Wheal Trenwith Mine, Cornwall
St Ives: grid reference SW514399
Notable minerals: Chalcocite, Cuprite, Erythrite, Haematite, Hornblende, Melaconite, Pitchblende & Torbernite.
Location: The sett of Wheal Trenwith lies largely buried by the large Trenwith Car Park above St Ives. Known to have been at work in 1792, there are also records dating from 1825. The main shafts on the sett were Victory, Berriman's, Old Sump, Wills, Highburrow, Millet's, Engine, Dog and Harvey's Shafts. The mine produced copper mainly between 1845 and 1863, tin in 1856–57, 1863, and 1905, as well as during the reworking of 1912–13. Wheal Trenwith also produced some lead as plumbago and famously uranium between 1911 and 1913 and also between 1917 and 1920.
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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