South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2: this page looks at images around the site, I have tried to place them into chronological order. I have no pictures of the site after it had been securely fenced off after the fires, I think it upset me too much to see such a wonderful opportunity for an amazing preservation, go up in smoke.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.1 – This is the only photograph of the site I have whilst it was still working. By this time the shaft was only used occasionally with all the man riding having been transferred to Cooks Shaft. The workshops, offices and timber treatment plant were still operating. The timber in the foreground is awaiting transfer for use underground.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.2 – The site whilst South Crofty still had control, and before the vandals had gained entry.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.3 – A closer view showing the Engine House and the 77ft high headframe standing over the shaft. The original here was made of wood, in 1925 it was replaced by a steel frame which was built around the existing so the mine could continue operating. The small building behind the headframe contained the capstan winch, behind that the Electric Winder House. The chimney behind used to serve the Steam Winder and Compressor House. When the pumping engine was retired the stack of the engine house was reduced in height and the rear balcony “Bob Plat” used to maintain the beam, was removed.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.4 – The site had been cleared by South Crofty, windows had been boarded up, the wire ropes had been removed from the cages and the shaft area had been fenced off. It was a very special place to take photographs. I did not realise the place would deteriorate so quickly.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.5 – The fenced off shaft area and the buildings around it.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.6 – This turntable at the top of the shaft would allow a wagon coming from any direction on the site to be loaded into the cage for lowering down into the mine. In the background is the Compressor House with an air collecting tank on the outside of the building, on the left of the image is the Blacksmith’s Workshop.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.7 – I like this image, simple and detailed.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.8 – It was a good day for photography, I just wish that I had spent more time there.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.9 – A side on view of the Headframe, in the foreground the entrance to the workshops.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.10 – An a closer image of the modern Compressor House built in the 1970’s to feed the underground rockdrills with compressed air.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.11 – A detailed image of a window at the “Old” Compressor House at Robinson’s this building dates from around 1910. It was extended in the 1970’s when the machinery inside was updated.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.12 – The front of an old single flue Cornish Boiler on the site, in the background is the old mine garage.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.13. – A closer more detailed image of the front of the boiler.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.14 – The final image of the boiler, the building in the background is the original Sample House.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.15 – This image is looking back at the site. From left to right; Robinson’s Engine House, Pump Engine Boiler House, Electric Winder House and the Steam Winder Boiler House, in the foreground the old boiler.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.16 – A photograph of the rear of the mine offices, in the background is Robinson’s Shaft engine house and headframe.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.17 – A smashed window looking into the Miner’s Dry.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.18 – Old South Crofty wagons abandoned on site, makes a detailed composition. I hope these were saved before the site was cleared.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.19 – This is looking back at the site from the main entrance (Station Road Side). This is a good view in respect it shows the original site layout and shows many of the buildings that were lost.
South Crofty Robinsons Shaft 2.20 – At the far end of the site are the remains of South Crofty’s Bickford’s Shaft, originally part of Tincroft Mine. This was 150 fathoms deep but narrow and crooked, the shaft could take only a single skip. When Robinson’s started to operate it replaced Bickford’s and took over as the main haulage shaft of the mine. The square chimney was for a steam hoist that served the shaft
The South Crofty Robinson’s complex was unique and I loved the time I spent there, in many ways it felt I was intruding on the peace that prevailed. By no means did I cover all the site but I hope the images on this page convey the mystery, atmosphere and some magic of the place.
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