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Wheal Fortune

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Great Wheal Fortune, Breage, Mount's Bay District, Cornwall, England, UK

Established by William Lemon with partners George Blewett and Thomas Dewen

Active from 1855 to 1880, with a total output of 2,992 tons of tin, 322 tons of copper, as well as some tungsten and arsenic. This mine worked lodes in the valley near Trelissick and Carnmeal Downs. (Ref.: Rocks & Min.: 19:8; B. Atkinson: Mining Sites in Cornwall, Vol. 2, Dyllansow Truran (1994))

Large opencast working on series of lodes known as Conquer Branches.

  • UK OS Grid Reference: SW626289
  • Map Reference: 50°6'43"N , 5°19'15"W


West Wheal Fortune, Truthwall, Ludgvan, Penzance - Ludgvan Area, Mount's Bay District, Cornwall, England, UK

Worked from 1815 to 1891, with a total output of 11,400 tons of copper and 3,000 tons of tin. The extensive waste tips of this mine can be located on the hillside north of Truthwall. (Ref.: B. Atkinson: Mining Sites in Cornwall, vol. 2, Dyllansow Truran (1994))

  • UK OS Grid Reference: SW528326
  • Map Reference: 50°8'28"N , 5°27'36"W

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