Cornwall's South Crofty Mine has a mining history spanning centuries and boasts one of the world's richest tin deposits. After closing its doors in 1998 because of prolonged low tin prices, South Crofty is making a comeback, thanks to Cornish Metals. They aim to achieve full production by the end of 2026, but reaching this goal relies on many important steps. One prerequisite of the endeavour is the revitalisation of the mine's iconic headframe.
The journey began with the construction of a dewatering plant designed to extract water from the mine. This made way for underground access via the historic New Cooks Kitchen Shaft. Now, the sheave wheels on the headframe are set to turn once again, supported by newly acquired single drum winding engines — opening a door to a Cornish industry that some thought was closed forever.