Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape - Hingston Downs Mine - 1215-010
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Sir Lose-a-lot
N 50° 31.281 W 004° 14.760
30U E 411673 N 5597340
Quick Description: Hingstone Down Mine is one of many ruined mine sites in the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage site. There has been a large amount of work done to preserve this site and stop further decay.
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/19/2008 12:01:25 PM
Waymark Code: WM4Q83
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tervas
Views: 15

Long Description:
Hingston Down mine commenced working about 1846. There is evidence of much earlier working for tin in the area. It was amalgamated for a time with Gunnislake Clitters and Old Gunnislake mine, though they remained seperate mines. The main shaft was Bailey's shaft which was sunk to the depth of 172 fathoms(1032 feet). Other shafts include Morris's Shaft, New Shaft, Hitchen's Shaft, Old Plantation Shaft and Little Miss Joan Shaft which was sunk as late as 1908. The mine was originally worked for copper. Later the dumps were re-worked yielding tin and wolfram. The mine had no adit therefore all the water had to be pumped to the surface. During 1864 225 men, women and children worked at the mine. By 1882 64,000 tones of copper ore had been mined, dressed and taken to the quay at Calstock for shipment to South Wales for smelting. The mining in area ceased in the early part of the twentieth century.
Type: Site

Reference number: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1215/multiple=1&unique_number=1392

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