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    The Great Flat Lode . Kernow

    A lovely days walk around the remains of Cornwalls Mining Heritage.

    The Marriott’s Shaft complex at South Wheal Frances is one of Cornwall’s most substantial, and more unusual, groups of mining remains. It was built for Basset Mines Ltd to exploit tin from the Great Flat Lode.

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    By 1839 7,000 children were employed in the Cornish mining industry

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    Good shots of industrial archeology in what must have been tricky conditions by the look of those skies.

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    The Great Flat Lode is an enormous ore bearing body tilted at an angle of about 45 degrees situated to the south of Carn Brea. Normally lodes are found perpendicular to the ground surface or at best at angles of about 60 degrees. The Great Flat lode got its name as in relative terms it lay a lot flatter in the ground. This, meant that mines could be placed at the optimum locations to extract the tin or copper ore from the ground without digging to excessive depths. The Great Flat Lode Trail encompasses all the major mines of the Camborne-Redruth area running in a 7.5 mile multi-use circular trail around the granite hill of Carn Brea.

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    'World Heritage' status for this area was granted on 14th July 2006. This should help to provide the necessary funding to improve and interlink all the mineral tramway projects. The majority of the trail is off-road and suitable for walkers, horse riders and cyclists. There are even some parts accessible to wheelchair users.



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    Re: The Great Flat Lode . Kernow

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff F View Post
    Good shots of industrial archeology in what must have been tricky conditions by the look of those skies.
    Suprisingly it was near perfect conditions today Geoff,The wind was light sun out and behind us and casting a perfect light on the mine ruins

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    The sett was situated between Treskillard and Carnkie and mined the same very productive copper – tin lodes that were also mined by the adjacent mines Wheal Basset and West Wheal Basset. Not surprisingly its history follows a similar path to those two and it ended up being ranked eleventh in the Camborne – Redruth district for the production of copper ore and twelfth for black tin.

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    Re: The Great Flat Lode . Kernow

    Hi Matthew.

    Too many photos to comment on. All the photos are nicely done, however, the 2nd image, where the smoke stack is framed by the window, is my favorite. It was creatively taken and certainly gives a feeling of depth and abandonment. I really like it.

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