This was a lead/silver mine to be found in Westdown Wood which operated from 1852-1866.
There are a few shafts to be found, 2 wheel pits and the remains of a pair of engine houses in bad condition with stack. When last visited the site was severely overgrown, care required when exploring as shaft could be barely seen to front of engine houses.
The western lode was worked from adit level and a shaft 180m NNE of Woodfield Farm. Eastern lode was worked from Majors Shaft 260m ENE of Woodfield Farm. This shaft extends to approximately 150 M depths.
WORKED WITH: Wheal Wrey (SX 298 665). North Trelawny (SX 297 657)
LODES: Two N-S lodes in killas country rock. Both are steeply dipping and average 0.5 - 1.9m in thickness. Siderite, pyrite, pyragyrite and native silver are found in addition to galena. Spar minerals such as fluorite are found but not in workeable quantities.
KNOWN OUTPUT:1856-1862 : 3108 tons 70% Lead Ore 1863-1865 : 1800 tons 67% Lead Ore, with Wheal Wrey 1856-1862 : 105,804 ozs Silver 1862-1865 : 78750 ozs silver, with Wheal Wrey
TOTAL:10505T of Lead and 294410oz silver.
Description by ICLOK/Ferret
Data courtesy of Roy Fellows and Roy Morton, Dines, H. G. (1956) BGS County Series Cornwall 36NE (1901) Burt, R. (1987) Collins, J. H. (1912)