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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.