Wheal Uny Mine

Wheal Uny Mine, is conspicuous for miles around Carn Brea. The two Engine Houses of this mine stand on the hill overlooking Redruth. Wheal Uny Mine worked from 1800-1893, the recorded output from 1853-1893 was 2,860 tons of 5.5% Copper Ore and 7,660 tons of Black Tin. It is located on the Northern edge of the Great Flat Lode, the shaft here is called Hind’s, when the mine closed it was 244 fathoms deep. The mine finally closed due to the dropping price of Tin along with high pumping costs after a very bad winter.
Wheal Uny is amongst the most favourable mines in Cornwall, Jack Trounson was quoted as saying it was one of the better prospects, the mine was relatively shallow with the potential of striking the Great Flat Lode, in 1890 before the mine closed the great Captain Josiah Thomas of Dolcoath Mine in a report believed Uny was a potential fortune at depth.

Wheal Uny

The classic arrangement for Cornish Engine Houses, the twin houses of Wheal Uny, the Pumping Engine House is at right angles to the Whim Engine House. These were built in 1869.

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The Whim Engine House front the front, it held a 26″ engine, the masonry for the flywheel is to the left.

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The Engine Houses as seen from the access track.

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The 70″ Pumping Engine Hose of Wheal Uny, in the background is the monument and Castle on Carn Brea.

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My favourite image on this page, a view of the Pumping Engine House on a summers day.

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The Pumping Engine House from a different angle.

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In the foreground is the stack of the Whim Engine house, looking towards the 70″ Pumping House.

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A closer look at the Pumping Engine House, the capped shaft can be clearly seen.

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The plug doorway in the Bob Wall of the Pumping Engine House.

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There is a single stack remaining on the site, it is thought to be associated with ore processing, in the background is the Pumping Engine House/

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A closer look at the 26″ Whim Engine House.

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Looking towards Redruth with the sea in the background, the tower of St Uny’s Church can just be seen.

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A final view of the two Engine Houses,with a dramatic sky.

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