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Wheal Peevor, Redruth

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Wheal Peevor was a metalliferous mine located on North Downs about 1.5 miles north-east of Redruth, Cornwall, England. The first mining sett was granted here in around 1701 on land owned by the St Aubyn family. It was originally mined at shallow depths for copper, but when the price for that metal slumped after 1788, the mine was able to change to mining tin ore, which was found deeper down. In the late 18th century Wheal Peevor had the advantage of being drained by the Great County Adit which was around 100 metres deep here. The mine covered only 12 acres (4.8 ha) but had rich tin lodes. In addition to tin and copper, pyrite was also mined here between 1872 and 1887.HistoryIn 1790, the mine was considered part of Great North Downs mine; it was opened separately in 1872 as Wheal Peevor. By 1878 the mine was described as the ″surprise of Cornish mining″ because it was making a profit from tin while other Cornish mines were making a loss or closing. It was also described as a ″young mine″ indicating that it had recently re-opened. At that time the mine was employing 156 workers underground. There were 300 miners working at Wheal Peevor in 1880. The mine closed in 1889, almost 20 years after the price of tin was depressed due to the discovery of large, easily mined deposits in the Far East. Some exploratory work was undertaken on the site on several occasions in the 20th century.In 1911, a company acquired the mine property with the hope of being able to reopen operations. Their plan was to begin by working the surface ground and given satisfactory results, to then remove the water from the mine itself. After the mine was reopened, many of the original structures were altered to accommodate newer and larger equipment. Only a small amount of tin and tungsten was produced and the mine was closed again in 1918. Later attempts to reopen the mine in 1938 and in the 1950s were also unsuccessful.
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  • Lovely place for walking although rather spoilt by dog poo. Beautiful and as long or short as you want. Beautiful nature area with lots of old mining buildings to explore  more »
  • This old mine site has been conserved and is interesting to look around. There are no facilities there, just the 3 engine houses and some other building remains. Although there are signs on the main r...  more »
  • Lovely area for dog walking. Great veiws and information boards about mines. Shame not all dog walkers are responsible and pick up after their dogs!  more »
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  • Quiet walk away from it all. Lovely mine trail which is about a miles walk in total, close enough to the A30 that you can just hear it but far enough away that you can only just hear it. Lots of wildlife to see and the heritage trail is signposted with information about each builfibg, its history and use.
  • Nice place to walk the dogs and learn about the mines at the same time. Lots of horses around here, so be wary if your dog is scared of them
  • Easy walking, 2 cafe's close by,close to beach, lot's of wildlife to see
  • Awesome quiet place to walk the dog, I love coming here :)
  • Very informative and atmospheric

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