Thursday 19 October 2017

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

This site comprises areas that were important in the industrial revolution, spanning Cornwall and West Devon

Wheal Coates
This postcard was sent by Lucy

Wheal Coates is a former tin mine situated on the north coast of CornwallEngland, UK, on the cliff tops between Porthtowan and St Agnes.
Earliest records indicate a mine at the site since 1692. The present mine opened in 1802 and was closed in 1889 when the price of tin fell. It came into full production in 1815. Flooding and bringing ore to the surface were the main problems of the mine until steam-driven equipment was available, as the mine's underground operations extended for some distance under the sea. The mine was sold in 1844 and thereafter allowed to flood. A new owner reopened the mine in 1872 but work was sporadic until its 1889 closure. For some years, the yield was 20lb of tin per ton of ore. In 1906, new ownership hoped to work the mine for both tin and copper. Wheal Coates had produced a small amount of copper ore, more than a century earlier. - in: wikipedia

The comprised areas (in red what I have):

  • St Just Mining District
  • The Port of Hayle
  • Tregonning and Gwinear Mining Districts with Trewavas 
  • Wendron Mining District
  • Camborne and Redruth Mining District with Wheal Peevor and Portreath Harbour 
  • Gwennap Mining District with Devoran and Perran and Kennall Vale
  • St Agnes Mining District
  • The Luxulyan Valley and Charlestown 
  • Caradon Mining District
  • Tamar Valley Mining District with Tavistock 

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