South Caradon Mine’s most easterly shaft
The Caradon website resurrection has continues apace, this time looking at maps and views that cover the last three engine houses described.
Kitto’s shaft is South Caradon’s most easterly workings, lying close the boundary with East Caradon Mine. It is a collection of remains close to the car park at Tokenbury Corner that lie hidden behind extensive waste tips.
Although the engine houses are in a poor condition, none are standing more than a metre high, it is still a fascinating collection of remains. It is a historical set of remains as well, for this is the location of the last man engine installed in Cornwall.
Kitto’s Shaft area in 1883
In addition to the engine houses this map shows the tramway and leat layout. The tramways link the shaft with the tips, and also the dressing floor in the Seaton Valley. The leats run westwards to supply the engine houses that lie across the slopes of Caradon Hill.
3 Tramway to dressing floors
4 Track from Tokenbury Corner
Kitto’s Shaft area on Google Maps
The layout of the Kitto’s shaft area is clearly shown on Google Earth, as is the linear waste tips lying to the south.
History and progress of mining in the Liskeard and Caradon District
This re-print of the 1863 publication by Webb and Geach is an excellent companion to exploring the history of mining of the Caradon area. Ask your local bookshop to obtain a copy.