NB: The following is a sample from the Brooke Index for Devon; compiled by author and Cornish Bard, Justin Brooke. This can be viewed in the Devon Records Office, Exeter.
WATERMOUTH GREAT SILVER LEAD MINING COMPANY, LIMITED 10.12.1859 - 7.3.1882
Berrynarbour and Ilfracombe
Walbrook House, Walbrook, E.C. (1859)
Directors: Willliam Earl (1860-61)
Lynch White (1860-62)
George Ord (1860-61)
John William Williamson (1860-61)
Manager Josiah Hugo Hitchins (1861) Captain ... Treweeke (1861)
1859 (20.12) 2,000 £5 shares
1860 (21.3) 3,000 £5 shares
A fortnight before this company was registered a rich silver- lead deposit was discovered on the Ilfracombe road about a mile and a half from the old Combmartin mines. Hitchins, then living in Combmartin, was described as the leading spirit in the formation of the company to work the property. The first three directors were also on the board of South Devon Iron and General Mining Company, Limited and the lease of the property was granted by A.D. Bassett of waterraouth Castle.
By the end of 1859 all the shares had been subscribed for, and work Was in full swing on two lodes, one of which was said to be Wperhaps one of the richest lodes of silver-lead ore that has ever come before the public..." In February 1861 one shaft was about 20 fms. deep and another was about 35 fms. deep, but work on a level driven into the cliffs about 40' above high water mark had been suspended. Later the same month the lode in the east end of the shaft at "Knapps" (Napps) was much improved, and the lode driving south of the 20 fm. level at Newbury (shaft) also looked promising.
The shares were listed in the Mining Journal from January to October 1860 and from February 1861 to April 1862. No sales of ore are recorded. Special resolutions to wind up the company voluntarily were passed in April and may 1862. The company was dissolved by notice in the London Gazette in March 1882.
References: MJ 1859 (10.12, 24.12), 1860 (14.1, 14.4, 21.4), 1861 (19.2, 2.2, 9.2)
BT.31.441/1702, P.R.O.(A) (1972)
Hunt's Min. Stats. 1861 Appendix p.13