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Cornish Mining

Cornish Mining the Basics

 

Man Engines

Click to see a larger version of this imageMining Man engine copyright the Royal Institution of Cornwall

A man engine is almost like a moving ladder. 


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Ladders

Click to see a larger version of this imageold ladders underground

The basic piece of equipment for going up and down the mine shaft.


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Haulage

Click to see a larger version of this imagehaulage underground copyright the Royal Institution of Cornwall

Once the ore had been broken, it was hauled from underground to the surface in four stages.


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Winding

Click to see a larger version of this imagepostcard of a horse whim at Geevor

A hoist or winder is used to raise and lower men and or materials within a shaft.


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Comment left by anglesey caver on 2011-05-30 20:37:10

Where the Cornish used goose quills , in Anglesey the Parys and Mona miners used corn stubble collected after the harvest..

Comment left by Polo on 2011-06-05 22:12:31

Coal mining is very skillful, particularly where the seams mined are trending at 50° to the horizontal or where the seams are heavily faulted. Although the value of the final processed product is significantly different, the values of the coal and metal ores underground in the rock are of a similar amount. A comparison of mine records in the 19th Century does not indicate any major difference in numbers employed at the different mines. A large coal mine has a similar sized underground work force as a large metal mine. In the 20th Century workforces in coal mines were much greater than metal mines as their production dwarfed that of metal mines.

 

Comment left by Shirley from Belgium on 2012-05-24 08:00:00

What a fantastic website, I've learned so much. Hope the kids like my presentation today on the 'Origins of the Cornish Pasty', I have you to thank for the greatest and most interesting part: the miners and their working conditions.

 

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