Geevor at Grass

areial view of the whole of the Geevor site

Geevor is much more than a mine. Underground was just the beginning. 

There’s just as much to see and learn from the surface buildings at Geevor Tin Mine. About two- thirds of the work force of the tin mine actually worked above ground, in jobs that supported the underground or helped to process the ore into tin concentrate, the mine’s finished product.

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of A Cocks at Cornwall Council

 

Assaying

Click to see a larger version of this imageold photo of a assayer at work

Assaying is the process of testing ore or metal samples to determine their mineral content and purity.


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Brunton Calciner

Click to see a larger version of this imagedrawing of the interior of a brunton calciner

In the 1830s the Brunton Calciner was developed for arsenic recovery, which were used many Cornish mines until the 1950s.


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Arsenic Recovery

Click to see a larger version of this imageold photo of rows of arsenic barrels

Arsenic had to be removed as a waste product from the tin and copper ore.


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Sorting

Click to see a larger version of this imagemill worker working on the picking belt in the Mill

Once the ore has been crushed it would first be washed and then sorted. 


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