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Dolcoath Mine Limited Registered Office, Camborne, Cornwall. Probably early 1900s

Dolcoath Mine Limited Registered Office, Camborne, Cornwall. Probably early 1900s


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Dolcoath Mine Limited Registered Office, Camborne, Cornwall. Probably early 1900s

" Two miners outside the Dolcoath Registered Office". Although this is the title of the photograph, the subjects are either company officials or visitors as they do not have either candles or clay to hold the candle on their hats. The earliest records of this mine show that it was being worked for copper in 1740, and probably earlier. It was nearly 300ft deep in 1746 and an extensive mine in 1778, when a section of its eastern part was published in Pryces Mineralogis Cornubiensis. It closed ten years later, to reopen in 1799. In the next 120 years it became the largest and deepest mine in Cornwall, with its bottom level 3, 000ft below the surface. Its output of copper and tin ores to 1788 is thought to have been no less than 1, 2500, 000, pounds, of which copper alone realised some 450, 000 between 1740 and 1777. Between 1799 and 1920 its output amounted to over 9 million pounds, including income from sales of arsenic, silver and other minerals. The mine was in the dividend list for most of its working life, and shares, nicknamed Dollies, were the blue chip of the industry. Photographer: Probably John Charles Burrow

TRURI : MIdol.77

Media ID 15389285

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