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West Wheal Jewell Mine, Cornwall

Principal ores: COPPER & TIN

Gwennap: grid reference SW726422

The sett of West Wheal Jewell lies just to the southwest of St. Day near the hamlet of Tolcarne near Lower Ninnis. The mine, also known as Tolcarne Mine or North Wheal Damsel. The sett includes West Wheal Gorland (also known as Roselobby). West Wheal Jewell was mainly a copper mine, also producing a little tin and dating from about 1830. The mine worked several lodes including Cocking's and Roselobby Lodes. West Wheal Gorland's lodes included Middle, North, South and Green's Lode. The main shafts were Roselobby, Dottam's, Tregonning's, Quarry (Engine) Shaft and Old Engine Shafts.

It produced 12,580 tons of 7% copper ore between 1831 and 1852. It was renamed North Wheal Damsel in 1852 and closed some time after 1874. Notable minerals included Uranite and Pitchblende.

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).

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

Wheal Damsel (approx. 0.6 km; COPPER & TIN)

Wheal Gorland (approx. 0.8 km; COPPER, TIN, ARSENIC & WOLFRAM)

Cathedral Mine (approx. 0.9 km; COPPER)

Wheal Jewell (approx. 1.1 km; COPPER)

West Wheal Damsel (approx. 1.2 km; COPPER & TIN)

Ting Tang (approx. 1.3 km; COPPER)

Grambler & St. Aubyn (approx. 1.4 km; COPPER & TIN)

Wheal Unity (approx. 1.5 km; COPPER)

United Mines (Clifford Amalgamated) (approx. 1.5 km; COPPER & TIN)

Wheal Unity Wood (approx. 1.8 km; COPPER & TIN)


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