Spearne Consols Mine, Cornwall

Spearne Consols Mine Cornwall

Spearne Consols Mine is to the north of Botallack, and just inland . Previously worked as two separate mines, Spearne Moor and Spearne Consols, amalgamation became necessary to reduce working costs. In the early 1800’s both mines, despite being small were very rich and gave regular dividends. “Higher Bal”, was originally part of Spearne Consols but later acquired by Levant in the early 1880's.

1856 Kellys. Spearne Consols Mine is in the parish of St. Just, union of Penzance, hundred of Penwith, Cornwall, and within the mining district of St. Just. It is situated 6 miles from the town of Penzance, which is the nearest shipping place and railway station, 287 miles from London. The mine is held under a lease for 21 years, at a royalty of 1–24th. The prospects at the bottom levels are good for tin, and it is probable that dividends may soon be resumed. The mine is worked by steam-engines of 24 and 20 inch cylinders, water-power &c. This mine commenced in 1839, since which period it has paid in dividends £9,408, upon an outlay of £1,280. The mine is now worked for tin. The company is on the costbook system, and consists of 1,024 shares. The purser is Richard Pearce, of Penzance.

1866 Thomas Bennetts, who had been agent at Spearne Consols in 1866.

1870 Stamps powered by waterwheels suffered from a lack of water when it was dry. In dry summers around 1870, the problem was overcome at Spearne Consols, St. Just, by using a portable steam engine.

1873 Spearne Consols mine is in the parish of St. Just in Penwith, and within the mining district of St. Just. It is 6 miles from Penzance which is the nearest shipping place and railway station. The mine is held under a lease for 21 years, at a royalty of 1-24th. The mine is worked by steam engines of 27 and 20 inch cylinders, water power, &C. There have been five shafts sunk. The mine commenced in 1839, since which period it has paid in dividends £9,408, upon an outlay of £1,280. The mine is now worked for tin. The company is on the costbook system and consists of 242 shares. Purser and manager Richard WHITE, Pendeen. Captains John WALLIS and John WHITE

1960s saw the seabed breach at Levant being sealed and the mine pumped. Exploratory drilling to the south suggested that Botallack might be a worthwhile proposition in providing tin, and so resulted in the decline from the bottom of the Victory Shaft which also cut the lodes of the Spearne Consols set between Levant and Botallack.

St Just Area Mines, Cornwall