This page St Austell Mines covers the mines and opencast workings in the St Austell area of Mid-Cornwall. This is an area I have not spent a lot of time around, however that will change in the following months. So the area is predominantly known as a producer of China Clay, by the mid 19th century 65,000 tonnes of china clay were being mined every year.
There are also the remains of many great mines: Fowey Consols; Great Polgooth Mine; Great Dowgas Mine; South Polgooth Mine; St Austell Consols to name a few. Fowey Consols alone produced in excess of 300,000 tons of Copper.
I visited this site during the late 1990’s to take images for Tony Brooks for use in his book on the Mine’s history. The remains on site were considerable with many building survivals, the atmosphere of the site was considerable, and the photo opportunities were many. In fact, I perhaps went overboard with the images I took.
But the site was unique and the weather for photography was perfect, so I went for it.