New Consols Mine is located in Luckett Village 1.5 miles north of Kit Hill. The mine worked under a variety of names to name a few: Great Wheal Martha, New Wheal Martha, New Great Consols and New Consols.
When I visited the site during the summer of 2000 the three remaining Engine Houses were still roofed and in fair condition.
Since then nature has done its best to reclaim the site, the roof on Phillip’s Engine House has subsequently collapsed. The Broadgate Engine House has recently (2017) been converted into a dwelling and repaired.
Early mining for Copper was recorded here as early as 1755, the main working were during 1844-1888. This was followed by re-working in 1915 and 1943. During these periods New Consols produced 28,682 tons of Copper, 735 tons Tin, 3,587 tons Arsenic, 2 tons Wolfram, 3,779 tons Pyrites and 3,575 tons of Mispickel.
Mining finally came to an end in 1952.
It is to say the least an amazing site. Until the late 1940’s much of the machinery was intact with the engines still in their houses. Such a shame they were all dismantled and scrapped it would have been the envy of the mining world if it had been preserved.
The shaft here (Sattersthwaite’s) is 90 fathoms deep. The engine worked in the 1870’s. The house at this time was still roofed with the chimney, sadly it was struck by lightening and partly collapsed.
The rest of the New Consols images are of the amazing Engine House at Phillips Shaft. The roof was almost complete and many of the interior fixtures were almost as they had been left.
The house was originally built in 1859 for a 50″ engine. It worked here until 1866 when the beam of the engine broke.
The site has been purchased and is managed by Luckett Heritage to preserve the mine buildings and remains.