The Okeltor Silver Lead and Copper Mine Company started
in 1849 and soon became one of the most important mines in the area
employing around 200. Huge quanities of copper, tin and arsenic
were produced which brought great wealth to the shareholders. The
miners were, however, paid a pittance.
With over a hundred years having passed since the last machinery
turned and picks swung, nature has reclaimed much of the site.
Walking around you will see evocative reminders of the industrial
past – old engine houses, chimneys and a whole host of other
buildings now covered in ivy.
English Heritage has nominated the whole mine site as an ancient
monument. Okel Tor Mine is also one of the key sites in Cornwall’s
bid for World Heritage Site status.