I was lucky enough on my visits to South Crofty to get to see Roskear Shaft underground on three occasions. Once a camera packed up, another where I had no time to hang around. On the third occasion I had around 30 minutes to myself, which was time for an explore and a few images to be taken. It was a very interesting area, the shaft was breath taking with living history all around. It’s so difficult to believe it is all underwater now.
South Crofty Mine Roskear Shaft Underground, the sinking of Roskear Shaft was begun by the Dolcoath Company in 1923. After the closure of Dolcoath Mine in 1921, this was planned to be the focus of the New Dolcoath Mine. The circular, brick-lined, shaft was sunk by shaft sinkers from South Wales and eventually reached 2000 feet deep by late 1926. Levels at 1700, 1900 and 2000 feet intersected a number of lodes and some limited stoping was done on the Roskear Complex for wolfram and tin.
The gated entrance to the New Roskear Shaft Station area, the shaft indicator is hanging from the roof.
The 2000ft Station on New Roskear Shaft South Crofty, the brick arches to the shaft can be clearly seen. Photography here was interesting as there was a gale blowing from the ventilation fans on the surface. The chains support a bridge over the shaft.
A wider view of the 2000ft Shaft Station, on the left of the image is the bay for the pumping engine.
A second image of the shaft station, to the left of the image are the remains of a small pumping engine which dates from the 1920’s.
A view of the pumping engine , the pipe infront was attached to the rising main.
A side on view of the engine remains.
The engine in its bay area.
An image of the engine showing a bit more detail, its a shame that this is now all under water, lost and forgotten.
Looking down the length of the engine bay.
The end of the rising main which led to the shaft.
A closer image of the fly-wheel.
An image of the bridge across the New Roskear Shaft, this was a suspended chain and timber bridge over a deep hole…..not frightening at all.
My guide on this occasion was James Pettett, this is an image of him crossing the shaft.
A image looking up the shaft to surface 2000ft away, the guides for the installed cage winder can be seen. The shaft was brick lined to surface, that must have been an amazing achievement.
The disconnected rising main running up the shaft, the quality of the brickwork was amazing.
An image looking down the New Roskear Shaft which was 400 fathoms deep, the base of the cage guides can be seen.
James Pettett from the Ventilation Department taking air samples in the drive leading to the shaft, this was done to monitor the Radon Levels in the mine.
This is James removing the planks from a ventilation door in the New Roskear Shaft section.
When the cats away the mice will play. I was on my own for a while so I explored. I crossed the shaft into the “New Dolcoath Mine” for a shufty around. The ground was not good, with false floors long rotted through, I reached a small stope and had a chance to grab this image.
At the end of the drive the timberwork had all collapsed, the open stope was above.
Looking back down the drive to the main haulage route, the remains of a cousin jack chute can be seen on the left of the image.
Most of the timber had collapsed in this section.
A final image of the drive showing the extent of the very nasty timber supports.
South Crofty Mine Underground Gallery 1