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Wheal Edward Mine, Cornwall

Principal ores: COPPER & TIN

Penwith: grid reference SW361327


The clifftop setting of Wheal Edward Stamps Engine House


Wheal Edward Mine lies on the cliff edge on the north coast of Cornwall, between the villages of Pendeen and St. Just. It occupies an area on the western boundary of the Wheal Owles Sett, adjacent to the former Boswedden Mine Sett. To the north lies the better known and much more picturesque Crowns Engine houses of the Botallack Sett, whilst a few metres inland lies the pumping house of West Wheal Owles.


Cargodna, Wheal Owles Pumping Engine House


The mine worked the copper and tin lodes running NW-SE, as most of the lodes of this part of North Penwith do, via an incline shaft extending out under the sea. The bedrock is greenstone - one of the hardest rocks there is making development quite slow. Another quirk of the geology is that exploratory excavations indicated that in most cases the richer ore was to be found under the sea - an added hazard. There were limited amounts of pitchblende and uranium produced here but production ceased in 1893 when the adjoining mine of West Wheal Owles broke into the flooded workings of the ancient Wheal Drea Mine. For more information on this disaster please see the section on Wheal Owles.


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Other nearby mines and their main ores

Boscean (approx. 0.6 km; TIN)

Wheal Owles (approx. 0.6 km; TIN & COPPER)

Boswedden (approx. 0.7 km; TIN & COPPER)

Wheal Castle (approx. 0.8 km; TIN)

Botallack Crowns (approx. 0.8 km; TIN & COPPER)

St. Just Amalgamated (approx. 1.2 km; TIN)

Spearn Consols (approx. 1.4 km; TIN & COPPER)

St. Just United (approx. 1.5 km; TIN)

Bosorne (approx. 1.7 km; TIN)

Levant (approx. 1.9 km; TIN, COPPER & SILVER)

 

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