Gwinear Mining District - Boiling Well Mine
OS Explorer Map 103: Grid reference SW578396
The remains of Boiling Well Mine lie just within the dunes, about one mile south southwest of Gwithian near Hayle in West Cornwall, parts of the sett were later occupied by the National Explosives factory. There are thought to be around thirty shafts littering the area of 'Dynamite Towans' as it is known locally, but they have been made safe by Cornwall County Council.
Known to have been at work prior to 1815, the main produce of Boiling Well Mine was copper, lead and zinc as well as some silver in the period between 1821 and 1856. The enterprise had a chequered history closing and reopening several times in its short life.
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) or what is widely regarded as the mining enthusiasts bible by H G Dines - The Metalliferous Mining Region of South-West England: Vols I & II (Economic Memoirs).
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