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Mining Collection

"Unearthing the Depths: A Glimpse into the World of Mining" In this captivating snapshot, we witness a remarkable contrast between two worlds

Background imageMining Collection: Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1831

Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1831
Engraving " Dolcoath Copper Mine" of 1831 from Cornwall Illustrated showing the 76" engine house with capstan alongside, together with a launder and bal maidens

Background imageMining Collection: Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893

Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893
The Man Engine at 234 fathoms level below adit, in 1893. The man engine went down to the 314 fathom level. Miners can be seen standing on the steps of the engine rod while others stand on solars or

Background imageMining Collection: Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler, pictured with his father, a coal miner

Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler, pictured with his father, a coal miner, 2nd November 1974. A.k.a. Kid Tarzan Jonathan, The Nature Boy, Hells Angel #1

Background imageMining Collection: Wheal Coates - at sunset - St Agnes, Cornwall, UK

Wheal Coates - at sunset - St Agnes, Cornwall, UK
DAC-1301 Wheal Coates - at sunset St Agnes, Cornwall, UK David Chapman Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMining Collection: Newcomen steam engine, 1747

Newcomen steam engine, 1747. Thomas Newcomen (1663-1729) designed his atmospheric or steam engine in 1712. Water was heated in the boiler and the resulting steam was let into the cylinder

Background imageMining Collection: Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893

Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893
The Man Engine at 234 fathoms level below adit, in 1893. The man engine went down to the 314 fathom level. Miners can be seen standing on the steps of the engine rod while others stand on solars or

Background imageMining Collection: Ruins of Wheal Coates Tin Mine engine house, near St Agnes, Cornwall, England

Ruins of Wheal Coates Tin Mine engine house, near St Agnes, Cornwall, England

Background imageMining Collection: Miners working at the coalface, South Wales

Miners working at the coalface, South Wales
Two miners, stripped to the waist, working at the coalface in a coal seam in South Wales

Background imageMining Collection: Bisbee, an old copper mining town, Arizona, United States of America, North America

Bisbee, an old copper mining town, Arizona, United States of America, North America

Background imageMining Collection: Coal miners in shaft lift, South Wales

Coal miners in shaft lift, South Wales
Several coal miners with blackened faces stand in the shaft lift at the end of their shift in a coal mine in South Wales

Background imageMining Collection: Trevaunance Beach at low tide, St Agnes, Cornwall. Probably 20th July 1910

Trevaunance Beach at low tide, St Agnes, Cornwall. Probably 20th July 1910
A view from the beach looking up to Wheal Friendly mine on the skyline. The mine was re-opened in 1900 as part of Wheal Kitty and was at 80fms in 1910

Background imageMining Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893
Under-hand stoping at the 170 level. The miner on the left is using a pick while to his right two pares are boring holes for blasting

Background imageMining Collection: Coal mine in England, 1850s

Coal mine in England, 1850s
Removing coal in the Bradley mine, Staffordshire, England, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageMining Collection: Miner at Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall

Miner at Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall
Miner at work with a drill underground (below the sea) in Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall, which was just about to cease operation. Date: circa 1986

Background imageMining Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1892

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1892
Croust time ; croust is a Cornish term for lunch. The image includes the photographers son, front row, second from left, with nine miners. Photographer: John Charles Burrow

Background imageMining Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Late 1800s

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Late 1800s
Miners posed seated underground. Photographer: John Charles Burrow

Background imageMining Collection: Miners Coming to Work

Miners Coming to Work
Welsh men and women mineworkers coming to work in the early morning

Background imageMining Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Probably 1893

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Probably 1893
Croust time (a Cornish term for a mid-morning refreshment break). The men are eating pasties and taking refreshment from two barrels. The photographers wife is seated fourth from the left

Background imageMining Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893
Working at 180 level. The photograph was taken by John Charles Burrow on the same occasion as a similar view published in Mongst Mines and Miners (1893)

Background imageMining Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Late 1800s

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Late 1800s
Mining trolley between lodes. A horse/heave of ground between tin and copper lodes. One miner loading trolley and another miner with wheelbarrow. Photographer: John Charles Burrow

Background imageMining Collection: Trevaunance Coombe with steamworks in foreground below Wheal Friendly, St Agnes, Cornwall

Trevaunance Coombe with steamworks in foreground below Wheal Friendly, St Agnes, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Viewed from above Peterville. A buddle, an apparatus by which the stamped tin is washed from its impurities, is pictured in the foreground

Background imageMining Collection: Markham Colliery, Mining

Markham Colliery, Mining
A group of miners at Markham Colliery (Markham no.1/4) near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. It was near here, on July 31, 1973

Background imageMining Collection: Coalmine pithead silhouetted at dusk

Coalmine pithead silhouetted at dusk, South Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageMining Collection: Coal / Durham Pit Pony

Coal / Durham Pit Pony
Pitmen hewing the coal, South Durham : a pit pony waits to haul the coal away

Background imageMining Collection: Picture No. 11981521

Picture No. 11981521
Wheal Coates - Engine House - St Agnes - Cornwall - UK Date:

Background imageMining Collection: A Miner Success by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon

A Miner Success by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon
" They must ave ad some good news or somethin, Alf; you can ear em cheerin quite plain." Two British Tommies, Bill and Alf

Background imageMining Collection: Wheal Providence mine, Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Probably 1880s after the mine closed

Wheal Providence mine, Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Probably 1880s after the mine closed
Surface view of Wheal Providence mine showing a group of engine houses and buildings. The mine closed in 1877

Background imageMining Collection: Iron Miner

Iron Miner
5th June 1948: A miner pauses in a tunnel before starting a shift in Britains most modern iron ore mine, at Irthlinborough in Northamptonshire

Background imageMining Collection: Gold Prospecting

Gold Prospecting
Gold prospectors in Australia panning water and silt in search of small nuggets of the precious metal. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

Background imageMining Collection: Ruins of Wheal Coates Tin Mine engine house, near St Agnes, Cornwall, England

Ruins of Wheal Coates Tin Mine engine house, near St Agnes, Cornwall, England

Background imageMining Collection: Main Street, Grass Valley, Nevada County, California, USA

Main Street, Grass Valley, Nevada County, California, USA
Main Street, Grass Valley (mining town), Nevada County, California, USA. Date: circa 1908

Background imageMining Collection: Gelli coalmine, Rhondda, South Wales

Gelli coalmine, Rhondda, South Wales
View of the Gelli coalmine, Rhondda, South Wales. Date: 1935

Background imageMining Collection: Abanoned tin mine at Wheal Coates, Cornwall, UK

Abanoned tin mine at Wheal Coates, Cornwall, UK
This abandoned structure used to house a water pumping engine that was used in the mining process

Background imageMining Collection: Arthur Scargill at home near Barnsley, Yorkshire. One of Arthur

Arthur Scargill at home near Barnsley, Yorkshire. One of Arthurs possessions is a clock with a face made of coal. The painting was done by Margaret Burlton

Background imageMining Collection: Durham Miners Gala - The Easington miners lodge banner

Durham Miners Gala - The Easington miners lodge banner, draped in black arrives back in the village after being carried at Durham Miners Gala

Background imageMining Collection: Gold, Carnon Stream Works, Perranarworthal, Cornwall, England

Gold, Carnon Stream Works, Perranarworthal, Cornwall, England
Gold is a native element and precious metal which has been prized by mankind for thousands of years for its beauty, malleability and resistance to corrosion

Background imageMining Collection: Miner and canary

Miner and canary
Staffordshire coal miner gently holds the last canary to work down a British coal mine. Canaries were used to detect poisonous and dangerous gas in mines Date: 1986

Background imageMining Collection: Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900

Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900
Cornish wrestlers, officials, trophies and prizes pictured outside what appears to be the Transvaal miners sports clubhouse

Background imageMining Collection: Tywarnhayle Mine, St Agnes, Cornwall. Around 1907

Tywarnhayle Mine, St Agnes, Cornwall. Around 1907
Three miners next to the centrifugal pump shaft. This was the first electric pump in Cornwall. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageMining Collection: Corby Ironworks

Corby Ironworks
11th February 1950: Corby Ironworks in Northamptonshire at night. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4975 - Did You Know This Was Happening To England? - pub

Background imageMining Collection: Disused Tin mine, Cornwall

Disused Tin mine, Cornwall
The ruins of a disused Cornish tin mine

Background imageMining Collection: Two miners in a narrow coal seam, South Wales

Two miners in a narrow coal seam, South Wales
Two miners, one of them quite young, working in a narrow coal seam in a mine in South Wales

Background imageMining Collection: Haulier and assistant, Baldwins Level, South Wales

Haulier and assistant, Baldwins Level, South Wales
A haulier and his assistant, with a pit pony pulling a truck, at Baldwins Clog and Legging Level, near Pontypool, South Wales

Background imageMining Collection: Miner riding drams, Tirpentwys Colliery, South Wales

Miner riding drams, Tirpentwys Colliery, South Wales
A miner riding a journey of drams (coal trucks) at Tirpentwys Colliery near Pontypool in South Wales. Date: 1910

Background imageMining Collection: Soldiers at Brynkinalt Colliery, 1912

Soldiers at Brynkinalt Colliery, 1912
Men of the 2nd Suffolk Regiment on duty at the Brynkinalt Colliery, Chirk. The soldiers (together with a contingent from the Shropshire Light Infantry and some police)

Background imageMining Collection: Levant Mine, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. 11th (?) July, 1894

Levant Mine, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. 11th (?) July, 1894
Group of 29 miners posed underground at the 278 fathom level. The majority of the miners are wearing felt hats, either with the brim intact or with the brim removed

Background imageMining Collection: Carvedras Smelting Works, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1892

Carvedras Smelting Works, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1892
Workmen posed with tin ingots. The man with the white beard is James Symons and the boy kneeling on the right is John Penrose

Background imageMining Collection: View at Wheal Coates tin mine, St Agnes, Cornwall

View at Wheal Coates tin mine, St Agnes, Cornwall
View at Wheal Coates former tin mine, on the cliff top between Porthtowan and St Agnes, north coast of Cornwall, showing the Towanroath Shaft Pumping Engine House. Date: circa 1980s



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"Unearthing the Depths: A Glimpse into the World of Mining" In this captivating snapshot, we witness a remarkable contrast between two worlds. Adrian Street, the renowned Welsh professional wrestler, stands proudly beside his father - a coal miner. The image captures their bond and serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by countless miners in pursuit of livelihoods. Transporting us back to 1893, Dolcoath Mine in Camborne, Cornwall emerges from history's depths. This iconic mine symbolizes an era when mining was at its zenith; its towering structures loom over the landscape like guardians of industry. On another shore lies Trevaunance Beach at low tide in St Agnes, Cornwall on that fateful day - perhaps July 20th, 1910. Here we find traces left behind by those who toiled beneath our feet; remnants washed ashore serve as silent witnesses to their laborious endeavors. Returning once more to Dolcoath Mine in Camborne during its heyday transports us further into this narrative. We can almost hear the rhythmic clinks and clangs echoing through time as miners tirelessly extracted precious resources from deep within Earth's core. A glimpse into Geevor Tin Mine in Pendeen reveals determined faces etched with determination and resilience. These individuals embody the spirit communities across generations - unwavering dedication despite challenging conditions. Venturing beyond Wales' borders takes us to South Wales where coal miners brave treacherous conditions at the coalface. Their unwavering commitment fuels industries far and wide while reminding us of their indomitable spirit amidst darkness and danger. Shifting gears towards Perranarworthal in Cornwall brings forth images of gold gleaming under Carnon Stream Works' watchful eye. This scene reminds us that mining is not solely about extracting fuel for industry but also unearthing treasures hidden within nature's embrace.