South Wheal Tolgus Mine, Cornwall
Redruth: grid reference SW685426
South Tolgus Mine lies in the south of the Tolgus valley to the north west of Redruth. The valley is now cut by the A30 trunk road but several mine stacks still remain to interest the mining enthusiast.
The whole of the Tolgus Valley was synonymous with mining, nearby mines included the unimaginatively named West Tolgus, Great South Tolgus and East Tolgus: South Tolgus was worked down to the 157 fathom level below adit, which was itself at 30 fathoms; whilst West Tolgus worked to the 135 fathom (247 metres or 810 ft) level. Great South Tolgus was shallower and only worked to the 80 fathom level below adit.
See the excellent Cornwall's Central Mines: The Northern District by Tom Morrison, for more information.
'World Heritage' status has been gained for this area aiming to connect the mines of Redruth to the Portreath to Devoran (Coast to Coast) Trail via Tolgus. See The Mineral Tramway Heritage Project for more details.
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Other nearby mines and their main ores
Great South Tolgus (approx. 0.2 km; COPPER, TIN, ARSENIC & ZINC)
West Wheal Tolgus (approx. 0.4 km; ZINC, COPPER & TIN)
North Pool (approx. 0.8 km; COPPER, TIN, ARSENIC & ZINC)
East Pool & Agar (approx. 0.9 km; COPPER, TIN & WOLFRAM)
Wheal Union (approx. 1.0 km; TIN)
East Wheal Tolgus (approx. 1.1 km; COPPER, TIN & ZINC)
Wheal Tolgus (approx. 1.4 km; COPPER & TIN)
East Carn Brea (approx. 1.6 km; COPPER)
Carn Brea Mines (approx. 1.6 km; COPPER, TIN & LEAD)
South Crofty (approx. 1.7 km; COPPER, TIN, ARSENIC & WOLFRAM)