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Wheal Trefusis Mine, Cornwall

Principal ores: COPPER & TIN

Redruth: grid reference SW707410

Notable minerals: Chessylite, Chrysocolla, Malachite & Melaconite.

Location: Wheal Trefusis sett lay about threequarters of a mile southeast of Redruth Railway Station. The sett also includes East Wheal Trefusis. There is nothing to see of Wheal Trefusis these days but when at work the mine was bounded by Clijah and Wentworth Mine to the west and Wheal Sparnon to the north. East Wheal Trefusis worked Main Lode from Engine Shaft. Wheal Trefusis meanwhile opened up Engine Shaft on North Lode, Boundary Shaft, Nicholl's Shaft and Joliffe's Shaft from Middle Lode and Reynold's Shaft from South Lode.

There is very little information on these mines. There are no recorded production figures for East Wheal Trefusis. At Wheal Trefusis there is a report of 350 tons of 6.5% copper ore and 205 tons of black tin raised between 1853 and 1863. The mine was suspended in 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).

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

Pednandrea (approx. 0.3 km; TIN & COPPER)

Wheal Sparnon (approx. 0.4 km; COPPER, COBALT & GOLD)

Wheal Bucketts (approx. 0.5 km; COPPER)

Grambler & St. Aubyn (approx. 0.8 km; COPPER & TIN)

East Carn Brea (approx. 1.0 km; COPPER)

Wheal Uny (approx. 1.2 km; COPPER & TIN)

Wheal Union (approx. 1.2 km; TIN)

East Wheal Tolgus (approx. 1.3 km; COPPER, TIN & ZINC)

United Mines (Clifford Amalgamated) (approx. 1.3 km; COPPER & TIN)

Wheal Buller (approx. 1.4 km; COPPER & TIN)


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