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Posted: 28/09/2019 16:08:44
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Hi, Im new but v interested in mines of this area. Amateur but local to here and rejuvenating my thesis from aeons ago about area- mining, fishing. Trying to find mines, photos...anything about Appletree by Charlestown or Polmear - S or W. Got Dines, de la Beche etc but anyone got anymore? any help most appreciated. Hope you can help! J

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Posted: 07/10/2019 20:13:24
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Get yourself in the record office.

There are some very good plans of Polmear in the HB archive. Like really special good.

There are some of the others in the CF and ME archives of Crinnis bits and bobs, but not appletree.

The area is quite poorly recorded. The china clay museum (wheal martyn) has some interesting composite maps.

I'd also look at the Brooke Index in the record office and use the "scottish maps" (library of scotland historic maps).
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Posted: 07/10/2019 20:46:26
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Thank you so much. Was planning to go to Kresen Kernow so now have a better plan. Know Wheal Martyn well and excellent but v China clay oriented. appreciate your help. Best. j IP: 109.181.102.242
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Posted: 08/10/2019 22:12:27
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Setting foot in the record office was the most significant step forward I've made understanding this stuff.

Brilliant staff, amazing archive. Use the online catalogue, which is probably now in Cornish.

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Posted: 08/10/2019 22:33:09
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Can’t wait to visit Kresen Kernow! And of course in Cornish ...made me laugh. Being v new, when archives that you call ...HB, ME, CzF .. what are they referring to? ! Will order up some stuff is especially 1835 survey of Charlestown but help on those acronyms much appreciated . J IP: 109.181.102.242
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Posted: 17/10/2019 14:14:01
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Ah....HB is definitely Polmear so lots of docs to see at Kresen Kernow. Yet to explore ME and CF on Crinoidea. Yet to find out what Brooke index is. Anyone help? Yet IP: 31.124.48.214
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Posted: 18/10/2019 08:21:22
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Henderson Bull, Mount Edgecumbe, Coodes and French, Carlyon.

The MRO ones (mining records office) plans are usually the first port of call.

When you search the catalogue, you'll get a load of stuff and it will have codes and from the codes, you can tell where it's come from (which manor/estate office/etc)

The Brooke Index... X745 I think it's Vol 28 has St Austell in it in huge detail.

Going in the record office was the best step I've ever taken. It's an amazing place.
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Posted: 23/10/2019 20:15:31
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Just to thank you. 1st visit to Kresen Kernow brilliant...really helpful staff and followed your advice. HB yielded lots of Wheal Polmear plans....and lots more to discover. Really recommend the archives. IP: 31.53.100.44
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