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Kindybowers

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Posted: 05/11/2017 02:16:19
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I am searching for a specific Tresavean Mine in Gwennap. It may be no longer in existence. In January 1845, my 3rd Great-Grandfather was killed in the mine. His name was Bennet Uren,from Wendron, and he was only 33. He left behind a wife, Elizabeth Bailey & 8 children. Elizabeth was 2 months pregnant with Bennet's last daughter, Caroline, when he was killed by a falling rock that hit him on his head in the shaft.

I am unable to find the exact place where this mine was or still is located, and any history, articles, books or pictures of it. I will be arriving in Cornwall next June and want to have an itinerary of places to visit. thank you for your time. Linda
IP: 108.30.94.59 Edited: 05/11/2017 02:17:04 by Kindybowers
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Posted: 05/11/2017 09:04:15
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Hi, enter Tresavean in the search mines search box at the top of the page, various pics and documents in there.

Lozz.
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Posted: 05/11/2017 11:48:51
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Kindybowers wrote:

I am searching for a specific Tresavean Mine in Gwennap. It may be no longer in existence. In January 1845, my 3rd Great-Grandfather was killed in the mine. His name was Bennet Uren,from Wendron, and he was only 33. He left behind a wife, Elizabeth Bailey & 8 children. Elizabeth was 2 months pregnant with Bennet's last daughter, Caroline, when he was killed by a falling rock that hit him on his head in the shaft.

I am unable to find the exact place where this mine was or still is located, and any history, articles, books or pictures of it. I will be arriving in Cornwall next June and want to have an itinerary of places to visit. thank you for your time. Linda


Tresavean is in Gwennap Parish at SW 721394.

Dines H.G, (1956), The Metalliferous Mining Region of South - West England Volume 1 (1994 reprint), HMSO. pp. 363 - 366.

James CC., (N.D), History of Gwennap. pp. 117, 174, 197, 214 - 220.

Morrison T.A, (1983), Cornwall's Central Mines, The Southern District 1810 - 1895, Alison Hodge. pp. 378 - 392.
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The Fresh Prince of Portreath

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Posted: 05/11/2017 14:46:00
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There isn't very much left there now, apart from the bases of some buildings and two open (but grilled) shafts which are deep. It's still quite an atmospheric place with lots of obvious miney ground.

If you give us a bit of notice when you are in the area, it could possibly arrange for you to underground into a bit of it. (Which is very worth doing). The underground remains are fantastic.

The record office is worth a visit as well. A couple of the plans show detail of waterwheels, engine houses, etc. It will enhance your visit and appreciation of the place. The plan (section) which is particularly worth seeing is MRO-R12 sheet 5. To view maps, you need to book the map table in advance.. You can browse the online catalogue in the record office (which will bring up all sorts) by typing "crocat cornwall" into google.

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Posted: 06/11/2017 23:20:14
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From the Royal Cornwall Gazette - 24th Jan 1845 - Verdict, Accidental death. On Saturday, at Wendron, on the body of Bennett Uren, aged 33 years, who whilst at work on the preceding day in Tresavean Mine, was struck on the head by a stone of ore which fell out of the kibble and killed him ... Verdict: Accidental Death

Regards Tin Miner
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Posted: 07/11/2017 03:29:56
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Dear Tin Mines,

Thank you for this information. The poor man had so many children within 12 years of marriage, and his wife was expecting her 8th when he died. Sad I wish there was a picture of him.
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Posted: 07/11/2017 21:24:59
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Maybe Stuey or someone who has Dines to hand could take a quick look to see which of the named shafts were whim shafts as that's more likely where the stone that fell from the kibble (large bucket) killed you relative. With that info and an old map you maybe able to visit the place if you so wished and see for yourself.

Private message me your email address and I maybe able to send one or two photos you may find of interest.

Kind regards Tin Miner
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Posted: 07/11/2017 23:01:10
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Presumably, back in 1845, Tresavean was pretty much the main part of the workings, rather than "and Wheal Comford, Tretharrup, Treviskey, Trethellan and Bell Vean". Looking at the 1852 section, the mine was very well developed (and deep) by that point. It's pretty difficult to say what what being hoisted where. Treviskey, Rogers, Old Engine, West Engine and Treweeks are the main shafts which went deep. Everything else would have either been obsolete (worked out shallow stuff in the middle of the mine). That's without considering Magors, Michells and Caddy's Lodes, which were working at that time.

I'll have a look in the mining journal
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Posted: 08/11/2017 01:48:07
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I appreciate your time and efforts to paint a picture of the mines. I eagerly am reading everything in this forum. I've also been invited to go to a mining museum in Camborne Many of my relatives lived in Camborne and were miners, too. Thank you so much for this information. xxoo Linda IP: 108.30.94.59
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