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Mines in Breage

Godolphin Copper Mine:
"Five lodes were worked in this valley from below Godolphin Bridge in the north over to Gwedna in the east, a distance of nearly a mile. Three different groups of adventurers worked the area, these were Godolphin Bridge Mine, Godolphin Mine and Wheal Dolphin.
There was mining activity in Godolphin Woods from the 1600s to the 1840s."
Great Work was the principle mine of Godolphin Bal and produced great wealth for the Godolphins, who were the landowners and mineral lords."
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Carleen Area
"Carleen was once the centre of great mining activity - Wheal Vor, Wheal Metal and Wheal Metal & Flow were all close by. Wheal Vor covered almost four square miles and in the mid-19th century was one of Cornwall's biggest and richest tin mines. It is also claimed that Wheal Vor was the first mine in Cornwall to use steam power for dewatering the mine."
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Rinsey Area:
"Wheal Prosper engine house was built in 1860 with slate, or killas as it is locally known, sourced from a small quarry just up on the hillside. The granite quoins were added to strengthen the structure. The Wheal Prosper workings were over 450 feet deep and were pumped to adit level by a 30-inch cylinder pumping engine. The pump shaft in front of it has been capped for public safety."
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Cornish Bal:
"In Cornish bal or ball means a group of mines working in close proximity. Balwest derived its name from the treasure house of the Godolphins, which as early as 1540 was employing 300 persons. In the Godolphin bal group were Great Work, Wheal Reeth, Wheal Breage, Bal an Dreath and Balwest, the most westerly of the group."
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Clay Mines:
"Cookworthy took leases on various clay pits on Tregonning Hill and evidence of these can still be seen today. Clay was exported from Porthleven to Plymouth, where Cookworthy had a small factory."
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The Book of Breage & Germoe : available now
Here are some details from the website:

"The parishes of Breage and Germoe are dominated by the granite masses of Tregonning and the Godolphin Hills where Bronze-Age man exploited the extensive tin deposits, beginning an industry that would mould the local landscape and people for thousands of years to come. Around AD1100 the Godolphins emerged as the dominant local family, acquiring much of the parish lands and fostering a community of highly independent tinners. Such was the wealth accrued that by the 1860s Sydney Godolphin held the highest office in the country, that of Lord High Treasurer. "

"The Book of Breage & Germoe traces the history of the district's mines and how the industry gave rise to a thriving community. Watercourses are followed from their sources, through diversions in leats, ending at the many water-wheels that once provided power for mineral extraction. The development of the local families is explored, from the establishment of the first cottages and fields, to the emergence of a resourceful community which survived the decline of mining in the early 1900s by turning to agriculture and market gardening."

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