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Anita Pryor - Any Information about East Pool Mine, Cornwall during WW2, which was kept open for tungsten.

Anita Pryor
30 September 2013
Any Information about East Pool Mine, Cornwall during WW2, which was kept open for tungsten.


I am working at East Pool Mine in Cornwall, now a National Trust site, and I am trying to find out anything about the mine during WW2, which was kept open for tungsten.

Your site has a fantastic collection of stories but I have not found one for Cornwall yet. Are there any? It seems none of this era of the mine's life was recorded and all we have to go on are the wages records which is a bit dry. If you have any suggestions that would be great.

Best wishes

Anita Pryor

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East Pool Mine, Taylor's Shaft Engine House (Images from Wikipedia)

East Pool mine (later known as East Pool and Agar mine), was a metalliferous mine in the Camborne and Redruth mining area, just east of the village of Pool in Cornwall, England. Worked from the early 18th century until 1945, first for copper and later tin, it was very profitable for much of its life. Today the site has two preserved beam engines and is part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. (Information from Wikipedia)

A group of ‘Bevin Boys’ that worked here

Mr Wotten is the man with the helmet, 3rd from the left, front row. He worked here for 2 yrs around 1943. I think he has passed on now and we have no contact details for his family, but I understand that he may have come from the Plymouth area. I think there was a large mining tungsten co. there – is it possible that there may be some chance that this mine could have some info? Hemerdon Mine nr. Plympton.

Lets see where this gets us?

Cornwall, in the main, is sadly missing from the site but there are some references:-

· Mike Swift - 2008, his Grand father, Henry Bailey, Was a Captain in the Mine Rescue Team
· Joseph Strickland - Any Info - Henry Lawry Died In A Mine Disaster In Turol, Cornall, England 1882
· Linda Rowland - 2008 - Looking For Sugar Lane Near Jacksdale, Home of Harry Riley born 1896. Her fathers family were
  mostly tin/copper miners from Cornwall

· Geoff Kaye - St. Austell - Cornwall, Aug 2012, My father, Eric Walter Kaye, born 1927, was a Bevin Boy during WW2
· Stuart Tomlins - Tin Mines - South Crofty Consultation Begins