South Crofty Mine Surface 4: This is the last page in this series, most of these photographs were taken soon after closure.
I so wish I had taken many more pictures of everything, it was one of those sights that I thought would never go, but I was proved wrong. I am hoping this is a lasting photographic record of what the site once looked like.
After closure all the viable equipment was brought up from underground for selling. Behind a chain link fence were all the underground locomotives that had been salvaged.
Many of these I believe were sold to a mine in Ireland.
Initially planned in 1984 the plan was to drive trackless vehicles directly into the mines working levels. The decline has a gradient of one in seven and is 3m high by 5m wide.
The work here stopped during 1988 after 630m had been mined out. But today in the hope of a possible re-working this is the main access to the mine.
Due to the dangerous condition of the Mill buildings they were demolished during 2013. A great shame, it was the last of only two survivals of the 1980’s Tin Processing Industry, there is now only Geevor left.
Perhaps more should have been done to preserve it, but now it’s too late, gone for ever.