+44 (0)1872 553341
Discover skills of the ancient tinner on the facinating journey from rock to metal
How we process the ore The rock is first crushed under the iron shod stamps to a coarse sand, then finely ground in a ball mill continually flowing onto a shaking table which washes, separates and concentrates the ore.
|The heavy tin concentrates are mixed with necessary ingredients
and smelted under intense heat in our furnace where the bright white metal
is run from the rock.
Demonstrations of: Vanning, Panning & Jigging. All skills of the tinner's ancient craft.
|Tin has been produced in this valley for centuries. Early tin streamers worked alluvial sands and gravel on the beaches and valley floor. later miners tunnelled into the hillsides and sunk shafts deep below the valley floor; following the tin-rich veins of ore.|
|By 1810 the many smaller mines were incorporated into the
Blue Hills Sett, which continued to employ 100 men until it's closure
in 1897. Tin production, however; has continued almost without interruption
up until the present day.
The Wills family have been a part of this tradition at Blue Hills since 1975 producing many tons of tin ore. Generations of the family have worked in mines around St.Agnes and many other countries throughout the world.
It is now possible to see this fascinating process on a tour of the works.
HOW TO FIND US:
Go through St Agnes taking the B3285 towards Perranporth.
Turn left to Wheal Kitty after 250 yds and right at grass triangle. Follow the road along and down into the steep valley and look for the sign pointing to our works.
Last tour begins at 5 p.m.
Monday to Saturday inclusive
April 1st to October 31st
November to March - please telephone before arriving
Tours last approximately 1 - 1.5 hours.
Group bookings taken all year round from schools and other interested parties
Colin & Mark Wills
Blue Hills Tin Streams
Cornwall TR5 OYW
Telephone: +44 (0)1872 553341
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