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Another long branch was proposed running south east from near Hayle towards Helston to serve several important tin and copper mines around Godolphin and Leedstown, but this branch of the Hayle railway was never built, suffering a similar fate to an earlier proposal in 1819 to build a tram road over much of the same route.
All these were Cornishmen, local adventurers and landowners, who had grown up amongst the metallic riches and opportunities of their own county. In their ranks John Taylor was the only outsider, the first and only London adventurer to achieve lasting financial success in large scale Cornish mining …..the Taylors worked many of the bigger copper mines, in most cases for their own account. Amongst these were Wheal Alfred; Mellanear….
Page 91. That the deposits of Western Cornwall were not entirely exhausted is shown by the output of the Mellanear Mine near Hayle which was restarted in 1879 by John Taylor and Sons, and in the next nine years produced an average of over 6,000 tons a year, second only to Devon Great Consuls in quantity. But Mellanear, adjacent to Wheal Alfred, was only a single mine, and noteworthy only because she was so late a producer – half a century before this her output would have been merely average, one of many such.
Appendix II – Output of major copper mines.
Mellanear, St. Erth – Total output 66,311 tons, 1866 – 1888.