King Edward Mine

King Edward Mine Museum is located near Troon. It is a mining museum focusing on Tin Processing and preservation of the machinery and Grade 2 listed buildings onsite.

Most importantly the museum contains the only 5-head Californian stamps in Europe. During opening times there are daily working displays of the equipment on the processing floors which has changed little over the last 100 years.
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King Edward Mine 1 – The small headframe on Vivian’s Shaft Great Condurrow Mine.
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King Edward Mine 2 – The cluster of buildings around Vivian’s Shaft, this still allows access to the workings.
The mine is located on the sett of South Condurrow which worked during the years 1850-1896, producing over 11,000 tons of Tin.
After closure, the Mine and surface buildings were presented to the Camborne School of Mines as a training area. They were subsequently renamed as King Edward Mine in honour of Edward VII.
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King Edward Mine 3 – The Stamps Engine House of South Condurrow Mine, this drove a battery of 64 heads of stamps, it worked until 1909.
The School of Mines took over the abandoned eastern part of South Condurrow in 1897. The mine was then re-equipped to reflect the best of Cornish Mining technology at the time. This included re-opening two shafts and the underground workings down to 400 feet from surface.
On the surface was the erection of many new buildings including: the mill, survey office and workshops.  All of the buildings have survived and are an integral part of King Edward Mine.
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King Edward Mine 4 – The front of the Stamps Engine house, the loadings for the stamps can be clearly seen.
The onset of World War 1 halted mining operations, after the war the mine worked until 1921 when neighbouring mines closed and the workings began to flood.
The school retained the site until 2005 when Cornwall Council and the Carn Brea Mining Society purchased the property.
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King Edward Mine 5 – This and the next few images show some of the old mining machinery on the site, shapes and textures everywhere, a photographers paradise. This is part of the Rostowrack rotary beam engine dated 1851.
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King Edward Mine 6 – A winding drum attached to drive cylinders.
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King Edward Mine 7 – An image of the drum from the capstan hoist from Cook’s Shaft South Crofty Mine. There is part of an Evans sinking pump is in the foreground.
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King Edward Mine 8 – Cylinders for the South Crofty Capstan Hoist.
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King Edward Mine 9 – An old mining wagon on display.
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King Edward Mine 10 – Parts of a Sulzer diesel engine before re-assembly.
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Cornish Mine Images 11 – The conserved Whim Engine and Boiler House, this housed a 25″ engine.
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Cornish Mine Images 12 – The Calciner building at King Edward Mine.
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Cornish Mine Images 13 – Some of the preserved listed buildings at King Edward Mine.
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Cornish Mine Images 14 – This is part of the workshop complex, the buildings date from around 1902.
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Cornish Mine Images 15Cornish Mine Images 11 – – Teaching and practical lesson rooms, these constructions were typical of early C20th Mine sites.
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Cornish Mine Images 16 – Simple symmetry patterns and textures were the order of the day.
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Cornish Mine Images 17 – The weighbridge, assay office and brass casting shop, these were built in around 1870.
The remaining images on the page are taken in the main museum. It maybe just me but I prefer looking at the buildings and machinery around the site. However the museum is well worth a walk around.
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Cornish Mine Images 18 – A Sulzer diesel engine c1924, ex- Falmouth pumping station, now preserved at the King Edward Mine Museum.
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Cornish Mine Images 19 – A second image of the Sulzer diesel engine.
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Cornish Mine Images 20 – A buddle which was used to separate the the heavy ore material from the lighter waste.
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Cornish Mine Images 21 – Looking into the mill area, these are the processing floors.
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Cornish Mine Images 22 – One of the Round Frames in the Museum mill, this was used to recover fine particles of Tin.
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Cornish Mine Images 23 – A second closer look at the Round Frame showing the drive mechanism.
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Cornish Mine Images 24 – One of the shaking tables in the King Edward Mine Museum.
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Cornish Mine Images 25 – The business end of the preserved Californian Stamps in the museum which when working would crush the ore to a fine powder for processing.
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Cornish Mine Images 26 – Another image of the stamps heads.
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Cornish Mine Images 27 – Each arm has a Stamp Head attached to the end, the cams between would force the arm upwards. After that they would slip off and gravity would drop the head downwards.
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Cornish Mine Images 28 – Looking down on the Stamp Arms.
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Cornish Mine Images 29 – Part of the drive mechanism for the Californian Stamps
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Cornish Mine Images 30 – Finally inside the museum above the stamps is an old wagon poised over a Grizzly. This was in place to prevent large rocks from entering the stamps, they would be broken up further by a miner using a sledgehammer.
I really like this museum, it’s fantastic for photographs and a good day out for anyone. Once again my thanks go to Tony Brooks for the information on the images King Edward Mine Museum.

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