So Very Foolish A History of the Wherry Mine,
Peter Joseph, A5, SB, 48pp - £4.99 + P&P
Through the long history of Cornish mining the extraction of metals was
undertaken in some remarkable locations but none was stranger than the
Wherry Mine at Penzance. With its shafts some 200 yards offshore in Mounts
Bay linked by a timber trestle to its machinery on dry land, the Wherry
Mine resembled more a seaside pier than a working industrial site.
The unique nature of the workings meant that contemporary travellers in
Cornwall took note of the Wherry Mine and some recorded their impressions,
but curiously there has been no attempt to record its full history to date.
Local mining historian Peter Joseph, who has made a particular study of
Penwith’s mines, has now put right that omission and given this small but
very special mining enterprise its own memorial.
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