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Mexico Shaft

view looking up towards the entrance of the adit from underground. Geevor guide silhouetted at entrance

Wheal Mexico, an underground working from the 18th or early 19th centuries.

‘Wheal’ means ‘mine’ or ‘work’ in the Cornish language. The mine was one of a number of small workings that were eventually combined to form Geevor Mine.

As with many old mines, no original plans or records exist for this shallow working. The entrance to the ‘adit’ or tunnel was rediscovered in 1995 and was extended in the summer of 1997. The wooden entrances and some timberwork necessary for safety are modern, but the rest remains as it was in former years.

The name Mexico probably has no direct connection with Mexico at all.   There are several Mexico mines in Cornwall; it is thought Mexico’s wealth from silver would bring good luck and money from investors.


Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Pat Comber


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