Sharkham Point Mine, Brixham, South Devon, Devon, England, UK
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||50° 22' 60'' North , 3° 29' 54'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||50.3833085892, -3.49827013228|
|UK National Grid Reference:||SX935547|
|Other regions containing this locality:||Devon and Cornwall metalliferous mining district, England, UK|
Predominantly an open cast, cliff top, iron mine that exploited the hematite occurring in the limestone. The hematite is mostly earthy and is thought to have been deposited either as replacement of the limestone and/or within pre-existing solution fissures in the limestone. The iron almost certainly came from warm brine circulating through overlying Permian red sand beds.
5 Shafts and 6 adits are also mentioned in reports of the site but since the area was used as the Brixham Town Tip in the 1950s and '60s much of the archaeology has been covered over. However, one notable adit remains at beach level.
Botryoidal hematite was taken to South Wales for smelting as it has very low sulphur and phosphorous content and gave a high quality iron. There was also some ochre mined which was used in an antirust paint produced by the Torbay Paint Co in Brixham.
Mindat ArticlesSHARKHAMPOINT IRON MINE by Chris Popham
3 valid minerals.
This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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358.9 - 419.2 Ma
|Devonian Rocks (Undifferentiated)|
Perkins J.W. (1971), Geology Explained in South & East Devon, David & Charles, Newton Abbot.
Bridget Howard (2000), The Torbay Paint Company", Dartmouth History Research Group, ISBN 1 899011 18 8, Paper #27.