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Life at the edge

The End

 

Rescue plans

Click to see a larger version of this imageWheal Jane miners march in london to prevent the mine pumps being turned off.

The price of tin began to pick up in 1987; the mine opened once again. 


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1991 Final Closure

Click to see a larger version of this imageloco wagons rusting on the scrapheap

In May 1991, with no signs of improvement in the price of tin, the main pumps keeping the mine dry were finally switched off.   


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K Gilbert (Financial Times 7th Dec 1985) - ‘If the mine has to close this place will be a ghost town. There’s nothing here apart from tin’. K Gilbert was Managing Director

D Alford (Western Morning News) – ‘If the tin mines shut, it will be the end of places like St Just and Pendeen because they will just become ghost towns’


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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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