The George & Charlotte Mine is close to Morwellham
Quay. The William & Mary Mine (Devon & Cornwall United Mines) mine
lies on the eastern extension of the lode worked in George & Charlotte mine.
About 100 fathoms of untried ground separates the 2 mines. Output 1852-69 16,595
tons copper ore and 110 tons of Pyrite.
Mowellham Quay is on the River Tamar, 35 km inland from Plymouth. It was the
richest Copper Port in Queen Victoria’s Empire”. Vessels of up to
300 tons reached the port daily in the latter half of the 19th century, to take
ore from the Devon Great Consuls Mine and others.
Morwellham Quay is now a heritage centre. A tramway takes the visitor 460
metres into the George and Charlotte section of the Devon and Cornwall United
Copper Mines. This is a riverside tramway ride deep into the George & Charlotte
copper mine with its underground waterwheel.. A son et lumiere presentation
underground tells of the harsh realities of working life for miners. Costumed
interpreters show people the houses and workshops and the domestic and working
lives of former inhabitants of the village.