Levant Mine 2: Due to the size of the single page on Levant Mine I have split it, therefore it will load much quicker. This second gallery concentrates on the area away from the buildings and remains around Skip Shaft.
The site is extensive, stretching along the coast path to the base of the Geevor Mine Museum. Above all, the cliffs can be dangerous so please take care.
This was a timber building built during 1889. For the time it was a well equipped with a heating boiler and baths, two of which can be seen in the foreground.
The circular depression in the foreground is the top of the spiral staircase which led to a tunnel which led to the man engine shaft.
Since this photograph was taken this has been excavated and is open to the public. In the background are the chimneys of the Compressor House, the Stamps Engine and the Calciner.
The Steam Compressor engine in this building was constructed by Holman Brothers of Camborne in 1901, it was possibly the largest engine they ever built. At over 60ft long the flywheel alone weighed almost 20 tons.
The large hole in the floor in the image is where it was mounted, the boilers were housed on the other side of the wall. During 1920 the engine was replaced by more modern electric generators which supplied power to the mill, and compressors for the underground rockdrills.
A short distance along the cliffs will bring you to the extensive remains of the Dressing Floors where the Tin ore was processed. The whole area is covered in the distinctive red waste product from the mill.
The mine was equipped with 4 Brunton Calciners. Built during the 1870’s these were in place to remove the Arsenic impurity from the ore. The Arsenic itself was also collected as a valuable by product.
So, walking up Levant Road the intrepid explorer will come to another one of my favourite sites, Guide Shaft, Higher Bal of Levant Mine. This was originally one of the primary shafts of Spearn Consols Mine, purchased by Levant Mine in 1880 development commenced during 1887.
The noteworthy retaining wall in the image is holding back a considerable burrow around the shaft. A stairway leads to the top of the mound, since this image was taken a blocked doorway has been consequently cleared which allows access to the shaft.
The cliffs here are very exposed to the elements therefore the old miners must be pitied taking their long walk to work. On a stormy day it can be miserable, while in contrast, on a good day the area can not be beaten for dramatic scenery and beauty.
Finally, more information about the area can be found by following this link: The Tin Coast.