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Wheal Merth Mine, Cornwall

Principal ores: TIN

St Ives: grid reference SW524357

Location: Wheal Merth is an amalgamation of the former small mines of Wheal Strawberry, South Wheal Kitty and Colorian Mine. It is situated about one and a half miles southwest of Lelant, at the end of Heather Lane, on Lelant Downs at Canons Town, to the south east of Trencrom Hill. Wheal Merth was a tin mine and worked between 1852 and 1864, during which time it raised just over 750 tons of tin. the mine worked from six shafts: Engine, New, Pool's, Davey's, James's and Curgenvening's Shafts. Its nearest neighbours were Treloweth, Wheal Providence, East Wheal Margaret and Wheal Reeth.

For more information read the excellent Cornish Mines: Metalliferous and Associated Minerals, 1845-1913 (Mineral Statistics of the United Kingdom, 1845-1913) by Roger Burt.

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Other nearby mines and their main ores

Wheal Sisters (approx. 1.7 km; TIN & COPPER)

Lelant Consols (approx. 2.4 km; TIN)

Wheal Reeth (Reeth Consols) (approx. 2.6 km; TIN)

Wheal Providence (approx. 2.7 km; COPPER & TIN)

Giew Mine (approx. 2.9 km; TIN)

Wheal Squire (Wendron) (approx. 3.4 km; COPPER)

Trelyon Consols (approx. 3.5 km; TIN & COPPER)

Mellanear (approx. 3.5 km; COPPER, LEAD, ZINC & TIN)

Prosper United (Marazion) (approx. 3.9 km; COPPER, TIN, LEAD & SILVER)

St. Ives Consols (approx. 4.4 km; TIN & COPPER)


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