Wheal Kitty 20th Century Tin Processing Works


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Early 20th Century

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English Heritage

County Council (Unitary)

Cornwall Council


St Agnes

Parliamentary Constituency

Truro and Falmouth

Grid Reference

SR724724 (172394, 51441)

WGS84 Coordinates

50.3183, -5.19765

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The remains of tin processing works, established between 1926-29, situated within the northern area of Wheal Kitty and is one of the best surviving examples of its kind. The works comprise three groups of buildings, surviving as low concrete block walls with concrete floors. The western mill contained the primary ore dressing machinery. The eastern mill housed the secondary ore processing and calcining machinery, including four buddles, two arsenic calciners, an arsenic scrubber chamber and a chimney. The tailings mill treated the discharge from the refining process and contains the remains of a dipper-wheel pit and a buddle. Two parallel channels link the eastern mill to the tailings mill, via a concrete settling tank. A drainage channel runs downslope from the western mill, used for the disposal of process effluent at sea. A survey of the structure carried out during the mid 1990s found that much of it was situated within dense undergrowth.

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