Wheal Coates Mine worked on and off from 1815-1914. During this time production was an overall total of: 335 tons Copper and 717 tons of Tin.
Certainly the area was worked long before this with mining records dating back to 1692.
The impressive Pumping Engine House on Towanroath Shaft dates from 1872, it remained in work until 1885, housing a 36″ Engine. These years were the most busy for the mine, at its height 138 people were employed here.
During a later re-working a new horizontal pumping engine was installed at the base of the house. This was used from 1911-1914, the foundations of which can still be clearly seen. Sadly this rework failed so the mine was finally closed.
Walk up the hill to the other remaining buildings that include a 24″ Stamps and an 18″ Whim Engine House. The site has been stabilised in the 1970’s and 80’s by the National Trust.
This is a great place to walk around, the site still retains its atmosphere and the views are amazing. There are also several other buildings on the site, the remains of a Calciner can be safely explored.
Wheal Coates is one of the most photographed mines in Cornwall, walking around you can understand why.