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Mossel time

miners underground taking a break and having mossel

Most miners took food and drink underground with them; at some stage during their shift would sit and take a break close to where they were working.

This break was known as ‘mossel time’ at Geevor, probably taken from the word morsel. After working since dawn, mossel was taken by most miners between 11am  and 11.20. Mossel was known as ‘croust’ or ‘crib’ in other parts of Cornwall. The Geevor guides today still call their morning break their mossel.


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