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1991 Final Closure

loco wagons rusting on the scrapheap

In May 1991, with no signs of improvement in the price of tin, the main pumps keeping the mine dry were finally switched off.   

Over the next three years Geevor slowly flooded to sea level. Geevor Plc had to sell assets to cover their debts and months of agony and indecision followed as some of the surface machinery was cut up and sold for scrap. Valuable machines were sold, buildings were abandoned and the entire site assumed an air of abandonment. Some men went to work in mines in Australia, Sudan and South Africa; others worked on projects such as the Channel Tunnel.

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the David Wills collection held by the Geevor Archive

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