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Basset Mines - Marriott's Miners' Dry
Posted: 02/11/2018 14:13:31
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Just over a week ago I paid my first visit to Marriott's section since the area was "tidied up" and took quite a lot of photos

In the dry there are these footings for something

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Also can anyone confirm if this recess in the floor on the south side was a bath for the miners?:

[url=https://www.jhluxton.com/Industrial-Archaeology/Mines-of-Devon-Cornwall/Basset-Mines/i-pKrF4s2/A]">[web link]

I am currently captioning images on my web site and would like to be accurate.

Thanks

John



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Basset Mines - Marriott's Miners' Dry
Posted: 02/11/2018 22:18:01
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In his book "Wheal Basset, Five Centuries of Mining at Carnkie", Allan Buckley mentions that the Dry was used for concrete block production during World War II.
I wonder if the footings were anything to do with that?

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Basset Mines - Marriott's Miners' Dry
Posted: 04/11/2018 16:17:53
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The dry was used up until about 1970 by Camborne/Redruth UDC when they were responsible for water supply in the Redruth area. The dry used to house filters for treating the water that was pumped from Mariotts shaft and it is more than likely these foundations were in connection with that.
I can also confirm that the circular recess that you mentioned is the miner's bath.

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Basset Mines - Marriott's Miners' Dry
Posted: 04/11/2018 23:59:48
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Thanks for confirming the feature was the bath. I have Buckley's book but had not thought about the subsequent reuse of the building.

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Basset Mines - Marriott's Miners' Dry
Posted: 13/11/2018 23:17:19
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Around 1974...ish some local 'entrepreneurs' were using the dry as a repair shop for their clapped out cars. There was a rusty corrugated roof that had had numerous coats of bitumen slapped on it in an effort to keep it waterproof.
I never saw anyone in there, and then it all seemed to disappear overnight.
Not too long after that, the place went through various stages of sanitation.
The wire rope fence apparently came from Sth Crofty's winder.
Some of the 'tidying up' destroyed a good stand of wild orchids, which have never returned.
I'm just glad I managed to shoot a couple of rolls of slide film before it changed forever

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