Constantine Cornwall

Iron mining in Cornwall

February 2019

Tony Brookes, a retired Camborne School of Mines lecturer and Gorsedd Bard shared his research at the Constantine History Group’s February meeting into iron mining in Cornwall. A veritable Cinderella to the mining of copper and tin. Mining of iron was small scale in Cornwall and evidence on the ground is often absent as the waste was not poisonous and could be used. However, crop marks can often be seen from the air.

One of the largest mines was the Restormel Royal near Lostwithiel. The remains of surface working are still to be seen and Queen Victoria visited with Prince Albert in 1846 and went underground.

Within the parish of Constantine there are two known mines one on Polpenwith Creek called Wheal Mary Ann and the other between Constantine and Port Navas. The Brogden mine was owned by a Welsh company and worked from 1854 – 1875.Between 1869 and 1875 the mine produce just under 10,000 tons of ore. It was a seasonal mine and was pumped out with a portable steam engine each spring. Today all that can be seen is a thicket around one of the shafts and a few mounds of waste.

Charlotte Mackenzie will be speaking about Captain Joseph Banfield, a Cornish sea captain, on March 15that 19.15 in the WI Hall Constantine.  Visitors are welcome.