Restored iconic mining structure in Pool unveiled
The iconic South Crofty Mine, which has been shrouded in tonnes of scaffolding, has finally been unveiled to reveal a newly restored headframe.
Cornwall Council has undertaken the refurbishment of the New Cooks Kitchen Headframe, and two Grade II listed engine houses at Chapple’s Shaft.
The headframe was covered in 900 tonnes of scaffolding, using 20,000 scaffold fittings and 800 boards and 16 lifts.
The work was agreed with the mine owners, Western United Mines to enable new development and regeneration to go ahead in the area.
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CORMAC Contract Ltd and specialist contractors carried out the refurbishment repainting and replacing steelwork.
Work continues to the two Chapple’s engine houses, with the Chapple's Winding Engine House nearing completion, with work on the Chapple’s pumping engine house due to finish in November.
Cornwall councillor Malcolm Moyle, for Pool and Tehidy, said: “I am delighted that this work has been completed as it something we in the local community have wanted to see for many years.
“We are proud of our mining history – the headframe ensures we retain a link between the height of industrialisation and the economic development of the area today.”
Alan Shoesmith, chief executive at Western United Mines added: “The completion of the refurbishment of the NCK Shaft Headframe is a significant milestone of the ongoing restoration forming part of the CPR (Camborne, Pool, Redruth) area’s regeneration programme.
“It demonstrates both the continued spirit and the significance of the agreement entered between the mine and Cornwall Council in 2009.”