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News From June 2016

Kelly Mine Open Day

Kelly Mine Open Day

Posted in Events on Wednesday 15th June 2016 at 9:33pm

Kelly Mine is a unique example of an early 20th century mine with many original features and machinery.

On Sunday 4th September the Kelly Mine Preservation Society is holiding an open day between 10.30am and 4.30pm. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be available.

Mine machinery, stamps, ore washing strips and incline will be operating. The water turbine and waterwheels will be run if water is available.

Please note there are no toilet facilities on site and there is no vehicle access. Children and dogs must be closely supervised in the interests of safety.

For further information please visit the Kelly Mine website.

Location and Directions

Kelly Mine is situated on the A382, about 500 yards from the Lustleigh junction, towards Bovey Tracey. Free parking will be provided in the Lustleigh show field. Turn off the A382 towards Lustleigh and the car park is 300 yards along the lane. Park at the far end of the field and follow the signs to the mine. There is one high stile and a stream to cross. Less agile passengers can be dropped off on the main road by the mine.

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Dartmoor Society Kelly Mine Visit

Dartmoor Society Kelly Mine Visit

Kelly Mine Visit

Posted in Events on Wednesday 15th June 2016 at 9:25pm

The Dartmoor Society had a real treat on the afternoon of Thursday 9th June when twenty five of our Members were privileged to enjoy a private tour of Kelly Mine conducted by Nick Walters.

We met at Trenchford Reservoir Car Park and walked down to the mine via Bullaton Farm. We were all given a fascinating insight into both the mining process and the hardships the Miners and their families endured during the working mine’s history.

The miners’ objective was to extract micaceous haematite or shiny ore and one of its major uses was in the production of making very effective corrosion-resistant paint.

Nick showed us the whole site and we were able to follow the various processes from mining the ore, via the adit and the shaft, through the ore washing, jigging and stamping, right up to the final process of drying the precious powder before loading it into barrels for transportation.

The real star of the show was seeing the amazing original Californian stamps in full working order. A fabulous afternoon was had by all.

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