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Cornish Gold Centre and Tolgus Tin
Posted: 12/12/2018 21:34:14
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Has anyone been round these recently? Is Tolgus Tin open and working? I see the Gold Centre website is quite enthusiastic (in a 'heritage' way) about the Tolgus tin bit. Mrs B175 and I are often down in the area and a visit might be desirable.

I don't know if it means much today but the building housing the Gold Centre was originally designed to be the mill for Wheal Concord's rich ore.

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Posted: 14/12/2018 19:10:13
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You will probably find that Tolgus Tin is now closed for winter, might be some tlc going on sometime so you might find someone there to let you in, if you are lucky.

Cornish Gold was being built as a mill until the price collapse, it had walls about four feet high when everything stopped. Site was sold off and gold people took over.

I live up the road, and at one time a guide at Tolgus.
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Posted: 14/12/2018 20:58:45
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Graham was there for a while and did a load of work and got quite a bit of the stuff working. I got drafted in to "make some tin for the jewelry" and got a load of concord ore (from their waste pile) and processed it into some so so product and smelted it. There were a few other bits on site and this worked with varying degrees of success. The old tables are beautiful things to use and setting them up is an art, rather than a science.

Sadly, all of this gear is on the cusp of needing continual maintenance, falling apart and being operational. I gather they have made it quite automatic, but much of it isn't working. It's a real shame, as it is an incredible place and the last one of it's kind.

The place is about flogging very cheap jewelry to peasants for a massive price hike. The tin mill is basically a cash sink and an inconvenience. If I was them, I'd torch it. It would make a good carpark for coaches of northerners wanting some bingo armour.

They do have the bare bones of a mill which could process ore there. In the 70s, they were making about £140k sales of tin there p/a, I read somewhere.

I also live up the road. Could probably land a .22 rifle bullet on the site
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Posted: 14/12/2018 21:32:20
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By peasants I suppose you mean posh cockney grockels. Smile IP: 213.205.194.85
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Posted: 22/12/2018 14:18:12
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seen a video of the state of the mill the other day , couldn't believe the mess its in now after all that hard workCrying IP: 79.68.231.25
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Cornish Gold Centre and Tolgus Tin
Posted: 22/12/2018 21:41:27
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Surely emmets not grockels since this is wrong side of the Tamar. IP: 86.181.211.114
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Posted: 22/12/2018 22:25:22
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Stand corrected you're absolutely right,! Smile IP: 213.205.194.57
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Posted: 02/01/2019 04:52:58
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A chap called Geoff Bull ran the place back in the 1980s, and he had aspirations to reinstate the leat which runs the length of the new Portreath road.
A group of us volunteered to dig it out down to the original clay base and clear out all the rubbish that had accumulated over the years.
It took a year to do it and then nothing further was done.
Still, I guess it was an achievement, if only from the practical side of things. It would certainly be a great deal easier to get water flowing in there now like it last did in the 70s but I'm guessing that that will never happen.

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Posted: 02/01/2019 09:19:57
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looked at reinstating the leat when I was there didn't need to much work but a change of my manager who knew everything about everything killed that off same as he killed off any more restoration to the mill Cursing Guns IP: 92.20.171.100
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Posted: 02/01/2019 10:26:07
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It's a real pity about Tolgus. The place has so much going for it and lots of potential for developing into a star attraction, give the Poldark effect of late, which has been responsible for a significant rise in visitors to the county. What's needed is cash and commitment, both sadly in short supply.

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Posted: 02/01/2019 19:17:29
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According to Cornwall Gold's website:

See how rock from local mining waste was pulverised by huge stamping machines, learn about the machinery and explore the ingenuity and human stories behind this last working link to Cornwall’s past.

Tolgus Mill is an ongoing restoration project. The proceeds from our Tolgus jewellery collection along with visitor donations allow us to keep this heritage alive.

We are very proud to look after and protect this unique piece of Cornish heritage for future generations.

“Tolgus Mill has been described as a national treasure!’’ – Media Scene

“For those wishing to learn more about the tinners and their work, a visit to Tolgus Tin Mill should be top of their list.’’ – My Cornwall Magazine


So clearly a unique attraction well worth visiting.

But if they're not so keen to keep it up then maybe some sort of arrangement with, say, the Trevithick Society's KEM might be possible?

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Cornish Gold Centre and Tolgus Tin
Posted: 03/01/2019 22:24:02
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B175 wrote:



So clearly a unique attraction well worth visiting.

But if they're not so keen to keep it up then maybe some sort of arrangement with, say, the Trevithick Society's KEM might be possible?



KEM sadly dont really have the man power to look after Tolgus as well, the mill is quite extensive. It needs dedicated full time staff like it had,
not volunteers who dont know the mechanical side and not tables running on auto until they shake themselves apart.
There is so little working equipment remaining from that side of the industry it needs to be made a priority too
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Posted: 04/01/2019 19:54:03
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would love to know where the tin is coming from ! its not off the tables in that mill !!!
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