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Wheal Kitty (St. Agnes)

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Wheal Kitty Mine is in the parish of St. Agnes, Cornwall, about half a mile north east of St. Agnes - Grid Ref. SW726510 on the plateau known as Goonlaze Downs and effectively separates Trevaunance Cove and Trevellas Coombe. It is 12 miles from the town of Truro.

Wheal Kitty is the survivor of several smaller concerns around this area.

In the early nineteenth century, there were operations at Goonlaze, Wheal Pink and Wheal Vottle as well as about a dozen others. These amalgamated into the larger Penhalls Mine which operated on its own until 1884.

Wheal Kitty meanwhile had been operating from at least 1830 as a very successful tin mine. Copper and iron pyrites were also mined on a smaller scale. In 1904 Wheal Kitty and Penhalls Mine joined forces to become Penhalls United.

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