mount wellington | plan b

“Big Head” stood lonely, forming a corner of the lower plateau. It appeared to be separate from the rest of the site, with no evidence of any connection to the main mill building.

Someone had burrowed into the pile of earth at its base, revealing the top of an opening. Struggling up the steep incline was difficult, but eventually I wedged my camera into the small gap to get a shot.

I wondered if “Big Head” was part of the mine’s rejuvenation in the 1960s. As the growing electronics industry demanded tin alloys for solder, the Cornish tin mining industry was reborn. From the ruins of the various old shafts and workings which closed in the 1930s, backing for new mines were gained, and the new mines started to appear.

And in 1968, new shafts were sunk at Mount Wellington, with the mine opening in 1976.

"All of the buildings were erected around 1976, Big Head included. Big Head was the hopper for the finished product - refined ore ready for smelting. I have an old photo which shows that a conveyor used to run from the mill building to the top of it." - Griffin