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Life at the edge

Mines and Miners

 

How the Men were Paid

Click to see a larger version of this imageearly miners waiting to be paid outside of Levant counthouse

Many underground miners were paid based on the amount of ground they had broken, measured monthly.


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Stopers

Click to see a larger version of this imagestoper drilling a stope with a compressed air drill

The stoper was responsible for extracting the minerals from the lode.


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Developers

Click to see a larger version of this imagedeveloper using a compressed air drill underground

Miners known as Developers worked in pairs to drill a pattern of holes into the tunnel face using drills powered by compressed-air.   


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Grizzly men

Click to see a larger version of this imagegrizzley man hit rock with a 'big hit' hammer on grizzly grid

A grizzly is a grid of iron bars that allows ore of the correct size to travel down the ore pass to the bottom of the mine, ready for hoisting to the surface.


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Comment left by ded1977 on 2010-03-01 22:21:04

i went on the underground tour and loved it the guide is / was an old mine worker and was full of infomation i would recommend this tour to all but those that are claustrophobic as the mine is very tight and small under ground but you can stay outside or walk aroun the rest of the museum well worth the money

Comment left by NorthernMetallurgist on 2011-09-09 01:03:49

A stupendous industrial and social history record, with some real heart rending moments. Best value day out in Cornwall? You bet your a***, True grit of working live at half the price of other "more widely talked about, plant based attractions...."

 

Comment left by tromboneplayaa on 2011-09-29 12:23:42

awesomeee

 

Comment left by Paul Mills on 2013-03-05 21:01:50

My wife and I visited in February and the whole day was very interesting and well worth the visit. I was very proud of my wife who insisted on doing the underground tour even though she is disabled, even a fit person would find being underground difficult. Our guide was very informative and interesting.

 

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