Geevor Mine Wethereds Shaft is named after the company’s chairman at the time; Oliver Wethered.
Sinking commenced during 1910 from deep adit. Then in 1911 sinking from the surface was started with the intention of intersecting the new shaft which was achieved later that year. The shaft measures 14ft by 5ft 6” within the timbers, designed with three compartments two; for skips and one for a ladderway.
Equipped with self dumping skips hauled by an electric twin drum winder, these were used for manriding and the hoisting of ore.This was the main haulage shaft for Geevor Mine until 1919 when the increased development of the mine required a new shaft 1,700 ft to the west. This was subsequently named Victory in honour of the Allied success in the First World War.
The shaft continued to deepen until it reached a final depth of 800ft. During the 1930’s the site had become idle because Victory took over as the main access to the mine. In 1944 the shaft was decommissioned, however it was used as a secondary access until the mid 1950’s.
So, the headframe has been recently rebuilt (2002) after the original suffered storm damage. I was lucky enough to gain access to the winder house in 2016, my thanks go to Colin McClary for giving his time up to show us around.
The rest of the images are of the electric winder which was installed at the shaft in 1914. This building is not open to the public.