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Could tin be mined in Cornwall again?

The South Crofty Tin Mine back in the day Credit: ITV News

A Cornish tin mine could return to production after it was acquired by a Canadian firm. The South Crofty Tin Mine at Pool closed in 1998, marking the end of Cornwall's long history of tin mining, which dates back to the Bronze Age.

But there is fresh hope that the industry will be revived. The company, Strongbow now plans to investigate digging for ore 400 metres underground.

We are extremely pleased to have concluded this agreement, and look forward to moving the South Crofty project towards a production decision in collaboration with all stakeholders in this historic tin mining district.

– Richard Williams, President and CEO of Strongbow,
Working underground at South Crofty mine Credit: ITV News

The mine permission area includes 26 former mines in the Camborne, Pool and Redruth ares.

Several companies attempted to revive the mine between 2001 and 2013 but, due to poor market conditions, the assets were put into administration in 2013.

South West law firm Stephens Scown acted for Strongbow on the deal.

The Cornish people are justly proud of their mining expertise, and Cornwall led the world in the tonnage of its tin production.

Completing this deal gives South Crofty a chance to progress towards a production decision, which could mean significant investment and generate valuable jobs for Cornwall.

– Sally Norcross Webb, mining lawyer at Stephens Scown
Buildings at South Crofty mine when it was still in use Credit: ITV News