West Basset Stamps Engine House Cornwall
The iconic derelict stamps engine house and flue chimney stack at the tin ore dressing plant of West Basset Mine. The building dominates the extensive dressing floors on the hillside below. The granite block engine house was built in 1874 when West Basset took over the northern half of the former North Basset mining sett. It housed a 40 inch cylinder steam engine to drive two banks of 32 heads of stamps (16 more added in 1877) used for crushing ore. A secondary beam steam engine was also housed for pumping and recirculating water from the dressing floors below. A fascinating and unique site on the Great Flat Lode near Carn Brea, Carnkie, Cornwall, SW England, UK.
The building is a protected Schedule II listed monument. The area is also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (number 1215). The pioneering industrial developments, innovations and techniques used in this area were hugely important to the Industrial Revolution and were exported all over the world.
January 9th, 2020
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