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Cornish Mines – Metalliferous & Associated Minerals 1845 – 1913. Roger Burt (1987)

Page 306.

Mellanear, St Erth. Map Reference SW560361

Ownership 1867 – 1889 Mellanear Copper Mining Co Ltd (Abandoned 1889)

Management Manager 1863 Richard Stephens
1869 William Paull
1865 – 1868 W Gill
1870 Richard Stephens
1870 – 1871 Edward Rogerswell
1872 Edward Rogers
1873 – 1874 J Moyle
1875 – 1881 John Gilbert
Chief Agent 1864 – 1868 Richard Stephens
1872 J Moyle
1877 John Woolcock
1878 – 1879 John Woolcock, William Toms
1880 John Woolcock, Samuel Harns
1881 Samuel Harris, William Toms
1882 – 1889 John Gilbert
Secretary 1863 – 1866 Alm E Paull
1869 – 1874 Committee
1875 John Taylor & Sons
1876 John Hayle
1877 W G Williams
1878 – 1879 W G Williams (S)
1880 – 1881 Williams (S) & Taylor (P)

EmploymentUndergroundSurface Total
1878 139 146 285
1879 137 161 298
1880 130 163 293
1881 134 166 300
1882 133 159 292
1883 130 146 276
1884 109 129 238
1885 97 103 200
1886 80 80 160
1887 65 61 126
1888 84 62 146
1889 48 40 88

Production.

Tables were given for each year by ore in tons; metal in tons and value in £s. I have recorded the peak performance for each metal only.

Lead 1886 – peaked at 21 tons of ore (£NIL)
Zinc 1872 – 1889 – peaked 1887 at 649 tons of ore (£796)
Copper 1865 – 1889 – peaked 1884 at 6928 tons of ore (£16,029)
Tin 1879 – 1889 – peaked 1885 at 437 tons of ‘stuff’ (£482)

(Tin was quoted as ‘Black’, ‘Stuff’ and ‘Tin’ – all in tons.) I deduce from reading this account that whilst copper production had peaked in 1884 to a maximum output of 6,928 tons of copper ore, the value had already started to decline. The peak value of £26,964 was for the year 1882 when production was 6,741 tons. Generally speaking from 1880 – 1885 Mellanear Mine was at its peak in production, value of ore produced and numbers employed. After that for the next 4 years until it was abandoned in 1889 the out put of the mine shrank rapidly. Appendix A lists Mellanear Mine as one of the 47 mines whose combined total output was 11.6% of the Cornish total (1845 – 1913) which was £7,187,442 combined total. Individually they ranged from £100,00 to £250,000. Therefore Mellanear was not an important mine (being in the lowest productive category) with a comparatively small operation with only two shafts.