Cooks Kitchen Mine began life during the 18th Century as a small rich Copper Mine. As the mine grew and went deeper the Copper ran out to be replaced by rich Tin lodes. The mine worked until the 1920’s along with its close neighbour Tincroft. During the early 1900’s both mines had merged to become Carn Brea and Tincroft Mines.
The mine reached a final depth of 420 fathoms, the miners were assisted by a Man Engine to get underground. This took them to 234 fathoms, the rest was done on ladders. During its working life the mine produced 40,920 tons Copper,8,859 Tons tin and 120 tons of Arsenic.
Cooks Kitchen is quite an unusual name for the mine is said to have originated when a miner called Cook found the main Tin lode, he said “it was as wide as his kitchen”. Very little remains today apart from the two engine houses at Chapple’s Shaft, the remains of the Man Engine were buried under rubble a few years ago.
During 2018 I am very pleased to say the Man Engine Site has been excavated and investigated by an Archaeological Unit. I was allowed access and I hope to print the images in 2019.
Please note these Engine Houses are situated on private property. The majority of these images were taken during the 1990’s.