Wheal Coates Mine

Wheal Coates Mine worked on and off from 1815-1914 producing an overall total  of 335 tons Copper and 717 tons of Tin. The impressive Pumping Engine House on Towanroath Shaft dates from 1872, it remained in work until 1885. In a later re-working of the mine a new horizontal pumping engine was installed at the base of the house, this was used from 1911-1914. The foundation can be clearly seen.
Walk up the hill to the other remaining buildings that include a 24″ Stamps and an 18″ Whim Engine House. The site has been very well stabilised in the 1970’s and 80’s by the National Trust. This is a great place to walk around, the site still retains its atmosphere and the views are amazing.
It is one of the most photographed Engine Houses in Cornwall.

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This area is well known for the dramatic sea mists that flow in and cover the bay. This image was taken early on spring morning, the sea mist lapping on the top of the cliffs gives a ghostly feel to the photograph.

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The sea mist slowly covering the Engine House, just visible in the background is the Bob Wall of Great Wheal Charlotte.

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A view of the Engine House on from the path from Chapel Porth.

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The iconic view of the 36″ Pumping Engine House on Towanroath Shaft perched on the cliff edge, the foundation for the horizontal pumping engine made at Tuckingmill Foundry which was used in the later re-working is in front of the house.

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A view of the Wheal Coates Engine House from the path, the boiler house is on the left, at the rear the square flue leading to the chimney can be seen.

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A closer image of the front of the house showing the fine masonry used in the construction, it was stabilised by the National Trust in 1970.

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An image of the 24″ Stamps Engine House at Wheal Coates Mine.

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Looking across the Whim Engine foundations towards the Stamps House.

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The doorway to the Whim House, it was a 18″ cylinder all enclosed steam powered engine.

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The foundations for the Whim Engine, fine brickwork still remain in parts of the wall.

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An image of Wheal Coates showing the Stamps and Whim Engines houses of the mine, the chimney for the steam whim is on the right.

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An image of the Stamps Engine House looking through the gap where the sluice for the mine pond was mounted, the sea mist behind is obscuring the sea.

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A final view of the 24″ Stamps Engine House, on the right is one of the walls of the Whim House.

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At low tide a walk along the beach from Chapel Porth shows the Wheal Coates Towanroath Engine House in all its glory. The cliffs around here show many sites of mining activity. Care should be taken as the tide here will come in very fast.

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