Wheal Crebor Mine, Devon

Wheal Crebor Mine, Devon

1811 Wheal Crebor produced 1308 tons copper.

The Tavistock
Canal
Company gained permission from the land owner, the Duke of Bedford,
to mine any minerals found while cutting the canal and soon after starting the
tunnel the company struck copper. John Taylor opened up Wheal Crebor mine in
true pioneering fashion. It was run by the canal company until 1828 and was
a moderate success.

A second inclined plane was installed at Morwellham and used to haul kibbles
(i.e. buckets) of ore from Wheal Crebor to the canal.

Moses Bawden was the last manager of Wheal Crebor, Frank Booker says that Moses
was also at one time the purser of Great Devon Consols and lived in Tamar View,
a spacious mine house at Gulworthy, at a rental of £1 a week. When Great
Devon Consols went into voluntary liquidation in 1901, Moses was ill in bed.
When the news was brought to him he turned his face to the wall and burst into
tears.

1998 The canal had been closed for over 120 years but the flowing water which
was once used to drive engines at Wheal Crowndale and Wheal Crebor is now used
as a power source for a hydro-electric power plant near Morwellham quay.

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