King Edward Mine

Grenville United South Condurrow Mine


Useful Information

Location: At Troon just South of Camborne.
 Location by UK Streetmap
Open: MAY to JUN Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun 10-17, last entry 16.
JUL Mon, Wed-Sun 10-17, last entry 16.
AUG daily 10-17, last entry 16.
SEP Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun 10-17, last entry 16.
[2008]
Fee: Adults GBP 4.50, Children (5-16) GBP 1, Children (0-4) free.
[2008]
Classification:  Tin Mine
Light: electric.
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Guided tours: self guided
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Address: King Edward Mine, Troon, Camborne, Cornwall, TR14 9HU, Tel: +44-1209-614681, +44-1209-210900. E-mail: contact
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Last update:$Date: 2015/08/30 21:55:05 $

History

 
1890South Condurrow Mine closed.
1897taken over by Camborne School of Mines as training mine and renamed King Edward mine.
1901renamed King Edward Mine.
1914operations suspended because of World War I.
1920reopened.
1921flooded when Grenville United closed.
1974part of the site sub-leased from CSM and reconstructed to working order by the Trewithick Trust.
1987volunteer group formed to conserve the site as an educational resource.
2002museum and surface installations opened to the public.

Geology


Description

King Edward Mine is the most complete set of mine buildings from the 1900 period. Sheet metal and wooden buildings contain a tin dressing plant including the last working Californian Stamps in Britain, driven by a horizontal engine. Also there are working examples of round frames, rag frames and a Cornish buddle.

There is a small museum located in the old mill engine room and a lecture theatre showing a film of the plant working. Currently underground access is not available. But there are guided tours through the restored tin processing plant. Some items of the machinery can be seen working. There is a Mineral Tramways exhibition can be seen in the old calciner.

The site is used by the Camborne School of Mines (CSM) as experimental mine for its students. When the King Edward Mine was flooded in 1921, the Camborne School of Mines moved their underground training to Great Condurrow mine nearby. This mine is only a few hundred yards up the hill and it is hoped to run quality underground visits there some time in the future.


See also


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