Crowns Engine Houses at Botallack
Crowns Engine Houses at Botallack




History of Botallack


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

BOTALLACK,
in 200 shaves, in St. Just, Cornwall. Purser and Manager, Mr. S. II. James, St. Just. Proprietor of the Land, Lord Falmouth. Dues for copper, l-1 8th, and for tin, l-24th. The Duke of Cornwall and the Crown receive l-3rd of dues for minerals raised under the sea. Depth of adit, 50 fathoms ; depth under surface of water, 220 fathoms. Rocks, granite, killas, and greenstone. 299 men, 116 females, and 115 boys employed. 3 pumping- engines, 37, 30, and 30-inch, at work. Stamping-engine. 361-inch. 7 winding-engines, 26, 26, 26, 16, 16, 10, and 10-inch, Crushing performed by one of the 26-inch winding-engines.

Minerals Sold in 1861

Tonscwt.qrs.lbs. £s.d.
Copper ore2151920 ...for ...£1,380181
Black tin426000£29,72400
£31,10423


The present Company have been concerned in the mine 30 years, and have profited £100,000 up to the end of 1863. Profit last year, £16,000. The mine was worked, probably over 100 years before the present Company took it, and is likely to be worked during a similar period.

 

 

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