China Clay Pits: I was privileged to have the offer of spending some time around various China Clay Pits during last year (2016). This page and others will eventually hold many of the images I took during my time looking around. It is an area that has fascinated me for many years but I have never had the chance to explore. It’s still a major industry for Cornwall and I hope to be invited to visit more over the coming years.
My thanks once again to my friend Huw Eriksson. Without his spare time which he sacrificed for me these pages would not exist. We spent quite a few Sunday’s driving round and having a good time exploring.
The images below are some of my favourite images taken during some of my visits to the China Clay Pits. So if any visitor to my site can help with the information I would be grateful of any help. Or if anyone works at the pits and arrange entry for me, well that would be amazing, please contact me.
Cornwall’s China Clay 1 – Melbur Quarry Crushing and Screening plant, erected in the late 1990’s. When the image was taken this was operated by Goonvean Aggregates Ltd.
Cornwall’s China Clay 2 – A derelict Sand Screening Plant at Great Wheal Prosper China Stone Quarry. This was certainly a very photogenic piece of machinery.
Cornwall’s China Clay 3 – A long conveyor belt situated at the edge of Greensplat China Clay Pit.
Cornwall’s China Clay 4 – Rostowrack China Clay Works. This is the impressive sand plant that has processed many thousands of tons over its 50 year life.
Cornwall’s China Clay 5 – This image was taken looking at Great Wheal Prosper China Stone Quarry from the top of the gantry over the stone crusher. Using a fish eye lens has distorted the image in a very interesting way.
Great Wheal Prosper China Stone Quarry