Cornwall and Devon Devon Great Consols, A Mine of Mines

Devon Great Consols, A Mine of Mines

Devon Great Consols, A Mine of Mines
SKU SKU15068
Weight 1.26 kg


R J Stewart, SB, 436pp

Author Rick Stewart has been researching the mine's history for some years and has had access to a mass of new information and primary sources. As well as the staggering boom days of the nineteenth century, Devon Great Consols also covers the various reworkings of the site up to the 1970s. A full history of this enterprise has been long awaited and eagerly anticipated by mining enthusiasts.
The story of Devon Great Consols Mine can truly be described as epic. It was for at least twenty years the largest copper mine in Europe and for a time was producing half the world's arsenic, yet, unlike many smaller enterprises its story has remained untold.
One reason is the absence of any substantial remains on the ground, the site having been cleared on closure in accordance with the original lease enforced by the Bedford Estate. This reflected the ambivalent attitude of successive Dukes of Bedford by whom, according to Frank Booker, ?the royalties received from Devon Great Consols were never regarded as sufficient compensation for the loss of 140 acres of pheasant covets?. Another reason is the absence of photographs showing the mine at work; seldom can such a large industrial enterprise have been so little recorded.
Fortunately the last half century has seen continuous increase of interest in the industry and archaeology of the Tamar Valley. More enlightened attitudes prevail and, at last, its "Mines of Mines" receives the history it has long awaited and always deserved.
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