Mining in St Minver
Pentire Glaze mines, St Minver
There were mines producing
lead here for around 400 years, with the production finally stopping in
September, 1845, this entry appeared in the Burials Register for St
Edward Tremain of
Church Town, aged 59 years, was buried by John Ellis, Curate. Killed
at Pentire Glaze Mine.
In the West Briton Newspaper on Friday 13 FEBRUARY 1846,
SAMUEL & JOHN HARRIS v. HENRY POWELL STEPHENS - MR. STOKES applied on
petition for an injunction in this case, to restrain the sale and removal of
the materials of Pentyre lead mine, in the parish of St. Minver. The
petition stated that Samuel and John Harris were creditors, for working the
mine in question, to the amount of GBP 45.15s. Last Saturday the men were
discharged, and the petitioners were told by the captain, MR. WILLIAM
BISHOP, that the purser, MR. STEPHENS, was expected down in a few days to
sell all the materials, there being now a small quantity of ore, with an
engine, &c. The petitioners further stated that within twenty-one days the
captain said there would be nothing left on the spot; and that their debts
were consequently in danger of being lost. Mr. Stokes also presented a
petition from other creditors, alleging the same facts; and the Vice Warden
granted the injunction.
This notice appeared in The West Briton newspaper
(Dated 19 June 1857):
Mr Tippet is instructed
to sell by Public Auction in the coming month of July (the precise days
will appear in future advertisements at Pentire Glaze Mine, St Minver,
near Wadebridge, the whole of the valuable Materials thereon comprising –
a 60 inch cylinder pumping engine, 7 ½ feet stroke in the shaft, equal
beam with boiler 110 tons. A 24-inch Cylinder horizontal high
pressure Winding and Crushing Engine with Boiler about 10 tons. Also
a good Crusher, 123 heads of Stamps and Machine for Drawing Work (nearly
new). An excellent 10 feet water wheel, 2 feet abreast, with 9 stamp
Pentireglaze lead mine and car park, view across the
Camel towards Stepper Point
Pentireglaze lead mine
produced lead. It closed not long after 1862.
for further detailed information about minerals found in
the St Minver area.
Extract from The Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated
Times, London, 19 Sept 1874, issue 680
Mr Thomas Cock, draper, &c, Rock, St Minver had a narrow escape from death
on Saturday last. Whilst superintending the removal of the woodwork of
a mine shaft the ground, chiefly sand, gave way, burying him up to the chin,
and despite all the efforts made it was six of seven hours from the time of
the accident until he was dug out and brought to the surface, men having to
be lowered and suspended by ropes to extricate him.
[OPC note: likely to have been at Porthilly mine as it is close to Rock.]
Extract from The History of Cornwall by
Fortescue Hitchins, Samuel Drew, pub 1824, page 596
FOSSILS AND SEMI-METALS. — THEIR USES AND QUALITIES.
"Although antimony has never yet been embodied as a real metal, it is
uniformly thought to contain the radical principles of one, and to hold a
middle station. between gold and silver. This is inferred from the texture
and weight of its ore. In the parishes of St. Austell, St. Minver, St.
Stephens, St. Kew, and Endellion, some specimens have been found ; but in no
mine in Cornwall has it been an object of primary pursuit; and in many it
is probable that large quantities are thrown away. In its ore it is hard,
brittle, and heavy, closely grained in its texture, and exhibiting to the
eye long shining filaments. To facilitate the fusion of other metals, and to
refine gold to its utmost purity, the chemists have found it to be of
essential service. It is much used by letter-founders and opticians; it
hardens pewter, and bell-founders use it for the same purpose, and for
rendering their metal more sonorous. In 1774 and two following years, about
ninety tons were raised n the parish of Endellion, and about twenty-five
tons near Saltash ; but at present little is raised in any part of the
Observations on the West of England Mining
By Joseph Henry Collins
Borlase says that antimony was worked in St.
Stephens, St. Austell, and St. Minver in 1758.
Victorious, West Briton Newspaper, 5 Feb 1819
The country people in the
neighbourhood of Padstow have been rather busily employed, for some time, in
securing the part of the cargo of a vessel lately wrecked on their coast.
On Wednesday evening last, a box of figs, part of this cargo, was discovered
on St Minver Commons which gave rise to a serious affray between a party of
damsels who were on the lookout for secreted plunder, and some bal maidens
who were returning from a mine. The contest lasted for two hours in the
course of which some of the combatants were reduced to a state of
approaching nudity in the end the bail maidens were victorious and carried
off the prize.
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