The Mines of Gwennap - Wheal Rose
OS Explorer Map 104: Grid reference SW722447
The sett of Wheal Rose lies immediately north of Scorrier and to the east of Great North Downs Mine of which it later became a part.
Thomas Spargo writes about Wheal Rose in his 1865 book entitled 'The Mines of Cornwall and Devon: Statistics and Observations'. He states:
Another account describes its relationship to Great North Downs Mine when Wheal Rose was absorbed: '... North Downs and Wheal Rose United, - North Downs part of this concern is in the manor of Treleigh, in Redruth, and Wheal Rose part is in the manor of Goonearl, in the parish of St. Agnes. The former ceased to work about thirty and the latter about sixty or seventy years ago. Anciently, both were, it is said, good mines. The last company commenced operations in January, 1860, and erected on North Downs an 80-inch cylinder engine, which, owing to the extent of ground to be drained — including Briggan and Hallenbeagle Mines — has been found insufficient to fork the mines. In setting to work mines of the extent of North Downs and Wheal Rose United, it must be apparent that a heavy outlay must be made before any equivalent returns of copper or tin can be made; and the company, who expended £9,000, must make up their minds to expend at least about twice as much more before they raise minerals enough to pay the current costs and that must be done by going down considerably below the present bottom, which is about 80 fathoms under the adit. The mine was in the hands of a good manager — Captain Joseph Vivian; and the purser was Mr. R. Greenwood, of Truro. The only mineral sold up to the end of I860, was tin-stuff for £318. The district is a good one. Since abandoned.'
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).
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