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Let us start with a rare picture of a share certificate. It was issued in 1870 to William Gundry. It is very rare to find share certificates for long ago abandonded mines but this one came up for auction on the internet. I did not but it.


There is no likelihood of ever finding a photograph or drawing of Mellanear Mine so the following are as near as I can get to the real thing.

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This is a painting made in 1947 of an old disused mine and the old photo is of an engine house being demolished. Mellanear, with its surrounding undeveloped land, would have looked exactly like this.


This could quite well be Mellanear; I can neither prove or disprove the point.


The mine shaft whilst it was being properly maintained would have looked like this. However you will find plenty of photos on this site of the shafts as they were discovered in the site clearance.


This Victorian oil painting by a well known Newlyn artist, Stanhope Forbes, conjures up exactly how it would have looked when the large granite blocks for building the engine house and other buildings were transported up to the site.

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When I was digging the garden I found this exploded brass shell. I also found three or four .303 shells which I recognised from my youth, but this one was much larger. On the firing pin end it is stamped 'K43 B.I.Z'. No one has been able to identify the type of shell, but some local memories recall that the Home Guard may have used the mine wastes and dumps for their exercises.