Blue Hills Tin Mine is a few miles from St Agnes, Cornwall. Take the Perranporth road from St Agnes, turn off this road towards Wheal Kitty, then right at grass triangle, following the road down into a steep valley where you will find Blue Hills tin Mine.
Blue Hills Tin Mine is in fact a selection of old mines that worked until 1780, by which time they had reached a depth beyond the pumping abilities of the day, and were forced to close. The mines re-opened in 1810 with the introduction of steam power, but once again closed in 1897, being unable to compete with the new tin mining fields discovered in Australia and Malaysia.
We have been to the mine ourselves and can recommend it to anyone wanting to see how tin was really worked in the past. And you can buy souvenirs that they make from the tine that they mine and smelt themselves. If you cannot vist a, but want to buy some real Cornish tin.
Tin has been produced and worked in this valley for hundreds of years. The early tin streamers worked the sand and gravel on the beaches. Later on miners tunnelled into the hillsides, following the tin rich ore veins.
Blue Hills Tin Sett took over a lot of the smaller mines and was employing 100 men when it closed in 1897. Tin production has continued on a smaller scale ever since.
The present owners show how the rock is crushed by iron shod stamps to a coarse sand, then finely ground in a ball mill. The resulting fine powder is flowed continuously onto a shaking table which washes, separates and concentrates the ore. The tin concentrates are then smelted by intense heat in the furnace to produce a brilliant white metal
Colin & Mark Wills, Blue Hills Tin Streams, Trevellas Coombe, St Agnes, Cornwall TR5 0YW
Blue Hills Tin Streams web site
St Agnes Area Mines
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