We are delighted that the book entitled ‘Great Wheal Vor’, written by Tony Bennett our Head of Search Development, has been published by the Trevithick Society. This book has taken over five years of research and provides a historical account of one of the richest tin mines to have worked in Cornwall. With a foreword by Sir Tim Smit of the Eden Project, it forms an in-depth study of a mine that led the technological development of Cornish mining at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and gives a fascinating insight in to the lives of those involved in this great venture.
During the 1820s and 1830s Great Wheal Vor produced a quarter of the tin output of Cornwall and employed over 1,000 people. The varied history of the mine demonstrates the extensive nature of the underground workings and fortunes that could be made from Cornwall’s vast mineral wealth.
The publication has been part funded by the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and is being distributed to local book sellers by Tor Mark Press. It is now available as a large format paperback at £27.00 (ISBN 978-0-9575660-7-1), and hardback edition (limited to 100 copies) at £47.00 (ISBN978-0-9575660-6-4). The book is to be formally launched at Helston Museum on Thursday 26th November.
Tony has also been interviewed by BBC Radio Cornwall to discuss this fascinating book. To listen to the show, please click here: Tony’s interview starts at 1h:18m.