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Gwin & Singer United Mine, Cornwall

Principal ores: TIN & COPPER

Wendron: grid reference SW622307

Gwin & Singer United mine lies one and a half miles northeast of Breage, to the south of Penhale Wheal Vor and to the north of Great Wheal Vor in the Wendron Mining District.

The mine worked six lodes although only two have been fully developed. These were Gwin's (Main) Lode, worked from Ann's Engine Shaft, Gwin's (Boundary) Shaft, Little Engine Shaft and Whim Shaft. Sally's Lode was worked by New Shaft, Horse Whim Shaft and Whip Shaft. Other lodes on the sett were Quintrell's Lode, Singer Lode, Trueman's Lode and a sixth, un-named lode

Manager of the 'Gwin & Singer United Tin Mining Company Ltd.' was Charles Roach between 1885 and 1891, and as for production figures, between 1885 and 1895 Gwin & Singer United sold 135 tons of black tin and 142 tons of 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

Penhale Wheal Vor (approx. 0.4 km; TIN)

Great Wheal Vor (approx. 0.5 km; COPPER & TIN)

Carleen Mine (approx. 1.1 km)

Wheal Metal (incl. Metal and Flow) (approx. 1.2 km; COPPER & TIN)

Sithney and Carnmeal (approx. 1.2 km; TIN)

Great Wheal Fortune (approx. 2.0 km; COPPER, TIN, ARSENIC & MISPICKEL)

Wheal Prospidnick (approx. 2.2 km; LEAD)

Wheal Vrawz (approx. 2.4 km; TIN)

Wheal Godolphin (approx. 2.5 km; COPPER & TIN)

Great Work (approx. 2.6 km; COPPER, TIN & LEAD)


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