South Crofty Mine is situated in Pool, midway between Camborne and Redruth in Cornwall. Mining has taken place at South Crofty since the 16th century but, in March 1998, production stopped. South Crofty was then the last working tin mine in Europe and its closure was a considerable blow for both the local community and industry nationally.
Today, Western United Mines Limited (WUM) is dedicated to bringing full scale mining back to Cornwall through the introduction of modern mining methods at South Crofty. Run by a team of highly experienced mining personnel, WUM is making excellent progress towards its aim of re-establishing mineral extraction – with very exciting exploration results achieved so far.
The towns of Camborne and Redruth have been developed over one of Cornwall’s most densely mineralised areas – long noted for its base metal production. Substantial quantities of potentially economic mineralisation are known to exist and South Crofty’s mining team is hard at work identifying resources and preparing the way for mine development and eventual production.