South Crofty Mine 2018, my thanks as always to Dr Keith Russ who arranged a visit to site for me and Tracy. On a day of sun and heavy showers it was just right for black and white photography.
The rest of the images on this page were taken inside the boundary fence, please remember this is a dangerous site and should not be entered without permission.
In 2016 Strongbow Exploration acquired the assets of South Crofty Mine. Since that date much preparation has been going on for the proposed feasibility study, which if favorable would hopefully be the go ahead recommence mining.
Last year saw a blockage in New Cooks Kitchen’s Shaft successfully removed. This dated back to when the shaft was holed from the decline to provide much needed ventilation. The pumps to dewater the mine are on order and will be delivered during 2019.
The water treatment plant has not been built yet, this will need to be in place before the pumps are started.
The South Winder House at South Crofty has really suffered over the years. The wind has removed many of the wall panels exposing the winder to the light of day. Hopefully the North Winder can be brought back into commission for lowering men down the shaft when the mine is dewatered.
It has been sad yet fascinating to see how the site has changed over the years. I keep going back to visit, there is a huge part of me that would love to see the old mine come back to life. Best of luck to all concerned, bring the miners back to Cornwall.