South Crofty Mine Old Workings 3, so it was always an adventure to get out to the old areas of the mine. I always jumped at the opportunity, it is sad that these images are maybe the last anyone will see of the old mine. Lets hope not, hopefully the mine will be dewatered and reopen as promised. Maybe these sights will be seen again.
In South Crofty Mine, Tincroft North Lode is faulted up thrown by Pryce’s Lode. Below Pyce’s Lode it is known as Main Lode. This eventually hinges into the south-dipping No:1 Lode. In East Pool Wheal Agar, North Tincroft Lode is known as South Lode and below Pryce’s Lode is known as Great Lode.
The next set of images were taken in this huge excavation.
Great Lode hinges into the south-dipping Middle Lode around the 252 fathom level.This hinge zone maybe partially responsible for the exceptionally wide stope at this level.
Great Lode was also known as Wolfram Lode. This was due to the high tungsten concentrations between 140-200 fathom around and below the granite contact. This was also of great width itself and also carried lensoid splays with mineralised granite in between.This may also go towards an explanation for the very wide stope seen at the 252 fathom level.
The next few images were taken on another trip with the guys from the Ventilation Department.
Close to the bridge on the 260 Fathom Level. A crosscut off New North Lode led straight to East Pool and Agar, Taylor’s Shaft. This was intersected at the 1600ft level where the shaft was partially blocked by collapsed pump rods and pitwork. South Crofty miners had to mine a vent raise around this blockage to allow free flow of air.
Fans at surface, next to the preserved pumping engine house, forced air down into the mine to ventilate the East Pool section. I had always wanted to climb this raise to see a balance box still in the shaft. This was a 600ft climb on a chain, sadly I never had the chance.
The next set of images on the page are of an abandoned underground winder. My recollection of its location is also sketchy but I believe it was once again on the 260 Fathom level.
In another part of the mine I managed to get into an old stope that was last worked in the 1920’s. The timbering was in a bad way, I did not hang around for long.
Maybe one day the mine will work again. Even then would these Old Workings be seen again, who knows. For the meantime these are all the images I have of these pieces of living history. I hope these images have captured some of the mystery and grandeur the workings had to offer.
To complete this, a few more images of some of the sights covered on the earlier pages.
Finally there is one more page looking at the “Old Workings” centred around the Roskear Shaft. Once again this was a very interesting area that I luckily had the chance to explore.