Great South Tolgus Mine, Cornwall
Redruth: grid reference SW687422
Notable minerals: Chalybite, Erubescite, Mispickel & Wad.
Great South Tolgus Mine lies in the south of the Tolgus valley to the north west of Redruth. The valley is now cut by the A30 trunk road but several mine stacks still remain to interest the mining enthusiast.
The whole of the Tolgus Valley was synonymous with mining, nearby mines included the unimaginatively named West Tolgus, South Tolgus and East Tolgus: South Tolgus was worked down to the 157 fathom level below adit, which was itself at 30 fathoms; whilst West Tolgus worked to the 135 fathom (247 metres or 810 ft) level. Great South Tolgus was shallower and only worked to the 80 fathom level below adit.
See the excellent Cornwall's Central Mines: The Northern District by Tom Morrison, for more information.
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Other nearby mines and their main ores
South Wheal Tolgus (approx. 0.2 km; LEAD, ZINC, COPPER & TIN)
West Wheal Tolgus (approx. 0.6 km; ZINC, COPPER & TIN)
Wheal Union (approx. 0.8 km; TIN)
North Pool (approx. 0.9 km; COPPER, TIN, ARSENIC & ZINC)
East Wheal Tolgus (approx. 1.0 km; COPPER, TIN & ZINC)
East Pool & Agar (approx. 1.0 km; COPPER, TIN & WOLFRAM)
East Carn Brea (approx. 1.4 km; COPPER)
Wheal Tolgus (approx. 1.5 km; COPPER & TIN)
Carn Brea Mines (approx. 1.6 km; COPPER, TIN & LEAD)
South Crofty (approx. 1.7 km; COPPER, TIN, ARSENIC & WOLFRAM)