Rostowrack China Clay Works

Rostowrack China Clay Works: This is currently used by Goonvean Aggregates for the processing of sand. I had a look around this amazing site in 2016.

The plant is nicknamed “The Sand Monster” is nearly 50 years old. It take an experienced person to operate it as she has moods of her own. Also all the material fed through the plant are waste products from the Imerys Clay Pits.

I was most surprised to find out Goonvean Aggregates did no quarrying of their own. But they only use the materials usually thrown away from the clay extraction process.
Rostowrack China Clay Works
Rostowrack China Clay Works 1 – The entrance to the China Clay Works, in the background is the “Sand Monster” standing proud..
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Rostowrack China Clay Works 2 – Another image of the plant showing the long conveyor arms leading from the crusher.
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Rostowrack China Clay Works 3 – The plant in all her glory, I climbed up the ladders with Huw to have a look it was full of crushers and equipment. It was also very hot in there with the sun beating down. It was so difficult to get into the cramped the machinery space so I could not really get the camera up there.
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Rostowrack China Clay Works 4 – The conveyor leading out from the plant works. It was like a desert there with all the processed sand spread around.
Rostowrack China Clay Works
Cornish Mine Images 5 – Piles of processed sand beneath of of the conveyors.
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Cornish Mine Images 6 – This image is taken underneath the “Sand Monster” plant. Framed by one of the feed valves looking towards the conveyor.
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Cornish Mine Images 7 – A closeup of one of the valves underneath the plant.
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Cornish Mine Images 8 – Another conveyor leading to a secondary smaller plant.
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Cornish Mine Images 9 – A the machinery at the end of one of the conveyor arms, this also held a crusher unit.
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Cornish Mine Images 10 – A water/settling tank at the edge of the pit. Also in the foreground are electrical sub stations.
This was an amazing place I wish I had taken more images of this piece of history. Over its life it must have processed 1000’s of tons of sand and it is still going strong.

This site is on private property. It should not be entered without permission, a suitable escort and health and safety equipment.

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