The Mine Buildings

mine buildings highlighting the victory shaft headgear and timber area

The Mine buildings here at Geevor help us to understand how tin was mined on site in the past. 

There has been mining on this site for thousands of years and the modern company of Geevor was formed in the early years of the twentieth century. Geevor Tin Mine was the largest employer in the area, and one of the biggest tin mines in the country, until it was forced to finally close in 1990 with the crash in the price of tin.

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the David Wills collection held by the Geevor Archive

 

The Dry

Click to see a larger version of this imageinterior of the dry showing lockers and wellies

The Dry was the heart of the mine.


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Mine club and Pendeen band room

Click to see a larger version of this imagethe Geevor cricket team

The Social Club was the social centre of the mine where miners could retreat for a pint after their shift.


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The Sample House

Click to see a larger version of this imagesample house equipment

The Sample House was built between 1908 and 1912 and originally used for sample preparation and both Vanning and Chemical Assays.    


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Compressor house

Click to see a larger version of this imagecompressor machinery

There have been several compressor houses on the Geevor site in the past. 


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Comment left by owen on 2010-01-28 14:28:33

this website is rubbish

Comment left by colin & christine on 2011-07-11 10:51:07

An amazing place to visit, especially "The dry" so poignant, more pictures please.

 

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Comment left by Ben Orchard on 2011-11-22 09:22:59

My father Bob Orchard worked here for many years

 

Comment left by Cat on 2014-06-15 09:35:11

I was at Geevor in 2010, and I found the Dry very unsettling. In a good way--it was probably my favourite part of the museum. The idea of those clothes and boots and shirts hanging there for twenty-one years, waiting for the men to come back...there was something both touching and haunting about it.

 

Comment left by Bob Orchard on 2016-08-27 07:11:11

The original substation was the building that is now the mine shop. 11,000 Volt power via underground cable from the Trewellard substation did not happen until the mid 1970's

 

Comment left by Bob Orchard on 2016-08-27 07:14:20

The 11,000 Volt three phase power lines (two sets) from Hayle to Geevor were known as "Geevor black" & "Geevor white"

 

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