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Ennys Wheal Virgin Mine, Cornwall

Principal ores: COPPER

Penwith: grid reference SW562324

Ennys Wheal Virgin lies one mile northeast of St. Hilary in the Wendron Mining District. The mine included nearby Wheal Gurlyn in its operations from time to time and like Wheal Gurlyn, it worked two lodes.

Ennys Wheal Virgin worked North Lode from Francis' Shaft, Vincent Engine Shaft, Gregor's Shaft and Craze's Shaft. South Lode was developed from Old Engine Shaft, Taylor's Shaft and Gurlyn Shaft.

There is not a lot of information on Ennys Wheal Virgin but there are reports stating that between 1845 and 1847 it produced 2,065 tons of 7% copper ore.

For more information on production dates and so on please see Roger Burt's excellent book Cornish Mines: Metalliferous and Associated Minerals, 1845-1913 (Mineral Statistics of the United Kingdom, 1845-1913) or what is widely regarded as the mining enthusiasts bible by H G Dines - The Metalliferous Mining Region of South-West England: Vols I & II (Economic Memoirs).

There is a wealth of information on the mines and miners of Cornwall available. Why not explore Cornwall's industrial heritage through the Bookstore?

Other nearby mines and their main ores

Wheal Gurlyn (approx. 0.4 km; COPPER & TIN)

Penberthy Crofts (incl. Wheal Fancy) (approx. 0.6 km; COPPER, TIN & LEAD)

Wheal Friendship (approx. 1.1 km; COPPER & TIN)

Halamanning (approx. 1.4 km; COPPER)

Wheal Squire (Wendron) (approx. 1.9 km; COPPER)

Tregurtha Downs (incl. Wheal Rodney) (approx. 2.8 km; COPPER & TIN)

Prosper United (Marazion) (approx. 2.9 km; COPPER, TIN, LEAD & SILVER)

West Providence Mine (approx. 3.0 km; TIN & COPPER)

Wheal Reeth (Lady Gwendolen) (approx. 3.2 km; TIN)

Trebarvah (approx. 3.2 km; COPPER & TIN)


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