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Report - Underground old Tin mine workings, Cornwall. Jan 08

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Pasty, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. Pasty

    Pasty 28DL Full Member
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    Been looking for a way into these mine workings for some time, recently thanks to speaking with a guy who used to work down here and with meeting up with another explorer in another mine we managed to find a way in.
    We actually looked for over 2 hours for a way in! almost giving up, we found a tiny hole in the side of a bank.
    Squeezing through the tunnel increased in size to this:
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    A much larger tunnel led into the old workings of an old Tin mine which then connected up with the more modern workings.
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    The ground here seemed quite unstable
    Enterance to the main shaft:
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    main shaft gates
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    looking down...
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    The people who own the site seem to be putting pipes down the main shaft for use of the water, they also have access into the main shaft from the surface.

    Air lines for drills etc still in place further down the tunnels...
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    Back in the older workings, railway junction:
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    red water...
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    bad air warnings...
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    That was it for this trip. Although we spotted this on the way out.
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    We returned another day for further exploration of the older tunnels to see if there was anything beyond the bad air warnings. I took a bottle of air with a diving regulator in a backback and some extra rope.

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    Further into the older workings...
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    At this point the air went bad. Time to switch to the bottle and progress further!
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    creepy tunnels
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    pair of gloves, probably left by a worker, sometime in the 1970s?
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    remains of shovel
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    Rubbish left by miners or explorers? no best before date on...
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    That will do for now, i have plenty more pics and we have explored pretty much every tunnel there is now.

    (Name of mine deleted to prevent possible sealing up of site...)
     
    #1 Pasty, Jan 27, 2008
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2008

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