History of Boswedden and Wheal Castle


From 'The Mines of Cornwall and Devon, Statistics and Observations Thomas Spargo 1865

BOSWEDDEN AND WHEAL CASTLE, in St Just, Cornwall. Purser and Manager, Mr. Richard Boyns, Boswedjlen. Rocks, killas and granite. 90 men, 25 females, and 40 boys (total 155 persons) employed. Depth to adit 40 fathoms ; depth under adit, 95 fathoms. A 40-inch engine and a 52-feet water-wheel pump the water. A 28-inch engine and a 20-feet water-wheel stamps the tin, and a 30-feet water- wheel draws the stuff.

Returns in 1864.

Tonscwt.qrs.lbs. £s.d.
Copper ore9000 ...for ...£127181
Black tin77130£443028
£455700


The operations in this mine are under judicious direction, and the Company may look forward to beneficial results.


From Observations on the West of England Mining Region. J.H. Collins

Wheal Castle is an old mine. In 1821 sold 16 tons of copper ore for £74.

Bosweddnan and Wheal Castle in 1864 had five engines at work; was sunk 95 fathoms below adit (40 fathoms) and employed 155 people. In 1870 was 120 fathoms and employed 150 people. In 1837 and 1841 and from 1853 to 1872 sold 1375 tons of black tin and 200 tons of copper ore.

 

 

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