SW6950 : Wheal Coates mine, Cornwall. Calciner

taken 8 years ago, near to St Agnes, Cornwall, Great Britain

Wheal Coates mine, Cornwall. Calciner
Wheal Coates mine, Cornwall. Calciner
Most people justifiably look at the beautiful view down to the Towanroath shaft engine house, probably one of the most photographed sites in Cornwall. However only a few metres away is the calciner building that was constructed as part of a failed attempt to re-work the mine between 1910-1913. In the late summer the area is a riot of colour when the heather and ling are in flower, transforming even a ruined industrial site into a place of beauty.

The tin ore contained a proportion of impurities, mainly arsenic and sulphur. The ore was heated in furnaces to drive off the impurities, which were allowed to escape to the atmosphere. By the second half of the 19th century calciners were used to roast the ore, the arsenic and sulphur being condensed to form a valuable by-product.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 13 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Thursday, 17 September, 2009
Mine (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 69872 50134 [1m precision]
WGS84: 50:18.3685N 5:13.9925W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 69921 50098
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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