Mining history to be protected in restoration of headframe at South Crofty tin mine
Attempts to preserve a landmark piece of Cornish mining heritage have begun – to prepare for a new chapter in its working life.
The iconic headframe at South Crofty tin mine in Dudnance Lane, Pool, will be refurbished as part of the extensive Cornwall Council-led project.
The New Cooks Kitchen headframe and two Grade II-listed engine houses at Chappels Shaft will be cleaned up, as part of the agreement with owners Western United Mines, to enable new development and regeneration to go ahead in the area.
A demolition firm has been appointed to destroy a conveyor belt which carried ore from the head of the New Cooks Kitchen shaft to nearby bins.
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The removal of the conveyor, which is in dangerous condition and no longer needed, will allow the council's main contractor to erect scaffolding around the headframe.
The building will be grit-blasted and repainted to prevent further deterioration.
Stephen Rushworth, the council's portfolio holder for economy and regeneration, said the renovation would help protect the historic structure for years to come.
"The demolition of the conveyor belt will enable restoration works to the headframe to commence in early 2013," he said.
"It marks the start of the regeneration aspirations for South Crofty and will contribute to the wider regeneration and employment opportunities around the Camborne, Pool and Redruth area."