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Wheal Prospidnick Mine, Cornwall

Principal ores: LEAD

Wendron: grid reference SW642317

Notable minerals: Chlorite, Pyrites & Wolfram.

Location: Wheal Prospidnick is a former tin mine situated two and a half miles northeast of Breage in Sithney parish and adjoining North Prospidnick tin mine. Lying just to the southeast of Nancegollan, the mine worked three lodes - Wilson's Lode from Flat Rod Shaft and Wilson's Shaft, Jewell's Lode and Watson's Lode from Engine Shaft, but the lodes were described as 'poor'.

The mine was managed by Chief Agent Philip Rogers in 1860 and Richard Kendall in 1861-62, whilst the Secretary between 1860 and 1865 was John Watson. The mine produced 25 tons of tin between 1861 and 1862, worth £1,840. There was also traces of wolfram with the tin. The mine was suspended between 1863 and 1865.

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).

There is a wealth of information on the mines and miners of Cornwall available. Why not explore Cornwall's industrial heritage through the Bookstore?

Other nearby mines and their main ores

Wheal Vrawz (approx. 0.7 km; TIN)

Wheal Christopher Consols (approx. 1.4 km; TIN)

Carbona (approx. 1.6 km; TIN)

Penhale Wheal Vor (approx. 1.8 km; TIN)

Great Wheal Vor (approx. 2.1 km; COPPER & TIN)

Gwin & Singer United (approx. 2.2 km; TIN & COPPER)

Crenver & Wheal Abraham (approx. 2.7 km; COPPER & TIN )

Releath (approx. 2.9 km; TIN)

Crowan and Wendron Consols (Wheal Releath) (approx. 2.9 km; TIN)

Sithney and Carnmeal (approx. 2.9 km; TIN)


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