Ever wondered what a two hundred year old Cornish copper mine REALLY looks like/ Why you really should have a mining search in former mining areas?
Cligga mine (shown below) is not the mine visited in this blog but the 3d image has been kindly supplied by The Cornwall Mine Explorers club to illustrate how a mine looks underneath the surface and how far out and down shafts and levels can radiate.
Today, I spent the day several hundred feet underground, crawling, walking and climbing around with Daryll Henderson of Henderson Mines research Ltd and some other keen mine/ cave rescue team members. In places, the lodes (areas of rock where the metal ores run strongest and have been mined) ran hundreds of feet up towards the surface and are thirty to forty feet from the sloping ground you are standing on to the ‘ceiling’ of rock at a forty five or steeper angle above your head.
At one point we passed through a section of mine which had seen a very recent collapse with a single 100 tonne block of stone blocking a former route. After a check for safety and pausing to admire the sheer size of the fall, we crawled through a gap and pressed on.
At every stage of the trip, we saw beautiful deposits of Copper, Iron and other minerals including Gypsum in the raw and forming their own stalactites and stalagmites as they dripped through the rocks in solution. We also found an old packet of Woodbines from the 1950’s, a whole host of contemporary rubbish, dumped at the bottom of one (now sealed) shaft and plenty of evidence of previous trips by School of Mines students and, of the original miners who worked this lode from the late 18th Century to the early 20th.
Whilst I have always known how important it is to have a mining survey when you buy a property, it’s not until you see massive cave falls and underground caverns being held up by ancient timbers that are now showing severe signs of decay and splitting under the tremendous pressures of rock above them, that you realise just HOW important a thorough survey by a competent professional such as Daryll actually is. Link to Daryll’s Facebook business page: http://on.fb.me/Z5zp7g
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About Chris Wood: Chris is an estate agent with over 25 years of property experience. His business, PDQ Estates Ltd is based in Penzance and Helston, West Cornwall. He has worked with all sizes and types of businesses from single office independents to the management team and board of RBS and Tesco. A former President Elect of the NAEA and board member of NFoPP until he resigned in 2009, Chris has always championed the highest professional standards for estate agents in the UK. No stranger to the media, he has appeared on various programs including BBC, News 24, ITV, independent and BBC radio and is a regular contributor to trade journals, local and national Newspapers. Chris is on KloutLinkedIn Ecademy Facebook and Twitter he lives in Penzance. In his spare time; Chris likes to keep fit and is a former long-standing member of the Territorial Army. In 2010 he mobilised for a tour of duty in Afghanistan with 1 Rifles as part of 3 Commando Brigade.