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Author Tresavean - plans/maps?
andybilham

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Tresavean - plans/maps?
Posted: 25/08/2011 12:32:14
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My first post, so please treat me gently! I live in Lanner and daily I gaze across the valley to the Tresavean site, now overgrown and almost unrecognisable.
Where can i look to find maps or plans of the site in its heyday so I can make some sense of the mess I can see from my back window? I have read the excellent and large book on Lanner and its Mines by a woman whose name escapes me (excellent read, and learned so much about my own property BTW!), and have had a trawl through the library but can't find anything specific enough to satisfy my curiosity.
I'm sure the assembled knowledge-base will be able to answer my query in double-quick time ("butter 'em up and they'll do anything for you" - my Dad!)

Thanks in advance

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Tresavean - plans/maps?
Posted: 25/08/2011 13:48:40
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The author you refer too is Sharron Schwartz and you're right it is a monumental work on such a small place. Your best bet for maps is the Cornwall centre Redruth for and the record office at Truro for plans. Tresavean is another site buggered up by a local authority!

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Posted: 25/08/2011 15:53:14
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Thanks Spitfire, I knew the lady author was spelt Sharron but couldn't remember her surname.
I'll try Cornish Studies Centre and also the Records Office - thanks for your prompt reply!

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Posted: 25/08/2011 16:16:08
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I might beable to assist with some mine plans

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Posted: 25/08/2011 17:51:26
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Cornwall Studies Centre has some interesting things on the capping of the shafts on Tresavean.

Send me your email address and I'll send you some stuff.

Tresavean is very very interesting indeed.

The shaft behind the power station next to the big pond is West Engine Shaft aka Williams. On the plan you might confuse it with Old Williams, which it is not!
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Posted: 26/08/2011 00:53:01
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Andy, I too am in your neck of the woods on the Tresavean side. Take a look at these pics of the mine in 1926.

This as a general shot over the center of operations



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Detail of the processing plant / mill



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Harvey's Shaft



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I think 'Unwatering Tresavean Mine, by Cyril Brackenbury is on here somewhere hidden away in the mining documents section probably.....anyone?



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Posted: 26/08/2011 02:54:07
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Roy Morton wrote:

I think 'Unwatering Tresavean Mine, by Cyril Brackenbury is on here somewhere hidden away in the mining documents section probably.....anyone?



http://www.aditnow.co.uk/documents/Tresavean-Tin-Mine/Unwatering-Tresavean-Mine.pdf

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Posted: 26/08/2011 03:02:47
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Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
A damned good read, especially if you know the place, and a good historical document.
One of the curiosities of this mine that seems to have gone unrecorded by many, is the fact that they installed gas lighting ( Shocked ) in the shaft to supply light to the stations. It was apparently unsuccessful and the plant was sold to Boscaswell Downs mine, St Just, (I hope I got that right from memory) where they managed to get the system to work.
It also has the honour of being the second deepest mine in Cornwall beating East Pool By only a smidgen.

This is the longitudinal section that pops up just about everywhere Tresavean is mentioned. A cross section would be interesting as most of the stoping is vertical, and would probably resemble Dolcoath.



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Posted: 26/08/2011 08:30:43
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The gas plant at Tresavean was a success and was moved to Balleswidden mine when Tresavean closed. It was installed (Ithink) in 1861 and carried down to the 160 and was regarded cheaper than candles. The miners had the cost of the gas deducted from their wages.

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Posted: 26/08/2011 13:49:30
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Thanks Paul. For the life of me I cannot remember where I came across the info. Must have been a while back as Balleswidden has been corrupted by the grey matter.
Mind you that's not uncommon these days Blush Laugh

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Posted: 26/08/2011 16:13:59
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Thank you all who have replied, there's some great photos there, and some reading which I will enjoy too. Stuey, I'll PM you with my email, and look forward to studying the plans.

I'm laid up with a ruptured achilles at the moment, but as soon as I am out and about I'll pop over and have another good look around.

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Posted: 26/08/2011 23:17:59
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Roy posted the one up that I was going to, I do have some layouts and "pictures" which might interest you. I'll put together a good old email to tickle your senses. IP: 94.197.165.165
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Posted: 04/04/2013 10:24:41
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Hi all
I know it's been two years since I last posted, and I have a supplementary query about the Tresavean area.
I have an idea of putting together a package of guided walks around Cornwall (I am a keen walker with a passionate interest about the area and its industries).
Naturally I want to make sure I am as clued-up as possible about the areas I plan, and want to learn more 'on the ground' too.
Is there anyone local who might agree to meeting me up on the Tresavean site for an hour to walk me around and fill in some detail, including showing me any remains I might have neglected to spot on my wanderings?
I would me so grateful, and there might be the chance to repair to the Coppice, newly taken over by Keltek brewery incidentally, for some liquid refreshment afterwards!
If you think you might be able to help me, please feel free to PM me and we'll see if we can hook up. I'm a teacher, and on Easter holidays at the moment, so the next 10 days would be easy for me either daytime or evenings.
Thanking you in advance
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Posted: 04/04/2013 14:32:33
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It's always worth a look at http://www.cassinimaps.co.uk/shop/downloads.asp
to see what you can download as a PDF file. For many areas they have 25"/mile maps from about 1890, plus many more scales and dates.
The downloadable A3 size option is the best way of obtaining them.

If you don't have an A3 printer, many photo manipulation programs (e.g. Photoshop) will open the PDF files and save them as JPEGs for easier manipulation and printing.

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Posted: 04/04/2013 22:32:49
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if i remember right the dressing floors where buldozed to make way for the football pitch

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andybilham

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Posted: 04/04/2013 22:48:32
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Thanks Scooptram, I've read that elsewhere too. I really can't believe that the 2nd deepest and most profitable mine in the county is so badly preserved. I guess that's the County Council to blame for that, then!
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Posted: 04/04/2013 23:28:09
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its a shame but that still goes on not going to say where thats a differant thread butt ppl who know me will know where im talking about Laugh

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Posted: 05/04/2013 00:21:02
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BEFORE


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AFTER


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Wanton destruction doesn’t get much better than this


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Posted: 05/04/2013 08:52:21
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What a f**k up.

Come the revolution...

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Posted: 05/04/2013 10:12:35
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Is the concrete all just buried or was it destroyed?
Somewhere I have details of a start of a proper measured plan of the mill remains, but it was probably only 30% complete when the site was lost.
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