Industry : Mining - (Metalliferous) Iron, Copper, Tin etc
Power Type : Steam
Access : Public Access
Condition : Partially Restored
Wheal Ellen is the only engine house in Cornwall with a castellated stack.
It probably operated from 1826 to 1862 and produced primarily copper, with some lead and zinc.
Situated in the Tywarnhayle Valley where metalliferous mining was prolific!
Wheal Ellen Mine is thought to have turn-out over 2,500 tons of copper, so this engine house was built in 1866 with a view to re-working the mine, but it seems that it didn’t see much action, because the engine was never installed!
Such exuberant design is a proud shout-out that Copper was King in Cornwall!
Mines in the region include the famous Tywarnhayle Mine, South Wheal Towan, Wheal Coates, Wheal Lushington and Wheal Towan.
For more Cornish Engine Houses – visit the Collection HERE!