually hinges into the south-dipping No:1 Lode. In East Pool/Wheal Agar, North Tincroft Lode is known as South Lode and below Pryce’s Lode is known as Great Lode. Great Lode hinges into the south-dipping Middle Lode around the 252fm level and this hinge zone may be partially responsible for the exceptionally wide stope at this level. Great Lode (also known as Wolfram Lode, due to the high tungsten concentrations between 140-200fm around and below the granite contact) was of great width itself and also carried lensoid splays with mineralised granite in between, which may also go towards an explanation for the very wide stope seen at the 252fm level.

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

The first image on South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2, one of the biggest holes I have seen in South Crofty Mine, an image of the Great Lode stope, Wheal Agar 252 Fathom with Dave Cox for scale, this was one of those fluke photographs taken on a single flash, when I returned here with more flashguns they never came out this good.

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

Nick Le Boutillier struggling through the acres of deep mud on the floor of the Great Lode stope, Wheal Agar 252 Fathom..

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

The Ventilation Staff,  Mike Clothier and James Pettett playing in the mud, Great Lode stope, Wheal Agar 252 Fathom.

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

James Pettett in the huge stope holding a second flashgun, Great Lode stope, Wheal Agar 252 Fathom.

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

Framed by a strange piece of rusting equipment this is Mike Clothier of the Ventilation Department slowly sinking in the mud Great Lode stope, Wheal Agar 252 Fathom.

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

Mike Clothier and James Pettett in the Tolgus Tunnel, the mud here was knee deep and very sticky, at the end of the drive is an old winch.

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

James Pettett in the Tolgus Tunnel holding a slave flash, in the foreground an old wagon.

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

A better image of the winch in the Tolgus Tunnel, James Pettett is holding the flashgun.

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

Pump rods from Taylor’s Shaft lying against the walls of the crosscut to the shaft on 260 Fathom East Pool and Agar Mine.

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

260 Fathom; a crosscut off New North Lode lead straight to Taylor’s Shaft at the 1600ft level where the shaft was partially blocked by collapsed pump rods and pitwork. A vent raise was mined around this blockage to allow free flow of air. Fans at surface, next to the preserved pumping engine house, forced air down into the mine to ventilate the East Pool section.

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

I cannot remember where this is so any help will be appreciated. An old underground sinking winder, somewhere in South Crofty Mine.

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

A second view of the winder in its mined out chamber.

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

It was a lovely piece of mining history.

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

An unusual pillar arrangement and an old wagon in one of the abandoned drives, possibly No:2 Lode 340 Fathom Level.

South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2

The last image on South Crofty Mine Old Workings Gallery 2, the flywheel of the old pumping engine at the 2000ft station on Roskear Shaft.

For more images of Roskear Shaft follow this link: Roskear Shaft Underground

My thanks to Nick Le Boutillier for much of the information on these pages.

South Crofty Mine 2011

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