Poldark (Wheal Roots) Mine, Cornwall
Wendron: grid reference SW683316
Poldark Mine, formerly known as Wheal Roots, lies on the B3297 at Trenear near Wendron. Located on the banks of the River Cober, the site had been used as a tin stamping mill as early as 1493. Underground mining was undertaken from about 1720 to 1780, when it was known Wheal Roots working a tin lode, now known as Wheal Roots Lode. It has, since 1972, been a mining Heritage Site.
The mine worked a number of tin lodes including Main Lode, New Tin Lode, Middle Lode, and Wheal Roots Lode. There were at least five shafts on the sett, including Horse Whim Shaft, Whim Shaft, Ladderway Shaft and Adit Shaft. Wheal Roots was absorbed by the neighbouring Wendron Consols Mine, just to the northwest, in 1856.
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Other nearby mines and their main ores
Wendron Consols (approx. 1.0 km; TIN & COPPER)
Wheal Ann United (approx. 1.3 km; TIN)
Trumpet Consols (approx. 1.5 km; TIN)
Garlidna & Ruby (approx. 1.6 km; COPPER & TIN)
North Lovell (approx. 1.6 km; COPPER & TIN)
Basset & Grylls (approx. 1.8 km; TIN)
Trevenen Mine (approx. 1.9 km; TIN)
Releath (approx. 1.9 km; TIN)
Crowan and Wendron Consols (Wheal Releath) (approx. 1.9 km; TIN)
East Wheal Lovell (approx. 2.2 km; TIN)