Wheal Trewavas


Other than the spectacular setting of its surviving engines houses on a precipitous cliff-side overlooking the east shore of Mount’s Bay, Wheal Trewavas was never a major Cornish mine. It opened during the 1820s and closed in 1847 - made reasonable profits for a while, and then losses leading to closure.

As a reasonably priced history of a typical mine this is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning how Cornish mining operated and was financed. If you think ‘Poldark’ (the books or the TV series) exaggerate, then read this!

92 pages, with colour and B&W illustrations, maps and mine plans. Paperback.