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Cornish Mining

Cornish Mining the Basics

 

Cages

Click to see a larger version of this imageMining Cage with men copyright Royal Institution of Cornwall

A rugged type of lift to transport the miners up and down the near vertical shafts.


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Removing Water

Click to see a larger version of this imageRemoving Water, Wheal Hermon pump copyright Geevor Archive

Leather buckets and manpower were used to drain these early mines.


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Steam Power

Click to see a larger version of this imageworking steam engine copyright the Royal Institution of Cornwall

Steam power was once the prime source of power for most mines, providing energy for pumping, winding and transport. 


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Steam Engines

Click to see a larger version of this imageold steam engine copyright the Royal Institution of Cornwall

Steam engines work by using heat to turn a small amount of water into a lot of steam which expands rapidly and powerfully.


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Comment left by Tee - Yaa on 2009-11-10 17:48:08

good website not very educaational i think there should be more about the history of the mine

Comment left by Sam Scantlebury on 2010-06-27 18:13:58

Fantastic website, more archival info and photos' please.

 

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