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SOUTH FRANCES MINE

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  SOUTH WHEAL FRANCES
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South Frances Mine, or South Wheal Frances, was originally a copper mine first documented in 1823-24, it was reopened in 1834 and tin mining started in 1852. The peak period of production for the mine took place from 1844 until 1895 when 67866 tons of copper ore and 9716 tons of black tin were extracted. The mine finally closed in 1918.

The discovery of the Great Flat Lode in 1872-74, improved the profitability of the mine. Operations were expanded by construction of a winding engine house at Pascoe's Shaft in 1879 and a pumping engine house with an 80-inch cylinder in 1887. In 1892 the mine was operated by South Frances United, and was amalgamated with Wheal Basset in 1895. The amalgamated company was called 'The Basset Mines Limited'. Surviving features include a complex of buildings including a compressor house, winding and pump houses, and a central boiler house at Marriotts Shaft.

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