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Gunnislake Clitters

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Typical living and working conditions for the miners and their families are described on the Cornish Mining website.


External Sites

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

Online Census Project

Cornwall Family History Society

Tamar Valley A.O.N.B.

Cornwall / Calstock

Calstock Archive Trust


Gunnislake Clitters

Worked from: 1820-1919, first by an adit from the valley side and later by shafts
("Old Gunnislake" just to the south, together with the Wheal Tamar also close by, had been worked for copper in the 1700s.  Uranium was found in both, but not mined.)

Producing: Copper, Arsenic, Tin, Tungsten.

Plans: Available from the CRO including those with reference numbers HB/A42, HB/B6, MRO/R63A and MRO/2538


1858 - known as Clitters Adit, sold as a going concern

1875-1876 - T.C.Issacs & Others

1877-1889 - Gunnislake Clitters Mining Co.

1899 - Joseph Paull

1900-1908 - Clitters United Mines Co. Ltd

1919 - Duchy Of Cornwall

Other Associated Names:

1859-1863 - Rodda, John  Chief Agent
1864-1865 - Skewis, John & Rodda, William  Chief Agent
1866-1868 - Seccombe, William & Skewis, S.C.  Chief Agent
1869 - Seccombe, S.C.  Chief Agent
1870-1871 - Seccombe, J.  Chief Agent
1872-1879 - Seccombe, John C  .Chief Agent
1880-1881 - Skinner, William & Skewis, T.  Chief Agent
1882 - Skewis, William  Chief Agent
1883-1889 - Seccombe, John C.  Chief Agent
1902-1908 - Paull, J.  Chief Agent

1859-1863 - Seccombe, N  Manager
1869-1872 - Skewis, W  Manager
1873-1877 - Skewis, William  Manager
1880-1881 - Seccombe, John C.  Manager
1883 - Skewis, William   Manager

1859 - Skinner, R.T.  Secretary
1860-1861 - Skinner, R.T.  Secretary
1862-1868 - Skinner, R.J.  Secretary
1869-1874 - Skinner, R.T.  Secretary
1879 - Skinner, R.T.  Secretary
1880-1881 - Skewis, ?BAW  Secretary


The mine is situated on the steep valley side and, for many years after closure, was neglected.  It forms part of the estate of the Duke of Cornwall. The Cornwall Archaeological Unit have recently been involved in strengthening weakened buildings, fencing dangerous areas and providing safe routes through the site.

Before the construction of the East Cornwall Mineral Railway, a tramroad linked the mine to wharves at Gunnislake.

The Post Office Directory for 1856 lists Nicholas Seccome as living in Chilsworthy.

John Rodda was a mining engineer & later became the Assistant Overseer for the Parish of Calstock.  He was born in St Austell and lived at various times in several of the mining parishes of Cornwall & West Devon.  It appears that he also spent some time in Quebec, Canada, where one of his 5 children was born.  His wife's name was Lavinia.

According to Kelly's Directory for 1883, John Seccombe's second name was Carpenter.  In 1881, the Census recorded him as living at 3 Clitters Road, Calstock with his wife, Ann, & 3 adult children - Alfred F., Charles W. & Ann C.. All the family members were born locally & both Alfred & Charles were also mine agents.

R.T.Skinner  & William Skewis lived in Tavistock.

From the Cornish & Devon Post of September 15 1883

"Captain W. SKEWS, for 20 years manager, of Clitters Mine, Gunnislake, has been presented with a silver ink-stand and gold pencil case by those working at the mine."

Few deaths have been recorded, except for that of James Whitford in 1885.



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1. Caradon District Council website
2. Cornwall's Mining Heritage, Peter Stannier. 0-90629-449-5
3. Peak District Mines Historical Society Ltd. website

4. Special Report to the Right Hon. the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the Circumstances Attending an Accident at the Drakewall's Mine, Gunnislake, On the 5th February, 1889, Whereby Two Men were Entombed.  Pinching (A.E)
5. Mines of Dartmoor & The Tamar Valley After 1913, P.H.G. Richardson  0-86114-898-3
6. Exploring Cornish Mines Vols 4 & 5, Kenneth Brown & Bob Acton  1-873443-39-0
7. Cornish Mines,  Roger Burt, Peter Waite, Raymond Burnley 0-85989-287-5
A Historical Survey of the Mines and Mineral Railways of East Cornwall and West Devon: D.B.Barton
9. Mines and Miners of Cornwall, Part XV: Calstock, Callington and Launceston:  A.K.Hamilton Jenkin  Federation of Old Cornwall Societies 1969