South Crofty Mine Surface 5

South Crofty Mine Surface 5: This page is looking at the South Crofty site as it declined over the years after closure. In late February 2013 Cornwall County Council undertook the renovation of the iconic headframe over New Cooks Kitchen Shaft, this was completed by October of the same year. During 2013/14 the site was also cleared, the old mill was demolished along with much of the old mine’s infrastructure. The huge ore bins which had dominated the landscape for so many years were finally broken up by January 2014, nothing has really looked the same again, now a road crosses the old mine splitting the surface area in half.

The images start in around 2010 and progress gradually to 2015, I have put them in the best order that I can.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.1 – A view of the two huge fine ore bins at South Crofty Mine. Taken from the bridge over the Red River on Chapel Road. Many years after closure the wind has stripped off many of the metal panels.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.2 – Sluices which would have carried mine water down to the Red River.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.3 – A close image of the mill, the ore bins are on the right.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.4 – Always dangerous to enter, after being abandoned for so long the mill had really started to deteriorate.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.5 – A final image of the site from the Red River Valley.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.6 – The view of the headframe and ore bins taken from East Hill

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.7 – The view of the site from South Roskear Terrace.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.8 – Walking up North Roskear Road gave an amazing view of the site.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.9 – I found a great vantage point at Pavilion Park, this captures the site so well.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.10 – In my opinion the best image of the site on “South Crofty Mine Surface 5”. I was so pleased with this, captured the old bal perfectly.

The following images are taken at a later date in 2013, the headframe has been covered to protect the workers from the elements, by this time initial demolition had commenced on the processing mill.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.11 – The headframe is totally encased in its covering. Demolition of the mill has also commenced.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.12 – A closer image of the mill, by this time anything of any value had been stripped out for scrap.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.13 – Much of the Red River Valley had been cleared in preparation for the new road scheme.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.14 – The ore bins with the shrouded headframe behind.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.15 – The fine ore bins, the site of the proposed road leads directly for them.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.16 – The completely gutted mill, the proposed road can be clearly seen.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.17 – Taken from Dundance Lane the old main access to the mine.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.18 – The fine ore bins, all the cladding at the top had been blown away by the wind.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.19 – Heavy machinery parked up on this side ready to continue demolition of the mine buildings.

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South Crofty Mine Surface 5.20 – The covered headframe and the remaining mine buildings.

The headframe lost the covering shroud in October 2013, these were taken in 2014 of the finished iconic structure.

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South Crofty Mines Surface 5.21 – The newly completed headframe all bright and clean covered in the new paint job.

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South Crofty Mines Surface 5.22 – A close image of the Sheave wheels at the top of the structure.

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South Crofty Mines Surface 5.23 – The headframe is essentially 2 in 1, it was served by two winders both using the same shaft, both North and South winders had different jobs.

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South Crofty Mines Surface 5.24 – A final image in the set, taken in the morning on a tripod has helped to get a clear photograph.

This is the last section of this page, these were taken in 2015 whilst wandering around the perimeter fence and local area with Tracy.

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South Crofty Mines Surface 5.25 – Without the ore bins the view from this angle is really not the same.

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South Crofty Mines Surface 5.26 – Looking across from Roskear towards the cleared South Crofty site, this was before the road had been completed.

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South Crofty Mines Surface 5.27 – The headframe from the rear of the site the South Winder House was starting to suffer at this time.

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South Crofty Mines Surface 5.28 – The building close to the camera houses the Alamack lift in Old Engine Shaft, I have been down this shaft several times before this was installed.

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South Crofty Mines Surface 5.29 – A final view of the site, it has always been very special to me, it always draws me back. I would be surprised if this is the last page in the series.

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South Crofty Mines Surface 5.30 – A view of the Tuckingmill Decline Portal, taken in 2015, only weekly inspections underground at this time.

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