South Caradon Mine

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Homan's and Rule's ShaftThis page will expand over the next few months as I resurrect the old ‘views of South Caradon’ website. As each of the old pages are transferred, refreshed, and expanded, this page will also grow.  Each post added to the blog will be reflected in the index below, the index eventually forming the home page for a new web resourced dedicated to the South Caradon mine in Cornwall.

Holman's shaft seen from Kitto's shaftThe Richest Copper Mine in South East Cornwall

South Caradon Mine was one of the largest copper mines in Cornwall, and one with a fascinating history. It is an enterprise with a rags to riches story and one that had a huge impact on the social, financial and transport history of South East Cornwall. The emigration that resulted from its final closure spread this impact around the world to wherever metal was mined. The mine now forms an important part of the Cornish World Heritage Site.

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The Mine’s history spanned the period from 1833 to 1889. It arrived relatively late in the South Caradon mine from the East Caradon Minestory of Cornish copper mining, and its production dominated the final years of that industry.


The earliest Ordnance Survey Maps capture the final surface layout of the mine. Extract of Brenton Symons' 1863 map showing South Caradon MineFortunately, a Brenton Symon’s map of 1863  catches a snapshot of the mine at its zenith, a snapshot that includes the lodes, shafts and engine houses.

The Engine houses

The site is an amazing post-industrial landscape, rich with Cornish engine house remains. It forms one of the largest collection of these impressive buildings in Cornwall, if not the world.

The Seaton Valley

This was the birth place of the mine, and the centre of its administration and ore South Caradon Mine's dressing floorsprocessing.

Transporting the Ore

 The transport infrastrcture that grew up around Caradon Hill was an integral part of the mining system. It linked the mines of the area with the port of Looe, enabling the economic transport of the Ore to the smelters of South Wales. Tin and granite travelled down these rails but it was the great wealth of Copper that provided the main reason for these railways. In particular it was the great copper wealth of South Caradon mine that triggered the building of this network of railways across the moorland.

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    My South Caradon Related Books

    If you are in the Caradon area, or passing through, pop in to the  wonderful bookshop in Book shop sign at LiskeardLiskeard. It has an excellent local history section that includes the paperbacks listed here. Other sources of these books in Cornwall include the giftshops at Geevor Mine, Wheal Martyn and Wheal Edward.

    Cover of Webb and Geach's book

    The History and Progress of  Mining in the Liskeard and Caradon District

    By Willian Webb and Edward Geach (1863)

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    Cover of the Liskeard Mining District in 1863 book coverThe Liskeard Mining District in 1863

    An exploration of Brenton Symons’s Geological map

    (Kindle edition)

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    Cover of the Last Great Cornish EngineerThe Last Great Cornish Engineer

    William West of Tredenham

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    Book cover of the Sketch of the life of William West of TredenhamSketch of the life of William West C.E. of Tredenham

    (Kindle edition)

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