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West Wheal Seton Mine, Cornwall

Principal ores: COPPER, TIN & ARSENIC

Camborne: grid reference SW650414

West Wheal Seton lies about threequarters of a mile northeast of Camborne Church, to the east of Great South Seton. The mine worked 2 lodes: North Lode and South Lode from Engine, Harvey's, Hidderley and Mitchell's Shafts. According to Thomas Spargo in his book The Mines of Cornwall (1865), 'West Wheal Seton started about 1844, the manager was Captain Charles Thomas of Dolcoath. The mineral lord was John F. Basset Esquire. Equipment at the mine included a 85-inch pumping engine, a 24-inch winding engine and a 24-inch crushing engine.'.

Production between 1848 and 1890 was 125,770 tons of 8.25% copper ore, 4,045 tons of black tin, 4,026 tons of arsenic and 24 tons of pyrites. Its best years were 1859 and 1860, making over £50,000 each year from sales of copper ore. It also made £10,000 worth of sales every year from 1853 to 1874.

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).

For more in depth information on West Wheal Seton and its neighbouring mines please purchase a copy of the excellent Cornwall's Central Mines: Northern District, 1810-95 by T. A. Morrison.

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 Seton (approx. 0.2 km; COPPER, TIN, ZINC & ARSENIC)

North Roskear (approx. 0.6 km; COPPER & TIN )

South Roskear (approx. 0.8 km; COPPER, TIN & ARSENIC)

Wheal Emily Henrietta (approx. 1.0 km; COPPER & ZINC)

East Wheal Seton (approx. 1.4 km; COPPER & TIN)

North Crofty (approx. 1.5 km; COPPER & TIN)

Camborne Vean (approx. 1.6 km; COPPER 1845-85 & TIN 1857-84)

Dolcoath (approx. 1.7 km; COPPER, TIN, ARSENIC & MISPICKEL)

Stray Park (approx. 1.7 km; TIN & COPPER)

Cook’s Kitchen (approx. 1.9 km; COPPER, TIN & ARSENIC)


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