Wheal Uny Mine, is conspicuous for miles around Carn Brea and Redruth. The two Engine Houses of this mine stand on the hill overlooking the town.
The mine worked from 1800-1893, the recorded output from 1853-1893 was 2,860 tons of 5.5% Copper Ore and 7,660 tons of Black Tin. It is located on the Northern edge of the Great Flat Lode.
The shaft here is called Hind’s, when the mine closed it was 244 fathoms deep. The closure finally came about due to the dropping price of Tin along with high pumping costs after a very bad winter.
Wheal Uny Mine is amongst the most favourable mines in Cornwall. Jack Trounson was quoted as saying it was certainly one of the better prospects.
The workings here were relatively shallow with the potential of striking the Great Flat Lode at depth.
Also in 1890 before the mine closed the great Captain Josiah Thomas of Dolcoath Mine in a report believed Uny held potential fortune at the deeper levels.
Last Cornish Mines