Malcolm Gould brings us the technical aspects of extracting clay, the practical methods used and more than a bit of local colour. A most informative and entertaining read.   Historical Origins The name “kaolin” A12Si2O5(OH)4 is derived from “kao ling,” the Chinese for high ridge, because it was first found in such places in the…Continue Reading “The China Clay Industry”

David Oates continues his story of Gwithian Tin Sand Works with a reflection on the Processes and People. In part 1 we saw how ancient geological forces coupled with the industriousness of man over the centuries led to this part of the Red River Valley, and the adjacent shoreline, becoming a depository for tin ore,…Continue Reading “Gwithian Tin Sand Works. Part Two – Processes and People”

David Oates is a frequent contributor to Cornish Story and here he turns his attention to Cornwall’s industrial past as he begins the story of tin extraction at Gwithian. Part two, Processes and People, will follow next month. Tin streaming rates as one of the oldest of Cornish industries with a pedigree stretching back into…Continue Reading “Gwithian Tin Sand Works. Part 1 – Location and Recovery”

Tony Mansell brings us the story of Wheal Busy Mine and a lesson that it does not pay to celebrate success too early. Chacewater Mine is in the area referred to as “the richest square mile on Earth and during its lifetime it produced enormous amounts of copper and to a lesser extent, tin and…Continue Reading “Wheal Busy Mine with “Another Uproar at Chacewater””

Geoff Osborne leads us into this series with a success story that grew from farming roots but how many know, I wonder, that they have a world-class engineering company on their doorstep and that it was founded by a man who has been rightly described as one of Cornwall’s foremost inventors and innovators. William Thomas…Continue Reading “Teagle Machinery”