Goodluck Mine stone stemples 1971

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  • Goodluck Mine stone stemples 1971

    Rock broken out and containing no ore was very frequently stacked above levels on wooden stemples or, stulls, to avoid hoisting or tramming this worthless material out to surface. Over the years, this timber has become rotten and dangerous and is one of t…

  • Grafitti underground in Old Millclose Mine, Derbys Sept 1990

    This is a genuine example of underground graffiti, and reads "J Taylor AGED 12 years"

  • Goodluck Mine Via Gellia 1971

    Old miners' graffiti is occasionally encountered in disused workings, such as here in Goodluck Mine. This appears to be quite genuine and of the 1830s vintage. However, I have seen graffiti made from candle soot saying such things as "King Tut woz here" a…


  • Goodluck Mine, Via Gellia. 1971

    This small lead mine near Matlock has, for some time, been a 'show mine', open to interested parties who can visit with appropriate permission. Some way along the main level, in the roof, is a good example of a "twitch" or small geological displacement to…

  • View down Wheal Busy shaft 1969

    One shot down a shaft looks quite like another but as these views are now no longer possible, I make no apology for adding just one more! Wheal Busy was one of the more pruductive and colourful mines in the area, with a long chequered history.

  • Old End Mine, Crich 1968

    The outlying limestone area in the south of the Derbyshire orefield at Crich has been the scene of much rich lead mining, and, of course, quarrying. Notable was this mine, working the Great Rake and with a shaft which ultimately reached a depth of some 91…


  • Riber Mine incline, Matlock 1974

    In the 1950s an attempt to revive lead mining in Derbyshire was centred on an area to the south of High Tor, Matlock. Modern drilling was undertaken and workable values were encountered, enough to warrant the construction of an incline into what were thou…

  • The Crowns Botallack

    It could be the nineteenth century, with the square rigger making it's way around Cape Cornwall, past the engine houses at The Crowns, site of Botallack mine, in the dying light of a westering sun!

  • South West coastal path near Wheal Coates

    A view along the coastal path towards Wheal Coates near St Agnes. The seat is dedicated to a late friend of mine with whom I spent many happy hours exploring old mines.


  • Clwyd capped shaft, near St Agnes

    One of the large shafts sited beside the South West coastal path near St Agnes Beacon. Clwyd caps are and excellent way of making shafts safe without unnecessarily obliterating them. Adjacent to the shaft - but not visible here - can be seen the gradually…

  • Arsenic Stacks Tolvaddon, Cornwall. 1972

    A fine pair of arsenic stacks, as photographed in 1972. Overlooking the River at Tolvaddon on the road from Tuckingmill to Portreath; the stack in the background was connected to the extensive labyrinth coming from East Pool Mine calciners. The nearer one…

  • Carnon Mine, Devoran

    Near the termination of the once busy Redruth and Chasewater railway at Devoran, the ruins of the little Carnon mine stand next to Restronguet Creek. The 1823 Carnon Mine worked rich tin gravels beneath the tidal creek, and this was also carried out by si…


  • Wheal Grenville mine, 1972

    The Wheal Grenville engine houses, the nearer being for a 28" whim or winding engine and that to the rear for a 90" pumping engine on 395 fathom deep Fortescue's shaft, which is now flooded almost to the collar. Both are built to enormous proportions. The…

  • British Arsenic Company's works, Bissoe 1974

    Later known as the Cornwall Arsenic Company, this works was originally established in 1850 at Bissoe in the Carnon Valley. Before the fabulous rise of Devon Great Consols whose output dominated the trade towards the closing years of the 1800s, Bissoe was…

  • Harvey's Hayle Foundry, Cornwall 1972

    Part of the great Harveys foundry as it appeared in 1972. Harveys produced countless heavy items for the local mining industry and later turned to ship building when the local mines began to close. Their products ended up throught the world in places wher…


  • Wheal Basset engine house Carnkie 1974

    The house of Thomas's 60" engine on the West Basset mines. The bob, or beam wall, is, like so many such structures, built of large granite blocks to resist the stress of the cast iron beam which rested on it's top. The skeletonous house bears the date sto…

  • Pascoe's pump and whim houses

    From the array of buildings around Marriott's shaft can be viewed the engine houses of Pascoe's 80" engine house and it's whim, hauling through the same shaft. These same houses appear on the 1972 picture overlooking the Great Flat Lode in this album.

  • View of Marriott's Shaft, South Frances Mine

    Although the shaft can be seen through the covering grille, a better viewpoint is through the 'side window', although the standing water down the shaft cannot be seen from here. It is an impressive hole,the first 90 fathoms being brick lined and below tha…


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