Blackpool China Clay Pit

Close to the village of Trewoon on the outskirts of St Austell is the Blackpool China Clay Pit. I visited the area in 2018 and had a wander, the place has a wealth of industrial remains, more than anything it was the size of the China Clay workings that surprised me.

All these images were taken on land allowing public access, many areas are fenced off and should not be entered.

Blackpool Pit closed during November 2007 causing a great loss to the local economy with 500 workers being made redundant. The pit had been operational for over 170 years, the closure was due to reduced foreign demand for the product.
Blackpool China Clay Pit
Blackpool China Clay Pit 1- Just off the A3058 I spotted these buildings. On the right is the old weigh bridge office.
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Blackpool China Clay Pit 2 – On the approach road to the pit processing area was this building. Formally it was the washing plant control room.
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Blackpool China Clay Pit 3 – A perfect Cornish day for photography.
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Blackpool China Clay Pit 4 – I believe it was some sort of electrical station.
I continued to drive up the road and found myself alongside the main pit. On the skyline I could see the roofs of the buildings in the processing works. The end of the road was blocked but there was space to park and have a wander around.
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Blackpool China Clay Pit 5 – The end of the road was blocked off. Behind is a classic sky tip for the waste material from the mining.
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Blackpool China Clay Pit 6 – Another image of the Sky tip,only a small one but well worth seeing.
Down the road I finally saw the huge flooded pit, there is a footpath that goes around the outside of it. Walking in the quiet the only sound was the singing of birds and the constant sound of running water.
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Cornish Mine Images 7 – The huge flooded Blackpool pit.
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Cornish Mine Images 8 – As soon as mining operations were suspended the pumps which kept the pit dry were soon turned off. The flooding has made a huge man made lake.
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Cornish Mine Images 9 – Huge piles of mining waste are scattered around the pit area.
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Cornish Mine Images 10 – Behind the flooded pits are terraces of waste material.
Driving back along the road there are some good views of the processing plant. So, once again I parked up and had a wander with the cameras.
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Cornish Mine Images 11 – On the skyline there were several settling tanks.
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Cornish Mine Images 12 – This one was really huge, sheet of corregated iron were in place to prevent the wind from blowing the product around.
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Cornish Mine Images 13 – A strange domed building on the edge of the processing plant.
On the otherside of the A3058 are the remains of the Blackpool dryers. Deside the railway are some amazing structures were built during 1965, they can be seen for miles around.  These are silos which were constructed to contain powdered china clay. But sadly this design never worked properly as the clay would not flow freely and would jam up constantly.
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Cornish Mine Images 14 – The distinctive China Clay silos alongside the railway line in Trewoon.
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Cornish Mine Images 15 – Another view of the structures. I believe they are due to be demolished, which is very sad.

I really cannot wait to get back with the cameras.

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