South Crofty Mine Mill 1

South Crofty Mine Mill 1: This is the first of three pages that contains images taken inside of the now demolished mill. So the new road goes through the centre of where these buildings used to stand.

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South Crofty Mine Mill 1.1 – An unusual image of New Cooks Kitchen headframe. I took this from the main conveyor leading from the Coarse Ore Bins to the processing mill. In retrospect I missed a trick, if you look carefully the headframe over Robinson’s Shaft is visible.Just a bit to the right and I would have captured both.
I was granted access before the mine closed, even then a hardhat was needed and extreme care had to be taken on the upper floors and gantry. However it was an amazing place to wander around.
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South Crofty Mine Mill 1.2 – The conveyor belt leading to the mill, there was a narrow walkway alongside to gain access to the buildings.
The “Modern” Mill at South Crofty had major refurbishments during the 1970’s. Then again in 1982 when a new “Recovery Section” was commissioned. This allowed an increase in the milling capacity to about 1100 Tonnes per day. The mill was fed from various sources the main being South Crofty 85%, also Pendarves Mine and dump reprocessing supplied the balance.
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South Crofty Mine Mill 1.3 – Looking towards Tuckingmill and Roskear taken from the conveyor belt gantry.
On the 380Fm level Cooks Shaft there was a 30″ x 20″ rock crusher. This would reduce the mined material to a size of less than 200mm. It made more sense to crush underground so more material would fit into a skip for hoisting up the shaft.
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South Crofty Mine Mill 1.4 – Looking down the conveyor belt leading into the mill.
Once at the top of the shaft the mined material was fed into the three 750 Tonne Coarse Ore storage bins. From there it was fed into the mill.
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South Crofty Mine Mill 1.5 – The first view of the main processing hall.
After the mill was closed the bins were still in use to store the ore. But from here it was loaded into trucks and taken to the mill at Wheal Jane. This was in operation until the mine closed in 1998.
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South Crofty Mine Mill 1.6 – This huge building was the home to the secondary crusher. Here the ore was reduced to a size where it could be fed into the milling process. It was quiet in there but the remains of the machinery were a testament to the extraordinary noise that must have prevailed when the plant was operating.
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South Crofty Mine Mill 1.7 – Another image of the conveyor feed to the secondary crusher, this was fed from the coarse ore bins.
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South Crofty Mine Mill 1.8 – Looking back up the conveyor belt where I had just walked down.
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Cornish Mine Images 1.9 – Also good perspective on this image looking up the conveyor belt.
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Cornish Mine Images 1.10 – This really gives an idea of the height of the building.
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Cornish Mine Images 1.11 – The main feed belt for the Secondary Crusher.
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Cornish Mine Images 1.12 – The walkway continued to the basement area, the main hall has crammed full of equipment of all shapes and sizes. The circular apparatus below the crusher is a rod mill where the ore was ground even smaller.
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Cornish Mine Images 1.13 – The Crusher Hall was massive, when operating the noise must have been tremendous.
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Cornish Mine Images 1.14 – A slightly lower view shows more detail of the Babbitless Gyratory Crusher. The machine front and centre is a Drum Magnetic Separator, this removed ferrous contaminants from the material.
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Cornish Mine Images 1.15 – More machinery on the upper crusher level.
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Cornish Mine Images 1.16 – Finally, looking back into the heights of the main hall.

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