An invite received from the Pensilva history group to explain the rich history of Phoenix United Mine is a great opportunity to run a series of posts on the mine, a mine that was closely involved with William West, the last great Cornish engineer.
Where was Phoenix United Mine?
Phoenix United was located in Southeast Cornwall, on the edge of Bodmin Moor, near to the village of Minions. Phoenix was one of the great success stories of mining in the Liskeard area, with a history worthy of its name. It was the second richest of that Caradon Mines, and was was one of the few that extracted both copper and tin.
Copyright ordnance Survey.
Most of the mine is located within grid ref square SX 2672, which is covered by the ordnance Survey explorer map 109 (Bodmin Moor). Click here to buy on Amazon.
This 1:25000 map is perfect for exploring the Caradon hill mines. An alternative for Kindle users is the OS Mapfinder app, an excellent programme, great fun to use. If you have the app the cell to download is: 25000 SX 27.
This is a screen shot from that app showing a pin dropped in the mine with a full grid reference and Lat/Lon.
The brown shading indicates that the site is on open access ground, and the green dash lines show the public rights of way across the mine. As can be seen, Phoenix United has good legal access for those planning to visit its remains. Minions makes a good base from which to explore the mine with its car parks, cafes and pub.
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