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South Wheal Phoenix Mine, Cornwall

Principal ores: COPPER

Caradon: grid reference SX262716

South Phoenix Mine, including Greenhill Mine and formerly known as Wheal Prosper, lies just to the south of Phoenix United Mine and north of Minions Village, in the Caradon Mining District. The mine worked six main lodes (from north to south: Trelawney's (otherwise known as Shelstone's) Lode; Greenhill Lode worked from New shaft and North (or Hazeldine's) Shaft; Grace Dieu Lode, worked from Parson's Shaft and Houseman's Shaft and Prosper No.1, No.2 and No.3 Lodes, worked from New Shaft and Wheal Prosper Shaft. Incidentally, the engine house over Houseman's Shaft, now 'Minions Heritage Centre', housed a 50-inch pumping engine and was built in 1881 and was named in honour of the Company Chairman. The engine was sold on in 1895.

Thomas Spargo, the mining historian, writes a little in his book 'The Mines of Cornwall and Devon: Statistics and Observations' in 1864, that South Phoenix Mine was '... In Linkinhorne, in Duchy land, and adjoins Phoenix sett at the west. There are six of the Marke Valley lodes in this sett. Deepest level is 166 fathoms, at which the company are now driving a cross-cut to take the lodes. One 28-inch pumping and winding engine. Men employed, 20 (1861.) Agent, Captain J. Barkell; purser, Mr. J. J. Truthan; secretary, Mr. H. Heane, London'.

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Other nearby mines and their main ores

Craddock Moor (approx. 0.8 km; COPPER)

Phoenix United (approx. 1.0 km; COPPER & TIN)

South Caradon (approx. 1.3 km; COPPER)

West Rosedown (approx. 1.4 km; COPPER)

Marke Valley Mine (approx. 1.4 km; COPPER & TIN)

Wheal Jenkin (approx. 1.4 km; TIN & COPPER)

Gonamena (approx. 1.5 km; COPPER)

West Caradon (approx. 1.5 km; COPPER)

East Caradon (approx. 1.8 km; COPPER)

Caradon Consols (approx. 1.8 km; COPPER)


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