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Report - Wheal Basset Stamps, Cornwall 4/4/10

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by M2QA, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. M2QA

    M2QA 28DL Full Member
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    A little information on the mine:

    Wheal basset is situated between the mining towns of Redruth and Camborne and is one of 3 mines link together to make the "Basset mine limited", and one of the main ore bodies was the Great Flat Lode. The mines ran from 1815-1905 when the price of tin slumped. During its working time the mine exacted 14,178 tones of black tin and 94,200 tones of 8.5% copper.

    Today the pumping house is visible with the grated lyes shaft (depth unknown). The vennar house, stamp house, dressing floor and winding house. You can also see the path that the track ran to deliver ore from the mine entrance (caved in) to the dressing floor and also onto South wheal Frances.

    The site has been looked after by the council in the past years to stop it from falling into ruin. unfortunately due to there work on the site it has been made safe so any entrance in the surrounding has been blocked.

    On with the pics:

    The entrance to the dressing floor

    The dressing floor

    One of the 16 bundles

    The vanner House

    Winding House

    Stamp House (note the RSJ'S the council have installed)

    Enterance to the mine (landslip on the outside, cave in on inside)

    Track way running to the stamps and off to South Wheal Frances (Entrance behind)


    Lyes Pumping Shaft (Grated)



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    #1 M2QA, Apr 5, 2010
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