South Crofty Mine Surface 1: After several years of hard darkroom work I have finally printed through all of my South Crofty negatives, this is the first new page of 10. The images on this page were taken around the surface area of New Cooks Kitchen Shaft. Some were taken during mining operations and others just after closure in 1998.
Now very little remains, the renovated headframe still stands along with the winder house and a few other buildings. The site has been split by a new road, the mill and all its buildings were demolished in 2013, this changed the profile of the local skyline forever.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.1 – A panorama image of the site, showing the long conveyor belt from Cooks Shaft to the ore bins. The square white building on the right housed the South Winder, the low building to the right housed the mines Technical Services Department.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.2 – A slightly closer image of the previous photograph, sinking this shaft was commenced in the early 1900’s along with the shaft at Robinson’s. Initially used for ore haulage this shaft became the principle access to the mine in the 1990’s.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.3 – The headframe over South Crofty New Cooks Shaft which was 769m deep. To the left of the image is the ore conveyor belt leading to the old mill, this headframe was installed in the 1970’s, the square building on the right of the image housed on of the mine’s electric winders.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.4 – On the right of the image is the Mill, this closed in the mid 1980’s as a result of the crash in the price of Tin.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.5 – A good image of the headframe, nicely framed by one of the massive ore bins .
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.6 – In the foreground is one of the pillars supporting the conveyor belt from the shaft top. The headframe was made up of two sections each supporting it’s own winder. On the left the North Winder for ore haulage, on the right the South Winder used for man-riding.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.7 – A good image of the Cooks Shaft Headframe. After many years of neglect the structure was renovated in 2013 by Cornwall County Council.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.8 – Taken soon after closure the site is quiet, the ropes are still attached to the skips in the shaft. By the time the mine closed the deepest level it served was 400 fathom, 2400 feet. The shaft was lined with pipes, some taking the water out the mine others taking the compressed air to the working levels.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.9 – Much of the waste rock from South Crofty was supplied to a small aggregate company below the main site. This image was taken whilst the mine was still operating, at the back of the photograph on the right is a wheel belonging to a small rock crusher.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.10 – A busy view of South Crofty showing all the mill conveyor belts, all this has now been demolished. The mill was dangerous, but it still seems very sad that its all gone.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.11 – Taken a while after closure, the wire ropes are still attached. When compared with the previous image on the page the mill has already lost a considerable amount of metal sheeting.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.12 – In the foreground is the mine weighbridge, this site had a real magic to it, a photographers playground.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.13 – The wire ropes had been removed from the winders when this was taken, yet the site still felt as if it would once again come alive at any moment.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.14 – The base of the New Cooks Kitchen Shaft headframe.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.15 – In the foreground is the shaft inspection cage, on the left is the Shaft Lander’s hut, to the right is the Miner’s Dry.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.16 – The top of New Cooks Kitchen Shaft showing the gates to the cages.
South Crofty Mine Surface 1.17 – The area at the base of Cooks Shaft, the landers office is on the left of the image, after closure the site was deserted and quiet.
South Crofty Mine Surface 2