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Wheal Maid Decline, St Day, Redruth, Gwennap CP, Cornwall, England, UK

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 50° 14' 10'' North , 5° 10' 2'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 50.2361850136, -5.1672558859
Other regions containing this locality:Devon and Cornwall metalliferous mining district, England, UK

In 1983, Carnon Consolidated Tin Mines Ltd. started to explore the area of the old Consols and United Mines workings.

A decline shaft (not an adit) was driven, cutting three mineralised veins on a distance of 655 metres.

This project was called the Wheal Maid Decline, despite it lying to the south of the old Wheal Maid mine and did not intersect any of the workings of Wheal Maid

This decline, extends in a south-south-easterly direction before taking a sharp turn to the north-north-west.

It was abandoned in 1985 following the collapse in the price of tin.

In a depth of roughly 100 metres, some levels of the old 'Whiteworks section' were cut, from where a number of interesting minerals was recovered.

The Whiteworks shaft was fitted out to be used as an emergency egress route from the decline.

Waste rock from the driving of the decline was dumped to the west of Taylors engine house of Great Consolidated Mines (Consols).

With diligent searching it is still possible to find respectable minerals specimens on these dumps.

Edited by Dale Foster

Mineral List

10 valid minerals.


Geologic TimeRocks, Minerals and Events
ⓘ Major polymetallic mineralization~270 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Porphyry dikes intruded (latest age)~275 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Greisenization (latest age)~280 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Porphyry dikes intruded (earliest age)~280 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Formation of metallized pegmatites~285 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Greisenization (earliest age)~285 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Emplacement of major plutons~295 MaCornwall, England, UK

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