The Cornish mining historian, Dr. A. K. Hamilton Jenkin believes that Wheal Roots Lode had been worked in a different way to the norm, and that it had been discovered by tin streamers in the bed of the River Cober and was mined into the hillside from there. This is the same way in which the lodes of the nearby Medlyn Moor, Basset and Grylls and Wendron Consols mines were discovered and worked.
1873 Kellys Directory MEDLYN MOOR TIN MINE Is in the parish of Wendron, 4 miles from Helston, 6 from Penryn (the nearest Railway Station) and Redruth, and 7 from Camborne, and the nearest shipping port is Porthleven. It is worked for tin by a costbook company, consisting of 6,000 shares, and held on a 21 years lease from 1872, granted by the Duchy Of Cornwall at a royalty of 1-20th. the country is granite, and there are seven known lodes in the sett, bearing east and west, with a north underlie. The working is on two lodes of the sett. There are 2 shafts, one of which is 10 fathoms deep, and the other is being sunk. there is a steam pumping horizontal rotary engine, with a 16-inch cylinder, and 5 heads of stamps attached. Purser Oliver MATTHEWS, St Day Gwennap. Manager James ROWE Camborne. Resident Agent Charles ROWE
Wendron Mining District