Geevor Mine Treweek’s Shaft: This shaft was originally part of the Boscaswell Mine sett. In the 1960’s it was decided by Geevor to recondition the shaft to provide a secondary exit to the mine. Also it would enable continued exploration to the old sett and possible lodes to the north east.
To this end the shaft was cleared and re-timbered to a depth of approximately 800ft, a new headframe and winder were subsequently installed along with a compressor plant.
After closure the shaft area was cleared with the headframe being scrapped. The buildings are still in situ and owned by a local farmer, it is on private land.
The following images are all contemporary photographs taken whilst the site was active. They have been supplied by Bob Orchard along with his permission for their use. This is an exception for me as the only images on the site are my own, however I thought the historical importance of these more than justifies their inclusion.
A few words kindly written by Gary Parrott an ex-Geevor Miner who did some time in Treweek’s when it was operating.
My knowledge of it is a little vague; but I worked on 1200 foot level of Treweeks with Nic Eypes when his partner was on leave for a week. My mate Erroll Boase was off sick and my stope needed tramming due to a hung up hole.
We would minibus over from Victory Shaft and then descend the curved shaft, no exaggeration it was like a banana and everyone lent on each other during the trip.
The stope on 12 Treweeks was high in value but seriously bad ground. It would drill quick due to mineralisation but the holes needed a lot of blowing out and clearing to charge, some would almost be unchargeable. Needless to say high wages could not easily be achieved.
I did some preparation for pillar recovery on 10 Treweeks with Brian Nic Nicholas. We cleared and shored up the level one weekend with 4×4 and filled over with boards. The following weekend that timber was shattered like matchsticks. Really bad ground and recovery was abandoned.
Once again,many thanks to Bob Orchard for allowing me to publish these images, and for all the time he gave to help me with all the Geevor Mine pages.