SW6840 : Buddles at West Basset Stamps

taken 16 years ago, near to Carn Brea Village, Cornwall, Great Britain

Buddles at West Basset Stamps
Buddles at West Basset Stamps
On the lower slopes of Carn Brea. Stamps were used to crush ore from the mines. This is the area of the Great Flat Lode, one of the richest sources of copper and tin in Cornwall and the place where the Basset family made their fortune.
A buddle was a device for concentrating tin ore. It takes the form of an inclined circular pit (which would have been fitted with rotating brushes); the tin from the stamps was fed into the centre or side of the pit and was graded by gravity, concentrating the heavy ore near the inlet point.
The job of the buddle was to take the finely crushed rock, and wash away the waste material whilst the ore settled and was dug out periodically. Buddles used the difference in density between the heavier tin particles and the lighter waste material. It was a slow and labour intensive process.
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Date Taken
August 2002   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 13 April, 2005
Industrial heritage > Industrial heritage   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 6880 4020 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:12.9915N 5:14.5302W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 6880 4021
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